At its best, The Heat is profane, ludicrous, and violent, but it never feels gratuitous, for some reason. There’s even a fairly substantial body count — which ordinarily might work against a movie like this, as The Hangover Part III found out recently. But here, because the actual jokes around it are funny, the violence has the intended effect — to jar us and raise our pulses, because we laugh harder when we’re excited. To be fair, not all of it works as well as it should: An emergency tracheotomy scene (don’t ask) feels like a random attempt to mimic the cringing body horror of Bridesmaids, and the repeated gags about Dan Bakkedahl’s albino rival cop (“You look evil as shit!” Mullins exclaims upon seeing him) lose their kick after a while. But the cast is good, the jokes are mostly funny, and whenever it starts to wear out its welcome, The Heat pulls out another decent gag to keep things moving. I look forward to half-watching it again … [Read more...] about Movie Review: Rub Two Styles of Comedy Together and You Get the Profane, Hilarious
Comedy when someone comes to the door
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Animated versions of Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will have supporting roles in a British royal family satire that will make its debut on AT&T Inc’s HBO Max streaming video service, the company said on Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Animated British royal comedy ‘The Prince’ to make debut on HBO Max
He thought he could offer something different, comedy from a female perspective and with an underlying warmth, “versus a bunch of guys together, and it’s name-calling and homophobic references and punching.” But other than via his memorably flawed and funny Freaks and Geeks characters Lindsay Weir and Kim Kelly, he hadn’t had a chance to try. After that show’s cancellation, he spent years failing to launch another show. Then the first movie he directed for a studio, 2006’s Christmas comedy Unaccompanied Minors, flopped, and he found himself deep in what he calls “movie jail,” with studios refusing to approve him even for low-stakes kids’ movies. He resigned himself to directing TV — Mad Men, Arrested Development, The Office — and, at his nadir, a 2009 internet commercial for Macy’s in which Donald Trump marches into a kids’ bake sale, finds a protégé, and … [Read more...] about Who Ya Gonna Troll?
As much as Jackie’s inability to handle criticism and her extreme condescension rub me the wrong way, there is definitely some veiled anti-Semitism going on here, too. They’re always talking about how she’s “not old school” and “cut from different cloth” and “raised differently” and “not like us.” What they seem to mean is that she’s Jewish. Now that Jennifer has found out that Jackie has more money than she originally thought she keeps calling her “stingy.” What is next? Is she going to say that she controls the weather and talk about the size of her nose? … [Read more...] about Recap: Beach Blanket Buffoons
Fred Rogers graced American television screens for almost four decades as the gentle, cardigan-clad host of the daily children's program Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood, a set of well-worn puppets and a piano serving as his primary tools for connecting with multiple generations of very young viewers, almost right up until his passing in 2003. … [Read more...] about Tom Hanks is pitch perfect as beneficent children’s TV host Mr Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Things improve exponentially with the arrival of Rose Byrne as the villainess, Rayna, daughter and heir of a recently deceased Eastern-European arms kingpin. Byrne seems to be able to do anything, and in comedy terms, her Rayna is a career best. The key is breezy understatement. Her Rayna is the ultimate mean girl, but her put-downs are so light and insouciant that she just seems to exhale them, as if she knows she has more beauty, style, and smarts than anyone alive and hardly needs to force the issue. The other performer who steals every scene from McCarthy is British TV’s best-kept secret, Peter Serafinowicz, as an Italian agent who takes every opportunity to grab Susan’s ass and vows to make wild love to her. Serafinowicz’s diction is in the strange, overdeliberate style of Christopher Walken; he makes even his bad lines hit you like wobbly sinkerballs. (It’s worth investing in a PAL/Region 2 DVD player to savor The Peter Serafinowicz Show.) … [Read more...] about Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy’s
“There is an easy camaraderie and chemistry among the central quartet, a harmony that continues when Chris Hemsworth, charmingly stupid, enters as the phantom-vanquishing squad’s receptionist. Yet the main performers rarely get to display their individual idiosyncratic strengths. It’s particularly dispiriting to hear McCarthy, one of the most floridly gifted verbal riffers in comedy, have to utter frat-brah catchphrases like ‘Let’s do this.’ That kind of lifeless, recycled language sounds even worse when Wiig, another performer who has perfected how to do things with words, cries out, ‘Say hello to my little friend’ before zapping a spook in the film’s near-interminable final act, a glut of green beams that suggests nothing more than an f/x trade show.” —Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice … [Read more...] about Critics Are Split on the
Adored by many: Joaquin Phoenix also gave DiCaprio a shout-out while accepting his award: 'Leonardo, you’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and so many people. I thank you very, very much' … [Read more...] about Brad Pitt reveals Leonardo DiCaprio’s nickname for him is ‘lover’ before winning Best Supporting Actor AGAIN at SAG Awards
In perfect Mavericks fashion, the reception planned for Saturday won’t be a fancy gala. It will be a gathering where people will share their stories and memories of the company and its shows. The event will also add members to its Hall of Fame, which already includes the late Sue Bob Smith and Eric Anthony Uresti, who worked with the Maverick Players. … [Read more...] about Maverick Players theater company celebrates 20 years
TV’s best soap Regarding: “Royal Drama Is Too Good to Pass Up” by Mary McNamara [Jan. 10]: As sand sifts through the hourglass so do the lives of Harry and Meghan. Why does this come as a surprise? Harry was always a renegade; it was inevitable that one day he would go rogue and he now has the perfect mate to do this with. It is indeed a new day for the royals, but some of us want to hang on to tradition and act as if nothing have changed. … [Read more...] about Calendar feedback Jan. 19: White guilt: Good or bad?