Tag: comedy

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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The End of The Tour

The End of The Tour

| November 6, 2015

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now, pretty much since they started filming in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is only about an hour from where I live.  I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, or his critically acclaimed mammoth novel Infinite Jest.  I don’t care about Rolling Stone magazine, and as […]

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The Meteor Man

The Meteor Man

| October 30, 2015

I jumped at the opportunity to revisit a beloved film from my childhood with The Meteor Man coming to blu-ray this week.  I had mostly forgotten about the movie, and was a little nervous that my memory of the film was better than it could possibly actually be, but I was wrong and it completely […]

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The One and Only

The One and Only

| October 29, 2015

Andy Schmidt (Henry Winkler; Arrested Development) has always been a showman, and more than that has always believed that he was going to be a big star as an actor.  His never ending optimism borders on arrogance as he works his way through college doing school plays, “performing” on the football team, and wooing his […]

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What We Did On Our Holiday

What We Did On Our Holiday

| October 5, 2015

Doug (David Tennant; Doctor Who) and Abby (Rosamund Pike; Gone Girl) can’t stand each other.  After years of marriage, the couple are living separately and it’s become obvious to their three children that their relationship will likely not get better, meaning a divorce is inevitable.  Despite their problems, the family try to hold things together […]

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King of the Hill: Season 12

King of the Hill: Season 12

| September 23, 2015

I never really got into King of the Hill when it was on the air.  I like Mike Judge, and Greg Daniels has created one of the best sitcoms ever with Parks and Recreation, but their joint efforts on a folksy Texas animated series always felt disconnected at best and mean spirited at worst.  Most […]

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Spaced Invaders (1990) on Blu-ray

Spaced Invaders (1990) on Blu-ray

| September 13, 2015

In response to a 50th anniversary broadcast of Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds, a group of Martians believe their compatriots are invading Earth and scramble to catch up, crash landing in a small Midwestern town on Halloween night while everyone believes they’re simply kids trick or treating. 25 years later, Spaced Invaders is […]

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Blood Punch

Blood Punch

| September 6, 2015

First off, I have no idea why this movie is called Blood Punch.  There is a lot of blood, but very little punching.  Maybe it’s an old esoteric saying that I’m not familiar with and somehow perfectly describes this movie about meth cooks trying to make a big score in the middle of the woods […]

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5 to 7

5 to 7

| August 17, 2015

When aspiring writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin; Star Trek: Into Darkness) meets the gorgeous French Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe; Skyfall), the connection between them is immediate and powerful.  However, they don’t make it through their first date before Brian discovers that Arielle has a husband (Lambert Wilson: The Matrix: Reloaded).  Arielle and her husband have an […]