The second favorite tv comedy (after Billy on the Street) in the Muruch household is Drunk History, which is both educational and hilarious. Drunk History also began on Funny or Die and now airs on Comedy Central.
The show is comprised of documentary-style interviews with drunken participants rambling about historical figures intercut with full-costume dramas of said “drunk histories” portrayed and lip-synced by guest celebrities.
My three fave episodes centered on foul-mouthed puritans respectively portrayed by Lisa Bonet and Michael Cera with Wynonna Ryder and Jack Black’s portral of Elvis meeting Nixon…
Based on the true story of a beloved small-town mortician, Bernie stars Jack Black as the titular character and Shirley McLaine plays the wealthy, curmudgeonly older widow whose bizarre friendship with Bernie takes a twisted turn. Matthew McConaughey also gives an over-the-top performance as the melodramatic local prosecutor.
Quirky townfolk interviews with actual friends and neighbors of the real life Bernie keep the mood very light despite the somber plot. And Black’s brilliant comedic portrayal is uncharacteristically subtle, but still big on laughs.
Bernie is an unusual, humorous and superbly done film and Jack Black deserves at least an Oscar nomination for it.
True, there are some Dumb or Dumber moments in The Pick Of Destiny. So many that one day I’ll probably be embarrassed that I posted this review. But overall the movie is quite funny, and the music is especially good for fans of Tenacious D or hair metal bands. I qualify for both categories there. Jack Black hits notes that would make The Darkness turn green with envy.
The Pick Of Destiny was directed by Liam Lynch (“The United States Of Whatever”) and tells the fictional history of Tenacious D. It’s worth watching simply for the opening scenes, which feature singing cameos by Meat Loaf as a religious conservative and Ronny James Dio as a rock poster come to life. There’s also the training sequence that deconstructs such hair metal singer trademarks as “the power slide” (sliding across the stage on your knees) and taking a glass bottle to the head while performing.
The movie also has a brief homage to A Clockwork Orange, and hilarious cameos by Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Amy Adams (Junebug, Talladega Nights), Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler and Fred Armistead, and an almost unrecognizable Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) as The Devil.