?

Log in

No account? Create an account
The Bloodletting of Sarah Marshall - The Book of the Celestial Cow

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile
> My Website

April 20th, 2008


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
02:40 pm - The Bloodletting of Sarah Marshall
I'm sticking this at the beginning for all you Princess Tutu aficionados: I finished the series for the second time last night, and I love it even more. The first time, I loved it mostly for the plot. But this time, I fell in love with the characters. And I still loved the music and the message and the themes and everything else that is awesome about it. And the confirmation that Pike is pretty consistently Not as Sucktastic as Lilie. tigeremme loved it too, I think.

Also, Toph and Fakir have the same hair.



In non-anime news, I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall yesterday, and it was pretty great. With the exception of one or two scenes that are just sweet, every single scene in the movie is funny. I started keeping track after a while because I thought that might be unusual, that every scene had at least one thing that made me laugh. Not necessarily LOL, but laugh, though there were plenty of LOLs as well.

What's interesting is noting the differing comedic styles among the Apatow crew. If you look at Knocked Up (Judd Apatow), Superbad (Seth Rogen), and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Jason Segel), they're all very funny movies, but the humor seems to be quite different. For my money, Superbad is the worst of the lot, and I'm having a hard time comparing Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall because I have a feeling that Knocked Up was somehow funnier, but I might like Forgetting Sarah Marshall better overall. One thing that struck me was that, contrary to my expectations, the funniest parts of FSM weren't necessarily the dirty, raunchy bits (which was true of Knocked Up). Jason Segel has sort of a randomness to his humor that obviously appeals to me, so you get a lot of jokes that are delivered offhand and out of left field. And the humor is all rooted in character, which is always true of the Apatow crew.

And what a crew! A lot of credit goes to the actors for making the movie as good as it is, of course. Jason Segel is, well, Jason Segel, and he's easy to root for. And he's not afraid to put himself out there, naked and vulnerable. Literally. Kristen Bell, as many have said, does a good job making her character sympathetic, and her performance never made me think of Veronica except for the time I realized that her performance wasn't making me think of Veronica. It was easier to buy her as Sarah Marshall than I expected, especially since her character isn't quippy like Veronica, though still funny at times in a straight-man kind of way. Russell Brand is, of course, hilarious, and I have a feeling he improvved some of his lines because they reminded me of his usual style. Mila Kunis is so pretty, oh my goodness. I didn't find her all that attractive on That '70s Show (opting for Laura Prepon instead), but damn. I think it helped that her character was sweet without being a ditz. Bill Hader and Paul Rudd are good...um, I hesitate to use the word "comic relief" in a comedy, but that is essentially their purpose. Funnily enough, Bill Hader's most hilarious scene is one when you can only hear him through the phone. Paul Rudd's character is just sort of there, but his subplot does eventually pay off in a good scene that does not involve Paul Rudd (at first). Jack McBrayer's character ends up being completely superfluous to the movie, but he's still funny, even if it's weird to hear Kenneth say such things! And Jonah Hill does have some amusing moments (even though the hilarious bit I heard on a radio ad wasn't even in the movie [much like the "Do you want to choose the outfit you break up with me in?" line!]), but I still do not know why he exists.

Besides being consistently funny, it's also a good movie in that it really does want to examine heartbreak and getting over someone. I loved seeing flashbacks of the relationship from each party's perspective because the picture it painted was that it was good and bad for both of them. There was no simple answer or solution. It also captured that whole "vacation" atmosphere where you get to know other guests as well as the locals, and you run into them occasionally, and they end up enhancing your time there.

I think that even though my face didn't exactly hurt from laughing afterward, I admired the movie more than Knocked Up. I could certainly be biased since I like more people in this movie, but that's my feeling. (P.S. Speaking of people I like in this movie, don't leave immediately when the credits roll. There's one last treat in store.)



