War Dogs (***1/2) Laughing is Crying

In all War Dogs is a funny and sad film. To imagine a Guildenstern and Rosencrantz existence in the midst of George Bush's Hamlet with Dick Cheney playing Uncle Claudius is an image to behold.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 2014 Writer & Director Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington Screenplay based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell There was a real concern when How To Train Your Dragon was followed by a television series.  So much talent was … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

22 Jump Street: Does Blanche do heroin?

22 Jump Street - 2014 Directors Lord and Miller Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stromare, Ice Cube, Amber Stevenson, Jillian Bell, Wyatt Russell Screenplay Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman Conventional wisdom tells us the story about most sequels, and it tells even more about those who review sequels.  Many sequels are made on some sort of auto … Continue reading 22 Jump Street: Does Blanche do heroin?

The Wolf of Wall Street is a worn out path

  The Wolf of Wall Street - 2013 Director Martin Scorsese Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin Screenplay Terence Winter based on the book by Jordan Belfort All throughout The Wolf of Wall Street, I wondered who it was exactly Scorsese was appealing to.  It made a boatload of money and people … Continue reading The Wolf of Wall Street is a worn out path

This Is the End of all the snacks

This is the End - 2013 Written and Directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Starring Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari This is exactly the movie that you thought it would be.  It's a movie where everyone gets to play a … Continue reading This Is the End of all the snacks

The Watch shoots mostly blanks

The Watch - 2012 Directed by Akiva Schaffer Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt, Richard Ayoade, R. Lee Ermey, Will Forte, Billy Crudup Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jared Stern A few weeks after the marketing campaign began for The Neighborhood Watch, a tragedy occurred in Florida that created a huge national stir.  That … Continue reading The Watch shoots mostly blanks

21 Jump Street takes a different, better turn

21 Jump Street - 2012 Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Ellie Kemper, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube Screenplay Michael Bacall It's not that I did not ever watch the original television show, I just didn't ever make it a point to watch 21 Jump Street.  All of the hullabaloo … Continue reading 21 Jump Street takes a different, better turn

The Sitter has too many issues to get real laughs

The Sitter - 2011 Directed by David Gordon Green Starring  Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Max Records, Sam Rockwell, J.B. Smoove, Method Man, Erin Daniels, D.W. Moffett, Landry Bender, Kevin Hernandez, Kylie Bunbury, Jessica Hecht Screenplay by Brian Gatewood,  Alessandro Tanaka The question that occurs to me, while watching The Sitter, is the following: what in the hell … Continue reading The Sitter has too many issues to get real laughs

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

Moneyball is the Die Hard 2 of Baseball Movies

Moneyball - 2011 Directed by Bennett Miller Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Casey Bond, Kerris Dorsey Written by  Aaron Sorkin There is a point early on in Moneyball, where Billy Beane, as played by Brad Pitt, is listening disgustedly to the assortment of old men who are supposed to be … Continue reading Moneyball is the Die Hard 2 of Baseball Movies