Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings three very different films to theaters, but can any of them knock the Odinson off his throne? (No) Continue reading In Theaters This Week (11/10/2017): Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy’s Home 2, Three Billboards
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. June 30th has four new options for movie goers (three if you don’t have kids). Minions, Will Ferrell, Edgar Wright, and a unique romcom await you at the multiplex. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (6/30/2017): Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver, The Big Sick, The House
Normally, we do the My Favorite Scene column on Tuesdays, but I decided to wait until the weekend as it’s a special “Christmas Edition”. Christmas movies are a bit of a genre unto themselves, and it’s really tough to make one that doesn’t come off as treacly, preachy, or silly/depressing (depending on how your particular family is at the holidays). But, no matter if you’re celebrating this a religious holiday or just a blessed break from work/present orgy, Elf will work for all of you (and if it doesn’t, you’re stupid). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Elf (2003) “Santa Fever”
Today is Presidents’ Day here in America, where we remember our leaders, long for the days of statesmen past and stare with horror at the contenders for 2016. What helps Americans deal with absurd politicians? Merciless humor. From Mark Twain to Will Rogers and on to Saturday Night Live, political satire is an ingrained part of the American psyche. We don’t exactly require our presidents to be funny, but they’d better be able to take a joke.
Saturday Night Live, over it’s four decades plus of sketch comedy, has produced some of the funniest political humor of the century. It’s impersonators of candidates have literally impacted elections. After John McCain’s disastrous choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate in 2008, SNL’s Tina Fey so accurately and witheringly mocked the former Alaska Governor that both she and McCain ended up going on the show to try to stem the damage (didn’t work). SNL never really got a handle on Obama. Aside from his halting speech pattern, they never seemed to get an angle on him. The current cast is pretty weak, so I don’t think we’re going to see anything as glorious as Fey’s Palin, Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton, Darrell Hammond’s Al Gore, just to name a few brilliant impersonations that didn’t achieve the Oval. Here are my five favorites over the course of the show, and their best work.
1. Phil Hartman (Ronald Reagan & Bill Clinton)
4. Chevy Chase (Gerald Ford)
5. Dan Aykroyd (Richard Nixon & Jimmy Carter)
As a rule, comedy sequels are disasters. I’m so hoping Zoolander 2 breaks that mold, because the first is one of my favorite of all-time. I have to say….the first trailer looks promising (and not simply because Justin Bieber dies in it!). Look for Zoolander 2 in February 2016.
The movie takes place a decade after the first film, and Derek and Hansel have been forgotten and aged out of the modeling world. Since no one knows who they are, they have to reinvent themselves. As they start down this new path some of the hottest male models begin to be killed off and all of them died flashing Derek’s legendary “Blue Steel” look. So they embark on a mission to find out what is going on.