Showing posts with label Adam Sandler. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

You Can't Fire Me, I Quit; You Think You Can Replace Me With Some Other Guy, Go Ahead, it Won't Be the Same

Anger Management on Blu-Ray

Recently it was leaked that the producers of The X-Factor are going to dump Britney Spears because they wanted crazy Britney and all they got was one word answer Britney. I could not help but thinking of this while watching the first season of Anger Management because I had to wonder if the producers of the show were disappointed they got bored and disinterested Charlie Sheen instead crazy warlock from Mars Charlie. But unlike Spears who could not even bring in more eyeballs than Jeff Probst on his Silver Anniversary of Survivor and looks to be one season and done, Sheen still managed to pull in cable breaking rating executing a clause that means we will get ninety more episodes of the show.

As for the ten episodes that have already aired and are being released on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, the most disappointing part of the show is not only is Sheen not crazy, he is actually supposed to play a crazy person. Supposable he is playing the Jack Nicholson character from the Adam Sandler movie of the same name that goes to extremes while hosting an anger management therapy. But Charlie’s character is not so much crazy as he is just a bad therapist. Really the only bizarre treatment he has in the first season is using sleep deprivation as a truth serum. It could be construed of hosting anger management classes at his house, but I take that more as him being lazy.

The catch is that not only is Charlie an anger management therapist, he also needs anger management. Are at least that is what the script tells us, again, we are getting boring Charlie, not crazy Charlie. The problem is the best therapist he knows, Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), he is also sleeping with which could get into some therapist / patient moral quandaries. His personal life is made even more complicated by an ex-wife Shawnee Smith (The Blob) who seems as disinterested as Sheen on screen and teenage daughter Daniela Bobadilla (Awake) who may be the most adjusted person with OCD ever or the writers quickly forgot she has it (I also found it weird at how childish she acted but after a little research apparently the nineteen year old actress is supposed to be playing a thirteen. Usually this is where I wonder they did not get someone closer to that age, but I guess it is probably a good idea not to have a young teenager around Charlie Sheen).

Also expect many references to Charlie’s real life, the series even inadvertently starts with Sheen telling off his former bosses in a tongue and check scene. The show even brought in his real life ex-wife as a love interest and his dad Martin actually shows up as his father Martin. (Brett Butler also shows up as a bartender named Brett and Michael Boatman is Charlie's neighbor named Michael. I sense a theme.) And since he ends up moving to the same city near the end of the season, I would expect Martin to show up frequently in the future. Although it is odd with how much the writers like to reference Sheen’s past, even though the character was a professional baseball player (for a day) they manage to resist any Major League references.

But the thing about Anger Management is there is an entertaining show in there somewhere. Had they just stuck with the therapy session, the show would have been much more entertaining. In Sheen’s group, there is the entitled mean girl all grown up (the always hot Noreen DeWulf), the crappy old man (Barry Corbin, No Country For Old Men), the passive aggressive gay homosexual, and the guy who cannot get angry but always dates angry chicks (it took me about half the first season to figure this out and I am still not entirely sure why here is in the group). Sheen also does pro-bono work at a prison. The show is actually at its funniest whenever they get Sheen out his comfort zone like when Blair slaps him repeatedly or when he is forced to date a “slumpbuster” (a baseball slang for very unattractive lady). Of course they have nineties more episodes to get it right, starting with new episodes next Thursday on FX. Until then the DVD and Blu-Ray is out now.

Full Disclosure Notice: This Blu-Ray set was given to me by Lionsgate for review.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Kenny Wasn’t Like the Other Kids, TV Mattered, Nothing Else Did

I am not one of those people the bemoan that MTV does not play music videos because I bet most of the people who do complain would not bother to sit through an hour of Lady GaGa and Katy Perry videos in hopes they may play the latest from Mumford & Sons when you can just go on the internet and see it on demand. But watching the channel’s retrospective on VH1 Classic all weekend (apparently the actual channel is too busy with a Jersey Shore marathon to get nostalgic) I realized just how horrible the channel’s line up these days compared to the classic days when even non music video shows did not suck.

