Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
One high school drama teacher is about to make a huge number 2.
From the same people that brought you "Little Miss Sunshine," Hamlet 2 is the story of Dana Marschz, a high school drama teacher facing the cancellation of his program. A spoof on the typical story of bringing inner city and privileged youth together to succeed, this offbeat comedy contains a hilarious musical finale.
Well we finally got a contract on the Cogerson house. That coupled with putting a contract on a new house...has not left much time to watch movies. My streak of watching a movie a day for the entire 2014 year will be really tested at the end of August...as I will be homeless for 6 days. Today was a challenge to watch a movie...as we started moving stuff to my mom's house...and when I finally got some free time...a storm came through and knocked out the power.
But with 90 minutes to spare I was able to watch Hamlet 2. In this one Steve Coogan plays a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher. When his school plays based on movies like Erin Brockovich and…
One of those rare cases in which the sequel is better than the first instalment.
Smartly scripted comedy starring Steve Coogan as Dana Marschz, failed actor turned high school drama teacher, Dana spends his life trying to please his uninterested bitch of a wife (Catherine Keener) and the 13 year old editor of the school newspaper who is always slating his plays. He constantly wears jammie trousers and he roller-blades to work, he's basically one of life's looser's. When the head of the school threatens to close the drama department down Marschz decides to write an original play, Hamlet 2 is what he comes up with.
The film spoofs the likes of Dangerous Minds and Dead Poets Society, its genuinely funny and is anchored by a great performance from Coogan who is well supported by a colourful cast including Elizabeth Shue, Skylar Astin and Amy Poehler (who basically plays a potty mouthed version of Lesley Knope).
Also look out for the song 'Rock me Sexy Jesus', the film is worth watching for that alone.
Mostly hit or miss throughout, but the play scenes are brilliant. Coogan is okay, though he should have used his normal accent. The supporting cast are all great, especially Nat Faxon and Skylar Astin (who really shines here).
As curios go, this one may end up as a major entry in Steve Coogan's movie career, even by his quite scattershot standards. Hamlet 2 is a strange beast - ostensibly a send-up of the classic 'coach makes a bunch of multi-ethnic kids from the wrong side of the tracks into a team' story we saw so much of in the 80's & 90's. Dangerous Minds through the lens of a terrible actor cum drama teacher. The problem is that Andrew Fleming's film plays it so straight, so earnest, at times it seems to forget quite *what* it's sending up and from where to mine a laugh. As a result, the final product can't help but feel lukewarm and not nearly…
Well, this was just crap. The only reason I wanted to watch this film was for two reasons:
- It was on BBC1 Saturday night (nothing else on)
- A vague recollection of seeing this being reviewed in Empire Magazine. The trouble was that the magazine belonged to a stranger on the Tube and I could only see it reading it over her shoulder. I could never finish it as I suddenly realised that madam had a very low cut top and although the cleavage was impressive, my police record was not and I had to quickly stop.
With this in mind, I thought, "well let's watch this". I saw Steve Coogan was in it and so I decided to…
I didn't watch this and haven't since like 2012, but i was thinking about how good it is might watch soon
I could sing Rock Me Sexy Jesus for hours.
This made me laugh so much when it came out. I don't know what's changed about my sense of humor in the eight years since, but this time, the first hour only got some smiles. This is the rare comedy where the third act is the funniest, though.
One thing about me that this movie did make me aware has changed, is that I know more about story structure now than I did eight years ago, as I really noticed this thing is a mess.
This is a fucking brilliant movie and in my review, I underrated it. At least a 4 star movie.
Coogan really cracks me up in this. It starts out fairly bland and then we get a musical sequel to Shakespeare's tradegy and it is comedy gold. Songs such as 'Rock Me Sexy Jesus' and 'Raped in the Face' nearly killed me.
The night I watched this I got food poisoning, so maybe that's coloring my memories of it a little... but before getting sick, I just couldn't get into this. I like Steve Coogan, I like Catherine Keener, I thought the concept was interesting, and could've been funny, but... I don't know. Maybe after a couple long bathroom breaks, I wasn't ready for a different type of tragedy.
(This has been a TMI review of a movie I probably could watch again, but haven't.)
Sometimes I have a misguided love for certain films that don’t live up to future re-watchings. They’re often overly quirky, feature dry, unorthodox characters and acting and story lines, and are potentially offensive to some. Far too many times, these movies that I championed as “must watches” end up just being hard to re-watch. Thankfully, that is not entirely the case with Hamlet 2, though I will concede that it wasn’t as great as I first thought it was. That may be because I have a feeling that it may have helped inspire fucking “GLEE”.
Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) is a high school drama teacher in Tuscon, Arizona and he truly lives up to the old adage of “those who…
All over the place tonally. Couldn't tell if some scenes were supposed to be dramatic, or if they were supposed to be funny. I guess it doesn't really matter, because in most cases they were neither...
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Note: some films were reviewed twice, once at a film festival and then were…
Sometimes actors will hang dong, so lets recount those moments in film history.