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Game of Thrones Promo: 3.07 – “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

So you’ve watched “The Climb” and now are wondering “what is next?!?!?”, well rest easy because we’ve got your episode 7, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” promo for you right now.

Outside of everything else in that promo, I think we all know that the most important thing is… Daenerys!!! We go a week without her and the withdrawal symptoms are too much. Shaking, crying, wondering how you have wronged the universe and why the universe felt that a week without Khaleesi of the Dothraki is an appropriate punishment. Thankfully, that will all disappear next week with “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”.

In the meantime, let’s amuse ourselves with Game of Thrones re-imagined.

– as aired in the mid-90’s

– as popular 90’s sitcom, Seinfeld

– as an 16 bit RPG

– as the Simpsons opening

I love things like that. Almost as I love Zach Galifianakis in a dragon costume to play ‘Game of Game of Thrones’ on this week’s SNL!

The Bear and Maiden Fair

Make sure to check out our review of season 3, episode 6 – “The Climb” and I’ll see you back here next week with a new promo and more Game of Thrones fun from around the internet!

SNL: 38.19 – Zach Galifianakis & Of Monsters and Men

Season 38 is sadly in the home stretch so we have to savor each moment in hopes they will last us through the long, un-funny summer. :tear: Thankfully there was plenty to laugh at this week with former SNL writer, current The Hangover series star, Zach Galfianiakis!

The cold open was one of my favorite recurring sketches, ‘Fox and Friends’. I keep waiting for this bit to get old but somehow it doesn’t. Everytime I see the Fox logo, I’m giddy (only on Saturday night however – every other day of the week I cringe), I just can’t help myself. Of course a big part of the success of ‘Fox and Friends’ is the “corrections and I might have literally laughed out loud at “The California wildfires are not a professional soccer team”.

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I love when hosts come on SNL and just do their own thing when it comes to the monologue. Zach Galifianakis did just that. Thankfully for us, his “own thing” is dry and weird and hysterical. His monologue was a perfect example. I might have soiled myself at the idea of pulling up behind someone broken down on the highway just to try out jokes. Genius.

I think we can all agree that this was the greatest sketch of the night.

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Even if the writing of ‘Game of Game of Thrones’ was shit, Galifianakis in that dragon costume (a child’s XL) would have made up for it tenfold. Thankfully the writing wasn’t shit and the sketch was just funny all the way around. If the costume wasn’t enough, referring to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an “old pilgrim” made it even better. Of course when the picture of the old pilgrim is held by none other than Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) then the sketch reaches a level of damn near perfection.

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(Speaking of Game of Thrones – make sure to check back to Grizzly Bomb on Mondays to read our recap and review of each new episode. Go ahead and check out episode 5, ‘Kissed By Fire’, right here.)

The match.com fauxmercial was good but really wasn’t that much to write home about. Something about picturing Martha Stewart getting her freak on just doesn’t sit well.

Zach Galifianakis
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“Let’s put Zach in a wig and Friends t-shirt and have him yell about Helen Keller” is how I imagine the Jennifer Aniston look-a-like sketch was born. I’d also completely forgotten about The Hangover making a third appearance so it never occurred to me that Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms (sidenote: how great was Andy’s goodbye on The Office this week?) would show up. I’m glad they did because there’s just something inherently funny about men in wigs, probably why I watch this show week after week.

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Good ol’ Dionne Warwick

For the record: Vanessa Bayer has an incredible Jennifer Aniston impression.

Weekend Update seemed really long this week. Not that it’s a bad thing, because it is not, just seemed longer than usual. I don’t know that I listened to a word Bill Hader as James Carville was saying because I was too busy laughing at his hands. Dealing cards and DJ’ing were my favorites.

Zach Galifianakis

I’d say this has been Kate McKinnon’s year because she has been on fire with quite a few memorable sketches and characters, but this isn’t her first year and she’s almost perfect to be a Kristin Wiig (next week!!!!!) replacement. Instead, I’m giving this year to Cecily Strong. An impressive rookie season especially with her “girl at the party” character. Three times in one year? That’s good. That’s really good.

Fred Armisen’s “Randal Meeks – tech analyst” review of Google Glass is one that I imagine Google isn’t going to be all too pleased with but the rest of the world got a good laugh. However, I can’t imagine many people were laughing at the “Michael Jordan wedding jugglers” sketch. So random and not really in a good way.

The New Balance commercial was great and “Racist Jim” was meh, but the real winner of the second half of the show (and had the Game of Game of Thrones sketch not been so great, it would have certainly topped the night) was “Darrell’s House” on Knoxville Cable Access.

