By living life in contradiction, by embodying the contradiction, Galifianakis seems to be promoting a dialectically nuanced view of reality, which is an invaluable counterweight to the mindset of oversimplification.
I recently had the chance to interview Michael Swaim, Head of Video over at Cracked.com.
As a boozing, promiscuous truck driver in the independent film Trucker, actress Michelle Monaghan delivers the finest, most fully-realized performance of her career.
In Youth in Revolt Michael Cera does what many have wanted to do to Michael Cera themselves personally: whup his own sorry ass. And that is definitely worth seeing.
Up in the Air is not revolutionary and its thesis, however insightful, is not one-of-a-kind. But it is the kind of thing we used to take for granted in Hollywood. It is well-written and sharply observational.
How much impact does a celebrity make when he or she donates their name and time to a non-profit? It goes beyond the money.
Men, I've noticed (duh!) tend to quote lines from what one might think of as "guy" films. Women will often quote the likes of Bette Davis in All About Eve or Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.
Don't blow it.
When will us girls get our own immature, perverted, inappropriate, screwy and hilarious buddy comedy?
What is the state of the American bro? Hollywood's been preoccupied with this question as of late and The Hangover is the latest response from director of bro-hood cult classics, Todd Phillips.
Part of the genius of The Hangover is the wise and fiscally prudent casting decision to make some movie stars here rather than just pay for some.
The Hangover, is the leading contender to be the summer's breakout comedy. This is a cautionary tale - and a hilarious one, at that.
It's only once you accept that Galifianakis intends to challenge the rubric and common tradition by which comedians abide and oblige that you can appreciate this humor and style.