Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Comedy Club on the Lot

Well, we’re down to six directors On the Lot. Kenny and Mateen went home. This week the guest judge is Brad Silberling.

Bonus Feature, by Zach Lipovsky. Zach explained a bit about the green screen. In the movie, a young couple rents or buys a car with a super GPS and playstation device. Well, you shouldn’t watch movies while driving. But maybe if the device takes you on a Zathura like trip to other dimensions you can. One shot was in black and white, and we got to see a bit of Grendel from Beowulf. There was a line about “Adventures in the Sun” and “Where we’re going we don’t need bathing suits.” Somehow, this film seemed like an exercise to challenge opposing teams on Donald Trump’s next “Apprentice LA” (and get somebody fired.) Zipovsky is best when he is in the sweet Stephen King parody (as the week before). He probably knows the 1986 thriller about special effects, F/X (Orion, Robert Mandel). (By the way, Garry Marshall once suggested a name change for him, which was not appropriate. His name, as is, could well become a brand.)

Girl Trouble, by Adam Stein. Two guys compare notes on getting laid, like new college roommates would. Then they’ll meet their “girl friends.” Besides the side tour to the petals of American Beauty, trouble is one of the dates has shaggy legs, tearing up the hose (like in The Graduate). There’s a line that making girls shave their legs is a social convention that doesn’t matter biologically. After all, in hazing sessions (like the Tribunals in my book -- here) "they" shave the boys’ legs. Well, it’s time for a payoff, and the other guy has to show his date, too. And there is some gender bending. This is not exactly gay marriage, but it would scare Richard Santorum.

Unplugged, by Will Bigham. This is a takeoff on Pixar, where lamps in a work cubicle come to life. One problem is that the work world is no longer 9 to 5 (as in the famous comedy).

Keep of Grass, by Andrew Hunt. Perhaps a tribute to both The Incredibles and Heroes, some of the latter arrive comic book style, unnoticed by a gardener, and mess up the lawn, especially when getting a call for a transformer explosion somewhere. Even the gnome (as in Marc Horowitz’s Nissan commercial) gets ruffled. This film bears a little similarity to the "Brian the Gnome Slayer" series, discussed here. The Marc Horowitz short is discussed on Oct 31 2006 on this blog.

American Hoe, by Sam Friedlander. There is a homely couple in a living room, planning their wedding, which men aren’t good at. The guy has bought stamps to mail the invitations, that show making a cow, and apparently a slave raking a field – an “American Hoe.” Apparently Hubby didn’t know about Imus.

Old Home Boyz
, by Jason Epperson. This is a bit of a hip-hop reunion with Jason appearing in various ways (embedded) that the critics picked up more on than I did. Again, this seemed like material for “The Apprentice.”

If you want to do comedy club, invite Shia La Beouf (who now has grown up things to do) and Jon Heder.

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