Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Laura Dern delivers a career-high performance in "The Tale"

The Tale Review
This movie made a festival run before being picked up by HBO and being released earlier. So I've decided to review it tonight.

I have always wondered how Laura Dern never became one of the biggest actresses of her generation. I have always been fascinated by her in every David Lynch collaboration she did. I think it borders on crimes against humanity that The Academy never nominated Dern for her work in "Inland Empire" in 2007. But Lynch doesn't play the hype game and the movie was way too weird for awards. She is Bruce Dern's daughter. She's appeared in "Jurassic Park" and a host of other films. She's been in the game for quite awhile now. How she isn't one those go-to girls really bothers me, because I have always found her incredible. But nothing could prepare me for what was about to happen when I happened upon "The Tale."

"The Tale" is based on a true story about Jennifer Fox, who was documentarian before making this first feature film. The movie is about her life, about a very specific time in her life. Laura Dern plays an adult Jennifer Fox. We see Dern's Fox make documentaries. She also teaches at a university. She is going to marry a good man, played by Common no less. She is frequently called by her mother (Ellen Burstyn, who seems frantic about her daughter's whereabouts. There seems to be something to that though. Fox's mother Nettie has discovered an old story and notes regarding an event that happened to Jennifer when she was young and the contents of that event seem to point that something horrible happened to Jennifer at that time.

One of the main themes of the movie is memory. Fox seems to suggest that humans can't always be reliable for memories, even when its an individual's own life that a said individual is reflecting upon. Jennifer starts to think about the story she wrote when she was young, the notes that were sent to her. There was a summer when she was fifteen years old. She learned how to ride a horse that summer, and she was taught by an person known as Mrs. G (Elizabeth Debicki) and her helper/lover Billy (Jason Ritter). During these memories, Fox is played by Jessica Sarah Flaum. Fox seems to remember these two people as important figures in her life, and those who really taught her what love was. It seems that Fox's own parents were out of the picture mostly and she spent an unusual amount of time with these two adults, but it was all innocent and care-free. At least, that's how Fox remembers them. When her mother corrects her memory, we really begin to see that we have the power and even the desire to rewrite our own memories and how far we go to forget certain things.

From this point forward, Fox in the memories is played by Isabelle Nelisse and she's a much younger actress. We also begin to learn that Mrs. G and especially Bill are not who we really think they are, and as the adult Fox begins to piece her memories back together again, we learn that Bill was truly a monster. What begins as an intriguing mystery, quickly turns stark and sad and disturbing. Bill begins to groom the young Fox and it comes increasingly clear that he abused her sexually and that Mrs. G was more than aware of it. It is striking acting by both Debicki and especially Ritter. The moments of abuse are so realistic and raw that I truly felt the need to look away. These moments are so carefully, delicately directed that I have to give the real Jennifer Fox props, this is magnificent directing for a person who has never made a feature film before. 

Making a movie for the first time also leads to some pitfalls. There are very few artists to who hit a homerun of a first movie. There are definitely some first time jitters in Fox's films. She has trouble staging some scenes, working with actors, and blocking scenes appropriately. I'd also say that Common's fiance character isn't utilized the right way. "The Tale" was perfectly timed with our own social history due to the Hollywood stories that have dominated the news this year. Still, halfway through the year, it still feels that a new actor is in trouble with sexual harassment or even something worse. While I believe in the difference between an allegation and a conviction, I am happy that so many women are finding a platform to discuss what has happened to them. As this #MeToo movement continues to grow, I think its important to that we recognize good role models for men, and Common's character could have been an outlet for that. But he comes and goes, and his scenes are so blisteringly cliche that he feels like a waste. 

I think the most important point "The Tale" makes is how memories make us and how we sometimes try to remember something differently in order to move past a particular trauma. Every time a new famous person is accused of doing something bad sexually, lots of people will jump to the point of "why did they wait so long to say something?" "The Tale" clarifies that our memories may not be very reliable, and when we take time to remember and investigate a new, brighter memory takes its place, full of clarity. There are a number of factors that seem play into when a victim thinks its ready t share something, and clarity seems to be one of them. This movie reminds that instead of condemning those who step up and admit what happened to them, that we take the time to really listen, and be there for them and help them through it. We as an audience aren't owed anything, and somebody finding the courage to speak up is a great thing. This movie reminds us of that point as well.

I don't know if Jennifer Fox ever plans to make another feature film. But while some parts are a little patchy, she's got some remarkable chops and some real filmmaking muscle. It will be interesting to see if she ever plans to harness anymore of that.

FINAL GRADE: B+

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Family Movies

The image above is from a film called "Eraserhead." It is noted as being the first film by David Lynch, who would become every hardcore film geek's favorite surrealist. The movie is about, or at least I feel very strongly that its about, a man trying to overcome the anxiety of being a first-time father. I know this, because David Lynch has said this himself in interviews. Like many Lynch movies, you probably wouldn't get that right away watching the movie, even though I'd argue that "Eraserhead" is much easier to follow and much more linear in storytelling than many of his future endeavors. This film is significant to me because I am about to be a father.

I don't let my personal life get into my writings too often, but I think if you've read enough of my work, you know I a married and I think I have mentioned maybe once or twice in passing that I am going to be a father soon. Today I got word that soon is going to be sooner than expected. My wait on fatherhood is about to close. For the past nine months I have felt and dealt with the many nerves, the many anxieties and the many thoughts that I think Jack Nance's character grapples with in "Eraserhead." I am wildly excited to be a dad, but I am also scared out of my mind. It my first kid after all, and no matter what anybody says, you can't predict how anything will go because every child is different. Plus, for me personally, I am a worrier by nature. So spending nine months thinking about how good of a father I am going to be has been nerve-racking. But there is a huge level of excitement as well, something I am not sure Jack Nance's character ever felt.

I've been asked repeatedly if I am going to shut my blog down after my daughter is born. The answer is definitely no. I will warn that posts will come slower, and this summer is probably going to be a slow summer for me personally. I wouldn't have it any other way though. I want to be there for my child, that is important to me like you wouldn't believe. But when I can, I will check in, I will keep you posted on anything I've watched. Whether its new or old or whatever. I'll eventually get a groove back, but that will depend on baby. But the blog will not leave. I am not going to prison. I ain't dying, I am simply having a child. But I understand that newborn children take up lots of time, time I am willing to give to that child. I have some big plans for her, and I would love to eventually include her on this blog. But that's many years off right now, and it will heavily depend on whether she likes movies at all.

