There was a time when spoof were actually great. Before the invasion of trying too hard and way too topical ‘movie’ movies. Most of these classics had one of two things in common, Mel Brooks or Leslie Nielsen. Dracula Dead and Loving It actually has both! Anyone that knows a thing or two about comedy knows who Mel Brooks is, and most likely has at least three of his movies, this piece was the last movie that Mel Brooks directed, hopefully this will one day change because the man has yet to make a bad movie. It’s been many years; this one came out in 1995. The movie centers around the classic story of Dracula, in fact it actually sticks to it quite well for a comedy. It’s basically a retelling of the classic movie, with a Mel Brooks spin on things. Leslie Nielson is in as the main man, Count Dracula. There are great performances by Peter MacNicol as Renfield and Steven Weber as Jonathan Harker. And as usual the writer/director has to get in on the action, Mel Brooks is here taking up the roll of Van Helsing. If you’re a fan of the Dracula tale or one of GOOD spoof movies then if by some chance you haven’t seen this yet you’ve got to check it out.
April 29, 2011
April 28, 2011
Last year we had a movie packed with star power and seemingly fun, it was from DC and it was called Red. What kind of star power you ask? In one movie we had Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, and Morgan Freeman. The movie didn’t fall short when it came to big names, but the fun part of it didn’t quite live up to its end of the deal. What we have here is some retired men and women who worked for the government, somewhere along the way some new bloods decide that they need to be taken out in order to cover up something that happened many years ago. The movie is basically the new kid that replaced Bruce Willis attempting to kill him and his friends. The whole thing isn’t bad, but it’s far from great. It was a pretty decent watch but nowhere near as fun as I had hoped it would be. I’m not even sure if I’d call this a renter; it’s more the movie you wanna keep your eye out for if it comes on a movie channel on TV one day.
SHOWS I SEEN: Celebrated Summer 1st 2nd Anniversary Show – August 12th 2008 – Celebrated Summer Records – Towson, MD
April 27, 2011
Celebrated Summer Records – Towson, MD
August 12th 2008
Celebrated Summer Records had it’s 2nd Anniversary show, but this year it was even bigger, there were two shows to celebrate the event! This was the first of the two, this one was held at the store.
Hellnation – I use to be into Hellnation but not so much anymore, however that being said, the people still into the band seemed to really be having fun. Even with not listening to them much anymore I still enjoyed the set.
Nice View – Holy shit! Nice View fucking blew me away. They were so goddamn good. They had a CD for sale there too which I ran over to buy as soon as I could and it stayed repeating in my car for about two weeks. Fuck I’d love to see this band again.
Weekend Nachos – Wasn’t super into this band but they had energy and were fun so they had that going for them.
Coke Bust – A good set, nothing mind blowing but they were far from bad.
Jean Mills Society Torch – I’ve only seen Jean Mills a few times, but they’ve always been good. This was no exception, they fucking ruled. Second best set of the night! I really wish this band would play more shows.
April 26, 2011
Tankcrimes Records is here to bring us the debut album from Kicking Spit. Three guys from New Brunswick, New Jersey are what make up this band. They pull influences from Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du, and Superchunk and you can really hear it in the songs, thing something along the lines of those bands (especially some of the harder Dinosaur Jr stuff) and add more of a rock edge to it and you get something close to Kicking Spit, you even hear a little bit of hardcore and power pop kicking around in the songs. The album is relatively short only being six songs, it comes in at around fifteen minutes but that doesn’t mean it should be looked over. I think the band says all they need to with these six songs, every one of them is great. What we’ve got here is an orgy of great sounds barrowing a lot of elements that come together in a great way that some people might not expect. If you’re a fan of rock, power pop, alternative, low-fi rock, punk, hell just about anything you should be checking this one out.
- Nothin Left
- Way Out
- Sea of Swirls
- Truth of Consequences
- Beyond a Sun
April 25, 2011
So another comic book movie has landed upon us, this time it’s from a comic book from way back, almost as old as Batman. Here we have the Green Hornet. The Green Hornet is no stranger to jumping from beyond the pages of a comic book; in fact it actually started as a radio show just a few years before the comic. Since then it’s been serialized as a film series and a TV show, however this is the first time the Green Hornet has made a multimedia appearance since the 60’s, and it didn’t look like it was going to go to well. The best thing about the Green Hornet TV series was Bruce Lee as Kato, now obviously that role can’t be filled the same ever again, however Jay Chou did a fine job as the fill in. The part of the movie roles that had me in doubt was Seth Rogen as the lead playing The Green Hornet and the man under the mask, Britt Reid. Seth Rogen is a man known for great comedies, not his action or drama roles. I feared this may turn the movie into a comedy, and even if not, Seth Rogen didn’t seem to fit the role at all. Now I’m not going to say there are probably plenty of other actors that could have filled the roll just as well or even better but much to my surprise Seth did a really good job. He was a jackass but he didn’t turn the movie into a screwball comedy. Directing this movie was Michel Gondry, the man behind ‘Be Kind Rewind’, ‘The Science of Sleep’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. Again you can see why I was concerned about this director on this movie. Luckily though I was proven wrong, there were parts of the story that were a little shaky but overall I really enjoyed this movie, it was actually pretty great. There was really only one thing I didn’t like, hated even. For some reason during the fight scenes they felt the need to give them ‘danger zone vision’ which almost made it seem like we were looking through the eyes of robots. The fight scenes were overly slowed down, stretched out and computerized. This took what could have been some incredible Kato fights and made them pretty fucking annoying. But looking past that I’d say ignore how shitty the trailers looked and go see this movie. If you like comic movies or just action movies you’ll be happy with this one.
April 23, 2011
DVD/Blu-Ray: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Iron Monkey Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Criterion Collection) South Park: Complete Fourteenth Season Sin City El Topo Adventureland Chasing Amy Legend Drunken Master Music: Muddy Waters: Mississippi G-DO & Xception: A Tribute to Fela Kuti: Felatastic Sloane Peterson: Why go out
April 23, 2011
I love biographies, they’re my favorite kind of book, and I also love comedy and have a huge respect and love for the classics like the Three Stooges and The Marx brothers. So when I came across this book I was pretty excited, and I’m glad to say it lived up to my own hype. It has some odd things about it, like this isn’t your average biography. There are even long stretches of the book that don’t even seem to be one at all, but that’s fine because all of it is incredibly entertaining. Groucho talks about his beginning days on the stage and getting bigger all the way up past his movie career. At 376 pages it makes for a surprisingly quick read, but that’s merely because you can’t put it down. If you like comedy I’d assume you like the Marx Brothers so this is a must read.