FIRST LOOK: Freaky

Theaters: Nov 13, 2020

Vince Vaughn has been showing his acting versatility. He does more than the sarcastic comedy role. I was a bit surprised — in a good way — by the brutal nature of his participation in Brawl In Cell Block 99, and now he’s starring in a horror-comedy vehicle from Blumhouse called, Freaky.

…can’t say director Christopher Landon doesn’t have a vision. With Happy Death Day and its sequel, the filmmaker mined a comedic concept for horror (without excising the comedic component). Now, he’s doing it again. Freaky takes the body-swap gimmick popularized by Freaky Friday and asks what might happen if a bullied teen girl switched bodies with a hulking serial killer.

Freaky trailer: Freaky Friday, but horror

The official trailer:

Character running from slasher says, “You’re black, I’m gay, we are soooo dead!”

This looks pretty entertaining and the release date, although happening after Halloween, seems well-placed.

Blumhouse, at least from attempts (not always execution) is just knocking it out of the park with horror subgenres, remakes, anthologies, they’re all over the horror map making the studio a name to reckon with in the space. Looking very forward to seeing this one, you?

Freaky is opening wide in theaters on Friday the 13th, November 2020

Adam Sandler’s sage comedy advice: “no one wants to laugh at a guy who is ripped” – is he right?

Adam Sandler knows comedy. Apparently he thinks out of shape guys are funnier than ripped ones.

“Did you work out for that movie?” Sandler asked him, and Long said he had, because he was playing the lead and he wanted to look good opposite Drew Barrymore. “Yeah, yeah,” Sandler continued. “You shouldn’t [work out], buddy. No one wants to laugh at a guy who is ripped.”

Adam Sandler Was Straightforward With Justin Long About Why His Drew Barrymore Rom-Com Bombed

Critics tend to pan many of Sandler’s comedy as being dumb, but his legions of fans — myself among them — laugh at his films. His movies often tell a certain type of comedy, usually including many of his familiar friends in zany roles.

Sandler’s quoted comment is making me laugh. Then I googled “ripped guys” and the images above made me laugh … so not sure I agree with him — if he’s even being serious (which I seriously doubt).

Now I want to hear Sandler break out his guitar and make a parody song called “Ripped Guys” If he were Al Yankovich, he could make it to the REO Speedwagon song “Tough Guys”

For those that have seen Sandler’s guitar parodies, he’s just the guy to write such a song. Sandler can also write love songs, just showing his range. Remember him on the airplane in The Wedding Singer?

Back to ripped guys being not as funny. What do you think of what Sandler said? Was he be serious? Or is he right that nobody wants to laugh at ripped guys? They’d rather laugh at the Chris Farley overweight and slovenly type guys?

Is Jerry Seinfeld Still Funny?

Never was a huge Seinfeld fan.

Sure, I enjoyed the TV show and thought some episodes were very funny. Jerry himself? Just OK to me. I thought the ensemble comedy TV series Friends was a much better comedy TV series. I know others will disagree. That’s OK.

So, this past week Netflix comes out with a new one hour comedy stand-up special: Jerry Seinfeld: 23 hours to Kill. I saw it and if we reviewed comedy stand-up TV shows here (it’s pretty far afield from movie and TV series), I’d give it a pretty terrible rating.

It just wasn’t funny. Stand-up is tough, but Seinfeld is no Dangerfield, Pryor, Murphy, Robin Williams. Those guys can crack me up in seconds. Seinfeld’s comedy material is focused on sardonic wit, absurdity in every day life. He has humorous observations, but his live in his 60s, quite rich, seems removed from the every man/woman on the street.

As I’m reading through blogs, news and other online pubs, others are sharing similar negative thoughts.

In the space of one hour, I laughed twice and smiled once – which is about the same rate as I maInage at funerals. Seinfeld looks fantastic at 65 (he’s turned 66 since the special was recorded last fall), but I kept thinking that, if this is really the best material he has accrued over the past 20 years, maybe he should think about retirement.

Sorry, Jerry Seinfeld, it’s time to retire – or come clean about your life – Television – Haaretz.com

Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need to do stand-up comedy any more. He doesn’t need to be successful at it. He’s doing it because he wants to do so. That’s one of his “jokes” early on in the special and it kind of rubbed me the wrong way during our current pandemic times.

Much the way Gal Gadot’s Imagine video did (see: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot’s Imagine Instagram Karaoke is disliked, imagine that?).

If the jokes don’t land, I get it, not the end of the world. Maybe I want to laugh to more uplifting material. Strike that, I just want comedians to be out there taking risks. Seinfeld’s comedy doesn’t really find the humor like it once did in these current times. On the plus side, he’s a clean comedian, not resorting to the profanity and blue comedy. I’d be OK if he didn’t go the Bill Cosby material route, but whatever.

Do you think Jerry Seinfeld is that funny?

The title of the post uses the word “still funny” as if to indicate he was once funny. He was. His other stand-up special on Netflix, Jerry Seinfeld: I’m telling you for the last time is funnier than his new stand-up special.

I mean, side-splitting laugh out loud funny? Was Seinfeld ever that funny to you compared to the greatest stand-up comedians of all time? I realize some do consider him that way already and certainly his show goes down as one of the greats, but is Seinfeld, as a comedian, one of the best ever? Why? Why not?

