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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis Announce Cubs Lineup, Claim Darwin Barney Likes Nude Walks

Funnier than unfunny John Bartholomew Tucker/Joey Faye banter? You decide!

As if they have to do any sort of promotion for what appears to be the comedy of the summer, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are on the campaign trail for their upcoming movie Campaign. The duo were in Chicago on Wednesday night to throw out the first pitch and announce the Cubs starting lineups. In typical Ferrell fashion, the two added in hysterically false statements about many members of the Cubs starting nine, including Geovany Soto being an accountant at a Styrofoam cooling company in his spare time.

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   1. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: July 19, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4186866)
Campaign is a movie that I very much anticipate seeing...
   2. JJ1986 Posted: July 19, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4186871)
This movie looks like an excuse for Ferrell to do George Bush again in 2012.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM (#4186877)
i pronounce the pitcher's name the same way
   4. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4186883)
This movie looks like an excuse for Ferrell to do George Bush again in 2012.


Not that there's anything wrong with that, but the previews look otherwise...

FWIW - I watched Ferrell's "You're Welcome, America" with a cousin that was an actual Bush 'ranger' fundraiser and I think he found it just as funny as I did. The portion where Ferrell/W describes exploring an abandoned mine with Jeb, HW, and Neil still makes my sides hurt.
   5. Cabbage Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4186885)
Don't blame me, I wanted Lorne Michaels to cast Kodos.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4186905)

This movie looks like an excuse for Ferrell to do George Bush again in 2012.


I thought so too until I saw the previews. Ferrell actually seems to be a campaign aide, and is channeling a toned-down version of Ron Burgundy or Robert Goulet. Zack G is the candidate, and he's channeling the effiminite southerner character he did in that dog-show sketch on SNL a year or so ago. Looks pretty funny, although I think Ferrell can be hit or miss these days.
   7. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4186911)
Ferrell actually seems to be a campaign aide

I think you're mistaken. Ferrell plays the smug, overly confident incumbent.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM (#4186914)
I thought Ferrell was playing the guy who thought he deserved the seat based simply on who he was and who was the overwhelming favorite despite constant public screw-ups.
   9. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4186921)
I thought Ferrell was playing the guy who thought he deserved the seat based simply on who he was and who was the overwhelming favorite despite constant public screw-ups.

That might be it, too. They are definitely both candidates. Hi-jinx will ensue!
   10. Dock Ellis Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4186923)
I saw the poster and thought Zach Galifianakis was Nick Offerman and I got excited, and then a tad bummed when I realized it wasn't.
   11. Famous Original Joe C Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4186972)
I saw the poster and thought Zach Galifianakis was Nick Offerman and I got excited, and then a tad bummed when I realized it wasn't.

Nick Offerman is great, but Zach has another gear, IMO. YMMV.
   12. Dock Ellis Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4186988)
Hey, I think Zach is great, and likely the better actor. But I've been looking forward to seeing Nick Offerman flex his chops in other things. The fact that Offerman was not nominated for an Emmy this morning is a bit infuriating to me.
   13. Bote Man Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4186990)
The fact that Will Ferrell is in any movie is an affront to moviegoers everywhere.
   14. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4187002)
Offerman is a longtime dramatic actor in theater, so it wouldn't surprise me if he were actually a better actor than Galifinakis, who came up as a stand-up comic. Galifinakis is probably more naturally funny, but I would bet Offerman would win an act-off. It'll be interesting to see what he does with his non-P&R stuff.

Both guys are awesome, though.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4187029)
in typical Ferrell fashion, the two added in hysterically false statements about many members of the Cubs


Someone needs to give me a link to that lineup announcement. There was nothing funny in the one posted above.
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4187035)
The fact that Will Ferrell is in any movie is an affront to moviegoers everywhere.


They still make movies with Ben Stiller, at least Ferrel has made people laugh by channelling someone other than Jack Tripper.

The fact that they are making a fourth Transformer movie, is an affront to movie goers everywhere. Vin Diesel had a 5 second career....there are a lot worse things than Will Ferrell.
   17. Famous Original Joe C Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4187048)
[14] - ellsbury - yes, agree 100%.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4187061)

The fact that they are making a fourth Transformer movie, is an affront to movie goers everywhere. Vin Diesel had a 5 second career....there are a lot worse things than Will Ferrell.


