Galifianakis, Downey Jr, Todd Phillips. Due Date

Just something to keep your interest piqued for 2010 if you’re a comedy fan. Looks like a couple of print sources are reporting that Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Road Trip) next film titled Due Date, will star both Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis in a sort of Planes, Trains and Automobiles type of story with RDJ in the Steve Martin role. Let me be clear: as far as I know this is not a remake, that’s just how the plot is being described. It’s a cross country road movie in which RDJ’s character is trying to get to his destination in time to see his child be born.

With RDJ’s saracastic wit and Galifianakis crazy antics, sounds like a great team up to me.
More to come soon I’m sure.

Cinecast Episode 126 – See You at the Party Richter!

Episode 126:
Not the brightest week for film this summer with The Taking Pelham 1-2-3, The Land of the Lost, The Hangover, Away We Go and Departures.

A few tangents, a fair bit of negativity and surliness, some vague sifting through the sparse DVD releases which is heaven for BluRay and Criterion enthusiasts, but rather dire for everyone else.

The Show Notes have left the building in the short term. Bear with us.

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Review: The Hangover

Director: Todd Phillips (Old School, Road Trip)
Writers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 100 min.

Feeling like the multi-plexes are strangely devoid of quality comedies that actually have a laugh factor of more than one for every thirty minutes? You and me both. Quality jokes are hard to put together; even harder to follow through with and harder still to get the butts in the seats during the summer with the onslaught of “mindless” cinema being released. Luckily, The Hangover seems to be doing all three – and doing it fairly well.

Low-brow, pretty standard plot line for a comedy: four buddies head to Vegas for a bachelor party and the time of their lives. We see them have a drink before hitting the town and then flash forward to waking up on the floor the next morning. The room looks like Hunter S. Thompson spent the summer there and the groom is missing. With no recollection of the previous night, the three “survivors” head out in search of their friend; retracing their steps with what clues they have: an abandoned baby, a missing tooth, a hospital bracelet and splitting headaches. Hijinx and hilarity ensue.
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