If I am not mistaken, Remote Control, this month’s induction into the Scooter Hall of Fame, was the first show on MTV that did not resolve around music videos except for the lightning round where characters who have a wall of televisions in front of them and had to name the music videos that were playing on the ten screens. As the name suggested, Remote Control had a much more focus on television than music with many categories devoted to classic television shows like Leave it to Beaver and The Brady Bunch (Jerry Mathers even made an appearance while Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen actually played).

The game was simple, three contestants would come to the basement of Ken Ober, sit in easy chairs and buzz in for point with bizarre characters (my favorite being Dead or Alive, where contestants would have to guess, well, you know). In between commercials there would be a snack break, which was delivered from above the contestants. And when a contestant was eliminated, they were yanked “off the air” through a brick wall where they were tormented for all damnation.

Remote Control was surprisingly a launching pad for many of the cast. Ken Ober, rest his soul, would go on to star into the original Parenthood television show before returning to MTV in a trio of Blues Traveler videos. Co-host Colin Quinn would parlay the gig into a cast member on Saturday Night Live. While token hot click Kari Wurhrer would go on to be a staple during the Skinamax block of movies throughout the nineties. Ever her replacement Alicia Coppola would go on to have many recurring roles on shows like American Dreams, Jericho and most recently popped up on The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

But the most surprising breakout stars of the show included Adam Sander, who beat Quinn to Saturday Night Live by a half a decade before going on to become the biggest comedic actor for a decade and a half. Also performing skits on the show was another comic who would eventually make it huge, Denis Leary, including some famous commercials he would go on to film for the network.

Watching classic bits during the MTV of Remote Control like celebrity edition where LL Cool J goes head to head with (not Downtown) Julie Brown and "Weird Al" Yankovic and another featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers (where Anthony and Flea played as a Two Headed Monster)makes me wish that MTV would add Remote Control to the list of shows the channel is rebooting along with Beavis and Butt-Head and 120 Minutes. If only for selfish reasons because I would be the Ken Jennings of the show.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 100 Greatest Movies of the 00's

1. The Dark Knight

2. Memento

3. The Lord of the Rings

4. Tropic Thunder

5. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

7. Zombieland

8. Spider-Man

9. Black Hawk Down

10. High Fidelity

11. The Departed

12. (500) Days of Summer

13. Wedding Crashers

14. Inside Man

15. Love Actually

16. Atonement

17. Shaun of the Dead

18. Hellboy

19. Funny People

20. 300

21. Pan's Labyrinth

22. Inglourious Basterds

23. There Will Be Blood

24. American Gangster

25. Gran Torino

26. Sin City

27. District 9

28. Flags of Our Fathers

29. Elizabethtown

30. Gladiator

31. Superbad

32. Drag Me to Hell

33. Almost Famous

34. Watchmen

35. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

36. Traffic

37. Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith

38. Bend it Like Beckham

39. Knocked Up

40. Gangs of New York

41. School of Rock

42. Hancock

43. Up in the Air

44. Wall-E

45. Slumdog Millionaire

46. Letters from Iwo Jima

47. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

48. Waitress

49. Pineapple Express

50. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

51. Grindhouse

52. 2012

53. Garden State

54. Catch Me if You Can

55. Dead Snow

56. American Dreamz

57. Murderball

58. The Incredibles

59. Iron Man

60. Legally Blonde

61. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

62. Pootie Tang

63. Supersize Me

64. Snakes on a Plane

65. Fahrenheit 9/11

66. Zoolander

67. Up

68. V for Vendetta

69. Mean Girls

70. Idiocracy

71. Closer

72. Eastern Promises

73. Hot Fuzz

74. Saved!

75. Brick

76. Juno

77. Zach and Miri Make a Porno

78. Munich

79. Sunshine Cleaning

80. Bring it On

81. Half Nelson

82. Maria Full of Grace

83. Team America: World Police

84. Blue Crush

85. Fanboys

86. Couples Retreat

87. American Pie 2

88. Orange County

89. The Rundown

90. A Walk to Remember

91. Lars and the Real Girl

92. Serenity

93. Punch Drunk Love

94. The Hurt Locker

95. Dedication

96. Remember the Titans

97. Little Nicky

98. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

99. Avatar

100. Red Eye