|Stiller and Owen Wilson Sneak Success.
||[Feb. 22nd, 2004|05:30 pm]
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Jim and I caught the sneak preview of Starsky and Hutch.. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson possess a chemistry that the best comedic partners had. Think Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello . . . and think Stiller and O. Wilson.
His brother, Luke Wilson, is quite awesome too. One of the best Wes Anderson films you can see is The Royal Tenenbaums. The ensemble of talented actors and actresses in that film leads the way toward the heavens. Bill Murray fans looking for that binge would also suggest Wes's Rushmore. I've mentioned them in the past, but this is not repeated for lack of new commentary . . . these are films worth repeating.
Starsky and Hutch packs itself with a full plate of comedy. Snoop Dogg flosses himself as a great Huggy Bear, and Will Ferrell is the uncredited Big Earl, a prison inmate who displays a definite homo-eroticism with a preference toward blonde men.
The movie possesses more fine moments than the trailer-driven snippets by Stiller and O. Wilson. A fine villain's role developed into the classic arrogant bad-guy under the acting power of Vince Vaughn. He rivaled Stiller and O. Wilson with his own share of the laughs.
Nobody phoned in a performance in the movie. Everyone put their best effort into it, and the movie shined.
The best demonstration of a quality film is the ability to not only capture but maintain the attention of the audience.
Starsky and Hutch played Saturday night at the Beverly Center Loews, and Jim and I hadn't been to a show there before last night.
The Loews inside the Beverly looks like it's about 25 years old. It's in need of a serious renovation, since the theatre we watched Starsky and Hutch happened to have horrible room design. No sound system is going to help that acoustics-unfriendly theatre #2. They're going to have to gut the place.
When the movie began, I forgot about the dank theatre. I didn't think about it once during the entire, rather long screening of Starsky and Hutch. The film swept me away in its goofy 70s comedy/action homage.
If there are any flaws, the trailer for the film shows a good portion of the highlights. Since there are more highlights and no low-lights, that's not too big of a mistake.
While somewhat awkward, the original Starsky and Hutch appear at the end of the film in a sort of handing-off of the guard to Stiller and O. Wilson. This is fine, and it could have been much worse, but it seemed that the scene was thrown-in at the last second.
The film is a keeper. The audience stayed past the end of the film, right through the outtakes before the rolling credits. If you don't have a chance to see it at the movies, then it's worth the eventual release to DVD.
I have not seen Starsky and Hutch, but I want to because Owen and Ben were so great in Zoolander. Zoolander seems to get funnier and funnier the more I see it. I have seen trailers for Starsky and Hutch, and it looks like Ben went back to his Stiller show roots with the "Just do it" character.
I am weary of 70's television turned hollywood production. Charlies Angels was way too cheesey and far fetched. I only watched it for Crispen Glover. But I am sure the Stiller/O.Wilson chemnistry will make Starsky And Hutch a good film.
I loved Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Bill Murray is such a great actor, I want him to get the oscar this year. I am tired of seeing his work go unnoticed. Zombie movies (But not zombie video games turned movies-that sucks)
2004-02-22 11:11 pm (UTC)
Also, Your taste in movies is great. :D
Well, I actually liked Resident Evil, but who knew I really liked zombie films.
Zoolander's characters made that film special. No one can do a stereotypical male model like those guys.
Charlie's Angels . . . smells like Drew Barrymore got too close to the kitchen.
Duplex wasn't so tasty, either.
Yet, she has her good moments like the Ever After film and 50 First Dates, which I also liked.
2004-02-23 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Also, Your taste in movies is great. :D
If Resident evil was zombie accurate I would have liked it. Zombies are slow and dimwitted they don't growl like tigers and have the speed of a grey hound. I am hoping Dawn of the Dead will be good.
2004-02-23 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Also, Your taste in movies is great. :D
It may be worth a look, depending on whether they have anything new in viewpoint or construction of the story.
Otherwise, Dawn of the Dead is probably best watched as the original.
Though, I did like both versions of Planet of the Apes, old school Heston and new school Wahlberg. They're different-enough movies from each other, and that is what I'm looking forward with regards to Dead.
2004-02-23 03:08 am (UTC)
I love The Royal Tennenbaums, although I have to say that Rushmore was better (by a hair's breadth).
Stasky and Hutch sounds pretty cool. I remember watching it when I was much much younger. Classic cheesy 80's cop series. Too bad they don't show any re-runs.
On an unrelated note, I got the He-Man vol.1 DVD recently. Holy crap, blast from the past. I recommend getting it just for nostalgia value (and to see Prince Adam wearing pink tights).
That is too awesome, the He-Man collection!
I remember watching that in latch-key program. The local station had the 'sister' show, She-ra, in a back-to-back situation.
Then there were Transformers, Thundercats, of course GI Joe, and others . . .
I also watched Gem.
2004-02-23 04:01 pm (UTC)
Was that the one with those chick rockers with rainbow guitars or something!? I vaguely remember that.
There are so many cartoons that I used to watch religiously that I have completely forgotten about.
You have the correct recall of the show Gem.
Or was it Jem?
Oh brother. I feel the same way too. He-Man, however, imprinted the power of Greyskull into my head.
2004-02-24 05:54 am (UTC)
Well there are always the unforgettable ones like Transformers, He Man, Thundarcats and GI Joe. The rest were fairly disposable.
And then there were Warner Bros. syndicated cartoons on the local stations, waaaaaaaaay back before Cartoon Network.
I used to have a couple of tapes full of Bugs Bunny cartoons from the Mon-Fri shows . . . either in the morning or the early afternoon, for the late-waking junkie unemployed kids.