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Tuesday
Nov082011

'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' review - Absurdly stupid, but hella fun

I’ve always had a soft spot for Harold and Kumar. There’s something refreshingly honest in their shenanigans, a proud lack of theatrical ambition that eases moviegoers slowly, tenderly, into the middle of unvarnished lunacy. The cheetah ride in the original film has no right occupying space in my mind as something cinematically classic, nor does the smoking session with George W. Bush that occurred in the second film. These scenes, while highly creative, are absurdly stupid (or stupidly absurd). But they work well because the franchise has never pretended otherwise.

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Saturday
Sep112010

MACHETE was best left as a 2 minute joke (review)

Rating:  (Embarrassing)

Machete is a 105 minute extrapolation of a 2 minute fake trailer; it has some ridiculous moments and some funny moments, but I cannot find a good reason why this movie exists. It started as a joke attached to Grindhouse, meant to poke fun at 70s-style exploitation films and now it is a 70s-style exploitation film. Instead of more fun and ridiculous violence, we mostly get an incomprehensible plot, horrible acting, an out of place Lindsay Lohan, and an endless supply of characters we care nothing about. Robert Rodriguez set out to bring back these films and he has; he's brought back the good and the bad.

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