Friday, January 14, 2011

Wills.

Blades of Glory, 2007, directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck. Written by Jeff Cox.
starring: Will Ferrell, John Heder, Amy Poehler.

"In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team." (IMDB).

I was completely fine with this. I mean, clearly it wasn't meant to win any awards or anything, but I laughed pretty much the whole time. It was crude, and the humor was just embarrassing and dorky, but I thought it was funny. "You smell like urine." "A lot?" or "Whoever invented rope is an asshole," as Ferrell's character struggles to untwine himself from a trap. And can we just talk about the name for a minute? CHAZZ MICHAEL MICHAELS. This makes me laugh now, sitting here alone in the computer room. I have never like Amy Poehler in anything before, certainly not SNL, but I thought she was well-suited for this. It's a silly, slapstick-y bunch of nonsense, but it's good for a lot of chuckles. I can see Will Ferrell's films doing really well in the stoner sector, if you know what I mean.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,  2004, directed by Adam Mckay. Written by Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay.
starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd.

"Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting of the 1970's, but that's all about to change when a new female employee with ambition to burn arrives in his office." (IMDB).

Absolutely not what I was expecting. And while I found it actually less funny than Blades of Glory, I kind of dug the silly little stylistic things they did, almost in an Austin Powers kind of way: the random popping up during his jazz flute bit, the animated TAKE ME TO PLEASURE TOWN scene, bursting out into barbershop quartet "Afternoon Delight?" Silly. Call me crazy, but I thought the shaggy hair, sideburns, and 'stache really worked for Paul Rudd (hot). I haven't been able to watch Steve Carell without clenching for years now, and this didn't help matters. Christina Applegate has always been really pretty, I think she just had to fight hard to shed her Kelly Bundy image; I liked her. And she has cute freckles, never knew that!

There may be a few more Ferrell films on the list but honestly, if they are all like this, I'll be just fine with them. I think he's funny. And for my money, I don't think there's been a more entertaining presidential impersonation than his W. Too bad there's not a film about that.

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