I want to speak a little bit about Talladega Nights. As it has since become the tradition whenever I and my web comic contemporaries gather at conventions, we went to see this movie together on Friday Night. Last year it was Sky High and the year before that, it was Alien vs. Predator. And if I can take a moment to blubber, I really appreciate being able to hang out with these guys and see a movie with them every year. Going to conventions doesn’t ALWAYS have to be about mass alcohol consumption.
We saved that for Saturday night!
If you can’t tell who everyone is supposed to be in the last panel; From left to right, it’s Gordon McAlpin from Multiplex, Mitch Clem from San Antonio Rock City, Joe Dunn from Joe Loves Crappy Movies and Zach Miller from Joe and Monkey. I should also note that there were several other representatives of the Digital Pimp Online crew in attendance, but it was late and I was having troulbe fitting all of them into the comic.
I liked Talladega Nights and was thankful it didn’t suck. I had high hopes going in. The same team that put together Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is the same team that did Talladega Nights, so they had a lot to live up to. I still link Anchorman better. I think it’s more quotable and it’s certainly more absurd and that endears it to me. But I would love to see Talladega Nights a second time to catch all of the stuff that I missed. I’m positive once I’ve watched it as many times I’ve seen Anchorman – one of the greatest "If it’s on TV, I stop what I’m doing and watching" movies of my life – I’ll love it just as much.
There was one scene in the movie – and I won’t ruin it for you – that left me positively choking for air. I turned purple from laughter and it was probably the biggest gut laugh I had all year. I’m serious. I laughed for a REALLY long time. Like, I laughed well into the next two scenes. Frankly, it was a little inappropriate. I’m sure the people behind me wanted to strike the soft spot of my skull will a ball peen hammer. But man – when you get on a jag like that, you just gotta ride it out. Don’t stiffle those kind of laughs. It’s what causes the cancer, I think.
Cami was really bummed that I was going to be out of town for this movie because it was number one on both of our summer movie lists this year. The GOOD news is that it means I get to see it a second time! BONUS!
More updates later. Still want to talk to you about last week’s guest strips and the winner of the Fandango mailing list sign-up contest!