Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – 2004 McKay
- I think only now with the hindsight of McKay’s established style in The Big Short and Vice is Anchorman archiveable
- Like the rest of his work this has a ridiculous quote in the prologue
- We have cameos and deep casting (from little known at the time Seth Rogan and Kathryn Hahn) to Tim Robbins, Jack Black and Ben Stiller—cameos, inventive cutting and deep casting are there in McKay’s 2010’s work
- Split-screen editing– inventive montages
- It’s hilarious—absolutely—but we have the influence of Apatow’s abundance of improve both good and bad (Will Ferrell uses “mountain” twice as a punch-line in 5 minutes which is just about the worst of Apatow’s influence).
- Unlike Apatow’s more grounded nature- McKay’s film’s flaunt the absurdism (love the anchor fight that goes on forever)
- The freeze frame (a McKay trait) character post-script—can’t help but remark at Brick (Steve Carrell) going on to be a top Bush adviser—haha—Carrell would play Donald Rumsfeld in McKay’s Vice