I do want to check in one day a week at least, and do a rundown on new trailers, news of the week, and if I've seen anything new lately. Like last night, I was planning on writing a review for "Gringo, "the movie that came out last March with Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Sharlto Copley and David Oyelowo. But goodness, the movie was so embarrassingly disappointing that I didn't know what to say, and I fell asleep on the couch so that halted any writing I was going to do last night. But some quick reviews, and some quick thoughts on recent stuff is something I want to do in the upcoming weeks. Just depends on the time I am given, which won't be up to me. That's totally okay too though!

That will probably be one of the bigger things I will have to work on as a father. Not pushing my interest on my child. If she ends up not loving movies like I do, then I will not think about disowning her. That will be apart of who she is, and I will love every piece of her personality. But as a father, I want her to be able to follow her interests. My happiness will be secondary to hers, but if she happens to be a movie fan like daddy, then I will be happy to indulge that interest with her. And like I said above, I've got some ideas with her in mind IF she ends up loving movies like I do. But that all depends on her, and I am wildly curious to see what her interests will be. I have a feeling that she'll at least like movies, and I think some kind of media will engulf her somehow. I am a movie and comic book maniac and her mother is a TV and book lover, she's going to be into something, I am sure of it. I am curious to see what that will be.

All of this has got me thinking of Family Movies. And that doesn't mean Pixar or Dreamworks movies. But movies simply about families. I watched "Eraserhead" recently. I've been thinking of stuff like "Hanna" an adventure centered around a father and his daughter. I've definitely thought about "The Incredibles." I've reminisced the first time I saw things like "Homeward Bound" or "Free Willy" or the thousands of other things I grew up watching as a kid, and I wonder what her favorites will be growing. I am slightly dreading the day she sees Disney's "Frozen" because after working with children for five years, I know the popularity for that one hasn't weakened a bit. Joking of course, if she ends up loving it, then I will watch with her. Promise.

This is all my way of saying that I couldn't get anymore excited to be a Dad if I tried. I can't believe the wait is going to be over as soon as it is. Time sure seems to fly when you are heavily anticipating something. Hears to hoping everything goes well!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Review: "Deadpool 2" is wackier, crazier, and bloodier than before.

Deadpool 2 Review

When the first "Deapool" movie came out two years ago, there was no secret as to what audiences would be in for if they stepped into that theater. The attitude was present from the early marketing, and it was impossible not to see what was in store for people. There haven't been too many R-rated superhero movies yet, especially one that seem to embrace all the vulgarity, all the violence and all the danger that comes along with that rating. Though I'd argue "Deadpool" isn't good simply because its for adults. What the movie does well is completely embrace the material its adapting, better than any other superhero franchise out there. Not only that, but it has so much fun poking holes in the old superhero concepts that it was hard not to love.

As superhero movies continue to come out of the woodwork by the double-handful, it gets very tough to rate films in a franchise. I can't say if I prefer "Deadpool 2" over the first film. Not yet. Sure, some have been so great that they stick out from the rest of their franchise (i.e. "The Dark Knight" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") but by and large, these superhero franchises really feel like the comics that are being adapted. "Deadpool 2" feels like a continuation of what happened before, the next big episode in an ongoing television show. As we get more and more adventures with these superpowered beings, its harder to rank their films. I have thrown that idea out the window. I just like seeing where these characters go next. I can't say that Deadpool, once again brought to magnificent life by Ryan Reynolds, does not disappoint with this matter. In the opening moments of "Deadpool 2," he's already made fun of the movie "Logan," and blown himself up with a flying middle finger jetting toward the audience. Yep, this is Deadpool alright.

If you couldn't stand the Merc With A Mouth the first time around, I am not sure this second film will sway you. Deadpool busy here, killing bad guys in the most creative of ways. Constantly breaking the fourth wall. Saying and doing things the wrong person will find offensive. The movie continues to bend and break the rules of the superhero movie. In the middle of this sequel, Deadpool recruits a team for the film's big finish. After parachuting out of a plane, the entire team aside from one person is dead, unable to land their parachutes. The movie is a wild ride from beginning to end, incredibly self-aware and dazzlingly tongue-in-cheek. It never once apologizes for what it is, so you are either going to take what you see or leave it.

The opening of the film leaves Deadpool in tragedy, so to blow some steam off, he goes to the X-Mansion and reconnects with Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and he decides to go on a mission with them. Which leads them to Firestar (Julian Dennison) who is wreaking havoc at a mutant orphanage. Deadpool and Firestar have a bit of a tussle, which leads them to a mutant prison. But don't worry folks, they don't spend too much time there. Cable (Josh Brolin, playing his ten thousandth comic book character of his career) has come from the future to hunt Firestar, who will eventually lead a life that will get Cable's family killed.

So the plot is much more comic booky than the first film, which was all about the villain of the film trying to get Deadpool to call him by his real name, not his code name. The first film was very much a total joke on the superhero genre, while the sequel puts much more emphasis on family, unity and togetherness. Those fans expecting another one-note joke may be disappointed. This is one of those sequels that added much more heart to the equation, but to me, it was in a very subtle way. The movie remains playful and wacky throughout, just like the first film.

I don't know what's going to happen in the future, as there is talk about Fox being acquired by Disney. Its especially mysterious since Comcast swooped in and muddied the water with an offer for Fox too. IF Disney ends up with more Marvel properties, I sincerely hope that they keep Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. He really gets the energy of the character, he gets him, he understands him, he is Deadpool in the flesh. It would be wrong to recast him. Kapicic, Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Morena Braccarin, Karan Soni and Leslie Uggams all return from the first film, and they continue to add wonder to this very weird world. Josh Brolin has a knack for these Marvel characters, although Cable is nothing like Thanos, he still does an incredible job bringing him to life. Cable is a ferocious badass in this movie, and Brolin embodies that perfectly. There is a cascade of cameos that any X-Men and Marvel fan will enjoy seeing. There are actors in here that you'll never expect to turn up, but they do. Watching these cameos fly by while accompanied by the goofy jokes will make fans both cheer in delight and laugh their asses off. Zazie Beetz is a wonderful addition to cast, playing Domino whose power is that she's lucky. That may sound like a goofy superpower, and believe me, there are plenty of jokes about it in the movie. But surprisingly, she's a complete badass, and how luck plays into the action scenes is quite fun. I liked Julian Dennison ever since I saw him in "The Hunt For The Wilderpeople," which is one of Hollywood's best kept secrets. He was a little God in that movie, and he's a little God in this movie too.

Deadpool doesn't seem like he's going to be changing anytime soon, and that is something we can agree is a happy thought. This continuation of his story is just as wacky as the first go around, so if that was fun to you, enjoy the ride once again.

