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A Million Ways to Die In the West (DVD Review): Spoilers possible

November 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Written and Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman

Before I go forward with this review, ask yourself the following questions:

Q: Do I like watching Family Guy and American Dad?

If the answer is yes, continue. If not, then don’t bother reading this post.

Q: Does Family Guy offend me?

If yes, then stop right here. If not, then read on.

Q: Do I enjoy raunchy comedies that are not necessarily censored by a major network and may contain references to poo?

A: If yes, then watch this movie. If not, then fuhgeddaboudit.

The premise of the story is simple: Seth MacFarlane plays a mousy little shepherd in a pokey town out in the West who is terrible at his job and isn’t respected by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) or his parents. He doesn’t have much going for him in the grand scheme of things. Then a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) comes into town with her “brother”, and his luck starts to change… that is, until a shady killer (Liam Neeson) arrives wanting to do some damage.

I’m a fan of Family Guy and especially American Dad so this movie was right up my alley. However, seeing as it is live-action and not animated, some of the gags may be a bit too much for some viewers. It’s funny though, it really is. MacFarlane is pretty charismatic as the leading man, and he seems very at ease with leading lady. There’s good chemistry there.

Look for a teeny cameo at the fair by a cowboy with a Scots accent. Hint: He MAY or MAY NOT have played Obi Wan Kenobi in the most recent Star Wars movies.

Seeing as how tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US and a lot of folks have some vacation days to spend, why not catch a few movies on the DVDs? I know I will.

A couple of movie reviews: Ted and The Campaign

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

I actually saw Ted about a month ago. Here’s the thing when movies are made by folks you already know can be funny like Seth MacFarlane, creator of one of my all time favorite shows, American Dad (you thought I was going to say Family Guy, right?): sometimes what makes them funny on the small screen doesn’t translate well to the big screen.

I may be in the  minority here, but I feel like the humor was forced in a lot of scenes and didn’t have the easygoing snarkiness that I love in American Dad. Mark Wahlberg is a stoner slacker who hangs out with his teddy bear when he’s not working at a dead end job and has Mila Kunis to come home to at night. The premise is shaky at best. My favorite scene however involved Giovanni Ribisi at his Silence of the Lambs’ style house. I don’t want to give too much away other than he’s drinking a juice box at the time this scene takes place.

Even though I didn’t like the movie as much as I thought I would, I’m still an avid watcher of American Dad, and will continue to be for a long long time. Roger has my heart, that’s all that is.

The Campaign is another flick I managed to catch recently. Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two rival Congressional candidates, this one had the lowbrow comedy Ferrell is known for down pat. Genuinely funny in a lot of scenes, and some scenes were like, eww… but that’s Ferrell. Galifianakis plays a variation on his alter ego Seth Galifianakis in the movie, and it works well against Ferrell’s over the top rendition of an alpha male political candidate. Directed by Jay Roach, he of Austin Powers and more recently, Game Change and Recount (both excellent HBO political movies), The Campaign is a stinging, satirical, way over the top look at what really goes on behind the scenes in the world of politics.

Since we’re coming into the election season, it’s pretty fitting for a movie like this to come out now.

If you haven’t had the chance to see a Seth Galifianakis interview, may I humbly suggest the following:

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