Title: Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
Also known as: Flunk Punk Rumble
Broadcast dates: 4/23/10 – 6/25/10
Number of episodes: 10
Cast: Narimiya Hiroki, Naka Riisa, Hongo Kanata, Koyanagi Yu, Kawaguchi Haruna
Plot: Shinagawa Daichi (Narimiya) used to be a good student. Now he is a yankee deliquent. He meets Adachi Hana (Naka) and finds out her secret. She used to be a yankee. Adachi takes it upon herself to reform Shinagawa’s bad habits.
What is good: I love Narimiya’s facial expressions!
What is bad: Some of the side characters are a little one-dimensional.
Letter rating: B
Tag Archive: comedy
Title: Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
Cop Out is a comedy directed by Kevin Smith (of Clerks and Chasing Amy fame). Bruce Willis plays a cop who decides to sell his rare baseball card so he can pay for his daughter’s expensive wedding after he gets suspended without pay. When his card is stolen, his jealousy-ridden partner (Tracy Morgan) helps him track down the thief.
I’ve watched almost all of the movies that Kevin Smith has directed and I’ve enjoyed them. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Cop Out. Especially considering it’s been awhile since Willis has done a comedy. Luckily, the stars have aligned themselves and the result is quite hysterical. Though, I have to admit, a good chunk of that credit is due to Morgan. His performance as Paul is comedic brilliance. It’s been a rather long time since I laughed so hard. Definitely worth it!
Somehow I have forgotten to talk about THE best show of the season – Modern Family. The show is a look into an extended family with a sort of reality show spin to it. There are three separate households that are related to each other. There’s Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) house where he lives with his second wife, Gloria (Sofia Vergara), and her son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Then there’s Claire’s (Julie Bowen), Jay’s oldest child from his first marriage, house. She lives with her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) and her three children, Hayley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould). Finally, there’s Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) house. He lives with his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and their adopted baby girl, Lily.
The three households interact, much like any family would, but each is punctuated with a dialogue directed at the camera/crew. This gives the show a better look into the family dynamics. Instead of just showing the tense relationship between Jay and his out-of-the-closet son, Mitchell, there will be a scene focusing on how the pair interacts, but then the camera will cut to a monologue with each character separately telling how they relate to either each other or the situation. While this sounds like it could be boring, it’s often the funniest part of each episode.
This mockumentary way of telling a story isn’t particularly new. Christopher Guest does it in all of his movies. However, it is new to a weekly television series. It can be rather difficult to get the storyline across to the audience without getting distracted by the various monologues. Yet it works here. Both the writing and the acting is absolutely brilliant. The show airs on Wednesday nights at 9PM on ABC. I’m not sure if it’s available on Hulu, but ABC often reruns episodes. You definitely need to catch this one!
After a long day of running errands, my husband and I loaded up Netflix to see what looked interesting. Interestingly enough, they recently added The Proposal – a movie we both wanted to see but were too cheap to pay more than our monthly Netflix fee to see it – to the online streaming queue. So we snuggled up and clicked Play.
Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) is the young executive assistant to chief editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock). Tate is a hardworking, pushy woman that is the target of much of her office’s hatred. When she finds out that her visa has expired and she is about to be deported back to Canada, she forces Paxton to marry her. Knowing that she needs him, Paxton agrees…as long as she gives him a promotion and promises to publish his manuscript. The pair take a trip to Paxton’s hometown in Alaska to break the news to his family during his grandmother’s (Betty White) birthday party. Tate, who had been orphaned at 16, finds the heart that she had deeply hidden from everyone.
Yes, it is pretty much your standard romantic comedy. However, I firmly believe that this genre is where Sandra Bullock excels. And besides, the term “romantic comedy” doesn’t automatically mean the movie will suck. Both my husband and I enjoyed the movie a lot. I thought that the on-screen chemistry between Reynolds and Bullock was amazing. Not only were they able to fight well, but they were also able to show that sexual tension that can exist between a man and a woman that argue constantly. Meanwhile, Betty White was fabulous as Paxton’s grandmother. There needs to be more roles written for this brilliant woman. On the down side, I wasn’t particularly fond of Mary Steenburgen as Paxton’s mother or of Craig T. Nelson as his father. Despite knowing what these two actors are capable of, both of their performances came off wooden and bland. They are seriously just there to round out the “perfect family.” Luckily, Nelson’s character is barely there and Steenburgen’s gets overshadowed by White so it’s rather easy to ignore them altogether.
If you have about an hour and a half to kill, The Proposal isn’t a terrible way to spend your time. Just don’t expect to come away with a whole new look on life or anything. Enjoy it for what it is – a really good romantic comedy.
Despite hearing nothing but rave reviews for it, I still didn’t want to sit through Zombieland. Zombie movies aren’t really my thing, but my husband loves them. After the first few minutes, he told me that I needed to watch this and restarted the movie.
The basic premise is that a virus has taken over the world. Almost everyone has turned into zombies. All of the characters (except for one well-placed cameo) are named after cities. The main character is called Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), since he is heading there to see if his parents are still alive. On the way, he meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a rather violent yet fun-loving guy in search of a mere Twinkie. Eventually, two sisters, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), finish out the group. Together, they head toward California’s Pacific Playland, where the sisters believe there are no zombies.