FINAL GRADE: A

Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is another solid anthology for the ongoing franchise

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

So far, for my money, the anthology "Star Wars" movies have been impressing more than the ongoing saga continuation. Granted, I did love "The Force Awakens," but it does nag at me that it was essentially just a remake of "A New Hope." Then, "The Last Jedi," well, nothing has changed since I saw back in December. I still feel like it was made by an angsty, emo-teenager who is trying really hard to be cool and who clearly hates everything about "Star Wars." I have been all for new stories set in the "Star Wars" universe, and I think that's a big reason why "Rogue One" really affected me. It was fun following some new characters unconnected to the Skywalkers. It felt fresh. It felt intense. It explained the gaping flaw that has gripped "A New Hope" for years. And yes, it made Darth Vader scary again.

I was skeptical at the beginning when it came to a Han Solo prequel. Hollywood has this thing with prequels were they like to take the mystique away from a certain. Honestly, I don't need every beloved character I know being explained away, and as always, prequels bother me because there is absolutely no tension in them. If you know your main character is going to live, then how can you create anything rendering emotional response? I figured Disney would just make a Greatest Hits movie about Han. We'd figure out his rivalry with Jabba The Hut. We'd figure out his rivalry with Geeto. We'd see the Kessel run. We'd find out how he met Lando and Chewie. And that would be the entire movie.

Well, we DO see the Kessel run. We DO find out how he met Lando and Chewie. But we never see Geeto or Jabba. The rest of the movie is tied to a crime spree. Yes, "Solo" is a Star Wars heist movie, and I absolutely loved it for it. The thing to is that the Kessel run, and Lando and Chewie tie directly into the main storyline. They aren't just random events that happen because its a Han Solo movie, these are things that are actually important to the plot. It was fun stepping outside the main Skywalker storyline and the rise of the Empire just to see some thieves getting by in a very dark, very corrupt world. Disney also brings all the fun and all the adventure we expect from a good "Star Wars" movie.

So as far as the new "Star Wars" movies go, the anthologies are kicking the new saga's ass.

The film opens on the planet Corellia, where we learn that Han has been growing up all his life, it's been a hard push through life and we learn Han has been lying, cheating and stealing just get by for life. The entire planet is run by Lady Proxima, a giant worm-like alien voiced by Linda Hunt. When we meet Han, he is played by Alden Ehrenreich. Who is going to far in this business. Let me just get that out of the way now, he's going far. He was the only good thing about the Coen Brothers' "Hail Ceasar" and he perfectly creates a young Han Solo. He's got the ego, he's got the fun play on language, he's got the handsome glare, he's got the swagger. He's got it all, really, and I was immensely impressed by his portrayal. 

Han has a crush though, a girl named Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and they plan to get off the planet together. They nearly do, until Qi'ra is recaptured. Han promises to go back to Corellia to save her, he plans to become the best pilot ever and get a ship and save her. It's a little lame how he goes about being called Han Solo, but you know what, I didn't care. By the time the movie really got going, I was already on board.

Three years after leaving Corellia, Han meets up with Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) a ruthless smuggler and criminal who is intending to steal several cases of hyperfuel, one of the most precious substances in the entire galaxy. It takes some explaining, and a run-in with Chewbacca, but Han is able to join Tobias' crew. The heist to steal the hyperfuel goes less than well, and Tobias then reveals that he was stealing the fuel for a terrible crime syndicate called the Crimson Dawn, led by Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). Qi'ra also happens to work for Vos, and between Tobias, Han and Qi'ra, they are able to set up another attempt to steal some hyperfuel for Vos, but if they fail a second time, Vos will have them killed.

Again, I love the idea of a heist movie in the "Star Wars" universe. Yes, the movie is filled to the brim with double-crosses and some big surprises. Sometimes, though, the surprises can be a little much. There is a cameo by a popular character from "Star Wars" lore, but if the timeline is correct, then this character should be dead. It's not explained in the movie why this character is alive, and I am sure all the people going to see this movie this weekend have kept up with all the cartoons being made that are apparently canon with the movies. I do hope they realize that people are going to catch this, and it is going to have to make sense in the movies as well when and if this character shows up again. It's not enough to have a popular character step in without an explanation. But other than that, I love that this is a full-blown crime film in this universe.

The cast is just spectacular all around. Woody Harrelson is great as this type of character. He's got a swagger of his own, he's a charming little conniver and you can tell that Harrelson is relishing every moment he's onscreen. Donald Glover's work as young Lando is equally noted. I love that between Glover and Alden Ehrenreich, they are paying tribute to the actors who played these characters before them, but also putting a fresh, young spin on them at the same time. They can still call these characters their own, but also making sure they feel like the old characters we know and love. Much like what Christian Bale did with Batman. Emilia Clarke is an adorable actress, and I love that she brings some that Khaleesi edge when things start getting crazy in the last half of the movie. I was surprised to see Thandie Newton show up as a love interest for Tobias. She isn't in much of the movie, but she certainly makes her presence known. As does the character Rio, who is a multi-limbed alien voiced by Jon Favreau. Rio isn't in much of the movie either, but man he certainly makes an impression in his limited screen time.

The big thing was, this wasn't a Greatest Hits movie. This wasn't a movie that got bogged down by reshoots and a director change. It certainly sounded like there was a hot mess going on behind the cameras while making this movie, and the result could have been disastrous. "Solo" is completely unlike any other "Star Wars" movie, but that's where its power comes from. Finally, we get a prequel that adds some tension and some hard-felt emotions into the mix. Something I didn't think was quite possible. While Disney does try to wrap a typical heroic, goody ending before the credits roll. I absolutely loved that Solo never quite broke character. Obviously, if this is your first "Star Wars" movie, there will be plenty of time for that later. Yep, folks, its true this is a good one.

FINAL GRADE: A

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: "Overboard" is literally overboard with amorality and unfunny comedy

Overboard Review

Kate Sullivan is an everyday Joe Schmo, or should I say Jane Schmo, trying to make it in life. She is a single mom just trying to get by with the day to day. She has two jobs all by herself, and in between, she is picking up her children from school. Her daughters maybe embarrassed when their mom picks them up in a pizza car, but Kate can't help it. She is a pizza delivery person as well as a cleaner, and she's merely trying to provide for her three daughters.

As a cleaner, she happens upon the yacht of Leonardo Montenegro, the son of one of the richest people in the world. He's a snob, and when he first meets Kate, he makes some very rude remarks about her appearance, and works her to death. She complains to whomever will listen. When Leonardo tries to get Kate to get her some fruit, she makes it clear that she can only clean. So Leonardo promptly fires her. Leo then pushes her off his yacht and throws her equipment into the ocean, destroying it.

