Sunday, January 2, 2011

Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Nick's #7

Before I get to the post proper, I wanted to say that I noticed we seem to have regular viewers in Sweden. Who the hell are you people? I'm glad we've got you, it's only that I am curious (yellow) where you came from. After the US, Sweden is a distant second for number of views, so I guess we'll have to make a stop there on our JJ 2011 world tour. Thanks, Sweden, and here's hoping for another Bergman sometime soon!

7. Your Highness

Not being a drug user, I have a hard time getting onboard with stoner movies. I'm not judging; I'm just not part of the culture and most pot comedies tend to skew toward, not just those familiar with the lifestyle, but those who fetishize it, not giving me much of an entryway. David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express was able to bridge the gap, throwing buddy movie, action movie, romance, cop thriller, and of course, stoner movie against the wall, and at least a few of those stuck for me. It was one of the funniest films of 2008 and introduced me to Danny McBride, who managed to steal the show from Seth Rogen and James Franco (the movie also gets extra points for bringing Huey Lewis out of retirement for the theme song). Since then, McBride has given us one of the most complex characters in modern sitcomdom with Eastbound and Down's Kenny Powers. Like a Will Ferrell character, the humor and tragedy lay in Powers' blind confidence and arrogance, despite his fall from grace, and the effects they have on himself and those who are still close to him. McBride's portrayal of the former baseball playing id is more than just a caricature: on some level he realizes his failings and on occasion emerges from his oblivious self-absorption to attempt (in his own way) to connect more deeply with friends and family, only to find out they're less self-aware or more self-absorbed than himself. I'm not saying Your Highness, a Medieval marijuana adventure tale co-starring Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman, is going to net McBride an Oscar nod, but, hey maybe next year he'll get the lead in a Charlie Daniels biopic directed by James Mangold or Taylor Hackford.

Future Oscar winner trailed by two future O'Malley's Bar & Grill Trivia Night winners

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