Conchordish Humour in “Eagle vs Shark”

If Flight of the Conchords made a movie, it would probably look and feel a lot like Eagle vs Shark (which happens to feature Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords). Fans of the Conchords surreal, deadpan humour will probably enjoy the movie, but I’m not sure which is less accessible, the TV show or this movie — because they’re both a bit out there. The characters in Eagle vs Shark are quirky & eccentric and the story about two nerds who fall in love (sort of) is so childish & bizarre that many viewers might not know how to react to it.

DVD Talk compares it to Napoleon Dynamite (which the reviewer doesn’t much care for and neither do I, though I can see the similarities): “Shark is a more character-based comedic summer camp, relying heavily on mannered performance and human reveals to extort the jokes. [The] script certainly serves up plenty of manufactured oddity, but I never felt coldly manipulated like I was with Dynamite. Shark comes from a more earnest place, and uses more to please than just relying on retro visual aids and blank lead actors. Shark might be walking in the deep Dynamite footsteps, but it’s a gracious picture and infinitely more hilarious.” And it stands up well to repeated viewings. It’s the kind of movie that if you like it, you really like it. I think it’s a work of art.

Tommyboy might like this movie.

I’ve been invited to a stag do

Iain invited me and a bunch of people I don’t know to Alex’s stag do. I’ve never met Alex or Iain, but it sounds like a good time.

Hi all,

At last the long awaited email regarding Alex’s last few months as a single man. As part of this celebration I am organising a weekend either in early June, late July, early Aug or very, very early September for the Stag Do; so in order to cut to the chase.

The venue I am proposing is Nottingham

The itinerary is as follows:

Meet Saturday early at Hotel – TBC

An afternoon clay pigeon shooting – cost approx £50, this will allow you to blow the heads off 50 clays.

Back to Hotel and out for a curry at the world renowned Laguna Indian Restaurant, followed by Bars, Club.

Sunday up sedately and over to the National Water sports centre at Holme Pierrepont, for some head clearing activity – a two hour session of either canoeing or White Water rafting, again approx £50.

Then Home, I am planning to bring our Grand Voyager over to keep Travel costs at a minimum.

All in all I reckon we will do the weekend less food, travel and booze for around £180.

I guess all I have are the following questions.

Do you want to do just one of the activities?

What is your preferred date? The sooner I get consensus the quicker and possibly cheaper I can book.

Are you happy to absorb Alex’s costs?

Is this something you want to do or are you just wanting a place and venue to get drunk at?

Iain.

How should I respond to his email? Or should I just show up at the stag do? I’ve never gone clay pigeon shooting or white water rafting. It’s tempting.

“The King of Kong” is fun

The King of Kong is a documentary about two guys going for a world record in Donkey Kong. One of them, Billy Mitchell, comes off as such a conceited jerk, you want punch him in the nose and knock him down in the mud. It may not be an important documentary, but it presents an engaging story of good vs. evil and it’s entertaining. The editor deserves an award for piecing together a compelling, exciting and entertaining story, just as good — if not better than — most dramatic feature films from this past year. I couldn’t believe the people in it are real. The movie is full of characters who are the definition of geek. I wouldn’t have been surprised to discover that they’re all actors and the whole story was scripted. But it’s all real. And thus surreal.