Review: The Campaign

Review: The Campaign

I don’t know about you, but I’m quickly getting tired of the Presidential campaign, and we still have a few months before election day. So, the last thing I really wanted to see was a movie about politics, but they do say comedy is the best form of relief. Enter Jay Roach’s “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) is up for reelection in the 14th District of North Carolina and is running unopposed. Brady, accidentally leaves a sexually explicit voice mail that gets leaked to the press. So, corrupt businessmen the Motch Brothers (no doubt caricatures for the real life Koch Brothers), played by John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd, are looking to run a man that they’d be able to control.

They pick Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), the son of an old friend, and tour guide for the town of Hammond, NC, to run on the Republican ticket. If you’ve seen Galifianakis’ comedy special “Live at the Purple Onion,” Marty is essentially Seth, Zach’s “twin brother,” a character he created many years ago. Kind, well meaning, and slightly effeminate, Marty’s life get’s turned upside down as the Motch Brothers bring in campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), a hard ass political genius that completely revamps Marty’s image. Including replacing his two lovable Pugs for a labrador and golden retriever, since those are more deemed “American.”

Marty, initially starting as a clean, fair campaign, is forced by Wattley to up his game. The two go back and forth, each action outdoing the prior, especially in laughs. Without spoiling anything I’ll say this, in this campaign, literally nothing is sacred, or off limits. The film used its R rating well, with raunchy jokes and language throughout. It teetered on the line of ridiculous perfectly.

The Campaign does an excellent job lampooning the state of our politics. Though, much of the film feels eerily real, it’s still nice to sit back and laugh. Ferrell and Galifianakis play perfectly off each other, their comic timing is almost unmatched. If you’re looking for an alternative to the mud-slinging campaign ads, this is the perfect film for you, it reminds us that, hey, it actually can get more ridiculous.

“Ghostbusters 3” Planning Fall Shooting Date?

In an on-line chat with the readers of Boston.com, Dan Akroyd, (in town to promote the opening of a new “House of Blues,”) said “Ghostbusters 3” is coming.  Soon.  Here’s an excerpt from the chat:

Fan question: Ghostbusters 3? I’ve heard that the writers of the Office are currently penning a script? How is this coming along, and should we look forward to this movie seeing the light of day? Thanks Dan!

Dan Aykroyd: Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009

Well, there you go.  Do I believe it?  I’m not sure.  Am I excited?  I’d say more hesitant and reserved.  Does anyone remember the last Indiana Jones movie?  -Sam

Ghostbusters Coming to Blu-Ray

Ghostbusters Coming to Blu-Ray

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You probably will be hearing screams of delight across the country the next couple of days.  The screams come after it was announced that ‘Ghostbusters’ is coming to Blu-Ray DVD.

June 6, 2009 is the release date, so, mark your calendars now.  What will be on the disc?  Good question.  Here’s the rundown, starting with the all new features created for this DVD:

* Digitally Mastered Audio and Video
* Slimer Mode: Picture-in-Picture Graphical Viewing Experience with an examination of the spook-hunters’ firehouse headquarters, an in-depth exploration of the creatures in the Ghostbusters mythology, behind-the-scenes discussions of making the movie, new cast, crew and special effects artists interviews and much more!
* Featurette: Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
* Ghostbusters Garage: Ecto-1 Gallery
* Collectible 32 Page Scrapbook

Additional Special Features

* Filmmakers’ Commentary with Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis and Joe Medjuck
* Featurette: 1984 – The Making of Ghostbusters – Interviews with the cast and crew
* Featurette: Interviews with Cast and Crew
* Featurette: SFX Team – Includes Before and After Multi-Angle Explorations
* Scene Cemetery – 10 Deleted Scenes
* Audio: English, Spanish (Castilian), French (Parisian), Portuguese (Brazil)
* Subtitles: English, Spanish (Latin Am), French (Parisian), Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Arabic
* Storyboard Comparisons
* Closed Captioned