A new week, a new group of comedies for you. First we have The Big Picture. The film isn’t exactly new, it’s from the 80s, but it’s on Blu-ray for the first time. I had actually never seen the film and I was slightly disappointed. I like Christopher Guest films normally plus the cast is really good with Kevin Bacon, Michael McKean, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more. Plus it’s a film poking fun at Hollywood which I normally enjoy. Maybe it was funnier when it first came out, but I wanted/expected more from it. It’s clearly showing the charade that the movie industry is, one minute you’re a film student and everyone wants you. Then your project gets sunk and nobody wants you. But then you make a comeback and you’re the talk of town again. The Teri Hatcher character is brilliant, the hot girl who wants the guy because he’s hot property then ignores him when he’s down and wants him again when his name is in the news. If you like Guest films and Kevin Bacon and haven’t seen it, check it out. The best on the list easily.
Next we have Spaced Invaders. Another not exactly new film (from 1990) hitting Blu-ray for the first time, man does this feel like a cash grab of the time. It wants to have the heart of E.T. with the charm of Monster Squad and wit of The Goonies, but unfortunately it doesn’t have any of that. The film doesn’t hold up well with special effects and costuming looking terrible by today’s standards. I really was hoping for something like The Monster Squad, but I sat there bored watching as an adult. But if it was a favorite as a kid, now you can get it on Blu-ray!
Third we have Reality. It’s not quite a comedy, but I have no other place for it. Another film poking fun at Hollywood, it’s from the director of Rubber so let that be your warning. Rubber wasn’t good, but at least it had some cool camera tricks and you kept watching because you had no idea what you were watching. This wants to be funny, but it’s not my cup of tea. A filmmaker is told he can make his movie if he finds the most perfect, Oscar worthy groan in the history of groans. There’s dream sequences and a bunch of nonsense and none of it worked for me. Eric Wareheim drives a military Jeep and wears a dress at points. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, this is clearly for you. If you have no idea who he is, leave this one alone.
Last we have Kung-Fu and Titties. Amazing name right? Yes, unfortunately the movie is complete garbage. It is one of the worst films I’ve seen this year. There’s plenty of titties in it, but the kung-fu is a joke. The lead can’t act or do any type of martial arts and yes that’s part of the joke, but it doesn’t make it funny. It’s stereotypical junk that makes you question how something like this gets distribution. I wanted to like it because the title is amazing, but it’s another no-budget “comedy” that the only people who find it funny are those who made it. I love stupid comedies, but this is painful and I couldn’t wait for it to end. Avoid this at all costs!