7:30 PM, 1st August, 2014
From the team that brought you Ted comes a western-comedy that is filled with the kind of low-brow schoolboy humour that will leave you cringing at times. However, A Million Ways to Die in the West will also have you laughing at things that you know deep down your mother wouldn’t approve of, and that’s okay, there’s no judgement here.
When we think of the Wild West we think of cowboys and indians and the shenanigans they get up to. It all seems so glamorous, so dangerously enticing and, dare I say it, arousing. A Million Ways to Die in the West offers a different perspective, and that is from a self-professed loser sheep farmer named Albert (MacFarlane). Albert is convinced that everything about living on the frontier is out to kill you, from badass gunslingers to the run of the mill splinter. Along with this Albert has to deal with girl troubles in the form of school teacher Louise (Seyfried), and we all know how that story goes. Charlize Theron, who plays Anna, an outlaw in hiding, shows a comedic side that just makes her all the more attractive, if that’s possible. Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and his fiancée, Ruth (Sarah Silverman), are incredibly funny and tie the plot together well. Liam Neeson plays a dangerous outlaw named Clinch and Neil Patrick Harris plays a sharp moustachioed character named Foy.
In point, the movie will make you laugh so what more need be said?
9:36 PM, 1st August, 2014
One of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century was Karl Marx. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century was Groucho Marx, who memorably philosophised, ‘I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.’
Horse Feathers stars the famous three Marx Brothers; Groucho, Chico (with his shtick of talking with a fake Italian accent) and Harpo (with his shtick of not talking at all). In addition, this was one of the few Marx Brothers films in which the youngest brother, Zeppo, co-starred. Later Zeppo opted for the real-life shtick of becoming an engineer and multi-millionaire.
The movie is set at the fictional Huxley University, whose new President is Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho). And the opening sentences of Wagstaff’s inaugural address are classic philosophy a la Groucho: ‘Members of the faculty, faculty members, students of Huxley and Huxley students – I guess that covers everything. Well, I thought my razor was dull until I heard this speech. And that reminds me of a story that’s so dirty I’m ashamed to think of it myself.’
The fictional Huxley University, as is still the case now for many real-life American universities, is not judged on the quality of its academic achievements, but is rather judged on the quality of its football team. So Wagstaff hires professional football players Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) to ‘enrol’, creating chaos both on and off the field and leading to perhaps the most unorthodox football stadium showdown ever filmed.