Monday, January 08, 2007

Movie: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Bill Crider expects my reaction to this movie to turn up here. And I’m not about to let Bill down.

1. I liked it. Quite a bit.

2. Bill described it as ‘goofy.’ I’ll second that.

3. The movie is jam-packed with characters, and Will Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay are willing to let each of them have their moment in the sun. Everybody gets a chance to be funny.

4. For all the comic actors on display, it’s Gary Cole who walks off with the movie as Ricky’s ne’er-do-well dad Reese. His performance is just an angstrom away from being completely straight, which only amps up the hilarity.

5. Elvis Costello does a cameo! How could I speak ill of it?

6. I will never look at Days of Thunder the same way again. And John C. Reilly is in both.

Miscellaneous: Links

Forget the botched Tony Romo snap that sent the Seahawks deeper into the playoffs. The best thing I saw during a weekend of football? Bruce Campbell as Old Spice pitchman.

Movie City News asks: creepiest trailer ever? I’m gonna go ahead and say yes.