Zach Galifianakis

At first I thought this was just another end of the night sketches that they just let go on way too long that didn’t really seem to have much of a point. The joke had been made and then they kept going on and going on. Much like the “Z-shirt” sketch from the Kevin Hart episode they did a rare callback with the last bit of the night and every edit Darrell had suggested in the first bit we saw done, even the “wink”.

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The comedy writing geek in me loves things like that!

Overall, I thought it was a really strong episode. There were a few sketches that weren’t as great as others, but I think Darrell’s House and Game of Game of Thrones made up for those. This was Galifianakis’ third time hosting so by now I think everyone is aware that his shows are just going to be a bit weird and awkward. Fortunately it was entertaining as well.

But hang on to your ass Fred because next week it’s none other than Kristen Wiig returning for her first hosting gig!

Zach Galifianakis

I’m so excited about this episode that I’ve preemptively forgiven them for the inevitable “The Californians” sketch.

Until next time SNL fans!

Kristen Wiig SNL

Hangover Part III: Official Trailer #2

The strongest part of the new Hangover III trailer is how heavily it focuses on Zach Galifianakis.  I am pleasantly surprised with some of the new reveals.  It would be too easy to create the same film for the third time.  I am not saying this couldn’t still be the case, but I will admit that the third installment of the franchise has the opportunity to do something different.  That is refreshing.

Even more entertaining, Part III seems to rely heavily on the Alan character.  Considering the comedic genius of Zach Galifianakis, this will pay off in spades. Following the death of Alan’s dad, we can see that he has gone off the deep end.  He no longer takes his prescribed medication, and his once tolerable antics are out of control.  I loved the Tab commercial while burying his father.  What can I say?  Sex sells.

So it’s agreed that the Wolfpack needs to come together, and take Alan to a center where he can get the help that he needs.  Then, all of a sudden, John Goodman shows up and demands they bring Mr. Chow to him.  He keeps Doug as collateral, of course.  The journey spans across several exotic locations so the boys can locate, kidnap, and return the elusive Chow. I wasn’t too excited at first, but I can honestly say that I am now.  This new trailer has opened my eyes to the comedy trilogy.

Trailer Roundup: Prof. X, Sinestro, and the Governor Made a Movie, Plus Hangover 3…

This is Grizzly Bomb’s Trailer Round for April the 12th in the year of 2013…

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When you saw the first Hangover film, did you think it would make a great trilogy?  Someone did.  So here it is.  The triumphant conclusion to the story that doesn’t appear to have an ending.  You know it will be good when it returns back to where the first film has already been.  Here we go again, again.

The Wolf Pack returns to Vegas on what appears to be a mission fulfilling the wishes of deceased father in law Sid Garner.  Or, at least, that is what I believe the plot to be.  The only thing confirmed from the trailer is that giraffe dismemberment is hilarious.

Director:  Todd Phillips

Stars:  Bradley Cooper, Melissa McCarthy, Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Chung, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, and Ed Helms.

Release Date:  May 24, 2013

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Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) is an ex-criminal.  But like father, like son.  Go figure?  His son ends up in the hospital after a heist gone wrong, and Sternwood has to get him out.  So this should be the perfect opportunity for Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) to put Sternwood behind bars for good.  Wait, no.  That would be too simple.They grab my interest when they attach the name Ridley Scott in the opening sequence.  Does this mean it will be a great film?  No.  It just means they have my attention.

Director: Eran Creevy

Stars: James McAvoy, David Morrissey, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Johnny Harris, and Elyes Gabel.

Release Date:  March 15, 2013 UK

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This seems to be one of those dry indie comedies that I find difficult to relate to.  Though it is considered a comedy, it has evident dark tones.  That being the case, I wouldn’t expect our presented “protagonist” to advance or become any better by the films end.  Therefore, with no relatable characters, I would fail to have my usual cathartic experience.  This is often the case with dark comedies.

Why should you see it?  Well, heck.  It’s got Ron Swanson in it, now doesn’t it?  Not really, but Nick Offerman is in his typical form which I am sure is quite entertaining.  The more screen time he gets, the better this movie will be.

Director:  Bob Byington

Stars:  Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Kevin Corrigan.

Release Date:  March 8, 2013

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This seems like an endearing little piece with a large cast that I very much enjoy.  The trailer shows what appears to be a great representation of modern love in a divorced society.  Selfishness motivates most of our decisions, and because of it, we let things go that we shouldn’t, and we give up on things that deserve our attention.Sometimes, it’s tragic how dependable we can be on other human beings.  Love is the overpowering emotion that convinces us many times that the unreasonable is reasonable.  I know this description seems complex, but it is all invoked from this trailer.  So it seems like a pretty interesting movie.

