Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong (DVD / CD Combo)
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong (DVD / CD Combo)
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As a comedian, Patton has released three TV specials and, as of this writing, two critically acclaimed albums. Currently a series regular on Showtime's United States of Tara, he has also appeared as a guest star on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central and on Flight of the Conchords on HBO. He's a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher and Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil. Patton will also appear in Steven Soderbergh's feature film The Informant and Observe and Report with Seth Rogen. Patton provided the voice for Remy, the rat, in Pixar's Oscar winning Ratatouille. He's also appeared in more then 20 films, including Magnolia, The Informant, Starsky and Hutch and Reno 911!: Miami. On TV he played Spence on The King of Queens on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on Seinfeld, Reaper, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Run Time:||64 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||August 25, 2009|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 15 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 15 customer reviews )
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7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Classic Patton, why the DVD is worth it.... Aug 28, 2009
I'm a fan so I had pre-ordered this DVD, not realizing the special would be on TV. So, I felt sort of consumer duped at first. However, the DVD/CDs have bits that weren't on the Comedy Central airing so yea! me.
I've been a comedy fan since the 70's so I'm old and I know what I like/don't like. I have come to find that when my beloved favorite comedians find love/children, their acts circle the drain. I don't begrudge them happiness as people but it really screws with the funny.
This special is far more into the love/children/personal demons area than I like. Oswalt tries to snark it up but it doesn't always work. Far too often I found myself saying "oh, gee...Patton is depressed?...." or "really, he took acid?..." and hurting for him rather than finding the follow up humor funny. He's a winsome guy, painfully bright and I missed the balls-to-the-wall bitter insight.
That being said, second rate Patton is better than anything else out there right now. If he toured the midwest I'd drive many hundreds of miles to see a show. I appreciate that he makes so much of his work available. And I'm a completist so it is worth it to me to have it ALL.
Oswalt is a master of wordplay and I can't hear things like "a sheetcake of victory" enough. There were a lot of laughs on this DVD. I hope he can wrest himself out of the domesticity issues to tease apart his act from his home life in the future. I need my Patton a little sharper edged.
The extras are pretty funny and Patton clearly has friends who will do anything for him (Jon Hamm!)
11 of 14 found the following review helpful:
great value, ok funny Aug 28, 2009
By Poshu Oshu
i love the fact that patton usually releases a combo dvd/cd for most of his albums the bang for your buck is far and away better than what you'll get from many other comedians. and i have to say i'm a HUGE fan of patton oswalt, werewolves and lolipops made me laugh so hard i had to pull my car over one day.
but this... this is just ok, a couple of really great laughs but it's such a change from the side splitting almost painfully funny albums he's released before i have to admit i'm kind of disapointed. now i'm still a huge fan and patton is one of the funniest comedians out there.
but this was a big production and when the camera panned the audience it was a huge theator. most of his recorded material i've heard so far were done like in a bar or a small comedy club. i think this may have just been patton out of his element, i'd still recomend it because i can't bring myself to tell someone not to get a patton oswalt album but his earlier cd's are alot funnier in my opinion.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Funny, but not as funny as previous releases Jun 22, 2010
By John S. Harris
"The Voice of Reason"
ANY Patton Oswalt release is a good one. Enough said there. But "My Weakness is Strong" is very inconsistent. It has its moments ("Sky Cake" in particular) but overall it has uneven pacing and the material isn't as strong as his earlier material "Werewolves and Lollipops" and "Feelin' Kinda Patton".
Worth seeing or listening to, but not a slam-dunk purchase.
9 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Airplane humor? Really? Aug 30, 2009
By Philippe Landry
Patton is known for deriding the stale droves of comics that overpopulated the late-80s/early-90s but when he went into his bit on the rigors of flying I thought I was watching Stand-Up Spotlight with Rosie O'Donnell. Seriously? Flying an airplane is annoying? I think I've heard this bit a millions times. Also, his references to depression, drugs and drinking make this an awkward set: He may be laughing at it but I just feel sorry for him in a way. The references to domestic life dull his edge as well. Most of all, the "Bush bad/Obama good" stuff is kinda played.
It seems like instead of being Patton Oswalt he's just doing what it takes to be Patton Oswalt, i.e. making a joke and then sprinkling some reference to Tom Waits or whatever other indie musician to make the "alternative comedy" connection. It's like he's finally realized how to hit his mark, with his delivery becoming less slick and more like a formula. Maybe it's because this set was done in a theatre for Comedy Central rather than at places like the 40 Watt that it feels so out of place from his regular stuff. I had been watching his new sets from the Purple Onion and Amoeba and heard the Frankensteins & Gumdrops EP and was getting really excited because I was expecting all of that awesome material to be on his next album, especially the bit about Daniel Plainview being a phone sex operator. Except for the Family Crest bit NONE OF IT MADE IT TO THIS SET!
After David Cross became the worst comedian ever with his constant arrogant whining Patton Oswalt was a breath of fresh air, bereft of all the preachy posturing. His impish self-deprecation and perverse witticisms knew no bounds. Now his set is becoming a self-loathing hatefest filled with creepy anxiety and banality. At least we have Feelin' Kinda Patton and Werewolves & Lollipops.
Fare thee well, sailor! Sail the sea of fame, but come home soon!
3 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Pretty good Sep 26, 2009
I don't think it's up to par with Werewolves and Lollipops, but it's new material and is definitely worth the purchase.
I think the biggest thing that brings it down from his last record is he talks about his wife and kid on this one. Sorry, I just don't wanna hear about it. It really should be taboo to mention your wife, kids, or dog on a comedy record. Something really lame/hacky/easy/unoriginal about it.
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