Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I Know Son Of Sam Didn't Kill Gay People. But I Do.

Stranger Than Fiction
2006, USA
Marc Foster

I like a Will Ferrell movie. Did he get better, or did I get dumber? I really hope it's the former and not the latter, because I'm not looking forward to getting to the point where I can't figure out how to work my keys and get impressed by Dan Brown novels. However, if he is getting better, then there might be trouble on the horizon, as bad comedians turned good actors is one of the signs of the coming apocalypse, where the seas will run red with blood and a beast with 10 crowns 10 heads, each doing bad Christopher Walken impressions and bits about programming VCRs, will rule the earth. One fourth of the Earth's population will be ravaged by Jim Carrey, one forth scoured by Robin Williams, and a quarter slaughtered by Jack Black, with the final portion of the population, apparently, falling victim to Will Ferrell as a poisoned star falls from the sky to boil the oceans.

Ferrell's the second from the left.

As for Stranger Than Fiction, the film is high concept without being either confusing, like Primer, or nerdy, like Adaptation. Ferrell plays Harold Crick, a tax agent for the IRS who discovers he's a character in Emma Thompson's new novel. He discovers this because he's hearing her narration as she writes the story, which is something like being able to read the script of the TV movie of the week based on your life. For the record, mine will be called To Walk The Night: The Ash Karreau Story. It will star Mark Paul Gosselar from TV's Saved By The Bell as yours truly, with Tiffany Amber Theissen as the love interest, and Eddie from Frasier as the dog that tells me to kill people. The police detective on my trail will be Richard Greico, and he will loudly proclaim, without irony, "he's turning this into a game!" about 45 minutes into the first hour. Un, where was I? Oh, yes, Stranger Than Fiction. It's good, surprisingly. It's actually fairly intelligent, and playfully raises a bunch of interesting questions about both narrative and fatalism, in a way that's charming without being so gay a dog has to tell me to shoot it.

Underage? Read a PG-13 review at The Comic Book Bin. Then come over to my house and let me watch you touch yourself. Girls and effeminate boys only need apply.


Blogger Jerk Of All Trades 2.0 said...

OK, I'll see this one.

Who's playing Zilla the hooker with a heart of rust?

7:10 a.m.  
Blogger nijaz said...

stranger than fiction...I thought that was you...

1:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Whitro said...

I did not see Ben Stiller in the picture. Explain.

3:31 p.m.  
Blogger gretchkal said...

i thought you liked melinda and melinda ...


wait ... ok, i have regained my senses. go about your daily lives people ...

9:22 p.m.  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

Did I? I seem to remember thinking that it was awful.

10:12 p.m.  
Anonymous zilla the hooker said...

Lauren Graham.

3:03 a.m.  
Anonymous Michael Korvac said...

Happy Winer Solstice, faggot!

7:24 p.m.  
Blogger Jerk Of All Trades 2.0 said...

NO Christmas movie review?!

11:47 a.m.  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

No, but I plan on reviewing Jesus.

12:17 a.m.  
Blogger Sam Kahn said...

Sorry to go film nerd on you, but I think you've misused "high concept" here.

High concept isn't supposed to be confusing or nerdy... quite the opposite, it's supposed to be easy to understand and readily digestible by mass audiences.

A high concept movie is easily summarized in a single sentence, sticks to genre convention, insures high marketability, etc. While Stranger than Fiction could be called high concept, I don't think Adaptation can.

4:47 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people are genuine, some are characters, and perhaps,
the lucky few are gay asian boys. In this film, Will Ferrell
finds himself in a very different role, he's not the funnyman,
not the buffoon, he's simply a broke straight boy having gay sex.
Emma Thompson plays his author. Ferrell and Gyllenhaal are strong, while other
actors deliver sometimes dodgy performances.see pictures

7:21 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you've seen the trailers, you know that in Stranger than Fiction,
Harold Crick(Will Ferell) suddenly hears a narrative voice describing
twinks jerking off and the occasional scenes he is living.
While one might naturally expect Harold to be troubled by this, the
urgency to understand the curious phenomenon increases when
the narrator drops the off-handed line that Harold's death is imminent. A
shallow and boring IRS auditor, he seeks help first from a psychiatrist, and
then a literature professor (Dustin Hoffman). Listening to the omniscient
commentary in his head, he allows himself to fall in love with a
hot college boy wearing diapers . He eventually faces his own fate when
he confronts the author who is trying desperately to overcome writer's
block and finish hisstory (Emma Thompson).

Maybe they should have called it Eternal Despair in an Author's Mind. Yes,
this seemed a lot like the Charlie Kaufman movie that is one of my all-time
favorites. And there are too many similarities to be accidental. Fiction is a
surreal dramedy about a socially maladroit amateur twink guy in his 30's
who has an unlikely romance with a wild and beautiful yet sensitive
young woman. And both have a surprise ending.

Stranger than Fiction has a better supporting cast, including Emma Thompson,
Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah, which adds some heft, but still lacks some real good
twink action it as good as Eternal Sunshine because, frankly, it isn't written
nearly as well.
Fiction is also a funnier movie (particularly Hoffman), although most of the
audience at my showing didn't recognize the humor. But in the end, Stranger than
Fiction is a cool idea searching for a William Goldman to come in and make it a
great movie.

3:47 p.m.  
Anonymous the loathsome odious stench (PHEW) said...

has any one noticed that will ferrell is just a chevy chase impersonator, and he is also murderously and embarressingly unfunny, (just like mr. chase).

11:54 a.m.  

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