Film Screening 20th November, 2009

Poster for Funny People

Funny People 

8:00 PM, 20th November, 2009
No Guests

  • MA
  • 147 mins
  • Unknown
  • Judd Apatow
  • Judd Apatow
  • Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana, Leslie Mann

George Simmons (Sandler), a massively successful stand-up comedian finds out he has an untreatable blood disorder. In the light of this, he attempts to re-bond with Laura (Mann), the wife who left him behind, with the assistance of his assistant, Ira (Rogen), another struggling comedian.

HA! Right there? Hilarious, right? Laugh riot of the century, you'll be falling in the aisles. It's like Sandler's back in Billy Madison all over again!

Okay, maybe not. But it's intriguing to notice that Sandler's been carefully growing as an actor while we haven't been noticing... and while he's playing a guy who is reasonably similar to himself (in particular, the glimpses of Simmons' movie career looks terrifyingly like a distillation of every low-attention-span comedy Sandler's ever done), this requires more than the simple "heartwarming" bit in the last ten minutes that the more conventional fare has thus far required. And director Apatow is, if nothing else, highly skilled at creating genuine, rounded people with complicated, slightly jagged lives.

And yes, there are jokes too.

Simon Tolhurst

Poster for Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead 

10:42 PM, 20th November, 2009

  • MA
  • 99 mins
  • Unknown
  • Edgar Wright
  • Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
  • Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Well, f***-a-doodle-do, Shaun is back at the ANU Film Group, doing battle with those pesky undead whilst trying to get back together with his girlfriend and save his mates at the local.

This film is only five years old, but it has already become a classic cult comedy. There is just so much to get out of it. It's a satire on society (the zombies aren't noticed for a while, as it's just assumed they're the regular brain dead members of society going about their normal routine). It's a tribute to other zombie movies, with small references put in to satisfy fans of directors like George Romero. It's pretty much got everyone from the noughties crop of great British comedians and comedy shows (Dylan Moran ((ndash)) "Black Books", Matt Lucas ((ndash)) "Little Britain", Lucy Davis ((ndash)) "The Office", Peter Serafinowicz). It usurps Wayne's World for the best use of a Queen song in a movie scene (and also has the most appropriate tribute to Sade possible).

But most of all, it's a damn funny movie. For me, it's up there with Flying High and the other movie made by this team, Hot Fuzz, as one of my favourite comedies of all time. If you have seen it, you know you want to come back for another helping. If you haven't seen it, rectify that tonight. (Now, can I get... any of you c****... a drink?)

Travis Cragg