Monday, December 04, 2006

Unexpected pleasures

Feeling somewhat under the weather last night, we watched The School of Rock: an irrepresible bit of nonsense. Most amusing. We then, out of idleness as much as anything else, ended up watching Zoolander.

Can I admit that neither of us would have said in advance we fancied watching that, but it was hilariously entertaining? Anyone else out there surprised by how much they enjoyed it?

15 comments:

Matt_c said...

I thought I would quite like it - and then was surprised by the fact that I liked it a lot.
Part of that was seeing Will Ferrell for the first time (i think) and the hypnosis sequence, and the Stiller/Owen interplay.

"Obey my dog!"

Not clever in the least. But that doesn't mean its not funny.

AnnaWaits said...

I thought I would like it a lot, and ended up quite liking it.

Zoolander - will defy any expectation. :)

Paul Fuzz said...

Both great movies. A brilliant double header. I love School Of Rock. It's great to watch an actor in The Part They Were Born To Play, and rarely has an actor been more perfectly suited to a role than Black in School Of Rock. It's a family feel good super funny movie with Led Zep on the soundtrack and loadsa cute kids and a Cusack. Perfect.

jams o donnell said...

I havent seen School of Rock but Zoolander was very enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

School of Rock is soooooooo funny. And then, not having seen Zoolander before, I was really looking forward to it. However, one hour in, I hadn't laughed once, hence, tellie off and book open!

JoeinVegas said...

No, but I'm surprised that you did.

Matt_c said...

School of Rock is a completely different kettle of comedy fish though. It's clearly crafted, well-formed, crafted and visually coherent. Zoolander is essentially a long sketch with some improv.

They tickle me in completely different ways. School of Rock gets the goosebumps going with the utopian finish that is the epitome of Hollywood - from Working Girl to...anything really (and Sarah Silverman is hot hot hot). Zoolander is just fucking stupid. And loves it.

Kevin Williamson said...

Watched both films and laughed ma heid off. Great sunday nites tele. Zoolander cracks me up every time.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Zoolander, but it can't really compare with the genius that is School of Rock, one of the funniest, most heart-warming yet non-sickly comedies ever made (particularly surprising given that it involves kids). "And the legend of the rent was way hardcore!"

Stick it to the man.

Anonymous said...

Ben Stiller, I think, is ace, so maybe I need to give Zoolander another chance - maybe a chance when I'm not half jaked!

Baby Washington said...

We (me, Matt and Mrs Washington) watched Kingpin last night and it was ruddy brilliant. Similar category of film. See also Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. I would say they were up there with Antonioni. Certainly better than Fellini, in any case.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Hmmm, not sure I'd go THAT far Baby W! But I take your point. Never mind unexpected, how about guilty pleasures?

Andrew said...

Didn't get on with Zoolander (I think I'm allergic to Will Ferrell) but School of Rock is just superb. The 'goblet of rock' bit cracks me up. I'm with BabyW about Kingpin, too - there's a line about milk that nearly killed me.

MediumRob said...

At our place, hardly a week goes by when we can't find a piece of Zoolander dialogue to quote to each other because of some unintentional piece of stupidity we've committed...

John said...

School of Rock is just appalling! One cliche after another and a bunch of kids you want to slap.

Jack Black only HAS one character. He wasn't born to play this role: It's the only role he ever plays.