Like both of the sides Aquaman displayed in Justice League, the first trailer for Aquaman is somehow both majestic and just a bit goofy (in a great way) – if only we got to see the six-minute sizzle reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2018.
And no one will ever take the mickey out of the character with ‘He talks to fish?’ ever again.
Aquaman will be in theaters on December 21st.
Continue reading Comic-Con 2018: Trailer Captures Majestic, Goofy Sides of Aquaman!
NBC’s The Playboy Club [Mondays,10/9C] lacks nudity, but tries to make up for that by shooting for ‘60s cool – emphasis on the word ‘tries.’ Points given for death by high heel…
Continue reading The Playboy Club Lacks More Than Just Nudity!
What’s the perfect mental palate cleanser before the Oscars®? An over the top extravaganza of car chases, gratuitous nudity and one’s creative expression in the realms of violence. Drive Angry provides all three – in very good 3D that doesn’t blur or smudge during the action scenes [which is kinda crucial – the film is about 90% action sequences].
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Seth Rogen may have used his action sequences in Pineapple Express to audition for his upcoming The Green Hornet, but despite action sequences choreographed for humor as well as thrills, his earnestness in them almost takes deflates the good-natured stoner buddy comedy that Pineapple Express really is.
Dale Denton [Rogen] is a process server who loves his job [mostly because of the costumes he uses to fake out his victims – and the time it affords for smoking up]. After a day of multiple disguises, he stops at his dealer’s place. There, Saul Silver [James Franco] hooks him up with some Pineapple Express – smoke so potent that you can high just smelling it! From there, Dale heads off for one last delivery before calling it a day – a summons for Ted Jones [the comically malevolent Gary Cole], the dealer who supplies Red [Danny McBride], Saul’s supplier. When Dale witnesses Ted and a policewoman [Rosie Perez] kill an Asian man, he freaks out and tosses his roach of PE – which in turn leads Ted to Saul, via Red and things go from easy flowing and happy, to omigawdomigawdomigawd! And I haven’t even mentioned Dale’s high school student girlfriend, yet…
If Harold and Kumar are the stoner Hope & Crosby, then Dale and Saul are the stoner Riggs and Murtagh. Director David Gordon Green somehow manages to takes Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg’s split personality script and makes it feel like a single piece. The action sequences ramp up the tension, but much of the choreography and stunt work have elements of humor to them that hold the film together despite Rogen’s dead serious approach to them. Fortunately, between the ridiculous action, Franco’s ability to just bliss out – even when under fire – and some way out bits with McBride’s Red, the goofily genial absurdity of the film is maintained.
Although Pineapple Express is the weakest of the productions from the Apatow Comedy Factory, it remains, largely, above the average because of its slightly hallucinogenic bromance and its integrity when it comes to maintaining its overall upbeat mood. And did I mention Danny McBride’s Red? Definitely one of the best parts of the flick…
Final Grade: B-