Thursday, February 02, 2006

Things I have seen and read lately

Wedding Crashers - This movie. Man. It's a misfire on almost every conceivable level. You know a film's in trouble when Will Farrell shows up and completely fails to be funny. Man. Man. Watching it was only leavened by Emory's constant jokes about not being able to recognize Rachel McAdams. "Uh, were you the girl in Cry Wolf? No? What about... wait, were you in Walk the Line? No, that was Reese Witherspoon. Wait! I got it! You starred in The Princess Diaries!" Much funnier than anything that occurred in the film itself. Thank God we watched the theatrical cut, since the movie's about 45 minutes too long as it is.

Private Wars - Hey, kids! It's the second Queen and Country novel! What do you MEAN you've never heard of it? This one's not as good or as tense as A Gentleman's Game. The stakes never seem quite as high for Tara (save for in a harrowing torture scene), but it's still damn good and Paul Crocker is one of my favorite characters in anything.

Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #3 - Now we're into actual comics, instead of novels that used to be comics. While Guardian looked at a new superhero who had everything going for him (save for his own self-doubt), Bulleteer explores things from more of a ground-level view, as Alix struggles to find a purpose and pay the rent. This issue she's bodyguarding a mermaid at a superhero convention, and intermingling with several characters from Zatanna's therapy group, as well as the only living member of the Newsboy Army we've yet to see in the present day. The issue's damn funny and almost painfully sweet.

X-Factor #3 - Well now we know why Layla Miller's hanging around, and it's an awesome reveal. I wish Ryan Sook would draw an entire issue again, but storywise this series is a great time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I didn't get all the hubbub about Wedding Crashers. "While I was conning you, I fell in love with you for real" is swiftly becoming my most despised recycled plot of all time.


12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, aside from them both being R-rated sex comedies that made ass loads of money, I can't see why people keep comparing "Wedding Crashers" to "40-Year-Old Virgin." "Virgin's" comedy is rooted in a very earnest sweetness, whereas "The Wedding Crashers" is just glib and hateful.


1:44 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Plus, one is funny and the other is the exact opposite of that.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Aw! Mike! Why do you hate my recycled plot device so much? It cuts so deep!

No one ever gave whatshisname a hard time about it. You know. Whatshisname. Who wrote Dangerous Liasons. That French guy. Sartre. Beckett?

It'll come to me.

I mean, come on! Soul Man?!

7:51 PM  

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