The boys go back in time to revisit the Coen Brother’s classic “Raising Arizona”? Does the ensemble still hold up today? Then they spend…um, waste…their money and hour and a half of their lives watching “Your Highness”. Ooops…guess that review is already spoiled, so let’s just move on. They also review the teaser trailer for Kevin Smith’s “Red State”. Is the unique distribution model going to get this movie enough exposure so that we can all see it when it comes out in October? All of this and movie news about the Governator, post-apocolyptic Zorro, the re-release of LOTR at AMC, and ANOTHER Beiber movie?
- Is it a sign of the endtimes? Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber teaming up
- Zorro reboot?
- Arnold’s Back!
- 11 hours to watch them all!
The Past: Raising Arizona (1987)
Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Fresh / 82% Audience
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand
- Fifteen babies played the Arizona quintuplets in the film. One of the babies was fired during production when he learned to walk
- Kevin Costner turned down the lead role
- The Coen brothers wrote Holly Hunter’s character specifically for her.
- Nathan, Jr. doesn’t cry at all throughout the entire movie. But all the other main characters do at some point.
- Was the biker H.I’s father?
- Maricopa County Jail – check out Lock Up on MSNBC
What We’ve Learned:
- If a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his ass a’hoppin
- With chairs you got a dinette set. No chairs, you got dick.
- When preparing crawdads, be sure to add sand
- When digging yourself out of prison, it’s always a good idea to scream really loud. Nobody will hear you.
- It’s customary for the Tempe police department to shoot aimlessly into a residential neighborhood, even if their suspect is an unarmed diaper bandit wearing ‘hose over his head.
- When robbing a bank, make sure to check the bag for exploding canisters of paint
- Keep your grenades secure to avoid accidental pulling of the pin.
Jeff: Classic Coen Brother’s movie, so good but not for everyone. Occasional rental for me but may be worth a buy to others.
Ray: Good movie if your into Coen Bro’s type of comedy… sometimes dark, almost always bizzare
Steve: Probably my favorite Coen Brothers movie. I’m a big Holly Hunter fan. Worth a rental!
The Present: Your Highness
Rotten Tomatoes: 24% Rotten / 49% Audience
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalie Portman, Justin Theroux, Toby James, Zooey Deshanel
- Although the film was written by writer Ben Best and actor Danny McBride, the dialogue is heavily improvised. Director David Gordon Green said there was never a script used on-set. Only the plot outline and written notes were used
- Would this have been a better movie if they didn’t try so hard to be funny?
- Who the hell did Natalie Portman piss off to get stuck in this?
- Stoner movie?
- Will the Razzies even consider this one?
What We Learned:
- You know a movie is going to be high class when it has boob jokes in the opening credits.
- Beating off in front of a Pegasus is elementary
- What the potentially worst movie ever made may look like
- If you can’t take the horns, take the penis.
Jeff: While it had it’s funny moments, not a good movie. But that’s Danny McBride for you.
Ray: I don’t think its possible to smoke enough weed to make this movie funny.
Steve: Absolutely hated it. Enough said. Don’t waste your time or money.
The Future: Red State
Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Kevin Pollak, Melissa Leo, Stephen Root
- The Westborough Baptist Church planned to protest Red State at its premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Kevin Smith in turn planned a counter protest which he and his fans took part in. At the premier the counter-protesters heavily outweighed the handful of Westborough protesters who showed up. This occurred 12 years after Smith’s first film to tackle religious controversy, Dogma (1999), drew protests from certain sects of the Catholic Church. One of which Smith jokingly took part in himself.
- There is no score for this film. The entire soundtrack consists of songs sung within the film itself.
- Smith has an quick off-camera cameo at the end of the film, as a prison inmate, yelling the last line in the film.
- Kevin Smith’s lowest budget film since Chasing Amy (1997).
- Kevin Smith wrote the role of Abin Cooper for Michael Parks after seeing his performance in From Dusk Till Dawn. Smith has said that if Parks had not agreed to be in the film he would have dropped the project entirely.
- What do you think of Kevin’s distribution model?
- Did you check out the website?
Three teenagers come across an online personal advertisement from an older woman looking for kinky group sex. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying fundamentalist force with a fatal agenda.
Jeff: I want to see it, but still not sure if I’d like it.
Ray: I’m excited, simply because I want to see how Kevin does a horror flick.
Steve: Looks good to me…even though it’s just a teaser trailer, it packs some awesome images that really draw me in.