Karma ends up being a bitch for Leo though, as he slips off his own yacht and suffers brain damage that causes amnesia. Kate sees an opportunity. She fakes some documents that say that she has been married to Leo for fifteen years, and decides to get him to pretend to be his wife. She then begins ordering him around and doing things for her. Not only does he work multiple jobs, but he also does all the house chores. This was apparently a remake of a film starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. I never saw the original, so I have no idea how it parallels the first film. I can say that nothing funny happens in this film, and the film itself doesn't teach very good lessons.

Anna Faris plays Kate, and honestly Faris has always been a blank to me. She is no different here, and I honestly wonder how she got a career in Hollywood in the first place. Her mushy voice annoys the heck out of me, her wide eyes display no characterization, and she can't create a character to save her life. She has always been a poor, poor excuse for a leading lady. I think the business sees that though, she only ever seems to come around when everybody else is unavailable. Eugeino Derbez plays Leo, and he's fine. The script barely gives him a script to play with though.

Then there is the story itself, its a little too disturbing to be a comedy. That's right, disturbing. Yes, I get that Leo is a snobbish billionaire, and he treats Kate with absolutely no respect. But does that mean she can turn around and lie and torture him for her amusement just because he's a snobbish billionaire? The movie ha its own amorality, that's supposed to be funny I guess, but never quite comes off funny. When a movie boils down to two horrible people, and the movie has nothing important or worthwhile to say, it loses me. I don't see the point of any of it.

I wasn't expecting much from this, and I don't think you should either.

FINAL GRADE: D

Monday, May 21, 2018

Offiial Title for "LEGO Movie 2!"

The official title is "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"

I really, really loved "The LEGO Movie," it was the surprise hit of the year for me, as I wasn't expecting much from it initially. So I am very much on board for The Second Part. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Will Arnett are all set to return. Tiffany Haddish has joined the cast, but in a mystery role! The comedic duo who wrote and directed the first film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will write and produce this sequel. Mike Mitchell is set to direct!

Everything is about to get awesome again!

The HappyTime Murders Trailer

There has been a movie that I have been wildly curious about for a whole year now. That movie is "The HappyTime Murders"

I wrote about this almost a year ago. Brian Hensen, the son of the legendary Jim Hensen was following in his father's footsteps. Well, in a way at least. He has a knack for puppeteering like his old man, but instead of making kid-friendly fair, it looks like Brian will be into much darker things. This trailer proves that this is going to be a twisted little detective comedy.

I'll be honest, I'll never look at silly string the same way again.



As much as I have been looking forward to this trailer, I can't help but think that maybe the script is trying a little too hard? I definitely didn't laugh as much as I thought I was going to laugh. While the silly string scene was a moment of hilarity, it does push itself a little too far. Sometimes Seth MacFarlane overdoes his jokes every once in awhile on "Family Guy." There was definitely a vibe similar present. Alas, despite a few flaws, I am a huge fan of "Family Guy," so maybe I'll end up liking this too. It was bound to happen sometime, an adult version of "Sesame Street," I just hope they don't blow a great opportunity.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Adam Sandler turns a new leaf in "The Week Of"

The Week of Review

I am starting to wonder what professional critics expect from Adam Sandler.

Maybe I think this because I was always one of Sandler's fans. I was front and center for his prime career. "Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore" and "Big Daddy" are all films I love. I even liked things like "Eight Crazy Nights" a movie that seemed to fizzle upon its release. Sure, not everything he did during that time was good, I honestly don't think I ever need to watch "The Waterboy" ever again. But even in those days, critics never really got Adam Sandler. Or maybe they were just predicting the future, because as Sandler moved into the 2000's, he appeared as a one-tricky pony, only capable of doing one thing. "Punch-Drunk Love" was an absolute fluke, and everything else he touched seemed like over-indulgence for the sake of it. Except maybe "50 First Dates."

This deal with Netflix seemed like a vanity project for the actor more than anything else. I watched "The Ridiculous 6" and I watched "The Do-Over" and I watched "Sandy Wexler." Out of all three of those, "Sandy Wexler" was the best, but possibly not worth the effort of signing a major deal with Sandler. The other two are your typical shitty Adam Sandler movies. Suddenly though, there seems to be a change. I would highly recommend seeking out "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" its on Netflix too, and its honestly a different kind of Adam Sandler comedy all together.

You can add "The Week Of" to the unique experience of the new Adam Sandler comedy. For the first time in his career, he isn't relying on his angry ranting humor to get him through a comedy. For the first time in his career, he is playing multiple characters and making up weird voices for them. For the first time in his career, he isn't running in circles making the same points in his movies over and over again. Although I will argue that there is a typical, raging Sandler comedy hidden in the subtext of the film, and perhaps ten years ago this could have looked a lot different. That's easily the most frustrating thing about an otherwise good movie.

The movie is about two families, one is led by Sandler and the other is led by Chris Rock. Their children is getting married, Sandler's daughter and Rock's son. Chris Rock plays a successful, super-rich doctor and Sandler plays your typical, Middle-Class man. Sandler is hellbent on paying for the whole wedding, even though his family doesn't have much and even though Rock has offered many times to help, he's financially stable, and Sandler really isn't. But he wants to impress his future son-in-law's family and really wants to give his daughter the best wedding ever. 

So in your everyday Sandler fashion, next to nothing goes well. There is a leak at the hotel everyone is staying at. Someone gets hurt at the bachelor party, and by the end of the movie, the wedding venue is on fire. There is also a laundry list of other things that make the wedding a near-disaster. But like I said above, the humor in the film isn't your typical Sandler humor. There is a dryer, less zany sense of humor to the story. It almost feels like a Woody Allen comedy for much of its running time, and its amazing to see Sandler having an actual character to play. He does incredible work, and he's still very funny here.

There are a couple Sandler regulars in here, and all the way through, it feels like a natural, organic comedy. It's not overly-slapstick or overly-deadpan. For someone who actually experienced an entire year of wedding planning, the jokes about anxiety of planning a wedding were dead on. The stress and needs of everyone involved can be crazy and just that, stressful. And I thought the movie had something very true to say about it. The movie itself, kinda finishes in the same Sandler fashion, but you know, by the end I didn't care. There was so much fun on display that I was happy with the experience. I know this got panned by critics, but again, as I opened this review, I don't get what critics want from him anymore. Just about all my favorite Sandler movies have been panned by the critics, and I still love all of them. I can also appreciate with "The Week Of" that an artist this late in his career can still try something new, and try different things. Change can be a good thing, and now my interest in Adam Sandler's Netflix run has gone up a bit. Something that I didn't think was possible.

FINAL GRADE: B+ 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Primetime TV 2018-2019

I did this last year, and I wanted to create a place where you can see which shows were officially renewed and cancelled for the big primetime TV stations. Well, here are all the big ones right here right now.


