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Redeeming Features: “The Other Guys”

Welcome to Redeeming Features. The blog where I (poorly) review movies that are underappreciated, underrated or under the radar, in hopes of convincing you to give them a second chance. The Other Guys“Whoa! What’s this!? Two Redeeming Features in one week?! It must be my lucky day!” said you, maybe?

If not, that’s fine; but this IS the second RF this week. Figured since I missed last week, I outta write my wrong and do two. That, and I was specifically asked to by my boss. Or at least, I think he’s my boss? Hey! Jason! Are you my boss? Better yet, are you my Mother!?

Paternity tests aside, this week we’re loading up a movie that I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but honestly just wasn’t sure how people would react. In my personal opinion it’s funny, but was tragically overlooked and undercut because of its mere stupidity. And rightfully so; this movie is dumb; so so dumb. But in a weird way, its stupidity is what makes it a fun watch. One that makes you say, “Huh… that wasn’t half bad! We should watch it again next year!”

I’m talking about The Other Guys, an overtly silly action cop parody about two buddy cops who are anything but. They spend the whole movie doing everything except draw their weapons on each other. Well, until one of ‘em actually does, that is. And yes, that doesn’t make sense and would definitely never happen. But if you go into this movie fully aware that it has every intention of leaning head-on into absurdity, then you’re in for a good time. I mean, the opening scene involves Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock jumping off a 50-story building, hoping to aim for a vegetable stand to break their fall. And it does break their fall, and also their necks. And they die. Immediately. Leaving space forrrrr… The Other Guys.

The Other Guys in The Other Guys are played by none other than Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. And both do a phenomenal job of doing what they do best: being total morons. Gamble (Ferrell) is an even-tempered, desk jocky who probably blows on his soup when it’s too hot. Also he thinks soup is an actual meal. Hoitz (Wahlberg) plays a run and gun, balls to the wall, wild Tasmanian devil detective who hits one “unlucky” streak after accidentally shooting Derek Jeter. The two make an amazing(ly terrible) pair, and play off each other in the best (worst) ways possible and getting each other into the worst (best) situations possible.

Quickly, they tumble and rumble their way into the office of David Ershon (Steve Coogan), a Wall Street tycoon who Gamble is convinced has gone crooked. And while he may very well be right, Hoitz doesn’t wanna have any part in this tax fraud bullshit. He wants the big car chases, the gunfire, the coke fueled hobo orgies… and boy does he get ‘em. While attempting to pin down Ershon, the two get caught up in a nonsensical series of “look over here’s” and misdirects. They hot rod Gamble’s Prius all over town trying to get dirty on this scum, but their bad (at being a) cop methods always end up getting them on the receiving end of their Captain’s (Michael Keaton) hilarious ass reaming tactics. One of which involves inadvertently quoting TLC songs. What can I say, boy don’t want No Scrubs on his force.

Much like Gamble’s aforementioned Prius, The Other Guys cruises along nicely, making stops along the way for plenty of all-too-familiar, Ferrell-fueled line-o-ramas and Wahlberg’s incessant probing about Gamble’s insanely hot wife (Eva Mendez). On screen, the two make for a lot of fun and despite this being Ferrell’s wheelhouse, Wahlberg totally holds his own. I would even go as far to say he’s a much better comedic actor than he is serious. Ahhhhh, I’m just busting your balls, Markie – say hi to your mother for me.

TL; DR – Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up – but until they learn to work together, they’ll continuously take inadvertent steps back.

Cody Tidmore is a Level Three sketch student at DCH. He’s been watching movies for as long as he can remember. Seeing it all – the good, the bad, even the ugly. And when it comes to annoyingly working movie quotes into regular conversation, he’s the reel deal.

What We're Loving: Obligatory Horror, Celebrity Visits, Meta Batman, Silly Writing

Each Friday, DCH performers, teachers, and students offer their recommendations for what to watch, read, see, hear, or experience. This week David Allison fulfills a legal obligation, Jonda Robinson teases human trafficking, Molly Jakkamsetti goes deep Keaton, and Ryan Callahan asks that you hold him accountable. MV5BNTUxNzYyMjg2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTExNzExNw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_I believe that I'm legally required to write about something Halloween related in this space this week. Like if I don't then they, whoever they are, will check me into a facility where unwilling persons check in, but they don't check out. The hard part about that forced assignment is that I feel like so many of the cool horror films are just kinda gross. For me, gory films that are created just to sicken the viewer are kind of like that overly competitive asshole who starts throwing shit when he loses at bar trivia; you're doing something that's supposed to be fun, so just calm down. Not to say that there shouldn't be blood, guts, or gore in film, I think that stuff is great if it happens in the right context. I should still enjoy watching the movie right? Is that too much to ask?

