I can accept the fact that The Angry Birds Movie won this weekend’s box office.
Animated films have broader appeal and a wider audience. Plus, last week’s number one film and very close runner-up Captain America has been out for three weeks.
My beef with the Birds?
What took them so long? This app used to be all the rage, but Candy Crush and other games occupy the top spots now. This movie is so late to the party, there is no party anymore.
Obviously kids will still watch it, but they — and their long-suffering parents — shouldn’t have to.
Posted in Animals, Commentary, Games, Humor, Movies
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The Lobster is the quintessential independent film.
Original. Absurd. Other-worldly.
This world does not allow adults to be single. In fact, newly single people have 45 days to find a mate with similar characteristics as themselves, or they will be turned into animals and released into the forest.
Hey – they get to choose which animal, so that’s nice.
The people of this world appear unemotional, and speak with a deadpan delivery that would make any PBS station proud. Of course, there are always one or two folks who attempt to break the rules.
Their bad behavior is what drives this film, and you’ll be cheering for them, even as you shake your head in confused fascination.
Posted in Animals, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Love, Movies
Tagged animals, commentary, deadpan, entertainment, Humor, independent film, life, love, Movies, single people, society, The Lobster movie
Not finding much to your liking at the movie theater this weekend? Might I recommend an unexpected comedy delight?
My friend Char and I took Criminal on face value. Big name cast. Thriller premise. Should be okay at the very least, right?
In hindsight, I’m glad we didn’t read the lackluster reviews, or we might have missed the comedy event of the season! Criminal is such an over-the-top ridiculous movie, with scenes of action and violence that build and morph into such grandiose gore, you can’t help but laugh aloud.
I mean, I kept a bored, straight face for the first 45 minutes. But once I allowed myself to laugh at the craziness on screen, the movie got better and better. And the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy it more, too.
If the producers had marketed the movie as a comedy, I think the reviews would have been better, too. And it might have explained why Kevin Costner’s character growled like an ape the entire film.
We’re talking whackadoodle, my friends.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Movies
Tagged action, celebrities, comedy, Criminal movie, entertainment, Humor, Kevin Costner, movie reviews, movie theater, Movies, thriller, violence
I didn’t see Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska’s first Alice in Wonderland movie, and doubt that I will see the sequel, although its trailers are lighting up movie theaters all over the country.
But my doubt has doubt…for two reasons.
First, the late, great Alan Rickman voices the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the chance to listen to his dulcet tones is reason enough to endure the rest of the film.
Secondly, the trailer has “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane as its soundtrack, and I could listen to that on a loop as well.
In fact, let’s do that now. Together.
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More than a few critics included the thriller It Follows on their year’s best list…some saying it was one of the great scary films of all time.
Even with that ringing endorsement, I waited to watch the film until it was free on cable, and on early enough that I could shake off any creepiness long before bedtime.
Hey, I live alone.
I like the fact that it began in the middle – – no long exposition, so you are spooked from the start. There are plenty of reasons to jump and scream, but no gore which I personally appreciate. And the movie doesn’t tie everything up with a bow at the end, which increases the spook factor.
Is it the scariest movie I have ever seen? No. But it’s a good ‘un.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, horror, Humor, Movies
Tagged commentary, entertainment, horror, Humor, It Follows, Movies, review, scary, spooky
I joked today on Facebook that I was going to commemorate Earth Day by posting a list of great movies that had the word “earth” in the title.
Turns out there are none.
Good movies, maybe. Kitschy films, definitely. But nothing that I would label a classic.
The word ‘dirt?’
A completely different story.
There’s Dirty Dancing, of course. And Dirty Harry. The Dirty Dozen. Even Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, to name just a few.
In the movie biz, it appears ‘dirt’ beats ‘earth’ by a mile.
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I saw the new musical Waitress on Wednesday.
A lot has already been written about that particular performance, since they had to stop the show twice to deal with scenery malfunction…but no one was complaining.
Sara Bareilles was the entertainment during the break.
It’s not the first time I have experienced stoppages like this on Broadway. When I saw Harvey starring Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory,” they too had pesky set pieces that simply would not move.
That’s what you get when you go to early previews.
And with Waitress, you get a wonderful, heart-felt, truly hilarious take on one of my favorite films. Kudos to the casting director, because every role was spot-on — especially the male supporting characters, who stole the show every time they stepped out on stage.
Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter — a role originated by my man Nathan Fillion in the movie — has big shoes to fill and does it with unique comedic timing and fantastic chemistry with star Jessie Mueller. But the biggest ovation at curtain call — rightly so — went to Christopher Fitzgerald, who chews up the scenery (or should I say pie?) as the quirky Ogie the Elf.
The music is wonderful, and ya gotta love any set that features a cherry pie curtain, even if the darn thing doesn’t work all that well. Because the show?
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