They made THREE TWILIGHT MOVIES!!!
   19. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4187190)
May be too late to start my own semi-OT subject, but apropos of all the recent discussions about Barney's defense:

http://www.chadmoriyama.com/2012/07/gifcap-darwin-barney-makes-the-tag-of-the-year/

Pretty good play.
   20. cooper7d7 Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4187231)
They made THREE TWILIGHT MOVIES!!!


There are 4 with talk of more!
   21. cooper7d7 Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4187233)
Pretty sure Will recently did a similar bit with the Bulls and Hornets, no?
   22. Mark Edward Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4187245)
The fact that Will Ferrell is in any movie is an affront to moviegoers everywhere.


I really did not like Ferrell's tenure on SNL and I'm really surprised he's become a comedic superstar. Outside of George Bush, his impersonations fell flat. His recurring characters were overall pretty horrible, especially the Spartan cheerleader & the Night at the Roxbury guy (though that may be the fault of the writers).

He's kinda sorta won me over with Anchorman & Elf so at the very least I can tolerate him now, but I didn't think he would be the superstar of that mid-90s SNL class. I always thought Darrell Hammond & Chris Parnell had more talent.
   23. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM (#4187741)
Nick Offerman is great, but Zach has another gear, IMO. YMMV.


MMDVMV. And no way do I trust a canoe crafted by Galifiniakis.

Vin Diesel had a 5 second career


Vin Diesel was in Pitch Black, which alone grants that he should have had a career. That Fast & Furious and Fast Five were both dumb fun easily makes his career valid.

There are 4 with talk of more!


Even the Rifftrax couldn't make Breaking Dawn Part 1 worth watching. Eclipse has the best homoerotic scene ever filmed by Hollywood, though. Let boring Bella freeze, guys, and get that hot werewolf on vampire action on!

This lineup reading was dire. Somewhere Bill Murray groaned.

   24. MM1f Posted: July 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4187744)
Soto might have brighter future as a styrofoam cooler company accountant right now anyway.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 01:31 AM (#4187752)
Vin Diesel was in Pitch Black,


I love/hated that movie. Vin Diesel was great, the concept was great, the effects were fun. But I just could not get over how massively stupid all the other characters were. It makes me think the Republicans are going to actually win and the human race is going evolve to the point that they have completely lost the ability do any critical thinking. I can suspend my disbelief for a planet full of apes, I can accept wizards throwing spells, I can even accept a world in which someone somewhere laughed at a Ben Stiller movie, but I could not get over the relative stupidity of every single other character in that movie(except Diesel and the Sheriff)

(less said about the fast and furious the better....I had no idea that cars could shift into top gear 6 times during a straight away....if you are watching a movie, in which one scene, ever, is a close up of a person shifting gears in a car, and you are enjoying it, you my friend, is what is wrong with the human race.) :)



   26. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 20, 2012 at 01:43 AM (#4187755)
in typical Ferrell fashion, the two added in hysterically false statements about many members of the Cubs

Someone needs to give me a link to that lineup announcement. There was nothing funny in the one posted above.


If the basketball intro was "Ghostbusters," this Cubs one was "Ghostbusters 2." (And the basketball intro wasn't "Ghostbusters.")
   27. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:21 AM (#4187763)
less said about the fast and furious the better


A sports car drove under a tractor trailer. A SPORTS CAR DROVE UNDER A TRACTOR TRAILER. How does the 6 year old in you not enjoy that?
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:32 AM (#4187765)
A sports car drove under a tractor trailer. A SPORTS CAR DROVE UNDER A TRACTOR TRAILER. How does the 6 year old in you not enjoy that?


A motorcycle took out a helicopter...didn't turn die harderest into a decent movie either.

I was still having flashbacks to them shifting gears on the car again. I think they were in 9th gear by that time. Of course it doesn't help that I'm not a car guy, that I think the worse part of any action movie is the stupid chase sequences. For every Return of the Jedi or Jackie Chan movie with a great chase sequence, you get 10 Matrix 2/Die hardest/Terminator 3 waste of screen time that is designed only to chew up time since the movies didn't bother to actually have a plot. So you can imagine how much I wasn't going to enjoy a movie, that the entire "plot" was a chase sequence in (boring)cars.

