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As you are probably aware, a movie called The Hangover came out last weekend. It was met with pretty decent reviews and the number one spot at the box office. The film stars three principle actors, the most famous of which is Ed Helms, who plays Andy Bernard on The Office and used to be an anchor on the Daily Show. Then there’s Bradley Cooper, most well know as the douchey bad guy in the movie Wedding Crashers, but also was the star of a great but never-watched show called Kitchen Confidential. And finally, there’s Zach Galifianakis.

Now for those of you who actually read this blog from time to time (the 4 of you who didn’t get routed here when you typed in “horse-fucking” on Google or still (still!think that this is a Mary Kate and Ashley and fan site) know that we here at Brooklyn Skeptic have serious penis boners for Zach Galifianakis. Many of us Skeptics have had the pleasure of seeing him perform in the New York area, usually in smaller venues or basement bars. Some of us have even seen him walking down the street. But now, he’s everywhere. His posters for The Hangover are on every street corner. One of my coworkers saw The Hangover a couple of days ago and came up to me saying “there’s this fat guy in the movie who is so funny – he’s going to be huge!” Well you know what coworker? That “fat guy” has a name. And I bet you can’t pronounce it.

I’m not trying to be a dick. I think Zach Galifianakis is getting his big break now, and that’s fantastic. I saw The Hangover, and he deserves all the praise in the world for his performance. He plays a mentally challenged character who may or may not be a pedophile of some kind, and yet you still laugh when he mock-masturbates a baby in public. That takes talent.

The fame has been a long time coming too. Over the past couple of years, he has become an internet sensation of sorts, with dubbed music videos, his own talk show and his audience interviews have become youtube legend (I just threw up in my mouth writing that). He has a DVD out of a show of his called Live at the Purple Onion. He went on tour with Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die group. He’s got an HBO show coming up. He was even profiled in the New York Times. He’s been working hard, and now it has certainly paid off. He was probably the most talked about comedian in America last weekend.

All the movie reviews highlight his performance. Roger Ebert even goes so far to compare him to John Belushi, saying “Well, Zach Galifianakis’ performance is the kind of breakout performance that made John Belushi a star.” Nice move Roger. Let’s compare the two comedians because they’re both portly. And better yet, let’s highlight John Belushi’s rise to stardom. You know, the one he couldn’t handle so he overdosed on heroin and cocaine? I’m sure every rising comedian likes to hear that comparison.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic. Here’s to Zach Galifianakis starring in a blockbuster film. There’s already a sequel being planned, and I have a feeling that he’s going to be appearing in a lot more films. I’ll go ahead and make sure my coworker learns how to pronounce his name.

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If you know us here at Brooklyn Skeptic, you’ll know that we would all be happy to snuggle up in Zach Galifianakis’ beard until the end of time. So a film that involves him having a mental breakdown and thinking that he is President George Washington while people are exploding from stress sounds pretty fucking crazy and pretty fucking crazy awesome. Below is the trailer. The film also stars the hilarious Judy Greer and has a soundtrack by Tim DeLaughter.

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Resident Evil: Extinction: Milla Jovovich kills more zombies (are they zombies?) in this third installment of the series based on the popular video game. Expect explosions, mutations, fun special effects and bad acting. I will say, however, that the advertising campaign for this film has been incredible. I somehow doubt that the film will come close to living up to it. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.

Sydney White: Amanda Bynes stars in an update of Snow White that takes place on a college campus. The seven dwarves are replaced by seven geeks. This movie will suck. One thing I’d like to say though, is that it stars Samm Levine. You may remember Samm from the show Freaks and Geeks, which aired a little under a decade ago. It was a fantastic show, and Samm, who played one of the titular geeks, was quite perfect in the role of Neil Schweiber. I even met him once at a bar in the East Village. He was a nice guy. And he needs to be playing better roles than Geek #4 in Amanda Bynes movies. This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.

