I hope this comic isn't too violent for a Monday morning. Stronger than coffee, that's for sure!
There weren't many movies to come out over the weekend worth talking about, but War with Jet Li and Jason Statham caught my attention. Primarily because of Li's claim to have retired from martial arts movies after making Fearless. And, to Tom's point in the first panel, he's held true to his word. I haven't seen War and I don't know how much - if any - martial arts are in the film (there seems to be a lot of gunplay) but it seems odd to see Li on the big screen after making such a sweeping announcement.
Jet Li retiring from the movies is kind of like Jay Z retiring from rap. You knew it wouldn't last long.
Incidentally, I don't know, either if Jet Li has ever ripped out a man's heart on screen. So I could be completely off base on that one. Oh, well.
Cami and I got around to seeing Superbad on Saturday. Because we're the parents of a newborn and it's tough to get either of our parents to give up a Friday or Saturday night, we ended up seeing it at 11:00 in the morning on Saturday. That was weird. Here is quite possibly one of the raunchest, most explicit comedies of the year - great fodder for a community movie going expereience - and we're sitting in the dark with maybe... seven other people. It was kind of weird.
That said, I had a blast with this film. And that's coming from a guy who has trouble connecting to the high school movie genre in general.
I don't know what it is about most high school movies. All the drinking and the drugs and the sex? Not to sound like a total prude, but my high school experience wasn't about those things. So I watch these movies and interpret them as some kind of exaggerated case. Still, in the back of my mind, I kind of wish my high school expereience was like that and then I start to get a little jealous. Stupid, huh?
Something certainly exaggerated in the film is the amount of graphic sex talk the lead characters partake in... sorta.
After the movie, Cami asked me if that's how guys really talked and I said "Sorta." I mean, I've know people like the character Jonah Hill plays and they're usually a lot of talk. Cami was correct in her assessment that guys like that talk a big game, but rarely see any action. Like I said, I've known guys like that.
Still, Hill's portrayal of a high school hornball was vulgar by most counts and was amped up more for comedic effect than anything authentic. The fact that it's outrageous makes you uncomfortable and you have no option left but to laugh.
"Don't worry," I told Cami. "You ended up with a guy who's more like Michael Cera's character than Jonah Hill's." I don't know if that put her mind to ease or not.
I think I probably had a better time at the movie than Cami did. It's certainly told from the male perspective. Then again, there usually isn't much for the ladies to associate with in the "trying to get laid" genre. I still had a good time, though. The ending is really good and there are some emotional touches that are very authentic. I think that's probably the redeming aspect of the movie that will keep your wife or girlfriend from being totally repusled by it.
Then again, the illustrations over the end credits might wipe away any of that good will. I'm just giving you the head's up...
Be sure to listen to The Triple Feature talkcast tonight at 9:00 PM CST over at TalkShoe.com. Joe Dunn from Joe Loves Crappy Movies and I had a great time talking with Brian Carroll from Genrevous Point last week and I think he's calling in again this week. Our good friend Gordon McAlpin from Multiplex is back from his business trip and should be calling in as well. I'm kind of interested to see how those two bounce of each other because they have a very similar taste in movies and both of them are very passionate about their opinions. Should be fun.
I don't know what we're going to talk about this week, but a couple of weeks ago someone submitted a great question in the live chat area asking us what was our favorite John Cusack movie. I'm thinking when we don't have a lot in terms of new movies to talk about, it might be fun to introduce stuff like that to the conversation. If you guys have any questions like that you would like to ask the group, e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, better yet, join the live broadcast and leave your question in the chat area. If you have a microphone on your computer, you can ask us directly! Lots of fun! See you then!
Jet Li retired from Martial Arts movies. This in an Action Thriller!