I'm sticking this at the end for all you Girl Story of the Day aficionados: when I went to buy my ticket, the cute girl at the ticket booth said she really liked my shirt and smiled at me. This time, I smiled back at her, especially since this was my shirt's debut in the outside world, and she was the first person to ever comment on it.

After lunch, when the rest of the gang (arbitrarium, gymble and her husband, and ellric) bought tickets, there was someone else at the ticket booth, so I was glad I had gone earlier. It turned out my shirt-liking girl had moved inside to take our tickets, and I smiled at her, and she smiled at me, and it was all very smiley, like she was Smiley Cyrus. So, Gillian Block, if you happen to vanity-Google your way to this post, thank you for brightening my day.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Drain STH - Crack the Liar's Smile

(49 memoirs | Describe me as "inscrutable")

Comments:


Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
[User Picture]
From:maidofawesome
Date:April 20th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I totally read your comment on Kenneth ("...say such things!") in a Kenneth voice.

I really really wonder if Russell Brand tried to shag KBell.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 20th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I totally read your comment on Kenneth ("...say such things!") in a Kenneth voice.
Ha!

I really really wonder if Russell Brand tried to shag KBell.
That is a very good question. I don't see why not.
[User Picture]
From:smrou
Date:April 20th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
(Link)
What's interesting is noting the differing comedic styles among the Apatow crew. If you look at Knocked Up (Judd Apatow), Superbad (Seth Rogen), and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Jason Segel), they're all very funny movies, but the humor seems to be quite different. For my money, Superbad is the worst of the lot, and I'm having a hard time comparing Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall because I have a feeling that Knocked Up was somehow funnier, but I might like Forgetting Sarah Marshall better overall.
I believe I agree completely. I didn't dislike Superbad overall--there was quite a bit about it that I found funny--but I've had a serious soft spot for Seth Rogen ever since F&G and am sad to say that Superbad lowered my opinion of him. On the other hand, FSM has made me think even more highly of Jason Segel. I think FSM manages to be very very funny while maintaining its heart all the way through. Sarah Marshall is arguably the least likable character in it, but she's hardly irredeemable, and while the movie is certainly raunchy as hell, it's not entirely about that, as Superbad often seemed to be. Comparing FSM to Knocked Up is difficult because I think they're both very good, very funny, very nice movies. Right now I would definitely choose FSM. The fact that it's the one I just saw could be influencing my decision, but I think FSM wins because there are more cool and funny characters in it.

Bill Hader and Paul Rudd are good...um, I hesitate to use the word "comic relief" in a comedy, but that is essentially their purpose. Funnily enough, Bill Hader's most hilarious scene is one when you can only hear him through the phone.
Oh my God, I was completely cracking up when he was screaming over the phone, as was my movie-going companion. That was fantastic. And my favorite Paul Rudd bit was "Oh the weather outside is weather..." In fact, I just made myself laugh simply by typing it. Hee!

And Jonah Hill does have some amusing moments (even though the hilarious bit I heard on a radio ad wasn't even in the movie [much like the "Do you want to choose the outfit you break up with me in?" line!]), but I still do not know why he exists.
Again, with you on Jonah Hill (though I don't know what hilarious bit you're referring to). And also I was sad about the lack of the "Do you want to choose the outfit..." line. That was a funny line!

(P.S. Speaking of people I like in this movie, don't leave immediately when the credits roll. There's one last treat in store.)
That was an excellent treat, too. Very funny.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 20th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ooh, I love when people agree with me so much! It makes me feel like I'm not crazy!

I didn't dislike Superbad overall--there was quite a bit about it that I found funny
Oh, me too. I thought it was funny, but not as funny as hyped.

On the other hand, FSM has made me think even more highly of Jason Segel.
And now I have to see HIMYM even more.

I think FSM manages to be very very funny while maintaining its heart all the way through.
Yep. Absolutely.

Comparing FSM to Knocked Up is difficult because I think they're both very good, very funny, very nice movies. Right now I would definitely choose FSM. The fact that it's the one I just saw could be influencing my decision, but I think FSM wins because there are more cool and funny characters in it.
Yep, I'm with you.

