Day 306: Mascots (2016)

mascotsAfter 31 one straight days of Horror films, I am definitely ready to catch up and watch some movies that I have missed out on. Netflix has been producing some great comedies as of late and there was one that I just couldn’t wait to see and that is the mockumentary film Mascots which comes from the mind of Christopher Guest (This Is Spinal Tap). Every year, there is a competition that looks at the unsung heroes of baseball games, football games, and various other sports in the Mascots. This mockumentary explores that world as it follows various mascots like Mike and Mindy Murray (Zach Woods and Sarah Baker), Owen Golly Jr. (Tom Bennett), Cindi Babineaux (Parker Posey), Tommy ‘Zook’ Zucarello (Chris O’Dowd), and Phil Mayhew (Christopher Moynihan) as they all fight for the award called the Golden Fluffy. The film also stars Kerry Godliman (Derek) as Sarah Golly, John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher) as Upton French, Jim Piddock (Best In Show) as Owen Golly Sr., Susan Yeagley (The Lucky Ones) as Laci Babineaux, Ed Begley Jr. (Ghostbusters) as A.J. Blumquist, Jane Lynch (Glee) as Gabby Monkhouse, Don Lake (Zootopia) as Buddy Campbell, Fred Willard (WALL·E) as Greg Gammons, Jr, Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie) as Jolene Lumpkin, Bob Balaban (Ghost World) as Sol Lumpkin, and Michael Hitchcock (Glee) as Langston Aubrey. 

mascotsI really loved this film because it’s everything you loved about mockumentaries like This Is Spinal Tap and it also helps that it was made by one of the stars of that film. He even makes a special appearance in the film as a guy named Corky and his chemistry with Parker Posey was incredible and hilarious. It also helped that the film featured so many funny people in one film that it was almost overload. This was a well written film with so many great subplots that helped drive the film forward as well as the main plot. One of my favorite parts of the film is when they finally get to the competition and you see all of the performances from the main guys and the hilarious reactions from the judges in the film. My favorite performance (if I was a judge) would go to the The Fist which was played by Chris O’Dowd probably because of the fact that he added an element of metal to his show. The other thing that I liked about the film is that they show you where all of the mascots are one year later. It definitely adds closure to some of the drama in the subplots that were presented to us. There was definitely some cliche comedy vices thrown in the film, but sometimes that is what makes them great. You have to give credit where credit is due to Netflix because they have produced some great stuff so far. If you have it, definitely give this film a shot if you haven’t already. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because it’s enjoyable to watch.

Day 112: Fifty Shades Of Black (2016)

50 shades blackFor today’s film, I wanted to watch a spoof film and at one time The Wayans (Scary Movie) were synonymous with the genre. For those of you that don’t know, spoof films are films that poke fun a certain film or genre. Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) wrote today’s film Fifty Shades Of Black which is a spoof film of  you guessed it, Fifty Shades of Grey. Hannah Steal (Kali Hawk) is a very naive and inexperienced college girl with low self esteem whose life is about to change. It changes when she meets the mysterious and successful business man Christian Black (Wayans) when she goes to interview him for school. The two end up involved in a relationship that just gets more and more complicated as they go when his sexual practices puts a strain on their relationship. The film also stars Fred Willard (American Wedding) as Gary, Mike Epps (Next Friday) as Ron, Affion Crockett (The Wedding Ringer) as Eli, Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) as Claire, Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) as Mrs. Robinson, Jenny Zigrino (Love… In The Round) as Kateesha, Irene Choi (The Perfect Guy) as Mai, Russell Peters as Dean Jordan, and the film was directed by Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House). 

SetWidth1000-50-Shades-of-BlackI haven’t seen a good spoof movie since Scary Movie 2 or Not Another Teen Movie and this film is definitely not one of them. Some people may think that you had to have watched 50 Shades Of Grey to get the jokes, but everyone just about knows that story and this movie is laugh at loud funny. They make fun of various pop culture events that took place in 2015 like the Break The internet with Kim Kardashian and many other things but hey fail to do any good. You kind of look at it like oh, he’s making fun of that now. I did like the part when they made fun of Magic Mike XXL and for the whole film I was trying to figure out of Jenny Zirgrino was trying to be Rebel Wilson or not. I wasn’t sure about that while I was watching the film. I do want to thank them for including Affion Crockett who is hilarious even though he had a small role in the film. He definitely brought some laughs to the screen with his giant anaconda. The film does exactly what you think it would do and it make fun of the way Christian Grey acts by making him over obsessive in this film and a sex freak. They just tried way too hard to try and make it funny. If I was them, I would had more of Andrew Bachelor in the film who played a Kevin Hart like best friend to Hannah and believe me he was a scene stealer, but he’s forgotten about for the rest of the film. For a final grade, this may seem harsh, but I am giving it an C for a final grade only because I didn’t enjoy it.