Tag: comedy

Prince Avalanche

Prince Avalanche

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) work long hours in the country painting road lines and installing those reflective metal posts on the sides of roads.  Lance is miserable spending all his time away from the city where he could be pursuing women, but Alvin loves being out in nature, camping and working for […]

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Dealin’ With Idiots

Dealin’ With Idiots

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) takes a stab at writing and directing with Dealin’ With Idiots.  Garlin plays Max, a comedian who describes himself as one of the top twenty best comedians working today.  However, we never see any of Max’s stand-up, as the film focuses more on Max going to his son’s little league […]

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The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an academy award for co-writing The Descendents with George Clooney, bring their next project to the big screen as writers, directors, and actors.  The Way Way Back tells the story of Duncan (Liam James), who is spending the summer with his mom (Toni Collette), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve […]

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The Internship

The Internship

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

As an exercise in cinematic product placement, The Internship (2013) is an unmitigated failure. It’s a $58 million commercial that succeeds not in endearing viewers to the product it’s advertising, but instead promotes resentment toward said product through the movie’s transparently-motivated, interminable praise of it. That product: Google. According to The Internship, Google is not […]

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Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love

| October 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

A family of writers are all at different points in their respective romantic lives.  William (Greg Kinnear) spies on his ex-wife and her new boyfriend, while his daughter Samantha (Lilly Collins; Mirror Mirror) is at college having a string of disconnected one-night stands, and his son Rusty (Nat Wolff; Admission) is hopelessly in love with […]

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Don Jon

Don Jon

| October 6, 2013 | 1 Comments

I’m a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Beyond his appearing in some of my favorite movies over the past several years (Brick, Looper) it’s a real joy to watch him interviewed because you know how sincerely he loves being an actor and entertaining people, and how aware he is of the life he’s been blessed […]

Robot Chicken: Season 6

Robot Chicken: Season 6

| October 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

The back of the case for Robot Chicken: Season 6 promises “The cybernetic fowl from the adult swim late-night animated bizarre programming block is back with another full season of Emmy Award-winning stop motion comedy insanity!  Twenty colossal, mega-sized quarter-hour episodes!” That sums it up quite nicely. Robot Chicken is one of those shows that […]

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 8

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 8

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ve always loved watching stupid idiots getting themselves into (even more) incredibly stupid situations. Especially the kind that only seem to get worse and worse. I guess that’s why I adore this show so much. As the title says, I’m obviously speaking about Rob McElhenney’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. From the moment the first episodes starts, […]

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Bus Stop

Bus Stop

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wild young cowboy Bo decker leaves the Montanan ranch on which he was raised for (virtually) the first time ever, in order to enter a rodeo in Phoenix, Arizona. On the long bus ride there, he’s informed by his pal/guardian of sorts, Virgil, that he ought to use the trip to find himself a wife […]

Starbuck

Starbuck

| July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I see reviews that declare a film to be “full of heart” or some such conventional phrasing, I tend to interpret that as a sign that I shouldn’t expect anything original from it. After all, filmmakers can easily manipulate audiences’ emotional states by drawing on time-tested formulas. Want to elicit tears of joy? Have […]