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“Date Night”
a review by Darby O’Gill

A date night, for those of you that don’t know, is a very important thing to married couples. It’s the one and only chance they get to enjoy some alone time; they might go to dinner or a movie. It’s also very important to not waste that precious time on something stupid. I’m pretty sure you can see where this is going. If you think going to see Date Night on your next date night will be a good use of you time, you’re going to be greatly disappointed. I know. How can that be? Steve Carell and Tina Fey… That sounds like comedy gold. Sadly, you couldn’t be more wrong. This thing is a total train wreck from start to finish.

In Date Night, Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a married couple that would desperately like to get that old spark back into their relationship. With their lives quickly becoming that of an irrelevant joke, the Fosters decide to break the norm, and venture into the Big Apple for an extravagant night on the town. But, when they steal a reservation at a ritzy restaurant, they find themselves in the middle of the most unbelievable of action films. No, really. I think even a four year old would walk out of this movie. With the Fosters now being mistaken for the Tripplehorns, they find themselves on the run from killers, and out of their suburban element. Of course they turn to the police for help, but wouldn’t you know it, they’re dirty cops. It gets even worse when we meet Mark Wahlberg’s character Holbrooke, a naked version of James Bond’s Q… Why? I have no fucking idea! This movie will seriously drive you to drink, which might improve your enjoyment of it, but I highly doubt it .

I really wish I could tell you why this movie doesn’t work. You’ve got two unbelievably talented and funny comedians that everyone would love to see together in a movie, and yet they still manage to screw-up a sure thing. I just don’t get it. I would also like to think that Fey and Carell are smart enough to realize that this movie was a bad idea from the start, but yet here we are, and for some bizarre reason people will like it. If they really wanted to work together, as they should, I would much rather them take their time and make sure that the script was airtight before wasting their time making a piece of crap like this. Date Night really has nothing to offer. Sure, there are a few funny moments, but to be honest, the humor is sophomoric at best. Seriously, if you consider yourself a fan of Tina Fey or Steve Carell, do yourself a favor, and stay that way by not seeing this movie.

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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