Laugh at XVP Comedy’s CATS: THE BUTTHOLE CUT

Cats ½ – Unwatchable

We could all use a good dose of humor, and this quickie MAD-style take on the unintentionally horrific musical movie Cats should hit the spot.

It also spoofs the whole #ReleaseTheSnyderCut meme.

The rumors about a version of the film filled with buttholes caused a frenzy on the internet, with everyone writing and tweeting about how fans demand the release of this version. There was even a hashtag, #ReleaseTheButtholeCut, floating around during the very, very long month of March.

CATS: THE BUTTHOLE CUT Gives The Fans What They Want – Nerdist
We all need THE BUTTHOLE CUT to make us smile

This reminds me of something we might have seen in one of those zany spoof movies like the one with Charlie Sheen in it. More, more, please! LOL.

10+ Impractical Jokers: The Movie Reviews – Warning: April Fools Day – Be Careful What You See and Believe

Impractical Jokers: The Movie ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Normally I’m a fan of practical jokes, but this year at this very unusual time in the world it seems cruel, so you can relax around this blog, nothing will be not be what it seems. I reserve the right next year to go crazy, but this year I’m staying, not playing.

Friendly reminder to watch what you see and read out there today. Remember to be on guard. There have been years I’ve forgotten what day it was and been pranked good.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is fittingly giving Impractical Jokers: The Movie an early digital retail release on April Fools’ Day, April 1.

Warner Releasing ‘Impractical Jokers: The Movie’ Digitally April Fool’s Day – Media Play News

Great day marketing-wise to release the Impractical Jokers movie digitally. Am not sure that was part of original marketing, but it’s smart.

The movie, itself? We were entertained and laughed. It’s a bit silly and stupid at times, but you will likely laugh. And right now, especially, laughing is good medicine. You can click the title at the top of the post if you want to read our spoiler-free review. Here is our just left the theater video review (and as I rewatch it, what was wrong with my nose?!?! I keep touching my nose!):

Reviews by Others

Here are what some others think of Impractical Jokers: The Movie.

Recommended

  1. Brian’s Sport Beat: “It is a fun movie that I would only recommend to fans of the TV show.”
  2. Drew St. Pierre (8/10): “The scripted sequences, although funny, feel a little forced at times. There are plenty of callbacks from the show that will get a laugh out of fans.”
  3. Logan Coleman Film Reviews (8/10): “I was pleasantly surprised by this film and how funny it is.”
  4. Nickthemoviecritic: “If you want to have a good time with your friends and family, I strongly recommend this movie.”
  5. robbiesmoviereviews (6.5/10): “It’s truly a group viewing movie and you should enjoy the heck out of it if you are a fan of the film.  Yet, the movie is not really that original, a giant, glorified episode with a few introductions that make it feel more like a movie.”
  6. rogerinorlando / Movie Nation: “…expectations were low, going in. And while I wouldn’t necessarily suggest you pay first-run prices to see “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” — it’s more Netflixable — the guys did tickle me, against my will, a few times.”
  7. The Middle-Aged Critic / Ross Braterman: “…is a fun and enjoyable comedy that truly exceeded my expectations. I really liked it, and laughed from start to finish.”
  8. thewvupchronicle: “According to Sal, this movie was made for the fans and that is very true. If you are not a fan of the Impractical Jokers, this movie will make no sense to you.”
  9. Yash Bansal Movie Reviews (3.5/5): “I laughed a lot and as a fan of the series, I think it’s worth checking out.”

Not Recommended

  1. Dyl’s Movie Stuff (5/10): “With half of Impractical Jokers: The Movie being unfunny scripted segments, you might have more fun just binge watching a couple episodes of the show at home.”
  2. Jesse Revell Reviews (3/10): “…horrible scripted scenes, a couple of lousy challenges, an overly long run-time”

Unfunny Pranks

Hopefully idiots will not fake having COVID-19. That’s not funny. People are dying all over the world right now and genuinely frightened about contracting it. I love a good joke, but some jokes at some times? No. There is nothing funny about the coronavirus right now. Millions of people out of work, wondering how they will pay their bills is not funny.

Maybe at some point in the future when this is over — and mankind will persevere and we will get past this — then we can all get past the emotional experience and look back we’ll find something humorous to reflect upon (seem very doubtful, but who knows?). Not now. I’m not preaching, that’s just my 2 and 1/2 rusted pennies. Wisdom from an old Jedi, Luke.

Google is canceling their normal April Fool’s day jokes. First time I remember that happening. Also: T-Mobile ditching April Fools’ Day jokes, donating to Boys & Girls Clubs of America instead. Now that’s a novel use of today’s tradition.

Wondering how April Fools Day got started?

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1. 

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

April Fools Day – History.com

Paper fish? LOL. After reading this page, I just learned something. Just goes to show you can never stop learning. I just thought it was a day that people decided to play pranks “because.” Didn’t realize there was any history behind it. Did you?

How are you spending your April Fool’s Day? Not going to use the word “celebrating” because that seems out of place this year. Who is celebrating anything right now?