   29. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM (#4187766)
You sir, do not have the same "dumb fun" gear that I do. Can we agree that all of the Transformers movies are abominations?
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:00 AM (#4187767)
Can we agree that all of the Transformers movies are abominations?


Absolutely. With the caveat that the GI Joe movie managed to perform the impossible and actually be worse than Transformers.
   31. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:20 AM (#4187770)


Absolutely. With the caveat that the GI Joe movie managed to perform the impossible and actually be worse than Transformers.


But the point is, you've seen all these movies! If everyone would stop paying $13.75 for these pieces of #### maybe they will go away. But no, I know adults with kids and a mortgage who went to see the new Batman or Spiderman on the opening weekend. Oooh, let me guess, it's a wise cracking, happy-go-lucky Batman. No? Dark and edgy? Wow, I'm shocked.

Looks pretty funny, although I think Ferrell can be hit or miss these days.

No one is going to argue with that. Ninety minutes of comedy is hard. They can't all be winners.


He's kinda sorta won me over with Anchorman & Elf so at the very least I can tolerate him now,


Tough crowd. Two comedy 10s moved you all the way to "Yeah, I guess he's adequate. Maybe Chris Parnell level talent after all."
   32. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:56 AM (#4187774)
Shame on all of you churls for not encouraging young talent.
   33. Rants Mulliniks Posted: July 20, 2012 at 09:22 AM (#4187825)
Galifinakis is probably more naturally funny, but I would bet Offerman would win an act-off.


Neither one of them could touch Gary Johnston with a 10 foot pole.
   34. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 20, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4187828)
They still make movies with Ben Stiller, at least Ferrel has made people laugh by channelling someone other than Jack Tripper.


Hey, "Tropic Thunder" was awesome.
   35. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: July 20, 2012 at 09:39 AM (#4187831)
Fit matters a hell of a lot more with acting than with baseball.

Ferrell did (what sounds like) something similar for an NBA game some time back - not all that funny. I had mixed feelings about his SNL tenure, but he's done a surprising amount of good work in movies, apparently you can shoe his man-child act into a number of different settings.
   36. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4188043)
Hey, "Tropic Thunder" was awesome.


Thanks to Tom Cruise. He made that movie.
But the point is, you've seen all these movies! If everyone would stop paying $13.75 for these pieces of #### maybe they will go away. But no, I know adults with kids and a mortgage who went to see the new Batman or Spiderman on the opening weekend. Oooh, let me guess, it's a wise cracking, happy-go-lucky Batman. No? Dark and edgy? Wow, I'm shocked.


Those movies had potential. GI Joe is a franchise you almost have to intentionally screw up to make a failure movie(that and not understand basic physics....thanks to the Joe movie, I now know that if I'm underwater that ice can fall on top of me and damage me..and knowing is half the battle)

I saw Transformers from the $5 bin. Gi Joe from Redbox. I will see the Batman movie in the theater, even though it stars a less than worthy human being, I guess the sheer awesomeness of Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman can make up for the retched human being that is the guy playing batman. I will probably purchase the Spiderman movie when it hits $9 (although I still haven't seen the third movie yet)
   37. JJ1986 Posted: July 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4188057)
What did Christian Bale do?
   38. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4188062)
What did Christian Bale do?

went full retard at the lighting director.

I find people to be despicable human beings if they treat the help in the way that Bale did. I can now easily imagine him stiffing waiters, being a condescending dick to valets, and treating his maid like dirt.
   39. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4188185)
A motorcycle took out a helicopter...didn't turn die harderest into a decent movie either.

ERRONEOUS!
   40. McCoy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4188197)
I find people to be despicable human beings if they treat the help in the way that Bale did. I can now easily imagine him stiffing waiters, being a condescending dick to valets, and treating his maid like dirt.

