Review: ‘The Details’ Is An Inconsistent But Entertaining Dark Comedy
Described as an “existential horror film,” “The Details” can’t quite reach the same level of excellence as The Coen Brothers' recent “A Serious Man,” another film about a man being punished (or rewarded) by fate based on his actions. Though this film makes a great argument against cheating, these tonal inconsistencies keep it from being in the same league as some of the dark comedies it emulates. [C+]
Review: Todd Rohal's Third Feature 'Nature Calls' Is A Dull, Droning Wrong Number | The Playlist
They're showing this on HDNet Movies today, I think. Already set the DVR. We'll see..."Nature Calls" demonstrates yet again that the real question for any bad script is not "Who wrote this garbage?" but, rather, "Who read this garbage and thought it would make a viable way to spend time?" Rohal has a great cast, a great cinematographer and, sure, even an interesting idea -- but he doesn't have the screenwriting skills that would make the film either an engaging drama/comedy with real characters or an over-the-top spoof. Somehow both curdled and undercooked, this film feels like a curiosity more than anything -- and even with Oswalt and Knoxville's star power, it's likely neither to attract an audience nor hold their attention. You can't help but feel that Rohal's film is going to limp around the festival circuit for a while -- there is, of course, a new film festival every three days, but not a new film festival's worth of good movies every three days -- but if you're somehow somewhere it's screening, bluntly, when "Nature Calls," hang up. [D]
Patton Oswalt on his most memorable roles and giving life advice to Dane Cook | TV | Random Roles | The A.V. Club
So he didn't really like it, either. Ok.I had seen [director] Todd Rohal’s earlier films. He has an almost unique-to-a-fault view of the world and filmmaking. With this film, I think he was trying to do something a little more mainstream. But that attempt, when put through his filter, made it so much more bizarre. I was intrigued by the idea of being the calm center in the middle of a lot of hysteria from other characters—from both my enemies and my allies. The other thing that seduced me was that there was a Bad News Bears feel to it, and I thought maybe it would find a way to filter through the film. I don’t know how successful they were at doing that, but I would always rather shoot for something unique and fail than do a script because I feel like they’re hitting all the right mainstream beats. It certainly wasn’t a boring experience for me.
This is actually a really good read, by the way.
Last edited by adgy-san; November 19th, 2012 at 05:12 PM.
Seth MacFarlane to Direct and Star in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST | Collider
That's a high mark to shoot for...though if anyone can get away with it, he's the guy. We shall see.MacFarlane now has a bit of clout in choosing his next project, and it appears that he’s going an original Western comedy that he co-wrote with Ted/Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild called A Million Ways to Die in the West. Hit the jump for more.
Per Heat Vision, MacFarlane plans to direct and star in the live-action film, which is said to be in the vein of Blazing Saddles. The pic is described as “a Western with contemporary humor, with one undercurrent being just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s.”
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart GET HARD | Collider
I dunno, ain't it too soon for a remake of Rob Schneider's BIG STAN?Warner Bros. is reportedly in negotiations to pick up Get Hard, a comedy pitch that would be developed as a star vehicle for funnymen Will Ferrell (Anchorman) and Kevin Hart (The 40 Year Old Virgin). The picture would star Ferrell as a milquetoast but rich investment bank manager who gets wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to a maximum security prison. He then hires a street-smart guy (Hart), who normally washes his car, in order to prepare for doing hard time in thirty days.