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DATE NIGHT
A likable pairing can only take a movie so far, but that doesn’t stop Steve Carell and Tina Fey from working their comedic asses off to take Date Night as far as it can possibly go. They are the sole highlights amid the darkness that is Shawn Levy’s inert direction, which consumes nearly every element of the film with its studio hackery. There is no tension in the plot, the action is bland and incomprehensible, and the majority of big comedic gags are too broadly handled to be funny. It’s almost a miracle that Date Night doesn’t drag Carell and Fey down with its middle-of-the-road lameness, but through their genuine chemistry and well-timed improvisational skills, they manage to inject a great amount of spontaneity, warmth and actual humor into the movie. It doesn’t quite save it, but it’s enough to make the film a semi-enjoyable afternoon rental.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Audio commentary with director Shawn Levy, featurettes (“Directing 301 with Shawn Levy”, “Directing Off Camera”), an extended car chase, a gag reel, and Date Night PSAs (three versions). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as deleted and extended scenes, a Disaster Dates with the Cast featurette, Steve and Tina Camera Tests, and a digital copy of the film.

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invictusThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the creative bankruptcy of the Death at a Funeral Remake, gush about Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, and review The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-Ray. Special guest Anne Thompson from Indiewire joins us.

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Death at a Funeral

Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz‘s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film has a primarily African-American cast and focuses on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.” Basically, they have decided to remake an English-language film, dumbing down the jokes, in an effort to attract a more black audience (and to clarify: this comment is a statement on Hollywood chooses to treat ticket-buying African-Americans, and not a statement on the intelligence of that audience). It seems completely unnecessary. If you think that sounds horrible, watch the trailer — it’s much worse.

The remake was directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace), was written by Dean Craig (Caffeine), and stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Rock will be teaming up with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Screen Gems for a re-imagining of Frank Oz’s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Rock will produce and star in the film, in addition to co-writing the script with Ayesha Carr (an Everybody Hates Chris veteran). Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film will have a primarily African-American cast and focus on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.”

In general, I’m skeptical of remakes but there have been exceptions where the newer film has surprised with its inventiveness. Positive examples can be found in the category of remakes of foreign films (e.g. The Departed, The Ring) or even remakes of older American films (e.g. Ocean’s 11, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) However, this news has me torn because on the one hand, Chris Rock is a great funnyman who will undoubtedly be able to mine the basic funeral scenario for comedic gold. On the other hand, it promises to strip away all the elements that made the original film what it is (namely, its British-ness, for lack of a better term). It’s also just kind of bizarre that the remake is coming hot off the heals (just one year after) the original. What do you guys think?

Source: THR

Discuss: Are you eager to see “Death at a Funeral” remade for American/urban audiences?

The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and HBO announced their 2007 Film Program line-up which includes Sundance 2007 favorites Eagle vs. Shark, Rocket Science and Waitress in addition to 27 other features. Check out the full list and press release after the jump.

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