The lighting director is not the "help". Bale's biggest sin on Terminator was demanding to play the Connor role and thus requiring them to beef up the role. Connor originally was supposed to get about 3 minutes of screen time at the end of the movie. They wanted Bale to play the Terminator role that Sam Worthington eventually got but Bale really wanted to be Connor.
   41. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4188215)
The lighting director is not the "help".


Bale is the higher ranking, bigger person in the group. I would find his actions despicable if he was a ceo at a fortune 500, if he was a ball player yelling at the bullpen coach, or he was a teacher yelling at a student. It is indicative of his personality that he went full retard on the guy, and I cannot stomach a person like that. Every time I see him in a role now, I keep thinking "what a ####### dick".... regardless of the role. I never saw the Terminator movie for that exact reason.



   42. McCoy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4188217)
The world ain't made up of absolute black and white events. Bale unloaded on a guy. Big deal. He might have done it because he views the other guy as sub human or he might have done it simply because he was really ticked or a billion other reasons. I'd bet billions of dollars that every single person on this planet has unloaded on someome at least once in their life and the only difference between your unloading on someone and Bale's is that Bale got his recorded and he is famous enough that more than just yourself and the guy you unloaded on cared about the incident.
   43. bachslunch Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4188236)
The fact that Will Ferrell is in any movie is an affront to moviegoers everywhere.

I did pretty much like "Elf," but otherwise I'm not a big fan of the films he has been in that I've seen. Mind you, there are several I have never wanted to waste my time sitting in front of in the first place.

But that's still a better big-screen track record that Chevy Chase. Has anyone ever had such a long and undistinguished film career?
   44. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4188260)
But that's still a better big-screen track record that Chevy Chase. Has anyone ever had such a long and undistinguished film career?


"Fletch" is an all-timer. The "Vacation" movies weren't my thing, but they were pretty successful. "Three Amigos" and "Spies Like Us" were also '80s comedies that were pretty good and moderate box office successes.

And my favorite Will Ferrell movie is "The Other Guys".
   45. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4188274)
GI Joe is a franchise you almost have to intentionally screw up to make a failure movie


I see they've postponed the sequel until spring. Although I paid 10 bucks or whatever to see the first one (which was terrible, it's either the worst movie I've ever seen or #2 behind ")Charlie's Angels-Full Throttle"), I was looking forward to any action movie with The Rock and Bruce Willis. Plus, this looks pretty damn cool.
   46. SoSH U at work Posted: July 20, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4188286)
I'd bet billions of dollars that every single person on this planet has unloaded on someome at least once in their life


I'd take you up on that bet if either of us had billions of dollars to gamble (hey, maybe MGL will). You and Christian Bale are not representative of the entire human race. Many, many people* have likely never unloaded on someone period, let alone to the degree that Bale did.

* For the record, I'm not talking about me. Though I don't recall any specific instance, I'm sure I've done it.
   47. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4188301)
I see they've postponed the sequel until spring. Although I paid 10 bucks or whatever to see the first one (which was terrible, it's either the worst movie I've ever seen or #2 behind ")Charlie's Angels-Full Throttle"), I was looking forward to any action movie with The Rock and Bruce Willis. Plus, this looks pretty damn cool.


I was looking forward to the sequel, which is sad considering how utterly horrible the first one was, but as I stated, you almost have to intentionally screw up that formula.

It's simple 1. action movie. 2. clear cut good guy and bad guy. 3. world wide threat. 4. Ninja Fight(or two with some of the similar subtext as the Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader fights) 5. Cool Unique identifying costumes for everyone. 6. Vehicles, but no mecha armor(or any type of enhanced armor, the joes are about the soldiers and their unique capabilities, not generic mechas) 7. The Baronness is a very capable, independent bad guy, not some brainwashed bimbo. She is a bad guy that makes every naughty librarian fantasy even better. and of course 8. ICE FLOATS.

