Thursday, May 25, 2006

Film 2006: Year of the Comedy?

I love going to the movies but it's been a few bad years especially for comedies. For every 40 Year Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers, there have been at least 5 bad parodies, Scary Movie 4, 5 & 6 as well as Date Movie, Shit Movie and Bullshit Movie. And that movie where Marlon Wayans played a baby. I think that happened already. The Wayans brothers are genius.

(Note: While adding links, I saw a preview for this Marlon Wayans as a scary talking baby movie, it's called Little Man of course and it will be arriving very soon to much acclaim. Thsy should have made White Chicks 2 instead.)

But comedy is truly back on track, with the upcoming realease of 4 films. 2 Sacha Baron Cohen sightings, and of course 2 Jack Black films, one of the four stars Will Farrell. This is what I've been waiting for. Sacha Baron Cohen is also known as Ali G. He will co-star this summer in a piece of genius entitled Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. It's a Nascar comedy. I don't know what sounds funnier. Will Farrell playing a cahracter named Ricky Bobby, or that Ali G is playing his French arch racing enemy. All this from the team that brought you Anchorman. I will be there.

Here's the synopsis from multiple places:

"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby tells the story of NASCAR racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell), whose “win at all costs” approach has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner and childhood friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo that thrill their fans by finishing most races in the top spots - with Ricky Bobby always leading the pack. When a flamboyant French Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), challenges him for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing’s top driver."

Here's the trailer.

Yet, this was all spurned on by my shock and awe of a Borat film that just premiered at Cannes(?) Holy shit. The basic premise of this movie, no joke, is that Borat sees Pamela Anderson and Baywatch and goes on a cross country road trip to find her and marry her. It was directed by Larry Charles, writer of Seinfeld and Entourage. How did I not know about this? Makes me want to go and pull out my copy of Da Ali G Movie.

Here's a review of the Borat movie on Ain't It Cool News.

Jack Black is in the upcoming Nacho Libre from Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite. The previews have been all over the place. Jack Black with a Jheri curl and a Mexican accent, and wrestling, this is going to be a good one.

Then of course, there is the Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny... also known as possibly the greatest film ever made about the greatest band that has ever existed who played the greatest song in the world but could only record a tribute. Whew.

Here's a plot summary accoridng to IMDB:

"This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes' quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick Of Destiny..."

I have a feeling it's going to be quite a seocnd half of the year

Release Dates for these Films:
Nacho Libre (June 16, 2006)
Talladega Nights (Aug. 4, 2006)
Tenacious D (Nov. 17, 2006)
Borat (Nov. 3, 2006)

Start waiting in line now.

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