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Published on April 2nd, 2011 | by Ruth


Comedy? Colin & Brad on DVD, Super in Theaters

There are plen­ty of movies re­leased these days, and in so many ways. You can stream many, catch some on the plane, watch oth­ers on your DVR via pre­mi­um chan­nels, or just wait for it to come to ba­sic ca­ble or even reg­u­lar tele­vi­sion. But the two stan­dard ways still are the most pop­u­lar- wait in line and see a film in a the­ater, or buy the DVD. In this case, as seems to be more and more com­mon, the prices are not that dif­fer­ent, and it might even be cheap­er to pur­chase the phys­i­cal copy. One of to­day’s films was nev­er in a the­ater, and the oth­er is prob­a­bly best seen at home- and though both are os­ten­si­bly come­dies, one of them gets fun­nier and fun­nier while the oth­er starts out hi­lar­i­ous and sud­den­ly shifts to scary and preachy and awk­ward.

Movies should make you feel- which is why we see to­day’s wide re­lease film Su­per as art. The cast draws you in- Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Ba­con, and the lead Rainn Wil­son cer­tain­ly bring star pow­er. The trail­er sets you up for a fair­ly pre­dictable if en­joy­able ride, with a Kick­ass-like plot arc. But what we didn’t see com­ing, and is the oth­er es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in this po­tent brew, is “Re­quiem for a Dream”. What feels light and fluffy turns dark… but then keeps on go­ing, un­til even fans of hard­core Ko­re­an vi­o­lence-o-ra­mas (Old Boy) and 70s ex­ploita­tion films will feel a bit queasy. Ev­ery man­ner of crazi­ness en­sures, lit­tle of it light­ened up. Nathan Fil­lion even shows up, in a fun cameo, but we couldn’t de­rive much plea­sure from these twist­ed go­ings-on. As long as you know what you are get­ting in­to, it can be an in­ter­est­ing ride, and it makes for a dis­tinc­tive and cer­tain­ly unique tale with a sur­pris­ing­ly good cast. Su­per makes dif­fi­cult choic­es, and clear­ly has some­thing to say… but we can’t rec­om­mend it. We came out of this one shell­shocked, dis­turbed, and though it felt bit­ter go­ing down, the film did make for fun con­ver­sa­tion and is mem­o­rable to a fault.

For a much eas­i­er time, sit down with the new DVD Col­in & Brad: Two Man Group. Fans of “Whose Line is It Any­way” will re­joice, as the guys were the strong point of the show, and are at their best in a for­mat like this. Im­prov is hard, but this pair makes it look easy. And this isn’t a reg­u­lar stage show- the au­di­ence is clear­ly quite in­volved in the pro­duc­tion. A skit with mouse­traps was the high­light, but there are plen­ty of strong gags. It’s a bit short, at 67 min­utes, and could eas­i­ly have been padded out a bit it seems. But what is in­clud­ed is tight ma­te­ri­al, with nary a dull mo­ment. Col­in Mochrie & Brad Sher­wood might not be the fun­ni­est men alive on their own, but giv­en an au­di­ence, make great things hap­pen. The DVD of­fers lit­tle in the way of bonus ma­te­ri­al- just a sort of spoof in­ter­view and small fea­turette on the “Dos and Don’ts of Im­prov”. The film is not rat­ed, and au­dio/video qual­i­ty is par for a live record­ing, with a de­cent mix and OK col­or. But at un­der $10 for the DVD, it’s a worth­while buy for less than a price of most movie tick­ets.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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