The world ain't made up of absolute black and white events. Bale unloaded on a guy. Big deal. He might have done it because he views the other guy as sub human or he might have done it simply because he was really ticked or a billion other reasons


And it's perfectly alright with me to not like him for that. There is a difference between a 15 second unload and a 2+ minute rant that belittles the guy, who by all accounts is one of the top men in his field. If Bale was 20 years old, he could be forgiven, at 30+ years old that is the actions of an entitled prick, and he's to old to change, and there are to many other actors out there that can take my hard earned cash.
   48. Daunte Vicknabbit! Posted: July 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM (#4188359)
GI Joe was intentionally made for and marketed towards dumb conservative middle Americans. I don't say this to condescend to all middle Americans, or to imply that all conservatives are dumb, or anything of the sort. I'm saying that GI Joe was made specifically for that kind of audience, to the point where the producers even basically came out and said it:

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/03/business/fi-ct-gijoe3
   49. McCoy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4188365)
There is a difference between a 15 second unload and a 2+ minute rant that belittles the guy, who by all accounts is one of the top men in his field. I

So then Bale wasn't unloading on the "help". You don't like him because you heard a clip of him yelling at somebody and then have made huge generalizations about Bale because of it. Hey, that is your right but it would be nice if just once somebody on the internet wouldn't make huge absolute statements about strangers they barely know based on scant evidence.
   50. cardsfanboy Posted: July 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4188429)
GI Joe was intentionally made for and marketed towards dumb conservative middle Americans. I don't say this to condescend to all middle Americans, or to imply that all conservatives are dumb, or anything of the sort. I'm saying that GI Joe was made specifically for that kind of audience, to the point where the producers even basically came out and said it:


Then they missed their target audience the second they made them a member of the U.N. (mind you, I know that they did that for the overseas market, but as Captain America's success overseas has shown, that is probably stressing out too much about an issue that others don't really care about)

If you wanted to market to conservatives, the movie writes itself, you open with the destruction of an american monument along with a financial attack that destabilizes money, you make destro and baroness clearly hedonist, you make Cobra's stated goals to destroy democratically elected societies and rule over them. You throw in the token black character(like they did) who isn't actually competent so that he wouldn't threaten white america. Make cobra an analogy for socialism/, in that all the soldiers look alike and fight alike and are more or less robots cared for by Cobra. who are overcome by a smaller but individualized independent force through grit and guile. Good action sequence, some funny pithy remarks, and you have a much better movie that that abomination.

So then Bale wasn't unloading on the "help". You don't like him because you heard a clip of him yelling at somebody and then have made huge generalizations about Bale because of it. Hey, that is your right but it would be nice if just once somebody on the internet wouldn't make huge absolute statements about strangers they barely know based on scant evidence.


I will make a generalization about a guy who goes off on a two minute rant in his work environment. It's a dick, priviliged move. Real people cannot do that at their place of employment, but because he's some uber star he is allowed to exist in a world that social norms aren't expected from him? #### HIM. That two minute rant is enough to prove the type of person he is.
   51. NJ in NY (Now with Baby!) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4188506)
Is this the TDKR discussion thread?
   52. I am going to be Frank Posted: July 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM (#4188549)
I thought Old School was hilarious and a lot of that was due to Ferrell's role in it - Luke Wilson seems to be the definition of "generic" and not a fan of Vaughn. It was overplayed but "More Cowbell" was one of the most memorable SNL skits ever. As for his other roles I could care less.

Growing up I always though Dana Carvey was much funnier than Mike Myers.

   53. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: July 21, 2012 at 04:08 AM (#4188584)
It makes me think the Republicans are going to actually win and the human race is going evolve to the point that they have completely lost the ability do any critical thinking.


The Republicans are the critical thinkers, my friend.

Why is it every other liberal is like the college freshman philosophy student that thinks he's suddenly unlocked the truth of the universe and nobody else can understand?
   54. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 21, 2012 at 04:39 AM (#4188588)
Will Ferrell was really good in Stranger than Fiction, in a atypical role for him. There's a lot of money to be made making stupid comedies but I think he could throw in a few more of those roles in as well.
   55. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: July 21, 2012 at 05:54 AM (#4188594)
Zack G is the candidate, and he's channeling the effiminite southerner character he did in that dog-show sketch on SNL a year or so ago.


He's doing Seth Galifianakis.


   56. bachslunch Posted: July 22, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4189178)
"Fletch" is an all-timer. The "Vacation" movies weren't my thing, but they were pretty successful. "Three Amigos" and "Spies Like Us" were also '80s comedies that were pretty good and moderate box office successes.

