I know we normally do “My Favorite Scene” on Tuesdays, but I felt like putting up a Monday morning laugh. For the defining sitcoms of my teens and early twenties, I had Frasier and Friends, the latter of which was more pertinent to my life as my friends have been the story of mine, so a sitcom about a tightly knit group of them trying to figure out how to be adults (and failing miserably often as we so often all do, was my favorite). There are so many hysterical moments over the show’s run, but one of my favorites is just a stupid moment when Chandler and Rachel are trying to help Ross move a couch up the stairs to his new apartment (the use of friends as slave labor is pretty much what a “contractor” is in your twenties). It’s hysterically set up, but it’s David Schwimmer’s manic screaming of ‘PIVOT!” that absolutely slays me when I rewatch the clip. Not just me either. They had to do this scene a LOT, because Schwimmer’s PIVOT scream was causing them all to lose it as you can see in this retrospective/blooper.
Blockbuster books used to be a prime source for Hollywood adaptations, and still are when they happen, but the sad fact is that there are a lot fewer blockbuster books than there used to be. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins certainly broke out and became that rare novel that everyone was talking about, and, therefore, because I happen to run in very literate crowd, I was peer pressured into reading it. They sold me on, “Oh it’s even better than Gone Girl!” No. No it is not. Gone Girl was written by Gillian Flynn, who is extremely dark and twisty, but is also one of the best, most-compelling authors writing today, and the film adaptation of that by David Fincher was fantastic.. The Girl on the Train is a slog as a novel and, in that respect, its adaption is a very faithful one.
Continue reading Movie Review: The Girl on the Train (2016) *Stop the Train; I Want to Get Off!*
Blockbuster books get snapped up by Hollywood ASAP in a world struggling to find something that’s not a sequel to something else. Paula Hawkins wrote the screenplay for her thriller The Girl on the Train, and the first trailer promises a mind-bender. The adaptation stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Rebecca Ferguson, and Lisa Kudrow. The film is scheduled to open October 7, 2016. Fully synopsis below courtesy of IMDB. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Girl on the Train Trailer #1 (2016) *Emily Blunt is The Girl on the Train*
I generally don’t go see comedies in the theater, because they’re such a hit-or-miss proposition, but I felt like going out this weekend and I would have rather had open heart surgery than sit through Spider-Man 2 again, so NEIGHBORS IT WAS! Coming out of the film, which I laughed through, my dominant impression was…..I’ve seen this before. Granted there are some things IN Neighbors I have NEVER seen before nor would care to again, but the overall Seth Rogen gross-out movie experience had me feeling deja vu as I walked to my car. Continue reading Movie Review: Neighbors (2014)