Posts Tagged ‘Zach Galifianakis’

This week’s releases include: a courtroom period drama; a spy thriller in two different eras; another bachelor party gone wrong; a true story of fantasy and murder; a playful tale with penguins; a look at famous hockey feuds; a consequence of ‘the wrong place, the wrong time’; an adaptation of a childhood classic; a trilogy about a young woman who takes matters into her own hands; and an historical re-enactment.  (more…)

This week’s releases include: a deal with dangerous strings attached; two unlikely companions end up on a road trip together; and a love story about a family dealing with life’s big questions. (more…)

A season of thrills and chills calls for the release of equally spine-tingling entertainment. The inclusion of a few laughs, animation and some film classics makes for a well-rounded and notable month of releases. (more…)

If you ask the majority of movie viewers what the best comedy of 2009 was, most will answer the following: The Hangover.

Doug (Justin Bartha) is getting married and to commemorate the event, his two best friends Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) and his soon-to-be brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis) travel to Vegas for one night of fun that will never be spoken of again. Unfortunately, they cannot remember the events of the night the following morning, nor can they find Doug the day before his wedding. What follows is a very funny and confused attempt to put together the pieces, which include a wedding, a kidnapping and an encounter with Mike Tyson.

Every turn of this absurd tale of drunken shenanigans is hilarious and unexpected. As the guys struggle to figure out what happened the night before by looking for clues and retracing their steps, they stumble upon one surprising incident after another as well as a string of comical characters on which they left various impressions. These include great cameos by Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Epps, Rob Riggle, Ken Jeong and again Mike Tyson.

It would be wrong to spoil any of the film’s surprises by citing specific examples here. So if you haven’t seen it, definitely watch it. And if you have seen it, it’s definitely worthy of repeated viewing.

The special features include: the theatrical and unrated versions of the film, which differ by eight minutes; more pictures from the missing camera; an interactive “map of destruction”; an interview with Jeong; a montage of action scenes from the film; a gag reel; music from the The Dan Band and Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis’ rendition of the “Three Best Friends Song”. Extras exclusive to the Blu-ray include: picture-in-picture commentary; BD-Live features “Cursing Mash-up” and “Iron Mike online teaser”; and a digital copy of the film.

They’re cute; they’re furry; and they’re secret agents with attitude. “Commando[s] that just happen to be guinea pigs.”

Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and their leader Darwin (Sam Rockwell) are highly-trained guinea pigs working for the FBI; their tech expert is a mole named Speckles (Nicolas Cage) and their surveillance is provided by a fly named Mooch. When the Bureau threatens to shutdown their operation, their supervisor, Ben (Zach Galifianakis), sends the special rodents on a mission to recover data from the computer of a suspected terrorist (Bill Nighy) in hopes of rescuing their department from the chopping block. When it appears the mission went awry and Agent Killian (Will Arnett) decides to permanently eliminate the team, Darwin becomes determined to prove it was successful and save the world from the utter destruction he knows is imminent.

The inclusion of voices of well-known actors is more of a draw to adults than kids, but the payoff is negligible; most of their voices are unrecognizable. Cruz attaches a sexy quality to her character, which is amusing, but with the exception of Cruz and Morgan the familiar personalities are hidden under the fur. However, the highlight of the movie is Bucky, the hamster that is part ferret, voiced by Steve Buscemi. He is hilarious and by far the most entertaining element in the film. It’s unfortunate he is only present for one act of the narrative and a short bit at the end. The mice trio are fun too, but chime in with one-liners more than anything else. “The horror, the horror!”

Unlike many of the Pixar animations, G-Force is directed entirely at kids with few jokes just for the adults. In this sense, Disney is successful because the kids will love the movie. The animals are cute and grade school funny. On the other hand, adults will have to settle for the few references to films older than the children they’re accompanying, such as Scarface, The Breakfast Club and Die Hard.