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The Polka King (2017)

The Polka King (2017)

I was not sure what to expect before watching this movie.  I initially scoffed and rolled my eyes when I first watched the trailer.  It looked goofy, but it also looked like Jack Black could pull off his polish character.  He can be funny when he wants to be.

The Polka King is based on a true story that details the rise and fall of Polka God, Jan Lewan.  He was a big polka star before he became a criminal.

The movie was written and directed by Maya Forbes and the noteworthy cast includes Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, J.B. Smoove, Jacki Weaver, Willie Garson, Vanessa Bayer, and Kati Salowsky

Unless you are a Polka Enthusiast, here is a true story that I am sure not very many people are aware of.  I know that I wasn’t.

This movie makes fun of itself and that is what I liked about it.  Jack Black’s botched Polish accent and awful haircut makes his character hilarious.  It quickly reminds you not to take it too seriously and just enjoy it for what it is.

Schwartzman and Smoove are both entertaining supporting characters in the film.

The movie was good, but not great.  It is one of the more entertaining Netflix Original movies.  Often, the Netflix Original TV shows are big cable network like quality, while Netflix Original movies have mostly fallen short.  Little, by little Netflix Original movies are improving and The Polka King is an example of that.

I used to wonder how Netflix could turn a profit with as much money as they spend on their original content.  As it turns out, they are billions of dollars in the hole.  They have seemed to follow the path of Walmart and Amazon.  They have operated at a loss for years with a plan to recoup the money overtime.  With all of the streaming competition, Netflix plans to have at least 50% original content within a few years.  That way, if you want to watch their shows, you will have to pay for it because you will not find them anywhere else.

The Polka King is a smart, yet very stupid comedy that you do not have to take too seriously.  The movie is just fun.  It is one of the best Netflix Original movies, though that is not saying much, at least at this point in time.

I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.


If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:


High Fidelity (2000)

Bernie (2011)

Naked (2017)

Envy (2004)

Borat: The Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

The Big Year (2011)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)


Redbox Best Comedy Movies List March 2018

Redbox Best Comedy Movies March 2018

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There are not very many titles on this list and here is why.  First off, really funny movies are few and far between, these days.  Hollywood has somehow gotten the idea that they have to make movies with a little bit of everything in it.  They spit out movies with a little bit of story, a little bit of action, some drama, and a sprinkle of comedy, and then they call it a comedy.  They are diluted comedies.  What is the problem with that?  Well, it is usually not very funny or entertaining.  The most recent example of this is Gringo (2018).

I think Redbox has picked up on this, because not only do they have plenty of terrible comedy movies to choose from, they continue to bring back past comedies that were very successful when they were out originally.  Notice how half of these movies came out before 2017?  Notice also how half of these movies have Will Ferrell in them?  Will Ferrell literally accounts for half of the best comedies inside of the box.

Below is my list of the best comedy movies that I have seen that are currently at Redbox.


The Best Comedy Movies Currently at the Redbox March 2018:


Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Elf (2003)

21 Jump Street (2012)

22 Jump Street (2014)

Daddy’s Home (2015)

Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

The House (2017)

CHIPS (2017)

Baywatch (2017)

Going in Style (2017)

Wilson (2017)

Movie Picture of the Day 7/19/13

Anchorman Ferrell Flame Flute

Will Ferrell rocking the jazz flute like nobody else ever could in the comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).

I’m looking forward to Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013) later this year.  I’m amazed that it took them 9 years before they made a sequel.

Teaser Trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

Anchorman 2 Poster

Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

Will Ferrell’s raunchy Ron Burgundy will be back on the big screen for what is bound to be more insanely amusing reporting.

As far as I know, the film has not been completed yet, so some details of what I write could end up being false if the filmmakers decide to make any changes before the final product.  As of right now, it appears that the majority of the cast that was in the first film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) will return for the sequel.  With all the sequels floating around in Hollywood, it surprises me that it took them 9 years before they actually made this sequel.  But, I am glad that they didn’t go with the title Anchorman 2.

The teaser trailer does not reveal much, but with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, and Luke Wilson (rumored) all back again for more, and also with the rumored additions of Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, and Meagan Good, the film is bound to be a hit.

Will Farrell once again writes and Adam McKay is in the director’s chair for another go round.

When the film releases, you can expect me to be in a theatre seat not long after.  Even though I’m annoyed with sequels, you just can’t go wrong with certain sequels.

The movie is rumored to release on 12/20/13.