Black Panther

I didn’t think I would make it.  In fact I almost had a completely irrational panic attack waiting for it to start while I was already sitting in a seat.  But I feel like I shouldn’t post until it opens officially because what is a spoiler nowadays?

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February 14, 2018 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Bad Moms

MOVIE:  Bad Moms

NUTSHELL:  A perfectly serviceable movie in which moms get annoyed and dance while they drink some wine.

GOOD THINGSKristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Wanda Sykes, David Walton, Clark Duke!!! and Wendell Pierce

BAD THINGS:  I am not in what I would posit is the very narrow, and possibly imaginary, demographic for this movie.

FEATURES:  Mila Kunis, Jay Hernandez, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, a lot of white wine, unsympathetic children, porn addiction

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  I wish there were more uncomfortable moments.  Other than the Clark Duke scenes and an inspired supermarket montage, there don’t seem to be any stakes.

NOTABLE:  I don’t think having children should be a requirement to enjoy a movie.

BEST PART:   Kathryn Hahn oh how I loved you on “Philly Justice”!

BEST LINE:  “Well, as a therapist, I’m not allowed to tell you what do to, but uh as a human being with two fucking eyes in my head, yea I think you should get divorced as soon as possible. This is some catastrophic shit. ”       

CROWNS:  2 out of 5

September 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

The Jungle Book

MOVIE:  The Jungle Book

NUTSHELL:  CGI Animals, a precocious child and somehow only one song

GOOD THINGSThere’s a Garry-Shandling-voiced porcupine

BAD THINGS:  This is another one of those movies like Jurassic World that toys with the prospect of a precocious child being eaten by wild animals but never follows through.

FEATURES:  Really just a kid but also the voices of Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o and Idris Elba

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  One song.  Did I mention there’s one song?  Remember how much you loved the Jungle Book as a kid because of the almost complete absence of music?

NOTABLE:  I would like to be excused from colonial fables about everyone working together henceforth.

BEST PART:   Further confirmation that Scarlett Johansson is an incredible movie villain.

BEST LINE:  “Am I in the right monkey temple?”       

CROWNS:  3 out of 5

July 6, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Captain America: Civil War

MOVIE:  Captain America:  Civil War

NUTSHELL:  Ken Burns’ “The Avengers”

GOOD THINGSAll the great looking people doing super crazy awesome stuff like always, but…

BAD THINGS:  … with a lot of interpersonal trauma and drama which I frankly found very upsetting.

FEATURES:  Everyone plus Paul Rudd, Daniel Bruhl, Chadwick Boseman and…. Marisa Tomei?

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  But, but, but I only want Natasha and Clint to be in love forever and ever!

NOTABLE:  Spider-Man does nothing for me and I’m very sorry if that is upsetting to you.

BEST PART:   30 second Martin Freeman blasts

BEST LINE:  “I hate you.”       

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

May 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Keanu

MOVIE:  Keanu

NUTSHELL:  Key and Peele embark on an extremely messy recon mission to save the cutest (and most popular) kitten in history.

GOOD THINGSTiffany Haddish, badass kittens, Method Man, Andrew Ridgeley jokes, the name “17th Street Blips”

BAD THINGS:  I would like to know more about the Allentown guys.

FEATURES:  Nia Long, Anna Faris, Country Bear Jamboree remnants, Luis Guzman, Will Forte

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  I hate snakes but it’s nice to finally see one with a believable character arc.    

NOTABLE:  Guys!  Never leave your lady alone with Rob Huebel!

BEST PART:   Keanu’s derring-do and words of wisdom

BEST LINE:  “I know everything about hip hop.”       

CROWNS:  5 out of 5

May 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

“Sometimes there’s no lesson. That’s a lesson in itself.”

