Mortdecai is getting a lot of bad reviews but I for one enjoyed it. I know there are a lot bad movies out there, Blackhat anyone? However I think this one is getting a bad rep for no real reason except for people liking to crap on Johnny Deep just because his last several movies have not done well at the box office. This film feels in many ways like an old comedy out of the pink panther slapstick variety. While there will always only be one Peter Sellers I think that this character would have been someone he might have played some forty years ago. The acting was great the story was a great caper film with aspects of James Bond thrown in at times. Personally the film looks great after the last one I wrote about. I am noticing that a hell of a lot more than I did before. So if you are in the mood for a few laughs check out Mortdecai. Four stars out of five.
While I am not the world’s biggest fan of Family Guy or American Dad, I do enjoy the odd episode of them both and I really enjoyed Ted. Now with that said, A Million Ways to Die in The West was not a good movie. While it did have its moments, there were a few where the overall modernization of the language was not very well done or well thought out. The majority of the jokes if you can call them that are no better or worse than an average episode of Family Guy or American Dad and you would be better off watching those because they are not trying so hard to be funny which is how I felt about this movie. A Million Ways to Die in The West gets 2 and a half stars out of 5.
On February 24th of this year we lost one of the great comedy legends of our time, Mr. Harold Ramis. Many of you are probably asking why have you waited until now to write about this? My reason is that I have a real connection to his body of work. Having been raised on most, if not all, of his films and knowing both Ghostbusters and Caddyshack by heart. Loosing Mr. Ramis is like losing a lifelong family friend, someone who taught me and so many others what comedy really is. He might only be known as Egon Spangler to most people, if they know him as an actor, but to me he is the Director and writer who gave us such classics as Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, Back to School, and SCTV, to name but a few. These are only some of his writing credits, his directing work is just as amazing with things like Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Club Paradise, Groundhog Day, and Bedazzled. So to all who have laughed hard at any point because of Mr. Ramis, next time something makes you laugh that hard again, remember Harold Ramis.
“Try to imagine life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.”
Egon Spangler – Ghostbusters