|Director:||David Gordon Green|
|08.17.08||Galaxy Highland|| Saw this again with Molly. Still funny and surprisingly violent! Can't say I picked up any new details or anything, but it's pretty fun to hang out with those guys while they get mixed up in a vaguely 80s adventure. I could also easily tell who all in the audience were smokers by the amount of laughs when we first see Seth Rogen showing off his techniques in the car.|
Solid movie, man. I liked it still, a lot.
It needed that MIA song from the trailer in it though. I actively missed it. The guys who cut that trailer had the music dead on. All I wanna do is BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM! heh heh.
|05.04.08||Alamo South Lamar|| And now the main event. Pineapple Express, 3 months early, with stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, and director David Gordon Green in attendance. According to Harry, 7,000 people tried to get his tickets, only about 100 or so did. I don't know about that... all I know is that there was a line of maybe 120 people outside and after Harry's people and a few busloads of students from UT found seats, maybe 15 of the poor saps who'd been waiting since 6 (with flyers saying "admit two") got to sit in folding chairs alog the floor aisle. This screening was packed.|
Skipping ahead, after the movie Tim had set up five stations of desert-island tools and invited anyone smoke-canny up to see if they could be the fastest to turn a pineapple into a smoking device. The winner (who I believe cheated, smoking the pineapple instead of the tobacco supplied. The guy next to him had a much more elaborate setup and actually had smoke in his mouth when the "winner" exhaled his paltry puff) got a poster signed by all the talent there. Then there was a Q&A with typically insipid questions fielded with varying degrees of entertainment from the actors. It was kind of funny for David Gordon Green to get asked super-dramatic questions about his previous films (which I confess I haven't seen any... although he's surprisingly young and small to me as a person) and then Rogen getting asked if he really drew dicks as a kid ("Wow, wrong Q&A!"). Then there were the babbling fangirls asking Franco if comedy is harder than drama *swoon* Danny McBride modestly thanking Rogen for talking up Foot Fist Way. McBride was actually the quietest of the Q&Aers and also seemed the most modest, but what can 10 minutes in front of a spotlight tell you. All in all a good experience.
Now the movie... OK so the movie.... well the poster, you know how everyone in the poster has guns, right? Well, the movie was surprisingly action-y for me. Lots of gunfire, the bad guys are funny as well as actually bad guys. Human life seems to be one of the topics under consideration for humor as well as weed and lack of intelligence here. It's kind of a weird mix where things are funny and everything but people are also, you know, dying.
McBride is hilarious (much more so than in Drillbit Taylor) but then there's this hand-to-hand fight that's really pretty brutal. The crowd was pretty busy switching between laughter and that "Ohhh!" that people yell when someone on screen takes a hit that looks REALLY painful. The mix is somewhat disorienting but ultimately successfull I think.
I'm not 100% sure it will be this year's Superbad in terms of popularity, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. It was kind of like if Beverly Hills Cop was actually funny or if Hot Fuzz wasn't satire. A unique experience.