Director:  Josh Boone

Stars:  Logan Lerman, Lily Collins, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, Stephen King, Greg Kinnear, Liana Liberato, Nat Wolff, Spencer Breslin, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Release Date:  June 14, 2013

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I feel like this movie will succeed.  Hear me out.  Everyone was a bit disappointed with the flat, explosion friendly Die Hard 5.  They felt a little bit better when Olympus Has Fallen came out.  They felt that their Die Hard void had been filled.  So people will enter into the summer movie madness remembering that they enjoyed a film where the White House was under attack from foreign invaders.

So enter White House Down.  It is very Red Dawn ish.  Which, I love.  It cannot be determined if the invaders are foreign or domestic, but judging upon the Lincoln quote, probably domestic.  It’s like Red Dawn meets Die Hard 4.

Director:  Roland Emmerich

Stars:  Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Jason Clarke, Joey King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Rachelle Lefevre, and Jimmi Simpson.

Release Date:  June 28, 2013


DVD Catastrophe – Photoshop Abuse

Now I don’t like to talk about depressing things, but something has been bothering me for some time. I feel it is time to talk about it, right here, right now. It is something we all know about, but are not quite sure when it raised its ugly head. It is something that invades our everyday life. It is the horror of Photoshop, the tool to make stars look even prettier. Everyone is aware of the scandals. Kate Winslets Photoshopped picture is one of the more famous examples (she was altered to look thinner without her permission). There is no doubt that it is tragic (because she is awesome just the way she is), but I never felt like it affected me personally, until recently. Only when I realized that my beloved movies are being affected quite dramatically that I felt the sting of Photoshop. No one messes with my DVD covers! So here we have a little collection of some of the worst examples I could find, the Photoshop beasts which you must beware of. Be warned, it is not pretty.

So from my experience, Photoshopped covers take two different forms. The poorly photoshopped head and the full head which covers the DVD cover. The full head DVD cover is not always Photoshopped, but it annoys me so much I have included it as an added bonus in my article. That’s an abuse of writing power if ever I saw one! The head that is too big for the body is a relatively new Photoshop idea, but links into the poorly Photoshopped heads section quite nicely. It is used quite a lot in low budget comedies, to make the lead star seem more wacky than the plot probably allows. Steve Carell did an excellent sketch about this with the guys from Funny or Die about his head always being oversized. Check that out here as it is great. It is also ironic because he normally suffers from the head too big for the screen problem (check out examples of that later on in this article). But a prime example of this is the Jeff Daniels classic (ahem, sarcasm) flick Daft as a Brush. Look at the size of his head here; he looks like a bobble head. I bet you think he looks pretty stupid, right? No, it looks awful and cons loads of people into watching the movies that a main starheadlines. See what I did there?

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The poorly Photoshopped head creeps up again and again and is easily spotted. Ali Larter suffers for her art here, in her bargain basement flick Confess, where it looks like someone has taken a picture of her from a magazine and then Photoshopped a camera in her hand. It all looks so natural you will hardly notice it (again I am bringing out the sarcasm card!). Low budget movies use this technique, which I can understand to some degree (low budget movies only have so much cash to spend), but some of the real bad offenders are Martians Go Home (Randy Quaid) where a bog standard screen grab has been clumsily put onto a DVD cover, and looks like Randy Quaid is devolving into his own chin.

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Both Ryan Reynolds comedies Waiting and Just Friends have awful front covers, with the actors all Photoshopped together into a weird loop that just looks very unnatural. The worst offenders by far is Meet the Parents. This film shows a body that clearly does not belong to the actor, because the head just weirdly bobs on top of it. With Meet the Parents the join between them is utter tripe. Look at Robert de Niro’s face and the weird angle his head is at. Look at the way they have tried to connect the Photoshop head to another body and see how they fail. In low budget comedies I can kind of forgive this but this is a top grossing film with two sequels. Poor show Hollywood, poor show. To get an extra large look at the Meet the Parents cover just click on the image, but watch out as the larger sized photo is terrifing!

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This leads us to the last section, the big head phenomena. I believe this started in the ’80s with such classics like Die Hard paving the way. Now the Die Hard covers look great and very cool, but later attempts by action movie producers fall flat on their arse. Seagal loves these kind of covers. In the ’80s, his body at least had the chance to appear on the DVD sleeve. But over time his entire face has decided to eclipse the DVD cover. Movies like Under Siege make his head look like some kind of god creature lording over the ship. Then we have The Patriot where a scraggy looking Seagal floats over a desert. Why does this massive head have to be floating over anything! Who thought that as a good genre device to lure people in? It gets worse with Fire Down Below. Saegal’s face is so big it does not fit on the screen. . This kind of thing looked freaky when they did it for the Jaws 3 VHS cover ( Check out my article on Jaws movie covers here for more information on this) but here it seems like a nightmare version of Zardox. I’m surprised the heads have not started spouting guns out from their mouths (check this link if this has no meaning to you what so ever).

