In a world filled with summer disappointments and tent-pole flops, Lake Bell’s In a World… looks like it could be really good. Recipient of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and nominated for Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Festival, In a World… has received praise critically and its thus far limited release has proved successful. Starring, written, and directed by the lovely Lake Bell (A Good Old Fashioned Orgy), the film is about a voice coach trying to break into movie trailer voice over work like her father.
In a world where great horror comedies like Dale and Tucker vs Evil get overshadowed by garbage like Scary Movie 5, it’s the folks that brought us Reno911 that give me hope. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon wrote, directed, and starred in Hell Baby. The pair play exorcists sent by the Vatican to handle a demonic pregnancy, and the movie actually looks pretty damn funny. Aside from the two The State alums, the cast is packed with some of the funniest (if not well known) actors working today.
Scheduled for a February 2013 release is a movie called Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. First glance at the synopsis it seems to be little more than a zombie version of Twilight. Here is the plot overview from IMDB:
After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
This is not the most ground breaking of plots, and the thought of yet another franchise like Twilight was not something I would be looking forward to at all.
Then the trailers came online and I had to reassess my view.
The film looks fantastic. There is an element of the zombie movie WastingAway in here. In that movie the zombies could talk to themselves and be understood by other zombies, but humans just heard them as zombies. Here there seems to be some interaction between zombies just bouncing about the place which should be fun. There is also an element ofZombieland in there too, with the inner monologue of the zombie adding a new and exciting element. It seems quite funny with some nice comedic scenes (the zombie doing his monologue then getting lost while doing it springs to mind). I really like the fact that even the zombies have something they are scared of, these uber zombies who will eat anything.
All this adds up to quite a quirky looking film, which hopefully will add some new blood into the zombie genre instead of the standard brain eating creatures. If that does not sell you on the movie, then this should make you take note, you have Rob Corddry (Hot Tub TimeMachine) as a zombie and John Malkovich (Red) as a zombie hunter! What a winning combination.
If you’ve never watched Children’s Hospital during the Adult Swim on Cartoon Network, then you’re missing out but still retain a greater amount of brain cells than me. Children’s Hospital is like Grey’s Anatomy mashed together with…. good God I don’t even know. It pretty much mocks crappy shows like E.R. and Greys Anatomy. Either way it’s hysterical, weird and awkward all at the same time. Will it change your life? No, but it sure makes it funny for about the fifteen minutes each episode runs. So it’s a good thing it’s coming back for a fourth season. Check it out via IGN:
Childrens Hospital is coming back for Season 4. Adult Swim announced today that a new season comprised of 14 episodes will go into production later this year, and will debut in 2012. All the main participants involved in the series are back, including creator/star Rob Corddry and his fellow executive producers Jonathan Stern and David Wain. The press release included some appropriately tongue-in-cheek comments from the EPs…
“I’m very pleased and honored by this announcement,” said Corddry. “I’m also very surprised, given that I write this show when I’m very, very drunk. Season 4 promises to be a cry for help.”
I have no doubt that Rob Corddry really does write Children’s Hospital when he’s drunk. If he wrote it sober the show would be completely unwatchable. You can’t just soberly think up two brothers who are clowns fighting over one of the brothers shooting a porno in the hospital. If you do then you’re completely mental and need help. But you can watch those events unfold on TV without being called mental, plus you can watch it sober and it’s still funny!