Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Columbia Pictures: Why Do They Hate Us So?

by Brian


Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

Because there are idiots that will fill the theaters on opening weekend. At the movie theater where I work (only for one more week--yeah!) The trailer for Benchwarmers is playing over and over again on the plasma screens in the lobby. It looks dreadful, and has two actors that mean surefire awfulness-Spade and Schneider. Jon Heder is probably on that route, too. Don't know anything about Little Man, but you can tell by the poster that it will blow chunks.

3/29/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I think it just might be the year of the soul-killing stupid comedies.

I didn't think there could ever be a worse "high-concept" Wayans film than White Chicks, I wish I was right. I feel so ashamed for liking Dont be a Menace.

Schneider and Spade in the same movie. Can anyone link to a good knot tying site? For some reason a have a strong urge to make a noose.

3/29/2006 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I just read the plot summary of Little Man on the IMDB. I believe it's a spin on an old Our Gang comedy, where a midget bank-robber goes on the lam as a baby.

3/29/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Heder looks like a one-trick pony at this point. Actually, he looked like a one-trick pony from the first time I saw the Napolean Dynamite trailer. I never did get around to watching that movie, and I don't imagine that I'll ever want to now.

3/29/2006 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

Napoleon Dynamite was intermittently amusing. There are isolated bits, like the Vote for Pedro t-shirt, and the dance at the end, and a few gags, that work, but the movie overall was crummy.

3/29/2006 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I liked Napoleon. Perhaps it turned on the quirkiness a bit much for some tastes, but it had its own rhythm, and treated its oddballs with respect, without making them out to be saints.

Had hoped Heder would continue that streak and create some more memorable oddballs in more low-key films, but looks like he got led to the money. Too bad.

3/29/2006 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I never got around to posting to a thread back on HE about Napoleon's demographics, but I loved the movie, though some would say I'm way outside its target audience. The two people I saw it with (both over 30) thought it mildly sucked or out-and-out hated it to its very core. I'm not saying it was great filmmaking, but I liked the way it showed pervasive oddness without playing it up too much--okay, that sounds like some kind of oxymoron, but I think it goes back to what Nick said about giving oddballs respect. Napoleon himself wasn't that likable to most viewers, but I just saw him as a misfit struggling to fit in while also trying to create his own identity. And in true movie critic fashion, I loved that I just didn't know what was going to happen next.

3/29/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I really liked Napoleon Dynamite. It had a very unique sense of humor, and I respected that it was able to do it's own thing while still managing a PG rating.

I can't say much about the story or acting in that film, but I admire Napoleon Dynamite for it's uniqueness and creativity.

Heder is definitely a one-trick pony. He was awful on Saturday Night Live, and I had absolutely no interest in seeing that stupid ghost movie he was in. Dude needs to take some acting classes and be more careful of the roles he accepts.

3/29/2006 03:34:00 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Let's see, I've seen none of their movies currently "in theaters," and all got horrible reviews (except maybe "The Second Chance," which I've never heard of).

Out of their "Coming Soon," I might see "Casino Royale" in theaters if it gets good reviews. The same goes for "Marie Antoinette," which could just as easily be really great or really terrible. I might get "Monster House" on netflix if it gets good reviews. I'll probably see "Silent Hill" in theaters b/c Avary adapted it, and I really dug "The Brotherhood of the Wolf."

But man, that's one terrible slate of films.

As for "Napoleon Dynamite," I thought it was a pretty fun film. I can see why it's gotten quite the cult following, but to me it was just solidly amusing. By no means was it in the same league as "Rushmore" of "Election."

3/29/2006 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Wagstaff said...

I saw 'Napoleon Dynamite' a few months ago at a cinema.

It's style of humour (which sometimes seemed to involve nothing happening) took a while getting used to but I liked it the more it went along and Napoleon's dance at the end was not only a high point, but an apt summing up of the central character.

A good film, but overly contrived to be 'cultish' imo, and as was said earlier, certainly not in the same league as 'Election'.

4/01/2006 12:13:00 AM  

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