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.

 

Day 44: The Ladykillers (2004)

bad-remakes-ladykillers-431I don’t know how to follow up the amazing Deadpool since that was the best film viewed yet, but we’ll have to try. I continued down the comedy road and chose a film by the world famous Coen Brothers (Fargo). The film is called The Ladykillers and it stars the amazing Tom Hanks (Philadelphia) as Professor G.H. Dorr PHd, a smooth talking eccentric southern man who is looking to take advantage of an old woman named  Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) because her property lies within his master plan. You see, Dorr wants to rob a Casino boat, but in order to do that, he has to build a tunnel underground that leads to the casino with a rather unlikely team and pose as a classical duo in the meantime to fool the old lady. The film also stars Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) as Gawain, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Garth Pancake, Tzi Ma (Rush Hour) as The General, Ryan Hurst (Remember The Titans) as Lump Hudson, Diane Delano (The Wicker Man) as Mountain Girl, George Wallace (Funny People) as Sheriff Wyner, Stephen Root (Office Space) as Fernand Gudge, Jason Weaver (Drumline) as Weemack, and Walter K. Jordan (Life) as Elron.

the-ladykillersI didn’t know going into the film that it was a remake and with that being said I’d actually like to see the original version. The film isn’t super amazing, but it’s actually pretty decent and at times it’s funny. The part that is funny to me is the fact that these are five guys who have really no business being a team and it shows throughout the film. You want to talk about a motley crew, these are definitely them. You have a punk wannabe street thug, a demolitions expert with a bad case of IBS, a Vietnamese general with a smoking habit, and a jock whose dumber than a box of rocks. That is where the real comedy in this film lies and it once it gets towards the last 20 minutes of the film is when it gets really good as it all falls apart. The soundtrack to the film is actually pretty good as it mixes some gospel music with music like The Nappy Roots, and so much more. It was also supervised by T Bone Burnett who you may remember for O Brother, Where Art Thou?. I definitely think it’s a film that is worth checking out if you are a fan of Tom Hanks, The Coen Brothers, and T Bone Burnett. Marlon Wayans was definitely the comedic relief of the film, but Hanks provides some himself. I am going to give The Ladykillers an B for a final grade.