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Aziz Ansari is apparently a funny dude. I’ve never actually seen an episode of Human Giant, but the Will Arnett and Olsen twins sex tape skit is pretty legendary. The above video is from a series of viral videos that Ansari did to promote Judd Apatow’s new movie “Funny People”. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of stand-up comedy, but Raaaaaaaandy’s shit kills. The documentary has three parts, but it gets pretty repetitive after part one. Instead of watching parts two and three, head over to laughyourdickoff.com and watch the videos of Raaaaaaaandy’s stand-up routine that didn’t make the documentary. That shit is louder than your face!
I’ve never seen the New York Times’ Screen Test series before. And although Superbad may be the best movie since Rushmore (I actually watched the director’s commentary and it was funny – you won’t catch me saying that about many movies), I wouldn’t really consider myself a big Seth Rogan fan. But somehow this video works. Maybe I just like Seth Rogan’s raspy voice combined with the visual aesthetic of this video, but I think it’s pretty funny. I probably could have done without the ‘We make movies for ourselves’ cliche.
Does anyone really think he’s a sex symbol? Maybe there’s hope for me yet.
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Ever wanted to be an actor? Who better to learn from than James Franco and his brother Davie. Above is the first in his four-part video series for Funny of Die. Sense memory indeed.
From the people who brought you Ong Bak comes a special-needs girl, with a special need to kick some ass.
We’re not exactly connoisseurs of Thai cinema (we missed Ong Bak), but we were thoroughly impressed by the above trailer for Chocolate. Chocolate is the story of an autistic girl (Zen) who grows up next to a Muay Thai studio and spends all of her childhood watching martial arts films. Through such continued exposure to martial arts, Zen, as the clip above shows, becomes something of a martial arts prodigy. Zen’s father was driven from Thailand by gangsters and when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Zen sets out to collect her father’s old debts.
The director of the film, Prachya Pinkaew, met the star, Yanin Vismistananda, in 2003 and was impressed by the 19 year-old’s taekwondo skills. Vismistananda spent the next five years undergoing additional martial arts training for the role, while Pinkaew developed the script specifically for its star. The film will see limited release in New York February 6 and 7, and somewhat wider release February 14 (perfect Valentine’s date movie!). Play dates.
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With major studios trying to capitalize on the typically busy holiday movie season, as well as sneak in their Oscar hopefuls for this year’s consideration, there are a glut of new releases at the box office this month. Luckily for you, we sat through several of this season’s new releases to tell you which ones are worth your $12.
We had mixed feelings when we heard recently that Universal is planning to remake They Live. Sure they’ve got John Carpenter on board as an executive producer, but can they really recreate the late-80’s magic of Carpenter, Roddy Piper and Keith David? And just as important, who will play Nada and how can they possibly match Piper’s performance?
For those unfamiliar, They Live is the story of a down on his luck laborer, John Nada (Roddy Piper), who discovers “special glasses” that give him the ability to see subliminal messages behind everything from advertising (consume, reproduce, obey) to money (this is your God), as well as to see that most politicians and business leaders are in fact aliens disguised as humans. Any recap we would try to give here couldn’t possibly do the movie justice, but suffice to say Nada and fellow laborer Frank Armitage (Keith David) go on a two man crusade to put an end to the evil aliens intent on enslaving the human race.
Simply put, They Live is easily one of the best movies ever made and contains more than its fair share of quotable lines expertly delivered by Roddy Piper. In our google search for more information on the remake we got incredibly distracted when we discovered that you can stream the entire movie on google video. So really you’ve got no excuse not to watch this one. But just in case you need one more reason, Shepard Fairey of recent Obama art fame added the word “Obey” to his famous Andre the Giant street art after being inspired by They Live. So there you have it; an incredible movie with relevance in contemporary art and politics.
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Apparently the New York Times discovered The Wrestler this weekend and decided to publish not one, but two articles on the movie this Sunday. The first was a short, but interesting piece on the film’s writer Robert Siegel. We’re even willing to forgive the questionable choice of accompanying photography by Tony Cenicola here given how much we enjoyed the profile of the former Onion editor tapped for the project by director Darren Aronofsky.
If you’ve only got time for one article, however, we highly recommend the Times Sunday Magazine piece on Mickey Rourke. We generally like the Times, but we’re still glad to see this profile get the Magazine treatment, which means using excellent non-staff photography and words by Pat Jordan. Rourke tears up throughout the interview, something he apparently does at the same point in all of his canned stories, and we learn that virtually everything Rourke has told us about his life is a lie. Does this change our opinion of Rourke? Not really; we knew he was unstable and generally not agreeable. Does it make us any less exited for The Wrestler? Not a chance.
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