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Apr 042014

Figure skating has never looked funnier than on the comedy Blades Of Glory. Graceful Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) and unintelligent sex addict Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) are rival Olympic figure skaters, who tie for a gold medal. You’d think a tie was a good thing, but this one ended up a disaster. Jimmy and Chazz get into a fight, which gets them both banned from figure skating for life.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Jimmy’s adoptive father, billionaire Darren MacElroy (William Fichtner), disowns Jimmy because all he cares about is winning. What a jerk!

I met Jon Heder at MegaCon 2014 and he liked my shirt. I’m surprised that no one else wore this one.

All is not lost though. There’s actually a loophole that Jimmy and Chazz weren’t really banned from figure skating entirely, just their division, men’s single skaters. They can return in pair skating. Coach Robert (Craig T. Nelson), who trained Jimmy, has the two rival skaters team up as a pair. It won’t be easy since they still struggle to get along.

The real threat is pair skating champions Stranz (Will Arnett) and Fairchild (Amy Poehler) Van Waldenberg. These siblings will do anything to remain gold medallists, even cheat by forcing their sister Katie (Jenna Fischer) to spy on the competition.

Katie tries to stand up to her brother and sister, but they always remind her about how their parents died in a car crash while taking Katie to skating practice. They take advantage of it by making Katie their slave.

Despite their different personalities, Jimmy and Chazz become good friends and perform well on the ice together. The new outfits they wear represent fire and ice, which is appropriate.

Even though Jimmy and Chazz make it to the finals, Coach Robert believes that in order for them to win the gold they’ll have to do something special. It’s a very dangerous technique called the “Iron Lotus”, which always ended up in decapitation. I know ice skate blades are sharp, but are they really that sharp?

Meanwhile, Katie becomes Jimmy’s love interest and doesn’t give into her siblings anymore. That prompts Stranz and Fairchild to resort to foul play. The intensity is high for both skating duos now.

This was a funny movie and I loved it. It’s nice to see how the same sport that made Jimmy and Chazz enemies also brought them together as a team.

Aug 242011

Land of the Lost, based on the TV series, stars Will Ferrell as Dr. Rick Marshall. This characterization is much more different than before. Not only does Dr. Marshall go into food comas after nervously eating too much, he also spent millions on researching time warps, which causes a feud with Matt Lauer. That’s just hilarious.

Dr. Marshall goes on a routine expedition with his research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and their tour guide Will (Danny McBride). Soon his invention the takeon capacitor, which also plays show tunes, sends them to a parallel world called the Land of the Lost. It’s not just a prehistoric world. It’s got many time periods combined.

This adventure is along the lines of Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 version). You just never know what you’ll encounter. Whether it’s a T-Rex with a brain the size of a very large walnut to alien Sleestaks that use pylons. I’ll tell ya, those Sleestaks are much more amazing than they used to be. Their basic look is the same, but they now look like they have two sets of sharp teeth.

Soon Dr. Marshall, Will, and Holly meet Cha-Ka, a Pakuni, and he leads them to an area where all sorts of random large items drop in, right where the raptors hang out. When an ice cream truck arrives, those raptors become very pushy. They must love ice cream as well as the ice cream man inside.

Dr. Marshall sings The Land of the Lost theme song on a banjo while getting his blood drained by a monster mosquito and performs the show tunes from the device when it ends up in a pterodactyl nest. This adventure keeps getting funnier and funnier.

Then it becomes more exciting when Dr. Marshall, Will, Holly, and Cha-Ka fight off the army of Sleestak, like they were a group of zombies as they try to get through them and get back home.

This was a great funny film based on the old series. I couldn’t help but notice how accurate the similarities were with a modern twist. All that was missing was Dopey the baby brontosaurus.