The Dead Don’t Die Goes Meta

The Dead Don’t Die may work as a horror comedy but writer-director Jim Jarmusch ultimately aims for both meta and allegorical comedy. “This is going to end badly,” police officer Ronald Peterson (Adam Driver) repeatedly tells police chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray).  How does Peterson know this?  He read the full script.  Robertson on the other hand would only receive the pages with his scenes.  While the joke may be self-referential, it ultimately pays off.  Other…

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Caddyshack Holds Up With New Perspective

With some of the biggest names in comedy behind its production, Caddyshack may very well be the funniest sports movie of all time. I first saw the film several years ago while on my mission to watch all 100 films chosen by the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Laughs in 2000.  I decided to give the film a re-watch not just because it’s a classic sports film but also in light of the recently…

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Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson Does It Again

With a film that pays homage to Japanese cinema, Wes Anderson has done it again with the crowd-pleasing stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs. Isle of Dogs is as much the story of Chief (Bryan Cranston) and Spots (Liev Schreiber) as it is 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin). Although it left him in a three-year coma, Atari had survived an accident while his parents perished.  He was left as a ward to his uncle, Mayor…

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Groundhog Day: Still Timeless After 25 Years

With the best performance in Bill Murray’s career, Groundhog Day remains a timeless classic after 25 years of release. Directed by Harold Ramis from a script co-written with Danny Rubin, the fantasy comedy stars Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott.  The cast also includes Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robin Duke, David Pasquesi, and a young Michael Shannon. With a wry, wisecracking performance, Bill Murray stars as the egotistical weatherman Phil Connors in this romantic comedy where…

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Comic Con: New Ghostbusters film coming in 2019

At a Comic Con panel on Thursday, Ivan Reitman announced that a new Ghostbusters movie is coming in 2019. This announcement comes over a month after Dan Aykroyd said last month that Sony lost too much money with the all-female reboot and a sequel would be unlikely as a result. The Ghostbusters panel, titled Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!, featured Reitman alongside IDW’s Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Tom Waltz. The Ghostbusters:…

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The Jungle Book lives up to Walt Disney classic

The newest feature film adaptation of The Jungle Book is everything it was expected to be and so much more.  This is only the second live-action film to be produced by Disney.  The last live-action film was released in December 1994 but the animals talk this time around. It’s been a few years since the last time I watched the animated classic but there are some nice homages to the classic, including the classic songs.…

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