Oh my God, I was completely cracking up when he was screaming over the phone, as was my movie-going companion. That was fantastic.
The whole theatre was cracking up so hard we couldn't even hear some of what he was saying. That was hysterical.

And my favorite Paul Rudd bit was "Oh the weather outside is weather..." In fact, I just made myself laugh simply by typing it. Hee!
And you made me laugh too! That was great.

Again, with you on Jonah Hill (though I don't know what hilarious bit you're referring to).
It's from the scene when Peter goes to the restaurant alone, and he's calling to the rest of the staff to clear the other half of the table. "It's just one guy!" It's hilarious because the delivery is such that he's not deliberately mocking Peter; he's just clarifying what he sees as an absurd request.

And also I was sad about the lack of the "Do you want to choose the outfit..." line. That was a funny line!
It was!! I wish they hadn't cut it.
[User Picture]
From:gymble
Date:April 20th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
(Link)
While I certainly laughed the entire way through, I think that my favorites bits were where they skewered modern television. Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime!
[User Picture]
From:alliterator
Date:April 23rd, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
(Link)
Check this out. My favorite bits are the video clips:
"We found bones covered in semen."
"Human?"
"The bones or the semen?"
"Both."
"Both."
[User Picture]
From:filmtx
Date:April 20th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
(Link)
With the exception of one or two scenes that are just sweet, every single scene in the movie is funny.

ITA. I laughed just as hard the second time I saw it. I haven't seen any of Apatow's other movies (only his tv shows), so I can't really comment on how they compare to FSM. But seeing FSM makes me want to see the other films. But I agree that the humor didn't seem forced in this film at all like other comedies do. That's because, like you said, the humor was rooted in the characters.

Kristen Bell, as many have said, does a good job making her character sympathetic, and her performance never made me think of Veronica.

I agree her performance was very different and she did a great job. But I don't think I will ever be able to look at KB without thinking of Veronica.

And Jonah Hill does have some amusing moments (even though the hilarious bit I heard on a radio ad wasn't even in the movie [much like the "Do you want to choose the outfit you break up with me in?" line!]), but I still do not know why he exists.

I can't believe they cut that line! Actually, there were a few things that were missing when I saw it last night. Guess they re-cut it after SXSW.

(P.S. Speaking of people I like in this movie, don't leave immediately when the credits roll. There's one last treat in store.)

Dude, I was rolling in the aisle laughing the first time I saw that scene in the credits. How hilarious was that?





[User Picture]
From:catatonia00
Date:April 21st, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
(Link)
I'm glad you liked this movie. I'm also pretty ecstatic about you being smiley-smiles with the movie theatre chick.

How disappointed were you when Laura Prepon ditched her gorgeous red hair and went blonde?

I finally managed to upload the Drip album. And there is a track called "Bloodletting." Coincidinky!?! Will post later.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
(Link)
I'm also pretty ecstatic about you being smiley-smiles with the movie theatre chick.
Hee.

How disappointed were you when Laura Prepon ditched her gorgeous red hair and went blonde?
Is she nuts?? I did not know that! Her hair was awesome!

I finally managed to upload the Drip album. And there is a track called "Bloodletting."
Ha!
[User Picture]
From:wounded82
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
(Link)
>>(P.S. Speaking of people I like in this movie, don't leave immediately when the credits roll. There's one last treat in store.)<<

Hee! Oh, I know! That was great for a laugh. Good thing we were taking our time with grabbing our stuff!

Such a great movie; I agree, the entire thing was just FUNNY, pretty much non-stop. We were even contemplating going to see it again the following day. It was just THAT great!
[User Picture]
From:daynr
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
(Link)
Smiling always good. More smiles. Always.

Just not in combination with creepy stares. Smiles good. Asking about people good. Responding to questions. listening to maka. Exactly.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
(Link)
Just not in combination with creepy stares.
You're the one in love with Derek Reese!
[User Picture]
From:ethanvahlere
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
(Link)
I may try to see FSM later this week. I also liked Knocked Up more than Superbad. In fact, I didn't really like the latter at all except when Seth Rogen and Bill Heder were on screen.

