Tag: comedy

Sun, Sand, and Sweat: 4-Movie Collection

Sun, Sand, and Sweat: 4-Movie Collection

| March 14, 2016

This 4 movies-in-1 Blu-ray collection from Mill Creek Entertainment boasts the Blu-ray debut of all four films included across its two Blu-ray discs: Spring Break (1983), Hardbodies (1984), Private Resort (1985), and Perfect (1985). As is the case with many such multi-film sets that bring together a group of disparate films chosen because of some […]

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The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

| March 2, 2016

Writing reviews for Film Monthly is a gamble.  You mostly watch a lot of garbage that’s more boring than anything, but you do it for the chance to maybe stumble onto something special  that you otherwise would have never seen. The Midnight Man was one of these special treats for me, and while it will […]

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Slow Learners

Slow Learners

| December 18, 2015

Best friends Jeff (Adam Pally; Happy Endings) and Annie (Sarah Burns; I Love You, Man) haven’t been having a lot of luck when it comes to love lately.  Not ones to cynically blame others for their misfortune, the pair are forced to look within to answer the question of why they’re such losers, and then […]

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The Unauthorized Full House Story

The Unauthorized Full House Story

| December 13, 2015

I haven’t seen enough of these to say for sure, but I think that made for TV movies about old TV sitcoms and the pseudo-drama that went down on set might be my new favorite film genre.  It’s a bit niche, but the ones I’ve seen have been bad movies at their absolute best.  Maybe […]

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Some Kind of Beautiful

Some Kind of Beautiful

| December 1, 2015

Looking at the poster for Some Kind of Beautiful and seeing the gleaming faces of Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba, and of course the sterling silver fox Pierce Brosnan, it is easy to believe in the potential that this romantic comedy will be a decent time-killer with fleeting moments of amusement and cuteness. Don’t be […]

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Cooties

Cooties

| November 30, 2015

I saw an advertisement at the Alamo Drafthouse in which Elijah Wood told the audience to keep quiet during the movie.  Behind Wood was a poster for Cooties, which featured him, a blonde who looked like Kristen Bell (turned out to be Allison Pill; The Newsroom) and a group of other adults fighting for their […]

Heartbreakers on Blu-ray

Heartbreakers on Blu-ray

| November 30, 2015

I probably haven’t seen this movie in 10 years.  I started watching it once on a date a few years ago, but we got… distracted.  I’ve always really liked it, and it was nice to revisit it with this new blu-ray release from Olive Films. If you’re not familiar with the story, the movie is […]

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American Ultra

American Ultra

| November 30, 2015

The cover art of the American Ultra BluRay depicts stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart walking coolly away from an apocalyptic explosion. With the fiery inferno raging behind them, they strut with a sort of casual abandon. Eisenberg has a pair of aviator sunglasses on, despite it clearly being night.  Stewart carries a shotgun, but […]

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Making Mr. Right

Making Mr. Right

| November 24, 2015

Making Mr. Right (1987) is a movie I watched who knows how many times as a kid. Its imagery was burned into my brain—the few shots worth remembering anyway. The love-struck android’s misunderstandings of society’s norms and the wacky moments that ensue are things I recall with great accuracy. And I can also sing along […]

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Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

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