Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11

Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11 makes its arrival on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the tragic attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. This documentary is in the same vein as that of The Last Laugh. There’s a mixture of how can comedians use humor when talking about 9/11 and how comedians helped us heal as a country following the tragic attacks. There is footage of the World Trade Centers falling down…

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Celebrates 35 Years

John Hughes’s love letter to Chicago, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, celebrated its 35th anniversary since being released in theaters in 1986. “Life movies by pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller Thirty-five years since the theatrical release, the film remains a frequent source of quotes. Hard to believe as it may be but Hughes wrote the script in a week. Most people…

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John Hughes 5-Movie Collection Now on Blu-ray

The John Hughes 5-Movie Collection is now available on Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment–two titles arriving for the first time. Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles have previously been released on Blu-ray.  Both Some Kind of Wonderful and She’s Having A Baby are making their first appearance on Blu-ray. In addition to the Blu-ray, the five films will also be made available as a digital copy. Both Pretty in…

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The Lion King: A Beloved Disney Animated Classic

With a photo-realistic adaptation on the way, beloved Disney animated classic The Lion King celebrated 25 years last month. Once upon a time, filmmakers John Musker and Ron Clements passed on doing The Lion King.  Their loss is Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s gain.  While the duo went on to give us Aladdin, they felt that nobody wanted to see a movie about lions in the jungle.  How did this work out?  Not only would…

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To Dust: Chasidic Jew Has Existential Questions

To Dust seeks to ask some existential questions about death by way of an absurdist comedy about a grieving Chasidic cantor and a divorced biology teacher. The film starts out with a series of quotes including from Kohelet 12:7:  “Then the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to G-d who gave it.”  The film takes a literal approach to these words rather than Rashi’s interpretation.  The debate over…

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Election: One of The Best Political Satire Comedies

Approaching its 20th anniversary in May 2019, Alexander Payne’s Election remains one of the best political satire comedies of all time. Three-time teacher of the year Jim McCallister (Matthew Broderick) is one of G.W. Carver High School’s popular teachers.  He also has some sort of vendetta against Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon).  McCallister puts a plan together the very moment in which Flick decides to run for class president. Earlier in the year, Tracy had been involved…

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