Renewals
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.*
American Housewife
American Idol
The Bachelor
Bachelor In Paradise
Black-ish
Child Support
Dancing With The Stars
For The People
Fresh off the Boat
The Goldbergs
The Good Doctor
Grey's Anatomy
How To Get Away With Murder
Modern Family
Roseanne
Shark Tank
Speechless
Splitting Up Together
Station 19
Ten Days In The Valley

Cancellations
Alex Inc.
Boy Band
The Crossing
Deception
Designated Survivor
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Marvel's Inhumans
The Mayor
Once Upon A Time
Quantico
Ten Days In The Valley

*Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return in the summer of 2019 and will run for only thirteen episodes. There is a good chance that this will be the show's last. It's had an up and down inception, but overall I liked the show. But six seasons isn't bad at all. Otherwise, the only show I'll miss is The Mayor. Lots of forgettable stuff getting axed by ABC, and the renewals aren't surprising.



Renewals
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
Big Brother
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
Criminal Minds
Elementary
Hawaii 5-0
Instinct
Life In Pieces
MacGyver
Madam Secretary
Man With A Plan
Mom
(all versions of) NCIS
Randsom
Salvation
Survivor
S.W.A.T.
Young Sheldon

Cancellations
9JKL
Kevin Can Wait
Living Bibically
Me, Myself and I
Scorpion
Superior Donuts
Wisdom of the Crowd
Zoo

I will definitely miss Scorpion, but I think the quality definitely was beginning to dwindle and I fell off the show for sure. I also liked Superior Donuts quite a bit, I will miss that one for sure. Other than those, not too many surprises here. All the big CBS staples will be back.

Renewals
The 100
Arrow
Black Lightening
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Dynasty
The Flash
IZombie
Jane The Virgin
Riverdale
Supergirl
Supernatural

Cancellations
Life Sentence
The Originals
Valor

Well, no big surprises here at all. I would like to take a quick shoutout to Black Lightening. I haven't watched the whole first season yet, but I definitely like what I've seen so far! Penn and Teller: Fool Us is still up in the air at the moment.


Renewals
9-1-1
Bob's Burgers
Brooklyn Nine-Nine*
Empire
Family Guy
The Four
The Gifted
Gotham**
Hell's Kitchen
Lethal Weapon
MasterChief & MasterChief Junior
The Orville
The Resident
The Simpsons
Star

Cancellations
The Exorcist
The Last Man on Earth
Lucifer
The Mick
Shots Fired

*Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have a new home over at NBC, a fact that I greeted with a sigh of relief. Its one of the best comedies on TV right now, and I am not sure what Fox is thinking
**Gotham's next season will apparently be its last, and will focus on...get this...Bruce becoming Batman. Wasn't that the whole point in the first place? Kill it already
Fox breaks my heart, losing The Last Man on Earth and The Mick really hurt my soul. They better replace it with some good stuff!

X-Files is a long shot as of right now. LA To Vegas could go either way.



Renewals
America's Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
A.P. Bio
The Blacklist
Blindspot
Chicago Fire, PD, etc, etc all renewed
Ellen's Game of Games
Good Girls
The Good Place
Law & Order: SVU
Midnight, Texas
Superstore
This Is Us
The Voice
The Wall
Will & Grace*

Cancellations
The Brave
Great News
The Night Shift
Rise
Taken

*Will & Grace will have at least two more seasons

No news on Timeless at this moment

I liked A.P. Bio, glad that's returning. I continue to love Superstore, and I thought I was the only one who watched it, glad its coming back. I watched Great News and the first episode of Rise, I couldn't get into either of them. Never gave Taken a shot, glad I didn't. You know what else? I actually really, really, really liked Ellen's Game of Games. Glad to see more of that.

Did your favorites survive? Let me know!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody trailer



Wow...this looks awesome.

Rami Malek seems to really come alive as Freddy Mercury, and I have a feeling this will be the actors first ever Oscar nomination. I was smiling ear to ear watching this trailer. And it isn't even the full length of a trailer.

Oh, and was that Little Finger I saw in the trailer? Maybe

Review: "Blockers" is good for a few laughs, but ultimately boils down to chick flick tropes

Blockers Review
There have been several comedies that have some potential, and the possibilities are endless. I haven't seen a comedy that revolved around three parents figuring out that their teenage children are planning to lose their virginity's on their prom night, but alas so is the story of "Blockers." There is a reason why there has been a chicken in all the advertising, I'm sure if the MPAA would have let them, the movie would have been called "Cock Blockers," so they have to have an outline of a "cock" animal in all the advertising. Hardy harr harr. When you've got Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and even John Cena playing the three concerned parents who then plan to stalk their children at their own prom to make sure that their dates are keeping it in their pants, I mean man that is comedic gold potential right there.

Oddly enough, the stuff that works in "Blockers" was not what I expected, and the stuff I expected to land laughs was mediocre at best.

The parents all have daughters. The daughters are played by Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Visawanathan and Gideon Aldon, honestly they are the best. I was pleasantly surprised by how good they all were together. "Blockers" has been advertised as a "female Superbad" and I usually cringe when comparisons like that are made. In this case, honestly, they got pretty close. The work by Newton, Visawanathan and Aldon is sometimes raunchy, sometimes silly, and very human. That was the secret ingredient in "Superbad." The kids in that movie weren't the type of kids we usually see in teen comedies. They were vulnerable, they were curious and they were awkward. That's exactly the same type of feeling I got when I saw these girls. They are fully readable, and totally recognizable to when we were teenagers. That's the genius of this.

The work done by Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz is fine. Not nearly as good as it should have been, but fine. John Cena should just stick to comedy, because he seems to come alive in the genre in a bigger way than he ever did in an action movie, which is surprising all around given his day job. Leslie Mann is one of the rare great female talents in comedy who is always reliable. She doesn't get too many opportunities to be front and center in a movie. But when she does, she delivers some magic. The best of the three parents though, is without a doubt and without surprise, is Ike. Barinholtz is a diamond in the rough, and it never ceases to amaze me that he's not in literally every comedy being written right now. I can't help but crack up every single time he's onscreen, and he does that movie after movie. Maybe I have a stupid sense of humor, but I laugh myself silly from his talent, and he's given all the best material in the movie, and he totally runs with it.

The thing is, if the adults weren't a big part of the movie, it would have been better. Had the movie really been a "female Superbad" and followed these three girls on this important journey and focused on their wild prom night. Had it really developed their thinking and need for virginity to go away on this one night. Well, that would have been better. When the adults come in, they are given such predictable character development that you can teleplay the movie from beginning to end. John Cena and Leslie Mann discuss not talking to each other, so of course they date. Ike's character is holding onto a secret that has damaged his friendship with Mann and Cena, and that connects to his daughter's need to fuck in a predictably dumb way. Maybe the girls lose their virginity, maybe they don't. I am not going to spoil the movie for you, but how the movie goes back to connect to the adults feels forced, feels manufactured and is useless as far as story goes. The adults feel like placeholders because the writers had no idea how to fill in the adventure with the girls, who should have been the main focus of the movie.

