Blockers (**1/2) tries to be everything

#blockers "This is not a bad film. It's definitely not a great one. In total, I laughed maybe twice. But I smiled a few more times. If you see it, don't look at it as any sort of guide to life, because no one should use comedy films as a guide to life. Except for Bill Murray movies.  "

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Vacation (**) is not fun for anyone

Vacation - 2015 Written and Directed by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley Starring  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Beverly D'Angelo, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase The original Vacation was a work of the upwardly mobile talent of Harold Ramis and John Hughes. It also featured perhaps the last performance of Chevy Chase before it all started going downhill. It's a … Continue reading Vacation (**) is not fun for anyone

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (***1/2) isn’t going to hurt anybody

Mr. Peabody & Sherman - 2014 Director Rob Minkoff Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney Screenplay Craig Wright based on the show Peabody's Improbable History by Ted Key Based on a series of cartoon shorts that were part of The Bullwinkle Show, the idea for Mr. Peabody & Sherman resonated for several years in the … Continue reading Mr. Peabody & Sherman (***1/2) isn’t going to hurt anybody

Rio 2 (***1/2) First, do no harm

RIO 2 - 2014 Director Carlos Saldanha Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am Screenplay Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner Rio was a beautiful success in 2011, despite having an all to familiar story and some ridiculous characters.  The film has one of the most beautiful color palettes in recent memory and it's sequel is even … Continue reading Rio 2 (***1/2) First, do no harm

Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Live action comedy films are inexpensive to make but they are incredibly hard to master.  It's a generally accepted axiom that there is no generally accepted axiom as to what is universally funny.  That said, most makers of comedy barely even try.  Whether it's the rancid Scary Movie franchise, Tim Matheson's  Animal House / Meatballs … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

The Bling Ring: Crime in the Google age.

The Bling Ring - 2013 Written & Directed by Sofia Coppola Starring Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Georgia Rock, Emma Watson, Leslie Mann The most striking thing about The Bling Ring is the ease with which the kids were able to move in and out of the lives of the rich and famous.  In a time when Hollywood reaction to … Continue reading The Bling Ring: Crime in the Google age.

This is 40: The sort of Sequel to Knocked Up

This is 40 - 2012 Written and Directed by Judd Apatow Starring Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Albert Brooks, Charlene Yi, Megan Fox, Ryan Lee, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Graham Parker, Chris O'Dowd, Robert Smigel, Tim Bagley, John Lithgow, Anne Mumalo "This is coming out wrong." A lesser storyteller would have saved … Continue reading This is 40: The sort of Sequel to Knocked Up

Forgotten Gems: Knocked Up – The sort of prequel to This Is 40

  Knocked Up - 2007 Written and Directed by Judd Apatow Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Charlene Yi, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Iris and Maude Apatow, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Alan Tudyk, Harold Ramis, Joanna Kerns, Craig Robinson, B.J. Novak The first thing that one notices when re-watching Knocked … Continue reading Forgotten Gems: Knocked Up – The sort of prequel to This Is 40