Hector and the Search for Happiness | Pegg charmingly melts your heart


– Please remain in your seat until flight comes to a complete stop..

Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  My last blog post was 464 days ago.  Since my last post, there has honestly been several movies worth the key strokes.  Alas, the lazy virus took the best of me.  Luckily, I had a 24-hour energy boaster drink that allowed me to write these words..

Psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) finally sees the bore that is his life.  He abruptly decides to leave his perfect girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) to go on a global journey in search of happiness.  Thus unfolds the adventure of a life time.

As expected, you will experience Pegg’s amazing comedy.  But, you will be surprised by his skills as an actor.  His ability to transfer his scene’s emotions to you are just unbelievable.

Adding to Pegg’s performance; you are treated with a great soundtrack, artistic use of Hector’s travel journal, and the great cameo performances (including Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Toni Collette).  Hopefully, this will be enough to entice you to add this to the must see list.  Because by the time you reach the credits, you will be filled with a warm light.

Title: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Genre:  Adventure Comedy Drama

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

Year Released:  2014

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

“Lexi has gone vegan, so everyone has to suffer” – It’s a Disaster

Seat belts people, come on.  Photo courtesy of theordinaryreview.blogspot.com.

Seat belts people, come on. Photo courtesy of theordinaryreview.blogspot.com.

I wouldn’t say that I have a hard on for David Cross, but I fucking love watching him as Captain Awkward.  So when I saw that he stars in It’s a Disaster, I parked my ass in a cushion and hit play.  Good thing I did a #1 before the start, cause I would have pissed my pants.

Five lady friends and their significant other meet for brunch every Sunday.  Glen Randolph (David Cross) is the new boyfriend entering Awkwargeddon.  The couples work through their issues as the world ends.

As the intensity grows, the scenes start having a more serious tone.  However, the ensemble cast perfectly guides each scene to a perfect comedic ending.  Adding the camera work on the intimate set, the story rolls smoothly with no drag.  If you enjoyed Death at a Funeral, Burn After Reading, and Extras; you should definitely put this on your list.

Title:  It’s a Disaster

Genre:  Comedy

Rating:  R

Length:  88 minutes

Year Released:  2013

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

“Pussy beats fatherhood! Okay?” -Klown

The kid has terrible form.  Photo courtesy of screencrush.com

The kid has terrible form. Photo courtesy of screencrush.com

reminds me of a better version of Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy.

Celebrating the 2013 New Year, I successfully created a 14 Miller can wizard staff.  Let’s just say, I was intoxicated enough to relieve myself in the hosts’ front yard.  They were not happy.

What was your last bad decision?  They are a continuous part of life constantly placing you in the negative.  Never forget, life needs balance through generous actions.  Klown does an exceptional job capturing this life war.

Frank (Frank Hvam) receives shocking news of being a future father.  He proceeds to make several bad decisions quickly falling out of favor with his wife.  To win back the trust, he kidnaps his wife’s nephew on the “Tour de Pussy” canoe trip with sleezy friend Casper (Casper Christensen).

Hvam and Christensen (also co-writers) are a perfect comedic tag team.  They effortlessly bounce off each other filling the movie with their dark jokes.  Whiling laughing my ass off, I couldn’t help feel alittle bit of guilt.  I mean how often are you going to laugh at a grown whitey tightied man fleeing a house being robbed instead of staying to protect a sleeping boy.  Use the bathroom before watching this Danish movie, I would hate for you to piss your pants.

Title:  Klown (Klovn: The Movie)

Genre: Danish Dark Comedy

Rating: R

Length:  1 h 31 m

Year Released:  2010

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

Language:  Danish

Subtitled:  English

“You speak in Michael Bolton lyrics.” -A Bag of Hammers

Why are you staring at me?  Photo courtesy of schedule.sxsw.com.

Why are you staring at me? Photo courtesy of schedule.sxsw.com.

Like the warmth of a fire fueled by Hugh Grant’s About a Boy and being poked to life by hipsters.

Lately, I have seen great movies that are actually the director’s first feature film.  How does one accomplish perfection on the first try?  Sure practice and education always helps, but your first at bat in the majors should be a lesson.  In the end, you have to be fortunate to have a great team.  Each member must rise to the occasion.  Brian Crano (director and co-writer) had a great team making A Bag of Hammers.

Ben (Jason Ritter) and Alan (Jake Sandvig) are witty blood brothers (no relation).  You could live your entire life and never see a bromance this strong.  They live a stress free life funded by tag team cons.    Their life takes a unexpected turn when resilient kid Kelsey (Chandler Canterbury) and his frustrated mother Lynette (Carrie Preston) move into their front yard rental.

Close your eyes and imagine just finishing a crappy day.  You lag home eager to _____.  Having trouble filling in the blank, how about cracking open a beer and smoking a cig on the front steps…eating a slice of warm apple pie…or smothering yourself with family.  Now, hold that feeling of spreading relaxation.  This movies repeatedly recreates that feeling.

NOTE:  Every movie should row deleted scenes during the credits.  This added a sweet touch.

Title:  A Bag of Hammers

Genre:  Comedy Drama

Rating:  NR (but I would say PG-13)

Length: 85 mins

Release Date:  2011

Viewed: Netflix Streaming


Netflix Streaming Gems – I Love You Phillip Morris

You don’t look so good bro.

like the Farrelly brothers tossed a fresh Leonardo Decaprio’s Catch Me If you Can salad with Heath Ledger’s Brokeback Mountain sprinkled on top.

Can you remember the first time you experienced Jim Carrey? For me, Once Bitten where he plays a virgin high school student being stalked by a milf vampire. I warn you now, do not waste your time on this 80’s disco vampire movie. Who would have thought that Carrey would become one of the top actors of our generation? Hmmmmm nada. Until Let me show you something, Fire Marshall Bill was introduced on In Living Color.  A superstar is born!  Fast forward to 2009 after completing 20 featured films 9 of which are a must see, I Love You Phillip Morris is released, That’s a spicy meatball.

What would you do for happiness? Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) would pour oil on a grocery store aisle and create a law suit classic Carrey fall. Russell grows up seeing wieners in the clouds while learning a life changing truth of being adopted. He evolves into a relentless charming liar who falls in love with the sweetest man in the world Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). The movie feels as if you are a racing rally car with Jim Carrey behind the wheel hugging effortlessly around a sharp corners of cons while Ewan McGregor sits faithfully in the passenger seat.  You will consistently laugh for the entire ride while sensing a dreadful cliff ahead.

You guessed it, I’m a Jim Carrey fan.   But don’t let my Bias detour you in another direction, so put this movie on your queue and relive why Jim Carrey is the man. Can you dig it?  If not, JERK OFF.

Title: I Love You Phillip Morris

Genre: Comedy Drama Romance

Rating: R

Length: ~0.071 day

Release Date: 2009