I think you will be surprised by the charm of the three young women in this movie, and just how awesome their characters are. I think Ike continues to show just how powerful a comedic powerhouse he is, and I hope he shows up in more movies soon. However, there are conflicting storylines here, and they eventually begin to ruin what could have been a great movie. But there is definitely enough material here to warrant a watch, and you I think you'll find it enjoyable.

FINAL GRADE: B

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody trailer tomorrow



This is one of those movies that have been in development for many years. Johnny Depp was heavily considered as Freddy Mercury for many years. Now, "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek will play Freddy Mercury.

I will be interested in seeing this tomorrow.

Thoughts?

Review: "Isle of Dogs" is another stop-motion winner for Wes Anderson

Isle of Dogs Review
There are merely a handful of directors who I will happily follow into the movie theater, no matter what subject matter they choose, no matter what risks they are willing to take, no matter what their new movie is about. There are only a few directors who have developed such a clear command over their craft, that even if they have a rough year (and believe me, nobody is perfect) that doesn't seem to matter. The next film they put on the books, I am willing to go to the theater to see. Wes Anderson has become one of those directors.

Simply put, we don't have another Wes Anderson out there. There is nobody else in the business with a dryer deadpan sense of humor. There isn't another director who is writing more original dialogue and characters, except maybe Quentin Tarantino. (But trying to compare Tarantino to Anderson feels like comparing apples and oranges) There is also nobody else in the business who seems to have a firm grasp on stop-motion animation. Its been a while since Tim Burton shot a film this way, and I never would have guessed that Wes Anderson would have been the guy to bring the idea back in such witty style. In 2009, his "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was one of the best films of the decade, and perhaps Anderson has struck gold again with "Isle of Dogs."

"Isle of Dogs" features some early narration by the Courtney B. Vance, because it wouldn't be a Wes Anderson movie without some narration of some kind. The narrator explains that dogs became the best friends of an ancient Japanese tribe, but the rival Kobayashi tribe (who were more cat people) tried to defeat them because they didn't like dogs. When Kobayashi's rivals were near defeat, a savior came in and saved the day. Now in modern times, a decendent of Kobayashi is now mayor of Megasaki City. When a dog-flu virus breaks out, he orders all dogs, stray and domestic, to trash island. Even though a scientist Professor Watanabi (Akira Ito) is close to a cure. Kobayashi wants all the dogs out of the city, and then he secretly wants to kill all the dogs once he's reelected in an upcoming election.

We then meet dogs Chief (Bryan Cranston), Rex (Edward Norton), King (Bob Balaban), Boss (Bill Murray) and Duke (Jeff Goldblum) form a group to help stay alive six months into dogs being transported to Trash Island. Though Chief doesn't really care to go back to mainland Japan since he was the only stray in the group, the other dogs do. Suddenly, a human boy named Atari (Koyu Rankin) crash-lands on the island, determined to find his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber). Chief and his pack decide to help Atari, although Chief is reluctant to join his pack since he has a slight distrust of humans.

As you can see from above, the film is packed with the usual yet dependable Anderson regulars bring the voices to life for the dogs. They all do outstanding work. As I sat watching this movie, I was scared that the recognizable voices would get distracting. But do to the animation, the style of the movie and the sense of humor of the script, its actually kind of perfect hearing Bryan Cranston's voice come out of a big, black dog. Not that he is alone. There are a ton of good Anderson regulars here; including Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Anjelica Huston and Fisher Stevens. Scarlett Johansson also appears and does good voice work. This isn't typical animation, and Anderson finds the charm in putting these dog characters together.

His eye for stop motion hasn't wavered a bit since 2009, and the world of this dystopian future of Japan may not look real, but its completely realized. There is just a pinch of realism that makes the movie fun to continue to follow through. And Anderson is just as playful in world-building as he was in 2009.

I may have been a little biased. My wife and I have two dogs of our own, one is six and the other is almost two. We love them with every fiber of our being, and they are so spoiled and so much apart of our family that I even put them in a picture of our family specially created for our one-year anniversary. There are some that may snicker at that, but I don't care. There seems to be a very fine line between people who love dogs and people who only see them as dogs. This is a movie that definitely tests that line in people. The dogs that inhabit Trash Island, even the tough strays, are in need of a home, they miss their masters and they are being discarded by people who only see them as dogs. Any pet, no matter what they are, is a part of your family. I am one of those dog owners who truly believes that my two dogs are apart of my family. I can't think of another movie about dogs that so playfully and gleefully has fun with that concept without shamelessly playing with your heart-strings. But leave it to Wes Anderson to do just that. I hope we see more Anderson in stop-motion worlds, especially when he's got such fun stories to tell.

FINAL GRADE: A

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jack Black says "Pick of Destiny 2" is coming

Well, here's some news that I didn't expect today.

This is a CD I have on my IPod, its a movie I found incredibly funny. I am talking about "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny." What's that, you ask? Well, Jack Black and his friend Kyle Gass are an alternative rock duo who write a bunch of comedic rock songs. They go by the name Tenacious D, and they have released a couple albums, and had their own movie made in 2007, the movie above, The Pick of Destiny! Both of these men are quite talented, and the way Jack Black plays guitar is quite shocking and rather remarkable. "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" was one of those small gems that went nearly completely unnoticed in 2007, but when I actually watched it, I couldn't believe how much of it clicked with me.

Jack Black announced today that there will be a sequel to "The Pick of Destiny." It sounds like they are aiming for an October release of this year. Jack Black himself doesn't even seem to know how it will happen, but as assured that its going to happen. So that is good, right?


Review: "Batman Ninja" is crazy cool!

Batman Ninja Review

I've been saying for awhile now how awesome I think the DC animated movies are. I have loved just about every animated movie the studio has made. I like that now they have established themselves, that they are finally starting to take some risks. Earlier this year, I watched and reviewed "Batman: Gotham By Gaslight," Which put Bruce Wayne in Victorian era America. I know comic and DC fans know that this is based on a what if comic book, but not the general fan, so it was a big risk to make them believe in this world. DC is doing that once again with their beloved characters in "Batman Ninja."

