Archive for February, 2013
Having gotten pretty attached to Outsourced, (a show that took my idea for a Northern Exposure like Indian outsourcing experience) only to see it canceled, I’ve been a little guarded in Matters of the televised heart this season. Animal Hospital, which I loved like a sister, I guess, went by the wayside, as did 666 Park Place, which was kind of like my old, crazy, cliched wife I kept in the attic while I romanced Jane Eyre. The one show that I’ve grown to have Outsourced-like feelings for, however, is The Neighbors. How do I love those neighbors? Let me count the ways:
10. Jackie Joyner Kersee’s voices.
Toks Olangadinajad is from Nigeria and has a high British accent. The last few episodes, she’s put on an American accent and it has been fabulous. I never ceased to be amazed by Hugh Laurie’s accent in House, but JJK’s adds depth to the idea that these aliens are totally malleable. Reminiscent of how John Lithgow always was.
9. Weekend at Bernie’s.
in the episode Juan of the Dead, when Larry Bird raised Juan from the dead, it was such a perfect homage to WaB. (Similar thing happened in the episode Dream Weavers, which featured a Judd Nelson cameo and was an homage to John Hughes.)
8. We’re all aliens here.
As often as not, the citified Weavers are as clueless about the ways of the suburbs as the Bird-Kersees. This makes for some really entertaining back and forth, as they try to figure things out together.
7. The concept and the title
I’ve been unable to think of a show specifically focused on a set of two neighbors. Lots of shows feature neighbors, but there’s almost always a dominant family. Her, there’s a partnership. Unique.
6.the voice talent has a face.
Larry Bird is new to us. His previous credits are almost all from video games. Look it up.
I’ve been a Lenny Venito fan since Gigli. Nuff said.
These characters all have great chemistry, don’t they?
3. Disney tie ins
I can’t wait to have a The Neighbors experience on the Studios backlot.
2. Clara Mamet.
I have this kind of thought that David Mamet, the father of the wonderfully droll Clara, who plays Amber Weaver, takes a swing adding a few lines to scripts ala Glengarry Glenross. The best part is that Clara stands on her own. Her dry humor and frieda kahlo unibrow would easily be the best part of the show if it weren’t for
1. The relationship between Amber.and Reggie.
It’s maybe cliched, but I feel like they have genuine chemistry. The whole alien-human dynamic definitely is an improvement over JGL’s one sided relationships in TRftS, which happened to be pretty cliched and one sided. Here, we see both sides of the relationship and its pretty cool.
(This kid is number 11)
It was significantly better than I expected. It was kind of like Ghostbusters had a developmentally disabled bastard child with The Burbs, with rather more jokes about male ejaculate than both its predecessors combined. (Full disclosure, its been many years since I’ve seen the Burbs, but i cannot imagine it contains as many jokes about semen as The Watch, as Ghostbusters contains zero references) (note to self: rewatch The Burbs)
Vince Vaughan plays Vince Vaughan, an apparently divorced (?) maybe widowed (?) construction manager with a hormonal daughter and a sweet man cave. Ben Stiller plays Ben Stiller, a butthurt, cold, aloof, OCD, anal-retentive Costco manager with a soft spot for his employees, who just so happens to be so money that he doesn’t even know it. Jonah Hill plays skinny Jonah Hill, a backward police academy reject who lives with his mom and is something of a gun nut. ( Eff me, right?) In his US debut, Richard Ayoade plays Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd, cleverly disguised because he no longer has a part in his Afro.
In response to a horrific murder in the Costco, these four horsemen form a Neighborhood Watch that really does nothing except eventually find and defeat an alien invasion.
This movie is about what you’d expect. Ben Stiller has a deep dark secret that explains his butthurtedness. Vince Vaughan saves his daughter from date rape. The gun nut saves the day with guns. There are two twists with Ayoade that I won’t spoil.
The Watch is comprised of a bunch of really strong scenes held together with a threadbare plot that doesn’t expend too much energy on coherence or details (does no one notice that these dudes blew up a friggin barn or that Vince Vaughan apparently doesn’t have a wife but has mucho free time?). That said, many of the lines are really clever and the twists at the end are nice. (There is a virtual arsenal of weaponry positioned on the mantle in act 1. The discharge of most of these weapons is fairly predictable, but a couple threw me for a loop.)
Verdict: I highly recommend it, if you have the means.
I thought the Asian housewife who (spoiler alert) sucks Maurice Moss’ balls in The Watch was the Asian chick from The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, which would have shed an entirely new light on that show. Alas, per IMDb, they are not the same person. However, she will be in the upcoming horror comedy Zomboobies. Looks delish.
This was filmed 7 years ago. Being released soonish. Hit like Mays, run like haze.
I don’t think I’ve posted about Pontypool, which I’d read was a good zombie movie and which I watched on Netflix the other night. It’s about a small town Don Imus wannabe, replete with the cowboy hat and velvet pipes. A zombie outbreak happens when people start forgetting what English words mean, which turns people into zombies, or something. Then it goes off the rails. Weirdness.
I’ve had Zandalee for about 3 months from Netflix. Been so busy working out, I didn’t have time for it. Well, friends, I watched it tonight and, even with copious amounts of boobs and shrubbery, it was so cliched, The Room appears to be a loose remake. This is what we Nic Cage fans willingly subject ourselves to and the sweet, sweet nugget of crazy which makes it all worthwhile. The choicest selection below is excerpted below so you don’t have to:
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