Zombieland is absolutely hysterical. I laughed my entire way through it. My husband was right. Everyone should see this movie. Even if you hate zombies, I’m pretty sure this will still be your new favorite film.
Title: Kisarazu Cat’s Eye: The Movie
Release date: 11/2003
Cast: Okada Junichi, Sakurai Sho, Okada Yoshinori, Sato Ryuta, Tsukamoto Takashi
Plot: Bussan (Junichi) is dying. His doctors continually tell him that he has six months left to live. Instead of being depressed, he lives life normally with his friends.
What is good: There are some very funny moments.
What is bad: The beginning of the movie is rather confusing.
Letter rating: C+
Overall: I should start out by confessing that I have not watched the 9-episode drama that goes with the movie. This was just something I plucked off of Netflix without any expectations. As such, I was terribly confused for the first 45 minutes. Perhaps, if I was familiar with the series, I might have understood what was going on. Either way, the movie really picks up in the last half of the film. Once you can piece everything together and see how each event relates to other events, the movie is quite fun! I actually found myself staying up way past my bedtime just to find out how it ends. (I rarely stay up past my bedtime. I like sleep.) Now I need to track down the series so I can see what other adventurous mishaps this gang gets into!
One of the new shows that I have been watching this season is Cougar Town. To be honest, I never heard about the show until my husband recorded it for me one night. The show had me laughing my butt off right from the beginning.
Here’s the premise: Jules (Courtney Cox) is a recently divorced woman with a 17-year old son. With a bit of help from her best friends – Ellie (Christa Miller) and Laurie (Busy Phillips) – she tries to put a little excitement in her life and, maybe, find a good man along the way.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like it would be anything spectacular. However, the writing and the cast are absolutely perfect. None of the characters are overbearing (or at least they aren’t for very long) and you always feel like you are in on the joke. I know that some people are put-off by the title. Look past the words and let the laughter commence!
Like many children of the 80s, I watched a lot of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” cartoons. When the first movie came out, I was, like almost everyone I knew, hesitant to enjoy it. Would a live-action/CG Chipmunk movie be anywhere as good as the cartoons we so fondly remembered? I enjoyed it, but it felt like something was missing.
What was missing….was the Chipettes. In the 80s, there weren’t a lot of good female characters. Sure, there was She-Ra and Jem, but that was about it. While the Chipettes weren’t particularly strong girls, they were good counterparts to the Chipmunks. Whatever the boys could dish out, the girls could too and that was what made them loveable.
So the Chipettes have now entered into the live-action world of the Chipmunks. I loved the Chipettes singing, but their personalities seemed a little off. Britney was always a little more selfish than she was in the movie. Yes, she looked out for her sisters more than Alvin did for his brothers, but in this version, she was just a little too altruistic for their sakes. Jeanette wasn’t quite nerdy enough. She should have been able to match Simon fact-to-fact. Yet it was Simon that had to help her when the girls were in trouble. In my opinion, only little Eleanor fit her original personality. She was a tad shy with a heart just as big as her tubby body. Perfect.
One of the things that surprised me was that Zachary Levi, of Chuck fame, played the lead live-action male in the show. I don’t remember seeing him in any of the commercials. We all know that good old Dave Seville got laid up in the hospital thanks to Alvin’s antics, but we never saw who was taking care of them while he was out of commission. There is no better nerd boy than Zachary Levi. Dave will always be the number one guy in the Chipmunk’s lives, but I really hope that the writers find a way to get Toby into the third movie.
Both my sister and I enjoyed the movie just as much as my daughter did. There are some really funny jokes and, as usual, the singing was fun as well. I can’t say that it is absolutely worth the money to see it in the movie theater, but it is definitely worth a rental once the DVD or Blu-Ray hits shelves.
Title: Lupin III: Strange Psycho-Kinetic Strategy
Release date: 1974
Genre: Action Comedy
Cast: Yuuki Meguro, Hideko Ezaki, Kunio Tanaka, Shirou Itou
Plot: Hijinks ensue when Lupin (Meguro), the world’s greatest thief, meets Fujiko (Ezaki), a female thief.
What is good: Lupin versus Zenigata (Itou) is always funny.
What is bad: Too much slapstick.
Letter rating: D+
Overall: For some reason, when I added this to my Netflix queue, I thought it was an animated version of Lupin. I was a little surprised when I popped in the disc to see a live action version instead. Regardless, it’s still Lupin and I always enjoy Lupin movies. Well, now I can change that line of thought. Where Lupin tends to be silly, he always has a serious side. This version failed to show his serious side. We saw “Funny Lupin,” “Horny Lupin,” a little tiny bit of “Clever Lupin,” but never once was there “Serious Lupin.” In my opinion, this is where the movie failed. They relied way too much on “Funny Lupin” to carry the movie. Perhaps this would have been satisfactory in 1974, but it just doesn’t stand the test of time.