Although this time it makes a little more sense. As the film begins Batman (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) going to stop a plot at Arkham Asylum by Gorilla Grodd, it seems he's got a machine that can alter reality, space and time and he wants to manipulate the villains for something. Batman is in the midst of stopping him when suddenly he, Grodd and the entire building of Arkham suddenly disappears. When Batman opens his eyes, he's suddenly found himself in Feudal Japan. And suddenly three samurai wearing smiley faces appear to try and kill them, and Batman subdues them with a great amount of ease. 

Once he walks around a little, he learns that modern Gotham and Feudal Japan clashed together two years ago, and in that time The Joker has become an evil legend in the land. The Joker as always tries to kill Batman, so he must keep himself alive in his struggle against his greatest nemesis. Not only that, but Batman plans to find Gorilla Grodd (who if you don't know, is actually a big nemesis of The Flash) and find out why he did what he did, and what his true plan is. Batman isn't alone though, Nightwing, Jason Todd, Robin and Red Robin have been here, and they've allied with a group of Ninjas that have obsessed over a legend about a bat-vigilante. Batman has got an army at his disposal.

He'll need that army too. Because The Joker has got tons of tricks up his sleeve. Grodd has a host of allies; including Deathstroke, Poison Ivy, The Penguin and Two-Face. Oh, and how could I forget a sumo-style Bane? The bad guys are equipped with several Gundam Wing-style robots. Oh yes, the bad guys have giant robots in this movie, and they are quite awesome. Batman is determined to find a way back to his future.

The movie isn't special simply because its a clever way of exploring what Batman would do if he was suddenly transported to an older Japan. But the animation is better-than-usual in terms of anime. The animation in the movie looks as if a painting is coming to life. I was so absorbed by this that I found myself in many parts of the movie that being enthralled by the dreamy animation. The movie is beautifully complex.

Again, this is another example of DC Animation hitting a homerun out of the ballpark, but it also goes to show that they are willing to begin taking risks.

FINAL GRADE: A

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sherlock Holmes 3 coming in 2020!

Robert Downey Jr. has been talking a "Sherlock Holmes 3" as long as he's been talking "Iron Man 4." I don't know if we'll ever see the later, but Robert Downey Jr has always been one of those actors who really listens to his fans, respects them, loves them and tries tooth and nail to do right by them. Well, the wait is over on "Sherlock Holmes 3." Its officially coming in 2020, and will do battle against James Cameron's long-awaited "Avatar" sequel, as it is aiming for a Christmas release date. This made me laugh, since the first "Sherlock Holmes" and the first "Avatar" came out within each other in 2009.

We don't know if Guy Ritchie will direct and we don't know if RDJ himself or Jude Law are set to return. But the way the 2011 film ended, I needed some closure. There are some cool paths they can go down to tell this story, and I look forward to see what happens!

SOURCE:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/79933

Monday, May 7, 2018

A look at John Travolta in "Gotti"

It seems for awhile now, there has been a John Gotti movie in some sort of development. As far back as I can remember, John Travolta was signed on to play the prolific gangster. For anybody who doesn't pay much attention to criminal history, John Gotti rose to be the leader of one of New York City's powerful crime families in the 1980's. The Five Families of New York were shrouded in tradition and secrecy, and once Gotti got into power, he didn't play by the same rules. He smiled in his mug shots, he showed off his expensive clothes and possessions. He became known as "The Teflon Don" and "The Dapper Don" because of it. He was dangerous, he was powerful, but at the same time came off harmless. He got tons of attention from the media, which the other families hated.

So of course, John Travolta is playing him. It honestly makes so much sense.




It looks like John Travolta may be revitalizing his career for the second time. Which is fine by me, I love John Travolta. I always have. He brings something unique to his movies, and his style is addicting. Even in the movies where he is totally overacting, like say "From Paris With Love," he still creates something that is worth watching. I can't wait to see what he does as Gotti. I only worry because there is not much that is unique about the gangster movie. If you've seen one, you've seen them all and I think gangster movies have really said all that they need to have said already. What can director Kevin Connolly do differently that will make this one stick its landing? We'll have to wait and see.

Review: "The Strangers: Prey at Night" has a little more fun, but with less scares

The Strangers: Prey at Night Review
One of my favorite modern movies has been "The Strangers." I have always loved and admired that it is such a simple concept brought to the millionth degree. An isolated couple being attacked by masked lunatics seems like something done to death, and it certainly is. But what makes "The Strangers" stick out is the slow burn method of its storytelling, its rich character, and the characters themselves acting human for a change, you honestly don't know how rare that last point is until you've really pushed through many horror movies. 

Bryan Bertino wrote and directed the first film. Now, ten years later, he has returned to make a sequel. A sequel, which is entitled "The Strangers: Prey at Night," takes a few more liberties than the first film did. It tries to more for humor, it tries more for a more exhilerating edge. You will notice that the font which is used for the title at the beginning of the film looks like it belongs in a John Carpenter movie. It doesn't bother me that Bertino is trying to have a little more fun with this new chapter, except he really went big with the first film. He really milked the atmosphere and the suspense with his first film. There is nothing thrilling, fun or funny about the first film, it commits to its seriousness. So when Bertino suddenly chooses to go grindhouse-ey with his new film, it feels wildly out-of-place.

He's working with some good actors again. Christina Hendricks plays Cindy, and Martin Hendersen (where the hell has this guy been??) plays Cindy's husband Mike. They have two children; Kinsey played by Bailee Madison and Luke played by Lewis Pullman. The family has decided to take on last summer vacation before Kinsey goes to boarding school. Turns out Kinsey is a bit of a wild child (how so is only really discussed in faint whispers) and so her parents have decided to send her away, which is killing Kinsey who doesn't want to go. As this family starts to fall apart, the familiar Strangers show up, using tactics exactly like they had in the first film, which I am sure will make fans of the first film giddy. Of course, the Strangers just want to show up and kill everyone because they are bored.

You would think that the dynamic of the family would really play into the films plot, but once the Strangers show up, any hardship or estrangement the family was experiencing gets thrown out the window and forgotten, its all development that goes nowhere. The small cast does what they can, but its all simple stuff that any actor could do. The two big guns are utterly wasted as actors here, and that's a shame too, because both Hendricks and Hendersen are great and can do anything. The kids got hired, apparently, because they do well with screaming.

There are some startling images and some intense situations that I think Bertino expertly brings to life. I just don't think the movie ever matches the creepy, unsettling vibe that the first film created. Remember though, Bertino made both films, so he's familiar with this story and these characters, I just think he did a lot more the first time around. In an odd way, it feels like the first film he made was the sequel, and this film feels like the first one. This one feels ragged and unsure of itself. It doesn't want to fully commit to any type of character development or story arc. It feels like a bunch of events and then its over. Some stuff is good, but its not nearly enough. 

FINAL GRADE: C-

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shawn Hoelscher's 100 Favorite Movie Moments

What makes a movie good?