Haven't seen "Fletch." Reviews look mixed on it -- maybe someday. Sufficiently disliked "Three Amigos" that I gave up on it partway through.

I'm also not equating "undistinguished" and "financially successful," myself, though some might do so.
   57. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 23, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4189539)

But that's still a better big-screen track record that Chevy Chase. Has anyone ever had such a long and undistinguished film career?


What the hell? Caddyshack is one of the funniest movies ever. How do you possibly call that undistinguished?
   58. bachslunch Posted: July 23, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4189547)
Caddyshack is one of the funniest movies ever.

I didn't like the film at all, sorry. Among other things, didn't laugh once. YMMV.
   59. Gaelan Posted: July 23, 2012 at 09:02 AM (#4189569)
I thought Anchorman was utterly without humor. Turned it off halfway, didn't laugh once. Loved Old School.
   60. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: July 23, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4189605)
Anchorman and The Life Aquatic are the two movies that I saw, didn't care for, and then really liked upon a second viewing (for very different reasons).
   61. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM (#4189650)
Life Aquatic gets better with every viewing, and I've seen it like 30 times.
   62. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4189668)
Stop acting like d-bag trolls and trying to hijack a non-political thread into a political one. There's already a monthly Red Diaper Baby thread that's still active and ongoing specifically for the purpose of this crap.
   63. Kurt Posted: July 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4189669)
Caddyshack is one of the funniest movies ever.

There are lots of people with worse film careers than Chevy Chase but he's at best a distant fourth on the list of reasons Caddyshack is so great, behind Rodney, Knight and Murray.
   64. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4189684)
I didn't like the film at all, sorry. Among other things, didn't laugh once. YMMV.


But, really? Seriously? What movies do you find funny? I am very curious.

There are lots of people with worse film careers than Chevy Chase but he's at best a distant fourth on the list of reasons Caddyshack is so great, behind Rodney, Knight and Murray.
Oh, totally agree he wasn't what made the movie, but to say that he had an undistinguished career and not even mention Caddyshack is not right. Also, I love Christmas Family Vacation, which Chase does make, so I am a bit jaded. The other Vacation movies I can do without.
   65. bachslunch Posted: July 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4189706)
But, really? Seriously? What movies do you find funny? I am very curious.

Some Marx Brothers films such as "Duck Soup" and "Monkey Business," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Some Like It Hot," various Woody Allen films such as "Annie Hall" and "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Manhattan," various silents such as "The Playhouse" (Buster Keaton) and "The Adventurer" (Charlie Chaplin) and "Safety Last" (Harold Lloyd), "M*A*S*H," "The Lady Eve," a few Mel Brooks films such as "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein," "Groundhog Day," "American Graffiti," "Airplane!," "This is Spinal Tap," "His Girl Friday," "A Fish Called Wanda," "My Cousin Vinny," "Arsenic and Old Lace," "The Philadelphia Story," "The Bank Dick," "The Thin Man," "Mr. Hulot's Holiday," "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Best in Show," "Bull Durham," and "Clerks." And that doesn't count animated films.

Again, YMMV.
   66. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4189749)
#65- - Thanks. It's funny, but I think Caddyshack fits perfectly in your list. As you say 'YMMV'.
   67. Delorians Posted: July 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4189774)
'Loved Old School.'

When I glanced at this thread's headline I first saw 'Will Ferrell...nude walks' and immediately thought of this movie.
   68. Lassus Posted: July 23, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4189778)
Stop acting like d-bag trolls and trying to hijack a non-political thread into a political one. There's already a monthly Red Diaper Baby thread that's still active and ongoing specifically for the purpose of this crap.

Do I need to paste in your political baiting from a chatter, Joey?
   69. PreservedFish Posted: July 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4189782)
I thought Anchorman was utterly without humor. Turned it off halfway, didn't laugh once. Loved Old School.


Will Ferrell has roughly (or exactly) two modes in his movies: the smug idiot, and the nebbish loser. The smug idiot is tiresome, I think.
   70. NJ in NY (Now with Baby!) Posted: July 23, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4189784)
I thought Anchorman was utterly without humor. Turned it off halfway, didn't laugh once. Loved Old School.