It’s April, you guys and I still don’t quite know what to say about 2015. It was kind of subpar? Sometimes the movies I really hated would make $652 million dollars and sometimes I would accidentally see a movie I saw in 1977 already. Plus the movies I liked were musicals on Broadway about the founder of the Coast Guard and experiencing a ticket broker feeding frenzy reminiscent of that time I tried to eat tacos in front of a Weimaraner.  Plus more than anything else, the U Talkin’ U2 to me podcast continued to rock my world

I liked Love and Mercy quite a bit. I tried to be a good filmgoer and go to a bunch of movies at the beginning of award season but after I saw Spotlight I pretty much thought I wouldn’t see anything better so I stopped trying. There’s some… revulsion is not a good word for it… but I look at the trailers and advertising and marketing of a lot of movies and have no interest. I know, invest in a drive to the local independent cinema. I honestly tried but had some time management issues in 2015 that curtailed my movie watching in general. It’s a scandal that with such time constraints I still sought out movies I knew would be at best problematic and at worst really horrible. But come on how funny are those car movies where they never stop talking about family and the timelines are all crazy? And that whale movie was B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

So maybe 2016 will be pretty cool with Keanu and the lady Ghostbusters and Martin Freeman being Brooks Brothers Man in “Captain America: Civil War – No Not That One, A Different One”. Also did you know they still make the Star Track movies and the billionth one is coming out on my birthday?

I just looked at a list of movies coming out in 2016 and it made me a little sad. There are lots of sequels, you guys! But Emma Watson has a few movies coming so that’s cool. And something called Bill Hader R Rated Comedy which is somehow the minimum and maximum information I need to make plans to see it right now.

I’m sorry I don’t have any recipes/menus for the Oscars (and that this is 6 weeks late for that.) But, here is a list of great stuff from 2016!

Trainwreck
Kingsman
Spy
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Anomalisa
What We Do In the Shadows
Ant-Man
Documentary Now
Survivor
Jane the Virgin
Portlandia
Children’s Hospital
No You Shut Up
Fresh Off the Boat
Key and Peele
Orphan Black
Community
The Grinder
Archer
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Brooklyn Nine Nine
Parks and Recreation
Rick and Morty
Wolf Hall
Better Call Saul
Silicon Valley
iZombie
Veep
Review
The Soup
The Great British Baking Show
Mad Men
Fargo

Yeah there is stuff on here you can’t believe I didn’t list. But I guarantee that it’s on a streaming service and I haven’t seen it yet. 2015, you guys! It was pretty annoying!

April 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

2014 The Good! or “We’re so cute. I wanna punch us in the face.”

The things that I really loved this year came from all media and sometimes crossed over and back again (Veronica Mars, Comedy Bang Bang, Monty Python Live). My favorite movie moment was listening to a man explain the plot of Paper Moon at length in French. I was also lucky to see a lot of good movies in a row which was unprecedented.  In fact, I think I mostly saw ONLY good movies for a lot of the year probably because I pushed a lot of the awards season trash to after January 1st. Favorite 2014 Movies

  • Veronica Mars (I am what I am.)
  • Anchorman 2 and Anchorman 2 Redux
  • The Lego Movie
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Benson Movie Interruption of anything
  • Monuments Men
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Captain America:  Winter Soldier
  • The Trip to Italy
  • Pride
  • Gone Girl
  • Dear White People
  • Into the Woods
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • M. Hulot’s Holiday
  • Monty Python Live

My Favorite TV moment was Fargo.

Favorite 2014 TV

  • Fargo
  • Key and Peele
  • Archer
  • Parks and Recreation
  • The Soup
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • Babylon
  • Short Poppies
  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • No You Shut Up
  • Shakespeare Uncovered
  • Brooklyn 99

My favorite overall entertainment this year was the U Talking U2 to Me podcast and yes that’s pretty weird and sorry to everyone I tried to talk to about it.  Imagine when you tried to discuss Serial with someone who hadn’t listened to it only with a podcast where people talk about everything except U2 but also eventually U2 but only barely. Favorite 2014 Podcasts

  • U Talking U2 to Me
  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • Doug Loves Movies
  • You Must Remember This
  • Serial

(I don’t really recommend books because you should read the books you like and my taste is too weird.)

February 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

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