Samm Levine

Good Luck Chuck: Dane Cook, a comedian who often has punchlines involving words like “D-Bag,” has managed to land another movie. He’s another comedian who graduated from If I Shout Things Loudly They Must Be Funny University (IISTLTMBFU – great football team). This movie was originally advertised as having a plot of sorts: Dane Cook is cursed to being the last guy women sleep with before finding the men they marry. Now, however, the TV ads seem to make the movie about Jessica Alba and how she falls down or is naked a lot. Maybe they realized that that was a slightly bigger draw than Dane Cook’s obnoxious smirk and lack of subtlety. This is playing at Prospect Park Pavilion and the United Artists on Court Street.

The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Apparently they left out the subtitle “Who For Serious Wasn’t That Bad Guy if You Really Got to Know Him.” Running at almost three hours, this cowboy film stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Mary Louise Parker and, as every cowboy movie should, Sam Shepard. The advance reviews aren’t great, but director Andrew Dominik also wrote and directed the incredibly underrated Chopper. This is playing at the Angelika.

The Jane Austen Book Club: Six women pick six different Jane Austen books that somehow reflect the relationships in which they find themselves. Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Kathy Baker and Lynn Redgrave star. Jimmy Smits also stars as a cheating husband who tragically drowns in estrogen mid-film. This is playing at Union Square.

The Last Winter: From the director of Wendigo comes this film which is being described as “environmental horror.” In a melting part of Northern Alaska, a oil drilling company is slowly destroying the tundra, not realizing that they’re releasing something that has been frozen under the ice for centuries. You’ve got to admit that sounds spectacular. What makes it more even more spectacular? Ron Perlman (no relation to Rhea). This is playing at the IFC Center.

Ron Perlman

Into the Wild: Apparently Sean Penn called Zach Galifianakis one day and asked him what he would be doing the following week. Galifianakis responded that he would probably be “going to Arby’s.” Penn instead convinced both Galifianakis and Vince Vaughn to spend two weeks with him in a hunting lodge in South Dakota. This was where they talked about Penn’s new movie, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. People often forget that Sean Penn is a pretty damn good director (The Crossing Guard, The Pledge). Between all of that and a soundtrack featuring Pearl Jam, I can safely say that this is my pick of the week. This is playing at the Landmark Sunshine.

Eastern Promises has also opened wide and is playing at BAM, Cobble Hill and the Pavilion.

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Last week Jon Stewart was chosen as the host of the next Oscar ceremony in February of 2008. I don’t watch award shows very often, because I usually find them boring. For some reason, I saw the MTV Video Music Awards. They weren’t hosted by anyone, but were clearly edited by a six year old on speed, and hence the lack of a host was barely noticed. I missed the Emmys last weekend but heard that Ryan Seacrest was the host, so I can only assume it was as exciting as watching an ironing board with a microphone propped up in front of it. I always watch the Oscars however. I guess I have been watching them for so long, that it is for purely nostalgic purposes that I endure the long, useless ceremony. And now Jon Stewart, after being put on hold for a year in exchange for Ellen DeGeneres’ funny but harmless shtick, is back to host once again. While I like Jon Stewart, I sadly think that even The Daily Show is becoming a little stale and tedious. I think he is an incredibly smart guy, and obviously funny, but one can only remain smart and funny for so long. His last hosting job was humorous at times, but ultimately quite bland.

As a side note, while 2008 has already been chosen, I’d like to make a recommendation for 2009: Zach Galifianakis. I think this would make people watch, and actually get excited about what they might see. Uncomfortable playing even smaller comedy clubs, Galifianakis often resorts to getting drunk on stage, yelling at his audience and making fun of how fat, bald, ugly or boring his audience members can be. Wouldn’t this be great when surrounded by the Hollywood elite? Never content to remain on stage, he would travel through the audience and hound people. He could make Harvey Weinstein sweat, Laura Linney shiver and Renee Zellwegger cry. I can already see him opening with the question “What was it Jack Valenti used to say about eating pussy?”

Zach Galifianakis

Obviously, this will never happen, but why not at least make the ceremony more interesting? Maybe never have anyone host more than once? Billy Crystal might be funny the first time, but after award show number seventeen, he kind of loses his appeal. The Academy Awards will always be a show for old Hollywood, where celebrities go to have their egos stroked. It’s the place where Crash beats out Brokeback Mountain, Celine Dion wins over Elliott Smith and Taxi Driver loses to Rocky. I just wish the ploddingly dull ceremony in which these awards were handed out could at least hold some element of surprise.

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