As far as "why Jonah Hill," I guess people think he's the next Chris Penn.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
(Link)
I've never even heard of Chris Penn.
[User Picture]
From:three_fates1987
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
(Link)
Besides being consistently funny, it's also a good movie in that it really does want to examine heartbreak and getting over someone.
That's why FSM completely won me over, it's hilarious but it's also genuine. You laugh but you also walk out feeling like you really got to know these people, when most movies now days only sell you stereotypical characters. Knocked Up for me was hilarious but lacked the heart the cast and the writers delivered here.
[User Picture]
From:sophia_helix
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
(Link)
I was really not into Superbad; it had some really funny exchanges, mostly at the beginning and the end (and Michael Cera's delivery was always gold), but it got so lost and boring in the middle.

I saw FSM with sainfoin_fields yesterday, and we both really liked it. I did laugh a fair amount, though a lot of it was more actor-specific ("K.Bell!! You said a dirty word!!" "Jason Segel!! I saw your penis!! Three times!!"), but I was much more interested in it as just a... hm, not a "serious" movie, but maybe a really, really superlative and more realistic form of romantic comedy, lighter on the comedy? Or an Office-style dramedy, I don't know. Sometimes the scenes with Rachel and Nick would start sounding a little formulaic, but then they'd take an interesting and unconventional turn (loved the bit on the cliff about feeling impervious to worse pain than they'd already felt), and that was what really made the movie interesting to me.

OK, that and A Taste for Love. My friend who you met at Wondercon composes music for video and computer games, and once wrote a rock opera called Godot!, and he must see this film ASAP.

Edited at 2008-04-21 04:29 am (UTC)
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
(Link)
Oh, yay, I'm glad you saw it with Tris; she was lamenting her inability to see it with someone. And I completely agree with your assessment of what kind of movie it is, and I also liked that cliff scene.
[User Picture]
From:capnnick
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
(Link)
I actually enjoyed Lilie more than Pique, but it was because she was so fantastically, irrevocably messed up. Pique had a bit of that going on, but all her pesky redeeming qualities get in the way of her being such a delicious human train wreck.
[User Picture]
From:spadada
Date:April 21st, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
(Link)
Yay, FSM! I can't wait to read the box office returns tomorrow. I'm hoping for 21 million. I don't know why. It's what I picked.

Wasn't it fun to be a KBell fan during that movie? If the Rob Suckers ever get together in person, we should watch FSM and laugh at all the in-jokes.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 21st, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
(Link)
I can't wait to read the box office returns tomorrow. I'm hoping for 21 million. I don't know why. It's what I picked.
Sorry, more like $17.3 million.

Wasn't it fun to be a KBell fan during that movie? If the Rob Suckers ever get together in person, we should watch FSM and laugh at all the in-jokes.
gymble and I were cracking up.
[User Picture]
From:dgriswold
Date:April 21st, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
(Link)
The Dracula musical would have a long and successful career in a small off-Broadway house in NYC. With many cult fans. It was wonderful.

Also, the movie was wonderful.

Also, I would like to make sex with either of the female characters.
[User Picture]
From:somethingel
Date:April 21st, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
(Link)
I'm having a hard time comparing Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall because I have a feeling that Knocked Up was somehow funnier, but I might like Forgetting Sarah Marshall better overall
I totally agree with this. It just had a better feeling to it, much as I loved knocked up.

I think the Paul Rudd line that will never fail to make me laugh is "you sound like you're from London!" The delivery slays me, and ever since we saw the trailer, my brother, sister and I have been yelling this at one another once or twice a day.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Oh yeah, I love that one too. It's just so ridiculous.
[User Picture]
From:sarahsez00
Date:April 21st, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm glad to hear it was good. I can't wait to see this. I need my Russell fix!

> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com