This week's episode of At the Movies gave us a repeat of two of Ben Lyons' weaknesses--folding under criticism and objecting to horror elements in movies.
First, on The Ugly Truth, Ben comments on the notorious vibrating underwear scene:
Lyons: There is some physical comedy, but it seems like stuff we've seen before. There's a scene at a dinner table that is completely ripped from When Harry Met Sally . . .
Mank: Yeah, I thought that was an ok scene.
Lyons: [agreeing] An ok scene.
Sorry, dude, you had me and then you lost me.
Later, we get a disagreement in the review of Orphan, which Mank liked because it had some funny elements in it, but Lyons (who hates horror movies) did not:
Lyons: For me, I don't know what's really fun about seeing a 9-year-old girl taking a hammer to somebody's head over and over again. To me, that's not really enjoyable.
After which Mank lights up and smiles, saying,
Mank: It's a horror movie, Ben!
At first I thought Lyons had a decent point, but this time around Mank actually won me over: I've laughed my ass of at over-the-top horror movies with scenes like this plenty of times. It's all fun and games until somebody gets bludgeoned to death by a 9-year-old girl. Then it's just fun.
Finally, Mank gives us his 3-to-see: Harry Potter, Orphan, and The Hurt Locker.
He even says "This is my favorite Potter movie and the most adult Potter." If by "most adult" you mean "lots of silly flirting" and by "best" you mean "worst," then I completely agree!