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“Get Him to the Greek”
a review by Darby O’Gill

When I first heard about Get Him to the Greek, I thought it looked like it could be fun, but I also thought that Russell Brand looked like he was just playing the same type of character that he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Little did I realize at the time, that that’s exactly what he was doing, because Get Him to the Greek is a sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall… well of sorts. It’s 10 years later, and indy rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) finds his career in a bit of a slump, and you could even say quickly finding himself becoming an irrelevant joke. But when Aaron Green (Jonah Hill), a young up and coming music executive, suggests a 10 year anniversary show of Aldous Snow’s Infant Sorrow performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, it quickly becomes his responsibility to transport Snow from the London to L.A. in 72 hours. Here’s the part that doesn’t make any sense to me, Jonah Hill is not playing the same character that he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I’m not really sure why that is, because he could have quite easily been the same character, and I think it would have added a lot more charm to the movie if he had. I went into this movie thinking he was the same character and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why they were acting like they had never met before. I mean it makes sense that Snow wouldn’t remember the waiter from 10 years ago, but why wouldn’t the waiter bring it up? I understand that the waiter that Hill played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was a little over the top, but with the story taking place 10 years later, writer/director Nicholas Stoller could have easily made it work. The waiter had a demo tape in the first movie which would already establish him being interested in the music industry, so half the work is already done right there. I just don’t get it.

The other huge problem with this movie is that it’s an editor’s nightmare. It’s all over the place! Half the stuff that is in the trailer is nowhere to be found in the movie. There’s even a scene in the movie that only makes sense if you’ve seen the first part of the scene in the trailer, and I’m sorry but that should never happen. To top it all off, the one joke that made me laugh the hardest in the trailer isn’t even in the final cut. And after seeing the movie, I would still have to say that it’s my favorite moment of the movie, and it’s not even in the movie! How can that be?! I would have to think that it is largely to do to the amount of improvisation that is clearly running rampant through out the film. I think it’s safe to say that the deleted scenes on the DVD will have a much longer running time than the actual feature film. The best way to describe the chaos of Get Him to the Greek is like that of a Saturday Night Live skit. At times it goes on for too long, and then at times it feels too rushed. And much like SNL, there were parts of the movie that really made me laugh, and others that just seemed to be going through the motions. But over all it feels like a bunch of funny moments and ideas that are just strung together in the hopes that they’ll work in the end. Which is clearly why the trailer and movie are nothing alike, because the person putting together the trailer clearly found some moments funnier than others, and the director ended up not using them at all. Like I said it’s an editor’s worst nightmare.

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“The Invention of Lying”
a review by Darby O’Gill

What would you do if any lie you told was instantly taken as truth? In The Invention of Lying, Mark Bellison, played by Ricky Gervais, finds himself being the first person in a parallel reality that learns the art of lying. I think the trailers are a little misleading because they make it seem like everyone tells the truth. But, it’s more like they speak their mind no matter what, because they don’t know how to lie, and they simply just don’t know what else to say. Also, in this reality there is no fiction, and because of that the film industry only makes films about historic events. There also aren’t any actors in this world because acting like someone you’re not would be lying. So, how do they make the movies you ask? Why readers of course. That’s right, movies are just a person, in this case the brilliant Christopher Guest, sitting in a comfy chair reading a history book to the audience. If you think the movies would be bad, just take a minute to think about how great your dating life would be without lying. Would anyone honestly be dating? No pun intended.
When we first meet Mark Bellison, he’s loosing his job as the screenwriter of the Black Plague, and his blind date with Anna McDoogles, played by Jennifer Garner, is anything but smooth. But, when he asks a bank teller for more money than he has in his account, she chalks it up to a computer mistake, and gives him the amount he asked for. Voila, the world’s first lie! A lie can be a powerful thing when no one questions it, the world quickly becomes Mark’s oyster. However, Mark doesn’t realize just how powerful until he tells his dying mother something to comfort her. It’s overheard and repeated, and things quickly get just a little bit out of control.
I really enjoyed this movie, but sadly it might upset some. See, there is this religious undertone in this movie that could upset some Christians; but I honestly don’t think that was the intent of Ricky Gervais. I don’t think they’re saying that there is no God. In Christianity the word of God is told through parables in the Bible, which never would have been written in this world. As our friend Joe Rogan would point out, I’m pretty sure that no one thinks that Noah’s Ark is a 100% true story. Please don’t tell me you really believe a giant boat was built to carry two of every animal in the entire world, for forty days and forty nights! Look, those stories, much like The Invention of Lying, are told in hopes of making people want to be better to each other. You know… Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men… Ah, and women. Hey, I didn’t write it. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what religion you believe, whether it’s Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or hell even Scientology. At the core of it all, those religions are meant to do one thing… make people want to be a better person and hopefully make the world a better place. Funny, it’s the same thing that people kill each other over and start wars because of. The point is, Mark Bellison wanted people to be nicer to each other, and if telling a few lies would make the world a better place, maybe it’s not so bad. Now, I understand that religion is a touchy topic. And the last thing I want to do is upset any of you, but let’s just believe what makes us feel good, and not force those beliefs on other people. When did this turn into a rally? Go see The Invention of Lying, it’s honestly a good movie… No, really. Seriously, it’s really good. Would I lie to you?! Okay, I would. But, it really is worth seeing.

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4 Little People