Vice (****) – It’s more complicated than that

"Much of what the film consists of is somewhat armchair knowledge of the events for the Cheney / Bush first term. It helps to put things into perspective, especially more than sixteen years later. This man viewed himself as a patriot, sure. He was also a very calculated opportunist who saw dollar signs at the expense of lives. If nothing else, America needs to remember it for what really happened."

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The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news

The Big Short - 2015 Director Adam McKay Screenplay Charles Randolph and McKay Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, Melissa Leo There are a whole bunch of facts being spit out in The Big Short. Director and writer … Continue reading The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news

Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

Foxcatcher - 2014 Director Bennett Miller Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall Screenplay by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman A story about misfits can be a sweet thing about overcoming adversity. In the case of Mark (Tatum) and Dave Shultz' (Ruffalo) intersection with John "Golden Eagle" du Pont (Carrell), it is an eerie and dangerous … Continue reading Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is long and necessary for the survival of the human race

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 2013 Director Adam McKay Actors Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Harrison Ford Writers Ferrell and McKay As a sequel to one of the great comedies of modernity, Anchorman 2 was bound to disappoint.  And disappoint it does, early and often.  There are too … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is long and necessary for the survival of the human race

Despicable Me 2 (***): The great average

Despicable Me 2 - 2013 Directors Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong Screenplay Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio It's a simple premise.  Put a threadbare story involving super criminals, make one a loveable doof who can't resist cute kids (who can?), throw in some adorable Igor types and then you've … Continue reading Despicable Me 2 (***): The great average

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 Way Way Back Sam Rockwell’s take on Bill Murray

The Way Way Back - 2013 Written and Directed by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet There are some laughs nestled in this summer home coming of age in the age of divorced parents melodrama.  There's a fair amount of depressing stuff in here too.  The Way Way Back … Continue reading The Way Way Back Sam Rockwell’s take on Bill Murray

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World): Just end it already

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - 2012 Writer and Director Lorene Scafaria Starring Steve Carell, Kiera Knightley, William Peterson, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, Martin Sheen, Nancy Carell, Mark Moses, T.J. Miller Okay, so it's the end of the world and everybody is acting nuts.  Except Dodge … Continue reading Seeking a Friend for the End of the World): Just end it already