In A World: Where Demetri Martin is Awkward and Hilarious

Hello everybody! For today’s movie club we have the hilarious voice actor comedy, In A World…

IN A WORLD…

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DIRECTOR: Lake Bell

STARRING: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin,Fred Melamed,Rob Corddry,Michaela Watkins,Ken Marino,Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro

GENRE: Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Don LaFontaine “The Voice” of trailers dies age 68. In the voice over world 5 voices make all the money, recording 60 trailers a week, sometimes 35 a day. Don is labelled as the voice of God in archival interview footage. TV interviews with Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed) and Gustav Warren (Ken Marino) about their memories of the late Don reveal the enormous ego and self promotion of Sam Sotto who sees himself as equal to Don and mentor to new voice Gustav, young heir to a fortune. The late Don intoned “In a world . . .” the first iconic trailer. Film producer Katherine Huling (Geena Davis) is making a quadrilogy female mutant Amazons tween chick flick. Competition for the trailer voice over is fierce.

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Better news still, Bell wrote and directed this gem. The actress proves to have a deeply funny, finely observed sense of subcultures. She’s admitted to being obsessed since she was a kid with the world of voice-over. She also displays a tartly compassionate feel for the human condition — be it achy or loopy, needy or arrogant.

Bell plays Carol Solomon, a vocal instructor and the younger daughter of Sam Sotto, one of Tinseltown’s legendary voice-over artists. Michaela Watkins is Carol’s older sis, Dani. She’s married to Moe (Rob Corddry) and works as a concierge at a lux L.A. hotel. A flirtation with a guest gives the comedy an affecting subplot.

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Despite the preponderance of jokes and gags and shtick-dependent characters, In a World… never becomes cloying or too cute. Nearly all the actors pop with well-defined personalities. After a long career as a character actor (seven Woody Allen films), Melamed broke out as a quasi-lead in the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man four years ago and formidably dominates here. The fast-talking Martin and Marino nab their share of laughs, while stand-up stalwart Tig Notaro is hilarious as a butch staffer at the recording studio.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Subplot.
  • Strong direction.

CONS:

  • Some jokes fall flat.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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ADHD Presents: Axe Cop

DISCLAIMER: Hello everybody! This month we are taking a different approach for our weekly Wednesday posts. Anime Club will be temporarily postponed (Consider it a Season 2, mainly just so I can catch up on my list of shows to watch) and for the month of July we will be taking a look at Fox’s Animation Domination High-Def shows. This week we have Axe Cop.

AXE COP

STARRING: Nick Offerman, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, Tyler, The Creator

CREATED BY: Malachai Nicolle, Ethan Nicolle

GENRE: Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Axe Cop was the invention of 5 year old storyteller Malachai Nicolle, whose 29 year old comic book creator and artist older brother Ethan made into a popular webcomic. Nick Offerman provides the voice of Axe Cop, a man who, if the opening credit voiceover is to be believed, came to be “at the scene of ‘The Fire,'” when “The Cop” found “the perfect axe.” There is a season four of Arrested Development amount of exposition that drives the humor — the characters continually have to explain this random universe the show lives in where dragons are a mode of transportation; hyrbids named Army Chihuahua and Grey Diamond need to explain their etymologies; bad dudes like Dr. Poo Poo need to thoroughly go over their evil master plan; Axe Cop has to discuss the constant developments of said plans — it all drives home the conceit that a child is in charge of the storytelling, but it’s a joke that gets old fairly quickly. (Fortunately, there is a distinct beginning, middle, and end to the stories, so there was a limit made presumably to Malachai’s influence.) The superheroic Axe Cop is based on a popular Web comic by brothers Ethan and Malachai Nicolle; it first appeared in 2010, when Ethan, who draws the pictures, was 29, and Malachai, who makes up the stories, was 5. The comic, which moves with dizzying dispatch, is a wonderful thing, a serious translation of a child’s mind through the practiced hand of an adult. There is very little irony involved in the presentation. Some of this quality survives into the Fox cartoon, though there is an extra layer of adult knowingness interposed, which dissipates the magic of the original and makes one question the source of any idea or line of dialogue. (A low-budget YouTube version, which minimally animates the comic frames, better preserves its flavor.)

There is nothing wrong with Axe Cop, but it’s a bit unfortunate that all of the attention between the two shows is focused on it — its first two episodes play simply like a Saturday morning cartoon that adults would enjoy if they happened to be watching it. This makes all the sense in the world when you know the back story.

The first episode, in which Axe Cop (played with more than a hint of Ron Swanson by Nick Offerman) and his sidekick Flute Cop (Ken Marino), help Bat Warthog Man find his missing friends, does more or less follow one of the Nicolles’ existing comics. But interpolated lines like “This jump leads to space and that’s really high” or (of a villain), “He’s asleep because it’s past his bedtime,” are an adult’s impression of a child’s voice. And a line like “All right, bro, we don’t have time for your back story” is just grown-ups talking to grown-ups.

PROS:

  • Animation.
  • Plot Structure.
  • Decent amount of laughs.

CONS:

  • Plays more like a Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Personally not a fan of the voice cast.
  • All Nick Offerman dialogue sounds like Ron Swanson.
  • Disappointing dialogue.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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The Lego Movie: Assembling in 2014

Hello everybody! Today we have the recently released The Lego Movie

THE LEGO MOVIE

DIRECTOR: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

STARRING:  Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

GENRE: Computer-Animated Adventure Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, Australia

An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. We follow Emmit (Pratt) as he fulfills a legendary prophecy told by Vitruvius (Freeman) which tells of an unknown hero who will foil the plans of Lord Business (Ferrell) with the “Brick of Resistance”.

The Lego Movie is a film that, once I watched the trailer I knew I wanted to see it. Legos consumed my childhood, I was always building different things than what was written in the instructions. Who follows the instructions on these things? Anyway, i found the animation of this film remarkable. The animators found a perfect blend of cgi and the use of Legos. When they show water or liquid, they show it in the form of Legos. Is there an explosion or fire? They show it in Legos. Also, the voice acting is amazing. The ensemble cast really pulled out all of the stops for The Lego Movie.

I have to say that The Lego Movie is definitely not a film for my demographic (18 – 25). While I did enjoy it, it took me a long time before I was actually interested and entertained by the film. I was bored of the plot for the first 30-ish minutes, but I was able to stare at the beautiful animation. I didn’t like Will Ferrell as the villain, I didn’t recognize his voice until the end of the film (once he appeared on screen for the live-action part of the film). His evil plot of world domination was pretty lame too, but I am not going to ruin that for you.

PROS:

  • Majority of voice cast, amazing performances.
  • Beautiful animation.
  • Cameos galore.
  • Ensemble cast.

CONS:

  • Limited Demographics.
  • Will Ferrell as villain?
  • Boring plot.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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