Aug 17, 2018

Channel Surfing: Disenchantment - "A Girl, an Elf, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar"

Disenchantment
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Aug 16, 2018

Trailing Off: "Climax" (2018)

Scene from Climax
Welcome to the sporadic column Trailing Off in which I take a look at a trailer from the past week and analyze its potential. This will be done using an obnoxious amount of analyzing and personal thoughts on the cast and crew as well as expectations. I will attempt to highlight films ranging from new blockbusters to lesser known indies and give them their due. Partially to spread awareness, I do believe that there is an art to the sell and will do my best to highlight why these trailers matter or don't with approval (trove) or disapproval (trash). So please stop by, recommend some trailers, and I will see you next time.

Aug 13, 2018

Why "Tropic Thunder" Remains a Masterclass in Satire 10 Years Later

Scene from Tropic Thunder
In the summer of 2008, amid strong competition, director and star Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder did the unthinkable: it was the first film to break the top spot of the box office following The Dark Knight's triumphant rise. But what exactly is it about the last great satire that spoke to audiences? For one, it was unapologetic in its shameless lampooning of Hollywood vanity, finding a way to make extended fart jokes stand alongside a character in blackface, and even panda murder. The film feels like it's too edgy to have been a major studio release, yet it was a film that perfectly skewered every major war movie of yesteryear from Platoon to Apocalypse Now and found the vapid nature of Hollywood trying to make "real" movies. Tropic Thunder wasn't just a film with one of the strongest comedy casts of the decade. It was a film that used every style of humor to full effect... and got away with it. 

Aug 10, 2018

Channel Surfing: Insatiable - "Pilot"

Scene from Insatiable
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Aug 6, 2018

"Pineapple Express" is an Odd Little Gem 10 Years Later

Scene from Pineapple Express
If there's one thing that can never be overstated, it's that Seth Rogen loves weed. To look at his filmography is to see an actor who not only gained popularity in Knocked Up saying lines like "Luke, I am your stoner," but seemed to be the spokesperson for stoner comedy in the wake of middling Harold & Kumar sequels. It's particularly why Pineapple Express, his magnum opus of this subgenre, feels so pure of heart. With writing partner Evan Goldberg, the duo set out to make an action comedy based around the bromance of Dale Denton (Rogen) and his dealer Saul Silvers (James Franco). It could just be that the film was so familiar to Rogen's mindset that it ended up working beautifully, but it also served as evidence that the Judd Apatow improvisational troupe comedy style could be applied to any genre and work just as adeptly. It may be dumb and high as a kite, but hey... Rogen and crew are smart enough to know how to make it work and it continues to sizzle 10 years later.