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Finally comedies have really embraced this type of advertising. As I mentioned before poor Steve Carell cannot put out an Office DVD with out his huge head covering the entire page. Dan In Real Life shows you exactly what I mean. His head dominates the cover. Yes, I know it is this way because they are funny and people see the covers and see the funny comedian and buy the film. It is just sometimes nice to have a feel of what the movie is about. Cedar Rapids just has Ed Helms massive grinning head on it. I had no idea what the film wasbout on first glance, other than he is probably going to get in some hilarious japes.

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But to end this article in style I left the best for last. Ladies and gentlemen for your pleasure let me introduce the craptastic piece of celluloid that is Cop Out. Cop Out is an awful film, everyone knows it and most people knew it before the flick even came out. It is all over the place and none of the humor works. It does not help that Bruce Willis looks like he is half asleep throughout it. So how do you sell this awful movie? Well, go back into your Die Hard advertising book and pull out a doozy. A picture of Bruce Willis face that is so big it blots out the sun. Really, this is the worst DVD cover I have ever seen. Just banging Bruce’s face on it and not even bothering to put on fellow co-star Tracey Morgan is awful. The explosions in the back to try and sex this up and make it look more like an action flick does not go over well either. As you can see this article is just scratching the service and I would love to hear from all of you loyal readers on some of your favourite DVD cover photo bombs. For now this collection is enough to depress even the most die hard DVD collector!

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Check out a few more awful examples below!

Grizzly Review: The Campaign

Enter The Campaign: Cam Brady, a strange mixture of both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton is a congressman running for another term, this time completely unopposed. That is until political nobody Marty Huggins enters the race at the behest of his retired, politician father (Brian Cox) and his former campaign contributors. (Both played by a terribly underutilized Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow.)  As shown throughout the trailer for this political satire, a vicious match of mud slinging ensues which honestly just gets tired by about the middle of the movie.

The Campaign suffers from two things: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis exhibiting their same old schtick, and the majority of the laughs being shown in the trailer I mentioned above. I’m not saying that there weren’t funny parts in the movie, but they were so few and far between that I had trouble not checking the time on my cell phone, and that‘s knowing that other moviegoers hate lit cell phone screens in the theater. I almost felt like people in the theater were cautiously laughing at certain scenes just so it wouldn’t make the movie seem so terrible.

A movie with a comedic cast of this caliber should have had me throwing up from laughter. Ferrell and Galifianakis should make that a guarantee, but when their shenanigans aren’t enough shouldn’t Jason Sudekis, Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow somehow be able to pull us though? Shockingly enough, extra laughs were secured with me by Dylan McDermott who stole the scene every time he appeared on-screen. His dochebaggery as the smooth, relentless campaign manager to Marty Huggins was a welcome addition to the movie from an actor I had no idea could make me laugh the few times I did. Hopefully he’s in a few more roles like this in the coming years. He could be the next Channing Tatum in terms of how I went from absolutely hating C-Tates to actually liking him after 21 Jump Street. But that still doesn’t mean I went and saw Magic Mike.

Overall this movie serves a way to point out how corrupt politics is and how stupid a select two portions of the American population are ideologically. The only thing is, I don’t think that the audience needed a movie to tell us all of these things. And if the studio felt like they needed to then they could have done it in a funnier way. I had a much better time and more laughs watching a walking, talking, pot smoking teddy bear this year for God’s sake! 2 out of 5 Grizzlies is what I say! That dog WON’T hunt Monseigneur!

Be sure to check out our 2 A.M. Text Review of The Campaign also! 

The Campaign – 2 AM Text Review

My buddy Aaron is a bartender for a certain movie theater here in Michigan, and on occasion, the theater will have advanced employee screenings for movies a couple nights prior to the film’s release. These are his thoughts on The Campaign

Aaron: The campaign is simply Will Ferrell being Will Ferrell. its an act we’ve come to know and love from Talladega Nights, Semi-Pro and Step Brothers. – 1:44 AM

Aaron: If you like Will Ferrell, you’ll like this. If not, you won’t Plain and simple.  – 1:48 AM

Aaron: And Zach G did well replacing John C Reilly. Worth the price of admission if you have time on your hands. – 1:49 AM

Aaron: Boob count: nip slips count, so 1.  – 1:50 AM

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