Honestly, there are tons of factors.

I see movies as almost a form of algorithm, and if most of a movie checks out, it works for me. Each movie has its own identity for me, its own unique DNA. So what makes me love a movie is different because each film is a different experience. I may love a movie because of how it makes me feel. I may love a movie because of what it says and how it says it. Sometimes I love a movie because its got a damn entertaining story. Maybe there's a performance so great, its addictive to watch. Whatever the case, sometimes I also love a movie because its full of so many good moments, that the cons slip by the wayside.

When I was a little boy and when I talked to my friends about movies, we would have long conversations of us going back and forth with sentences that started with "Remember the part when..." When we watch something we love, some people love to impersonate those scenes. Discuss a funny piece of dialogue or a memorable situation. Movies are made up of moments, and the iconic moments are those that live on with the audience forever. I thought I'd share my 100 favorite movie moments. Scenes that force a laugh, scenes that force a shock, scenes that...may not make a whole lot of sense out of context. But one thing is important, they moved me, they shaped me into the movie geek I am today. We can talk under the sun and argue until we're blue in the face, but how many times have we discussed our favorite moments in film? When I watch these movies, these are the things I anticipate the most.

Even though they are numbered, they are in no particular order.

100. Closing Credits (Inland Empire, 2006)



99. Opening Credits (Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)



98. Skateboard Ghost (The House on Haunted Hill (1959)



97. Puttin On Your REEETZ (Young Frankenstein (1974)



96. Humphrey Bogart respects women (The Maltese Falcon (1941)



95. John Candy Loves Cheese (Uncle Buck (1989)



94. Peter Sellers Antics (Dr. Strangelove (1964)



93. Flying Grandma (Gremlins (1984)



92. Han Solo The Pimp (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)



91. So, Let's Dance! (Caddyshack, 1980)



90. Al Pacino Talks Asses (Heat, 1995)



89. Joker's Museum Party (Batman, 1989)



88. Movie Within The Movie (Strange Brew, 1983)



87. Fatherly Rant (Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, 1978)



86. Who That Man? (A Day At The Races, 1937)



85. Crazy Mel versus Crazy Gary (Lethal Weapon, 1987)



84. Wise Up (Magnolia, 1999)



83. Awkward Date (Fargo, 1996)



82. I don't need your sympathy, man (The Big Lebowski, 1998)



81. Shark versus Zombie (Zombie 2, 1979)



80. Candy Colored Clown (Blue Velvet, 1986)



79. Trans Am Intro (Smokey and the Bandit, 1977)



78. Fight a Stranger montage (Fight Club, 1999)



77. Bill Murray's Epiphany (Scrooged, 1988)



76. Pimp visit (True Romance, 1993)



75. I'm trying hard to be the shephard (Pulp Fiction, 1994)



74. The Rant (Christmas Vacation, 1989)



73. The Assassination (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962)



72. The Intermission (Holy Motors, 2012)



71. Ee-oh, eleven! (Ocean's 11, 1960)



70. The Grapefruit (The Public Enemy, 1931)



69. Val Kilmer's Marlon Brando impression (The Island of Dr. Moreau, 1996)



68. Head Change (Sleeper, 1973)



67. In Heaven (Eraserhead, 1977)



66. The Ending (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)



65. The Ending (The Usual Suspects, 1995)



64. The Ending, (25th Hour, 2002)



63. Dentist Scene (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986)



62. Atticus' closing argument (To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962)



61. Bruce Lee versus Chuck Norris (Way of the Dragon, 1972)



60. I work for Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, 1974)



59. Funny How? (Goodfellas, 1990)



58. Diner Scene (The Blues Brothers, 1980)



57. Peeping Tom (Animal House, 1978)



56. Diarrhea (Dumb and Dumber, 1994)



55. Party at the Park (Dazed and Confused, 1993)



54. Klaatu (The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951)



53. Detective Death, (Psycho, 1960)



52. Winners Fuck The Prom Queen (The Rock, 1996)



51. John Malkovich's cartoonish death (Con Air, 1997)



50. Prank calling Ed Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986)



49. "My friend is going to stick his tongue out at that girl" (Scarface, 1983)




48. Witch Pit (Army of Darkness, 1993)



47. Pitch Black (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)



46. "Wanna see something really scary?" (Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983)



45. "This man has no dick" (Ghostbusters, 1984)



44. Cap addresses SHIELD (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014)



43. Nick Nack Attack (The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974)



42. Bar fight (From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996)



41. Mexican Stand-off (Enemy of the State, 1998)



40. Going the wrong way (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987)



39. Nic Cage's wig-out (Deadfall, 1993)



38. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, 2008)

       
     
37. Alan Rickman (Die Hard, 1988)



36. Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, 1985)



35. Pre-game brawl (Slap Shot, 1977)


34. Dracula Rises (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948)


33. Jack Black (High Fidelity, 2000)


32. Tommy Wiseau: Best Worst Performance (The Room, 2003)


31. The Party (Trading Places, 1983)


30. "Can You Dig It?" (The Warriors, 1979)


29. The First Twenty Minutes (The Departed, 2006)


28. Opening Scene (Full Metal Jacket, 1987)


27. John Wick vs. Elrond (The Matrix, 1999)



26. Gas Station Destrution (Its A Mad Mad Mad World, 1963)



25. Easy Five Grand (The Sting, 1973)



24. Tuco's Final Insult (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 1966)



23. Fight at the House of Blue Leaves (Kill Bill: Volume I, 2003)



22. The Desert (Beavis and Butthead Do America, 1998)



21. Bar Shootout (Desperado, 1995)



20. Leatherface's Chainsaw Dance (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974)



19. "Dating In New York" (Coming To America, 1988)



18. Christopher Walken's One Scene (Annie Hall, 1977)



17. Satan singing "Up There" (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, 1999)



16. The Plane Fight (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)



15. "Do You Have Anymore gum?" (Billy Madison, 1995)



14. Cuban Pete (The Mask, 1994)



13. The Ride of Doom (Mr. Bean: The Movie, 1998)



12. Gas Station scene (No Country For Old Men, 2007)



11. Knockout Cop (The Terminator, 1984)



10. Holliday and Ringo (Tombstone, 1993)



9. "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971)



8. Jump In Line (Beetlejuice, 1988)



7. That manic laugh (The Invisible Man, 1933)



6. Boob punch (Superbad, 2007)



5. House Party (Beerfest, 2006)



4. "I Don't Watch Movies" (Clerks, 1994)



3. Silent Bob Speaks (Dogma, 1999)



2. We're In Now, Now (Spaceballs, 1986)



1. "Suck On This" (Taxi Driver, 1976)