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My Days at Elba

As decided in various formal and informal meetings, I will soon be promoted to video game bureau chief, and will be unable to focus on the more casual past times of television and cinema. Gorging in my final days of plebiality, tonight I headed to a sold-out showing of Will Ferrell's new vehicle, Step Brothers. What I discovered was something not entirely unlike the other Ferrell movies that exist - a comedy.

Actually, what I discovered was something not unlike Hot Rod - a movie that falls completely flat in terms of plot (the groundwork for great comedy?), yet, once given up upon in that aspect, delivers an enjoyable enough experience. I experienced the film in three stages:

Stage 1: This is really going to be like this, isn't it? Will I really be able to handle random references and low-brow penile jokes for another 100-odd minutes? Wow, the girls here in the theater can't really be old enough for this R-rated movie, can they? Can they...

Stage 2: Hmmm.... life is short... maybe I should quit my job before the year is up... Hey! A movie screen! Oh yeah I remember; they're step brothers and they hate and like each other and do crazy things! I should buy that land in Bulgaria...

Stage 3: (Ferrell says something) Ha! Pretty good! (C. Reilly makes a funny face) Dude, that smile is funny! (Other characters do things) What a bunch of weirdoes! I can't believe she's fantasizing about him as a lumberjack! Ha! I wonder if the girls here are thinking about me like that...

That's all.

In other important news, Spaced DVDs were released in America this month. This is the almost-decade year old television series that begat Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, if you didn't know because you're dense or live in America or something. I've already seen the show a couple of times through because I lived in England and definitely didn't download the episodes illegally. I don't think some of the quick cutaways survived the influx of cutaways thrown at us in recent years (Family Guy, Arrested Development - thesis question: Are cutaways our generation's laugh track?), but that is a minor point for a show that generally sprinkles laughter, intelligence, and - let's be honest - heart, in all the right places. (This is why I'm not allowed to write about TV...)

Maybe I should check the price before I suggest it, though... Amazon has it for 60 scratch 35 dollars. I don't get it. Was it ever actually sold at the higher price, or is that a total mind-f to trick us into thinking Amazon is our best bud? Let me check Best Buy...60 scratch 40 dollars. Hmm... Best Buy is kind of our friend, but maybe just using us for our Nintendo. Okay, so Spaced was never 60 dollars, I guess, so don't buy it for that price. Just wait for me to buy it off Amazon and then sell it to you at Best Buy prices. Savvy?

And for my final announcement, I would like to say that I am so, so happy I will not be stuck as movie bureau chief at the Blogulator. Observe the trailer I was forced to view before the (remember this) R-rated Step Brothers:

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  1. Blogger Brigitte | 12:22 PM |  

    60 scratch 35 dollars?? that's almost a 50% savings! I can't afford not to get it!!

    I sort of really want to see Step Brothers...but I definitely really want to adopt those dogs. Or other dogs. I don't want them to wonder about where their next meal or next tummy scratch will come from!

  2. Blogger Sean | 12:49 PM |  

    Anyone hear about how some people are making an American 'Spaced' and how the new producers basically went around Simon and Jessica (is that her name?)'s backs to make it. I heard the two of them were pissed about it.

  3. Blogger chris | 2:07 PM |  

    I definitely need to buy Spaced and I definitely will see Step Brothers. Note the difference in auxiliary verbs used.

  4. Blogger qualler | 2:18 PM |  

    Sean, I did not hear about that scandal, but I do believe that it is indeed, what the kids are calling these days, "ridonkulous." Man, what's the deal with network TV taking all the British stuff, eh? At least HBO is taking a British show by making the actual people from Britain make a version of it for the US (Little Britain USA). Yeah, I went there.

  5. Blogger DoktorPeace | 3:01 PM |  

    "McSpaced," as it was called, has been canceled last I heard. Peggers talked about it on his MySpace, and posted a script addendum to his Spaced series that he wrote up in the midst of the previous anger. I'm too lazy to post the link, and it's only interesting if you've already seen the show anyway.

  6. Blogger Sean | 4:12 PM |  

    so there isn't going to be an american version of spaced? that's lame. i wanted to watch the new version and go "the british one was better, it was darker and more subtle" just like i did for the office.

    take that steve carrell.

  7. Blogger DoktorPeace | 4:38 PM |  

    Steve Carrell just txt-ed me.

    He's pissed.

  8. Blogger Sean | 5:26 PM |  

    what's he going to do? play the same character over and over at me?

    not scared.

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