Let me start by saying I was totally psyched for Pitch Perfect 2. I was one of the ones who actually wanted to see the first one, not one of the many who heard about it from someone else and was convinced to see it. And I loved it. It was the first time in a long time that I laughed (full wheezing, out-of-breath, practically-crying laughs) and it wasn’t because it was lewd or obscene—it was just funny. Seemingly an overnight success, Pitch Perfect was a new brand of comedy poised to impact the genre. So its sequel, written by very same person as the first installment, should’ve been a smash hit, right? Well pardon the musical humor, but I walked away feeling it had fallen very flat indeed.
I can be a really embarrassing person to go see a comedy with. I clap, I literally slap my knee, and sometimes that’s not even enough and I find myself slapping the person I came with. I also don’t just laugh, I wheeze. If something gets me laughing, I mean seriously laughing, I sound like a tea kettle going off. So while there are an absolute ton of comedies out there probably far funnier than the ones I’m about to list, I judged mine based on two things: Their ability to make me wheeze and the fact that I loved them enough to purchase the DVD. That may not even make them my five favorite comedies per se, but they stand out. Starting with …
The Birdcage, 1996
One of my all-time favorite Robin Williams films even though he’s not even my favorite part. That honor would go to Nathan Lane whose perfectly quotable antics (“Oh God, I pierced the toast!”) and high-pitched squeals added the perfect dose of hysteria to a truly funny movie. Pretty much anything that comes out of Agador’s mouth makes me laugh and the dinner scene where they start to panic is always my wheeze moment. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again … here are five movies I can’t wait to see this summer!
Avengers: Age of Ultron | May 1
Given how 2012’s The Avengers finally sucked me into the Marvel frenzy, I’m quite excited for the long-awaited sequel hitting theaters next week. I know nothing of their basis in comics, only that the juggernaut featuring a band of superheroes looks to save the world—again. An artificial intelligence program designed by Tony Stark/Iron Man goes awry and it’s up to the rest of the gang (Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawkeye) to protect the planet from his wrath. Looks pretty awesome and will probably end up being the quintessential blockbuster of the season. Continue reading
Pitch Perfect 2 officially has a release date—May 15, 2015! Directed by none other than Effie Trinket, er, Gail, herself in her debut. I CANNOT wait and not just because I have a lady boner for Anna Kendrick, who, by the way, has not even been confirmed to star yet. I’ll post more details to the PSA Facebook page as they become available, so become a fan now! Continue reading