The best example of the sort of fun horror movie that I love is Cabin In The Woods. If you haven't seen it, the 2012 film does an amazing job of telling two stories concurrently. The micro view follows a group of college kids that are travelling to a CABIN IN THE WOODS. The macro view focuses on the architects of the scenario. Meta is the dumbest word in the fucking world, but it's very apt in this example. This was unquestionably one of the most fun experiences I've ever had watching a movie in the theater, regardless of genre. It's got blood, but the blood is like fun blood.

And if you want to see a live horror movie, come out to DCH on Friday to check out the improvised horror movie! The Friday show at 10 p.m. includes actual fake blood! - David Allison

2On Tuesday afternoon I got home and was greeted by a most welcome face—my good friend, Amy Poehler. That’s right, she was waiting for me at apartment. I had known for weeks that she’d be arriving that day, so I was thoroughly excited about hanging out with her. So far, she hasn’t disappointed.

Ok, so you’ve probably guessed that it was not the REAL Amy, but her book, Yes Please, that showed up at my doorstep. While I haven’t had a chance to read all of it yet, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve taken in so far, and I have enough faith in Amy to say that I will love it. At the very start of her book, Amy declares that “writing is hard” and admits that “blood was shed” in the fight for her to get this thing written. She offers many stories from her life, her take on certain topics, and even sex tips (for girls AND guys!).

Amy is a source of inspiration for me and so many others, so instead of blubbering on any longer I’ll close with two quotes from her so I can get back to my reading:

  1. “So here we go, you and me. Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.”
  2. “I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.”

Never change, Amy—never change. - Jonda Robinson

awesome-birdman-teaser-trailer-michael-keaton-is-a-superhero-again-michael-keaton-goes-meta-batman-in-birdman-trailerBirdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance:  Let me start by saying although people much more qualified than myself have already praised this movie, I’m throwing in my two cents of support. It’s about a former Hollywood superstar who is trying to restart his career with a serious play on Broadway. And Michael Keaton, who starred as Batman in the 1989 and 1992 blockbusters, plays Riggan, whose alter-ego is Birdman.

While much of the movie focuses on Riggan’s internal struggles with insecurity and fear surrounding his "comeback," it is also about the art of acting. It is about what is real and what is not on and off stage. Edward Norton is hilarious as the New York theater actor who comes in to "save" Keaton’s play, right before previews. Zach Galifianakis plays Riggan’s delightfully harried agent. The whole movie looks like one long, uninterrupted take. This amazed me and really drew me in. The soundtrack is jazzy, adding to the cool New York City vibe, where it was filmed. And if you’re still not interested, there’s Emma Stone as Riggan’s cynical daughter/personal assistant. Naomi Watts as the starry-eyed actress who is new to Broadway. Did I mention Edward Norton is in his underwear at one point? It’s meta and weird, and I want to see it again. Critics are praising Keaton as they should. I have enjoyed his work since Mr. Mom. That’s his 1983 comedy with Teri Garr where she works and he stays at home with the kids. Not unusual now, but back then WOAH!! - Molly Jakkamsetti

imgresIn the hopes of making up for my absence the past few weeks, I humbly offer TWO things that I am loving.

Loved Thing Number One: A Load of Hooey by Bob Odenkirk. There has been no show that influenced my sense of comedy more than Mr. Show with Bob and David. As I have said before, my favorite ever comedy sketch: "The Story of the Story of the Story of Everest" comes from Mr. Show. Hooey is Odenkirk's first book, and I will say that it is all rather very silly. There are brief speeches, unabridged versions of famous quotations, and even a short play featuring Hitler, which will no doubt draw the ire of Nick Scott. The book reads like a comic's notebook, but one that has been polished. It's also the quickest book you'll ever read.

Loved Thing Number Two: National Novel Writing Month. Starts tomorrow. If you have always wanted to write a novel, but have always made excuses, here is your chance. Sure, you'll write a terrible, sloppy first draft, but you will have a draft, and that is so much better than just having an idea. It's 1,667 words a day. Many of them can be the word "and." You'll be done in no time.

I have attempted NaNoWriMo (that's really what people call it) twice in the past, failing once and winning once. Finishing a 50,000-word novel is considered a win. Sadly, there is no parade. Unless you have an abundance of action figures. I'm giving it another try this year. I am making this announcement publicly so people will give me a hard time if I don't do it, and badger me about my progress. Who's coming with me? - Ryan Callahan