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Other Guys Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 07/05/2010 @ 17:14
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Films seen so far this year: 144
Films seen this week: Psych 9, Four Lions (again), A Room and a Half, Brooklyn's Finest, The Back-up Plan, Furry Vengeance, A Nightmare on Elm Street, She's Out of My League, World's Greatest Dad, Sus

Four Random Things (The Return)
It's still a bit too early for my fanboy rant about Iron Man 2, so here's Four Random Things I Found On The Internets this week instead:

1. 66 Great Tag-lines. I'm a big tag-line nerd (in a perfect world, all film quizzes would have a tag-line round) and there are some great ones here (notably “Earth. It was fun while it lasted” from Armageddon and “Escape or die frying” from Chicken Run) though I can't help feeling they've missed a few classics. There's nothing there that's as good as Alien's “In space, no one can hear you scream” (just outside of their 30 year limit), for example. Can anyone think of any notable omissions?

2. This amusing compilation of Harrison Ford lines where he mentions either his wife or his family.

3. I am no fan of Heat Magazine, but Heat Film editor and all-around good chap Charles Gant writes a terrific weekly box office stats blog for The Guardian, which is an unmissable read for box office junkies like me.

4. This wonderful tie-in website for future cult classic Gentlemen Broncos (see DVD review below), featuring Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement in character as pompous sci-fi fantasy author Dr Ronald Chevalier. Check out his video on The Art of Relaxating below.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: The Other Guys
I've been looking forward to the trailer for The Other Guys ever since I saw the wonderful moving posters for it a few months ago (note: the link contains music, so might be a little NSFW). Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell play a couple of mismatched desk cops who seize the chance to emulate their action movie-style supercop idols (Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson – superb casting), with presumably disastrous results. It's co-written and directed by Adam McKay, which is a good sign, as McKay made what for my money is still Ferrell's funniest film to date, Talladega Nights. Also, Wahlberg has proven elsewhere that he's a surprisingly gifted comic actor and he looks like an inspired match for Ferrell.

There are several amusing moments in the trailer (Wahlberg's reaction to meeting Ferrell's wife, Ferrell's rather over-enthusiastic fan worship of Jackson and Johnson) as well as at least one laugh-out-loud setpiece ('bad cop – bad cop') and some very funny lines (“The movie industry is completely irresponsible for the way they portray explosions!”), though I am slightly concerned that Paris Hilton appears to be in it. Still, any trailer that uses Jane's Addiction's Been Caught Stealing to score a shoot-out sequence is okay by me. Opens here on September 1st and hopefully it'll be worth the wait.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries this week, with Chris Morris's terrorist comedy Four Lions and beautifully made Russian nostalgia-fest A Room and a Half both making it into the top ten. I've dropped both Whip It and Shutter Island from the list because they're both approaching the end of their runs but you can still catch them in cinemas this week if you're quick. I have to say, I'm very disappointed that Whip It wasn't a bigger hit – I really thought it would do well over here. Shows what I know. No new interviews this week but you can still read our interviews with the very lovely Gemma Arterton (star of The Disappearance of Alice Creed) here and the equally lovely Ian Hart (star of A Boy Called Dad) here. Disappointment of the week: Hot Tub Time Machine, which is still good, just nowhere near as good as it should have been.

1. Dogtooth
2. Kick-Ass
3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
4. Lourdes
5. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
6. Four Lions
7. How to Train Your Dragon (3D)
8. Date Night
9. Gentlemen Broncos
10. A Room and a Half

DVD of the Week: Gentlemen Broncos (out now, available exclusively from HMV, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the week is future cult classic Gentlemen Broncos, which, frankly, deserved a longer run at cinemas than the blink-and-you'll-miss-it theatrical release it seems to have had. Co-written and directed by Jared Hess (who made Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre), Gentlemen Broncos stars Michael Angarano as aspiring science fiction writer Benjamin, who's furious when celebrated science fiction author Dr Ronald Chevalier (Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement, channelling Michael York) plagiarises Benjamin's novel and passes it off as his own. Meanwhile, three different versions of Benjamin's novel (Yeast Lords: The Bronco Years) play out on screen: Benjamin's original version (with Sam Rockwell as heavily bearded space warrior Bronco); Chevalier's bastardised version (with Rockwell camping it up as effete blonde space warrior Brutus) and a micro budget adaptation filmed by Benjamin's new friends Tabatha (Halley Feiffer), Lonnie (Hector Jimenez) and Dusty (Mike White).

The ensemble cast are extremely funny, but the film is worth seeing for Clement and Rockwell alone, both of whom are on top comic form. In addition, the script is packed with quotable lines (I defy anyone to see this without attempting a Chevalier impression afterwards) and there are several wonderful scenes, including a weaponised space-vomit moment that's utterly priceless. Extras include five pretty decent deleted scenes and an amusing eight minute Outtakes Reel, though sadly no commentary or Making Of documentary. It's also disappointing that they didn't include the videos from Chevalier's website (see above). Highly recommended, nonetheless.

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