Archive for March 27th, 2010


Alphabet Movies: Surveillance does — I hate those.

March 27, 2010

F; Fargo

P; Post Grad

C; Cesky Sen (Czech Dream)

B; (The) Business of Being Born

#; 17 Again

I; (The) Invention of Lying

A; (The) Amateurs

#; 2 Days in Paris

I; (The) Informant!

O; Ordinary People

G; Gentlemen Broncos

did you like Napoleon Dynamite? then you might like this movie. i myself am a re-birthed fan. at first i was like ‘what is this nonsense’ and now it makes me laugh. so my humor appreciation is ripe for a movie like Gentlemen Broncos.

i’ll get this out of the way: i love Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell. they are the reason i rented this, not Jared Hess. his work is kind of hit or miss. while i like Napoleon because it captures teenage angst like nothing else, his creative liberties kind of annoy me. weird thing is, Wes Anderson is my top 5 directors, and that man is all style.

so Jemaine is brilliant as Chevalier, the famous sci-fi author. He’s having trouble producing another successful novel, so he steals Yeast Lords, a story written by the teen character Benjamin. They meet at a writing camp, where Benjamin enters a contest and Chevalier reads the story and steals it. backwards sentences!

so he steals it and publishes it under a new title. at the same time, Benjamin’s friends he met at writing camp are making Yeast Lords into a major motion picture! and by major, i mean really cheaply produced, with Ben’s mom’s boyfriend in the lead role.

obviously trouble arises with both items released around the same time. hoopla!

what i really want to talk about are the things that me laugh. The writing class Chevalier teaches had its moments, especially the whole part about giving your characters great names. youtube it. (if you can, no i’m not going to check for you)

Jennifer Coolidge plays the psychopath so well, i really wonder what she’s like in real life. you’ve got this character, her in Legally Blonde, Best In Show, and Secret Life of the American Teenager. girl, who are you really? i would love to meet her. she’s great in this role.

i thought the Lonnie character was really funny, even if he was terribly one-note. and the girl reminded me so much of Steph from Dorm Life that i was convinced it actually was her. it wasn’t. 😦 but you should watch all of Dorm Life at

finally, Sam Rockwell. he’s almost my favorite actor ever. that title belongs to Philip Seymour Hoffman, but Rockwell is definitely tops. he was in the movie for about 6 minutes total, but i loved every second of it. He played both Bronco and Brutus in the imaginations of Benjamin and Chevalier’s main character. his Brutus was hysterical, i want to take one home with me.

so, see this movie if you like Jared Hess and his work. it had a lot of potential, but got lost along the way. really, i laughed out loud a lot, but overall it fell flat and i didn’t end up enjoying it that much. go forth, but with caution. you’ll probably think it’s terrible.