Movies that are slightly off.
Smack destiny in the face.
For Rod Kimball, performing stunts is a way of life, even though he is rather accident-prone. Poor Rod cannot even get any respect from his stepfather, Frank, who beats him up in weekly sparring matches. When Frank falls ill, Rod devises his most outrageous stunt yet to raise money for Frank's operation -- and then Rod will kick Frank's butt.
quite possibly the greatest achievement in cinema
"I'd rather die than live in a world where I can't kick your ass."
This has got my vote for most watchable film of all time. My body aches with laughter when Rod falls down the ridiculously large hill. I piddle in my undies whenever I see that fucking Yo-Yo Ma poster in his room. Hot Rod also taught me many helpful life lessons. Pools are perfect for holding water. The best way to dilute pain is to pretend everything is an interactive theatre art piece. Let's all gallop to a wooded glen and punch-dance our rage out. Let's do it together.
Also, a grilled cheese sandwich would win in a fair fight, but with prison rules, the taco is champ. This is the real deal.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during my freshman year in high school. The illness has ruined countless things in my life. I've quit jobs on a random whim, I've spent entire paychecks on Magic the Gathering cards, I've lost friends, I sleep way too much and then way too little, my brain surges with bizarre unwieldy creative projects and multimedia global sigils, only to crash and burn when the depression kicks in.
I'll spend days in my room, wrapped in a bath robe, marathoning horror movies and drowning my skull in doom metal. My family and friends begin to worry, I'm not returning their calls or texts. I smell terrible, I barely eat. I lumber out of my cavern…
What may appear to be a silly comedy made of SNL alum, is actually a razor sharp commentary of male insecurity. Rod searches for a semblance of what society deems to be masculinity by doing action hero stunts. We watch him fail, showing the absurdity of the arbitrary standards we set for masculinity through the media. He proves himself a "man" by beating up his own father, not saving his life. Hot Rod shows that the idea of proving your manhood by fighting, an ideal that has persisted through time, from ancient Sparta to now, is still a thing, and it still is foolish.
Today is the day 2015 comes to a close, and thus wraps up my first year on Letterboxd. I had no idea I would end up having so many wonderful people read my stuff and enjoy what I have to say about many movies both old and new.
I want give a massive shout outs to Todd Gaines, Ryan Narc, Micaiah Beasley, Zackary Bender, Sarah_C, Mark T, Karl Hungus, and Ninty64X for helping me get so far this year!
Mark, thanks for being my first ever follower and liking a good amount of my earliest reviews. Zackary, thanks for letting me make you laugh with my reviews. Ryan, thanks for boosting my likes up and writing your own really good…
There is nothing deep or refined about Akiva Schaffer's "Hot Rod," but, regardless, it is a lot of fun. With its collection of lovable nincompoops, its outlandish situations, and its knowing sense of humor, the film makes for an engaging little comedy and lively piece of entertainment.
Its story focusing on Andy Samberg's Rod, the film follows Rod as he goes about his misbegotten quest to become a great stuntman. His lack of talent may get in the way, but Rod is determined to do something, anything in a blaze glory. This all makes a sturdy set-up for some mostly effective physical comedy and verbal barbs. There are as many groan as there are guffaws, but they are entirely good-natured…
I sincerely hope that this is preserved in the Library of Congress one day
The high fives get me every time
Creo que es lo mejor que han hecho los de Lonely Island y no pienso pedir perdón por ello.
"Now I don't want to say that kiss was hot, but if the boner police are here, I want a lawyer!"
An insanely watchable movie that's charming, breezy and keeps you laughing along with a game cast.
Good cast. Isla Fisher is beautiful. Not bad? I feel like it works?
Dumber than Napolean Dynamite, and almost as funny. #8wordsorless
"I used to be legit. I was too legit. I was too legit to quit. but now I'm not legit. I'm unlegit. And for that reason, I must quit."
Eh, it was aight.
Hot Rod is directed by Akiva Schaffer and follows Rod Kimble as he tries to do the impossible, jump 15 buses to raise money for his dying step-father.
The good? Ok, Hot Rod is likeable at it's best. We have an array of interesting and charming characters (especially Dave, played by Bill Hader) which all add their own essence to this comedy. On point physical slapstick, that is where the film gets the majority of it's belly laughs as well as some pretty nifty quips (see the…
Rico: I'm freakin pumped! I've been drinking green tea all goddamn day!
THIS MOVIE IS A TREASURE TO SOCIETY AND EARTH AS A WHOLE
we have a good time here in high school
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…