Meanwhile, I think Old School is really funny, but have Anchorman as my favorite comedic effort of all time. I've watched it at least 30+ times at this point and consistently find new things to laugh at. Upon first viewing I thought it was good, but the more I watched it the more I appreciated it. I'm very worried that the sequel will ruin things.
   71. Tuque Posted: July 23, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4189818)
I find people to be despicable human beings if they treat the help in the way that Bale did. I can now easily imagine him stiffing waiters, being a condescending dick to valets, and treating his maid like dirt.


Just to clarify, it's not the "lighting director" it's the Director of Photography or cinematographer - which is one of the most important roles on the set, behind only the director and producer. He's there every day, for every frame of every shot, and he's the one who is primarily in charge of the look and feel of the movie - and he has a whole slew of people working underneath him - ACs and dolly operators and grip and electric, often dozens of people, sometimes hundreds, especially on a huge set like Batman. He works intimately with makeup and costuming and visual effects and production designers. He's not the "help" - one could argue that he's substantially more important than Christian Bale, or at least an equal. He's nearly as difficult to replace as Bale is, especially at that point in the production process.

Also, the story that I've heard is that the DP wouldn't stop fiddling around with equipment on set while scenes were being shot. Moving around while a scene is being shot is strongly frowned upon, and is, especially for someone like Bale who takes his performance extremely seriously, potentially very distracting. It's a huge no-no and the DP shouldn't have been doing it.

There's also the fact that film shoots are incredibly stressful situations. You're often stuck in enclosed spaces doing hours upon hours of incredibly tedious and monotonous work, with a large group of very ambitious and often egotistical people, under an incredibly tight schedule and with a whole shitload of outside restrictions. It is ####### hard. That can lead to temper flare-ups in even the nicest people.

Bale almost certainly went over the line, but to say that he "went full retard at the help" is just wrong. He freaked out on a coworker for repeatedly distracting him (and some would argue disrespecting him) during work he took incredibly seriously, in circumstances which would test the sanity of even the calmest and friendliest of people even if they weren't the guy working under hot lights in uncomfortable costumes trying to recreate the emotional turmoil of being an insane revenge-fueled orphan superhero.
   72. Lassus Posted: July 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4189845)
That's a very thoughtful and most likely accurate explanation, Tuque. But after reading it, all I could think was that things are tough all over, and Bale still basically acted like a complete dick. I have a hard time believing that the Director of Photography at that level would be acting like a high school lighting nerd. As neither of us were there, I'm thinking Bale being a complete tool is a lot more likely than Nolan's Director of Photography being a clueless, incompetent dork.
   73. Martin Hemner Posted: July 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4189862)
Haven't seen "Fletch." Reviews look mixed on it -- maybe someday. Sufficiently disliked "Three Amigos" that I gave up on it partway through.

I recently saw Three Amigos again, and I don't think guys like Chase and Steve Martin have aged well. At the time the Vacation movies were made, the humor was edgy, and Chase's slapstick was pretty unique. Now, with the boundaries for good taste having moved so much, guys like Ferrell could go further than Chase ever could, so by comparison, what was going on was lame. Caddyshack was hilarious twenty years ago when I first saw it, but it's also not the same today. If Caddyshack were remade today, rather than the screaming caused by the stray Baby Ruth bar in the pool, I'm sure you would have a much more literal re-interpretation of that by some of today's comics, with a lot more graphic references to human waste.

None of this is to excuse Chase's later movies like Funny Farm and Vegas Vacation, which were abominations in any era.
   74. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4191771)
An update on Bale:

Apparently he just visited the victims of the Colorado shooting that are still in the hospital and went to a memorial for the dead pretty much unannounced and without media attention. Maybe he is not as evil as Hitler?
   75. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4191791)
OHHHHHH GOOD FOR HIM
   76. cardsfanboy Posted: July 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4191824)
If Caddyshack were remade today, rather than the screaming caused by the stray Baby Ruth bar in the pool, I'm sure you would have a much more literal re-interpretation of that by some of today's comics, with a lot more graphic references to human waste.


A literal interpretation of that scene wouldn't be as funny. Which might explain the problem with comedies today, if they think it would.

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