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Should Jay go see “Dinner for Schmucks”? You decide!

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If you listen to the show, you probably know that I really like Steve Carell.   As a fan of The Office (well, the first five years anyway…), he was progressively more awesome as Michael Scott, the head of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.  And he’s been great in his feature films, as well.

OK, well… maybe not Evan Almighty.  Or Get Smart.

But you have to admit, the dude’s funny.  He was great in The 40 Year Old Virgin, and his brief bits in Bruce Almighty were just top notch.  His “Even Stephen/Steven” sketches on The Daily Show are always worth a good laugh.  And even if you dislike Anchorman, you probably find yourself appreciating Steve Carell as Brick.

I’ve been somewhat curious about his latest movie, “Dinner with Schmucks”.  It’s based on a French film by the creator of La Cage Aux Follies (or as you probably saw it in American theaters, The Birdcage) and it’s directed by Jay Roach.  You know him best as the producer of Borat, the Director of Meet The Parents, and the Director of Austin Powers.   Paul Rudd’s usually worth a good laugh too.  And I even liked the Zach Galifialiafiafknivais (sp?) stuff that I saw in the trailer.  He was great on SNL, and I hear he’s good in The Hangover.

So I’ve been curious.  Not eager.  Not enthusiastic.  Just… intrigued.  Intrigued by the possibilities of what this movie could offer, and how it might turn out.  And I mentioned this to Parris in an email earlier this week.

This was his response.

I’d type it out, but trust me.  It’s funnier if you click the link and see it in the exact same way I saw it in my Inbox.

I’ve had some bad luck with movies lately (Salt) and some good luck as well (The A-Team).  But on this one, the critics are divided, early opinions are mixed, and my curiousity in the movie has wanted to a general interest, with no real push to see it.

So, fans, I leave this one in your hands.  After the jump, you can check out a trailer for the movie and vote in a poll.  I’ll take votes until Monday.  Come Monday night, I’ll close the poll and follow your command.  That’s right, folks!  You’re controlling my fate.  I’m very curious to see what people think about this movie based on the trailers and commercials.

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“Salt” is one of the worst movies of 2010. And possibly ever.

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I’d like to think that I have a high tolerance for bad movies, largely because there are a variety of levels of “bad”.

There are movies that know they’re bad, that relish the fact that they’re poorly produced, and just embrace that fact as much as possible (Snakes on a Plane).  There are movies that are so bad that they’re cheesy, yet still have some endearing qualities (Demolition Man).  There are movies so bad that they offend your general sensibilities and you can’t watch them (I walked out after 30 minutes of Cop Out).

And then there are the train wrecks.  The ones that start bad.  And then get worse.  These are the movies where you can’t bear to look away. You find yourself transfixed.  You stare at the screen, wondering when a movie will hit rock bottom, thinking it’s gotten there… and then it just keeps going.  These are the movies where you wonder how, in their right minds, a director, studio executive, or someone in the film’s creative process didn’t say “Y’know… this is crap.”.

Salt is one of those movies.

At roughly 35 minutes into Salt, I had to bite the piece of skin between my thumb and forefinger.  I was laughing so hard that I was afraid I might disturb the other patrons, and was trying to get myself to stop.  Because there is no intentional comedy in Salt.  Nothing is played for laughs.  Salt tries to be this serious movie.  And instead, what you get is one of the worst films this year.

I’m going to tell you more about Salt after the jump, and there are a few specific mentions of the movie included.  I wouldn’t call them “Spoilers”, because I’m not really trying to ruin anything. I just want to do my civic duty.

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Jay’s summer film confession (a.k.a. “You saw WHAT?!?”)

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Earlier this week, I went and saw a movie.  It was one of the more daring experiences of the year.

Now, you’re probably saying to yourself that going to the movies is, inherently, not exactly something you can call “Daring”.  Skydiving is daring.  Bungee jumping is daring.  Riding in a Toyota is daring, for a number of reasons.  But sitting in a darkened theater with a piece of cinema?  Meh.  So let me explain.

You see, I’d been warned by at least a dozen people that seeing this movie was a bad idea.  They said the trailers looked bad, they said that the general concept of the movie was poor, and that there was NO WAY ON EARTH that this movie could have any redeeming qualities whatsoever.  Even Parris himself chided me that it would be a waste of time to see this movie.

So I’m here today to tell you something very important:  There’s a recent movie that you probably haven’t seen yet, that’s still in your local theater, and it’s totally worth your time and money.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s probably BETTER if you see it in the theaters, because this is one of those times when having the big screen and a nice, booming sound system makes the movie a more complete experience.  Ignore what your friends tell you about this.  Set aside your preconceived notions.  I’m here to tell you, right now, that there’s a 2010 movie you probably haven’t seen that you NEED to see, because it’s just so much fun, and so entertaining.  In fact, I had so much fun that I’m adding this into my list of Top 10 Films for 2010.

Find out what the hell I’m talking about after the break.

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