The guys recap the Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane and express a lack of understanding over the humorless reactions from much of the blogosphere. Then they discuss the new movie from Shane Carruth, UPSTREAM COLOR, and tell why you should definitely drink lots of coffee before sitting down for Abbas Kiarostami’s new film LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE.
The guys preview the 2012 Academy Awards and give their predictions for the winners. Jared goes on a spectacular rant about the fallacy of the Best Foreign Film category and Michael explains his problems with comparing ZERO DARK THIRTY and DJANGO UNCHAINED for Best Original Screenplay. If you’ve got money riding on an Oscar pool this year, listen to these guys and “bet the house!”
TED (MacFarlane) | ★★
Analysis of Ted may depend largely on one’s appreciation for Seth MacFarlane’s previous work. The humor in Ted doesn’t stray from that of Family Guy with its crudeness, obscure pop culture references, and occasional fantasy sequences. The difference here is that MacFarlane intends to inject a genuine emotional connection to his characters.
Unfortunately, this viewer hasn’t cared much for MacFarlane’s brand of humor, and Ted won’t change that. The film has a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, but the script is frustratingly hit or miss. The biggest miss, however, is not its comedy but its plot. MacFarlane strings the jokes together with a rote story that fails to captivate. Even an ill-advised, dark turn heading into the third act can’t hide its by-the-numbers thematic development.