Showing posts with label Get Him to the Greek. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Get Him to the Greek. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Get Him to the Greek

Most will agree that Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow stole quite a few scenes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Now reprising his role as the bawdy rocker, Get Him to the Greek takes Aldous a couple of years down the track; he has indeed forgotten Sarah Marshall, gone back on the sauce and also managed to tank his career attempting to be a ‘White African Space Jesus’ in a post-colonial nightmare of a track called African Child.

Enter Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) a passionate young music executive and a diehard fan of the fallen star, he conceives of a plan to resuscitate Snow’s career by putting on a ten year revival gig at LA’s Greek Theatre. Given a mere three days to get it all together, Green’s rather unspooled boss Sergio (Sean Combs) sets his man on a near impossible mission: to wrangle the out of control Snow from London to LA.

While this rock and roll road movie has some great scenes (including Rose Byrne’s fabulous pop starlet, and the stroke of genius that is ‘furry walls’), on the whole the film confirms that what made for a good sideshow doesn’t hold up as the main attraction. The more sinister elements of Snow’s drug addiction – which loudly echo Brand’s personal history – sit uneasily against the film’s gross out comedic elements, (which are derivative of The Hangover). And with Hill hamstrung by playing the dull straight man, Brand proves he doesn’t yet have the dramatic chops to quit his day job.

Published by Street Press Australia
Australian release date: 17 June 2010

Get Him to the Greek was also the film I spoiled with Dana Steven's from - click here to listen to our discussion.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Slate Spoiler Special


So here's some super exciting news! After my guest endorsement on Slate's Culture Gabfest, Dana Stevens has invited me back to take part in her Spoiler Special podcast, chatting about Get Him to the Greek.

Dana and I have twittered back and forth about all manner of filmy things and when she couldn't find anyone in NYC available to 'spoil' this latest Judd Apatow produced comedy with her, I jumped at the chance. Stay up til midnight to podcast with Dana and her lovely producer Jesse Baker? No worries! Technical glitches and a fire drill pushing our start back past 1am...uhoh! I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed that I made sense (or even a coherent point or two), but regardless it was such fun. Time difference schmime difference!

Click here to read Dana's great review (as always) and above you can click to listen to the Spoiler Special, or alternatively you can download it via iTunes.

Get Him to the Greek - Australian release date: 17 June 2010 (review to follow)
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