On The Couch #28: Risky Business Aug22

On The Couch #28: Risky Business...

This is one of those “What do you mean you never saw ______?” movies that I’m trying to clear through over the course of this blog. I’m not sure why I never saw Risky Business. I guess I came late to the Tom Cruise party. The first movie I remember watching with Tom Cruise in it was Cocktail. If that last line caused a bulb to light in your head, that’s right, besides never seeing Risky Business, I’ve never seen Top Gun either. But oh man, did I watch Cocktail. I was obsessed with that movie when I was 12. I owned it on VHS and watched it over and over again. I recently watched it again. It’s not very good. I think 12 year old me was a little too hung up on the soundtrack’s one-two punch of Kokomo and Don’t Worry, Be Happy to notice how weak this movie really is. What’s sadder? How much I was obsessed with this movie when I was 12 or the fact that I probably wouldn’t turn it off if it came on TV right now? Risky Business is like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off from Cameron’s point of view. Despite being the more handsome of the pair, Tom Cruise’s Joel is definitely the Cameron to Curtis (BOOGER!!!!) Armstrong’s Miles. It’s Miles who calls the first hooker. It’s Miles who tells Joel “Sometimes you just have to say what the fuck.” Meanwhile, it’s Joel who has the dad who’s obsessed over his expensive sports car. And its’ Joel who is a whiny stick in the mud in every scene except for when he’s getting action from Rebecca De Mornay’s Lana. At least the movie gave us that Bob Seger Old Time Rock N’ Roll dance scene, which...

On The Couch #27: Mystery Team Aug21

On The Couch #27: Mystery Team...

I saw Donald Glover do stand-up in NYC at Comix not too long ago. He was hilarious. If he comes to your town, you should definitely go see him perform. When I heard that he co-wrote and starred in Mystery Team (along with the other members of his sketch comedy group Derrick), I immediately moved it to the top of my queue. You should too. This movie is really funny. It’s full of one-liners that I can definitely see being quoted over and over again, similar to the way I treated Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The State and My Blue Heaven in high school (and beyond). It’s a vegetable. The movie is about three Encyclopedia Brown-esque detectives. Emotionally, they’re 18 going on 12. And they just graduated to their first murder case, which proves to be a little more difficult than figuring out who stuck his finger in a neighbor’s pie. You know you’ve made it when your bike matches your Chucks. If you’re a fan of NBC’s Thursday night comedies, you’ll recognize at least one person from each show in this movie. You’ve got Donald Glover from Community, Aubrey Plaza from Parks & Rec and Ellie Kemper from The Office. 30 Rock gets represented twice, with Kevin Brown and John Lutz. It was impressive to watch John Lutz play a character not named J. Lutz. SNL’s Bobby Moynihan is great as the local convenience store clerk who has a very unnatural fixation on Donald Glover’s character. I don’t know what’s funnier, Bobby Moynihan trying to get his hand in the pile or the Ground Round sign hastily put up over the counter. This is the first movie this year that I watched the movie again with the commentary track on the day after...

At The Theater #29: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Aug12

At The Theater #29: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...

Big thanks to my friend ST for hooking me up with an advance screening ticket to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. You should check out ST’s blog Dear Times Square, which deals with the utter ridiculousness that is Times Square. I loved the Scott Pilgrim movie. I read all six Scott Pilgrim books, but I don’t think they’re a prerequisite for watching this movie. It definitely stands on its own. The screenwriters did a great job of condensing all six books into a 90 minute movie and keeping the quality very high. True story: Evil Ex #2 Lucas Lee was based on skater turned actor Jason Lee. The casting was phenomenal. Top to bottom, every role was cast perfectly, especially the evil exes, who were so perfectly over the top. I feel like most guys have this meter in their heads. Unfortunately, ours are most often set at “No Clue.” Little Things I Liked Best About The Scott Pilgrim Movie: The black bar over Julie Powers’ mouth every time she cursed. This made me laugh each time. And I love that one of the characters asked her how she did that thing with her mouth. The vegan police. This was one of my favorite bits in the comic and I’m glad that it made its way into the movie largely intact. Evil ex #3 is a vegan and gains mental abilities from it. The extent of his betrayal of Envy Adams was cut down, but this whole fight was great. Before this, I always though vegans only possessed the power of disdain. Scott vs. Nega-Scott. I think they improved over the book in this case. The Nega-Scott fight in book 6 was a little too new-agey and a little too expository. But the movie...

On The Couch #26: She’s Out of My League Aug10

On The Couch #26: She’s Out of My League...

She’s Out of My League opened the same weekend as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I chose to see Alice and clearly made the wrong decision. She’s Out of My League and Alice and Wonderland are polar opposites when it comes to expectation and actual experience. My expectations for Alice in Wonderland were very high and it really failed to deliver. My expectations for She’s Out of My League couldn’t have been lower. The trailer made it look like a Maxim dating article come to life. But She’s Out of My League ended up being a very enjoyably cute romantic comedy, one that I wouldn’t mind watching again (something I can’t say about Alice in Wonderland). I chose…poorly. Having spent some time in Pittsburgh, I thought it was cool that the filmmakers decided to incorporate the city into the movie. The two main characters, Kirk (Jay Baruchel) and Molly (Alice Eve) spend a date at a Penguins game and another atop Mt. Washington, or Mt. Worshington as the locals call it. I actually had this wear-the-same-jacket-on-a-date-as-the-waitstaff thing happen to me. Not the best feeling. But if you’re going to set a movie in a city as unique as Pittsburgh, go all the way with it. Where’s the Steelers gear? I have it on good authority that everyone in Pittsburgh is required to own no fewer than two Stilllers tee-shirts, and that really is a bare minimum. This doesn’t include Steelers caps, hats, sweatpants and XXL fatty Starter jackets. The last time I was in Pittsburgh I overheard a woman describe a t-shirt stand in the Strip District as “They have great Stillers shirts, but they don’t have any in womens’ sizes.” She was wearing a Cleveland Sucks t-shirt. In her party were five other...