The troubles for Maestro started not with the first images of ethnic cosplay but as soon as Bradley Cooper won over Jake Gyllenhaal. I wish I could take credit for coining “ethnic cosplay” as a term but no, I can’t. It was used by a colleague after the release of first-look images in 2022. In my opinion, the remarks still hold up today. The push for authentic representation in Hollywood somehow does not include Jews.…"Maestro: A Showcase of Ethnic Cosplay in Leonard Bernstein Biopic"
Albert Brooks: Defending My Life is the newest documentary from Rob Reiner and it is the Jewish content we so badly need right now. There is a universe where this documentary is called Albert Einstein: Defending My Life. Albert’s family used his birth to name him Albert. He might not be a great scientist like Einstein but he’s certainly a brilliant comedian. I mean, if you can make Carl Reiner laugh, you’ve got to be…"Albert Brooks: Defending My Life Is The Jewish Content We Need"
Richard Linklater’s hit musical comedy, School of Rock, is now available on a 20th anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook. Directors often say that animals and children are the hardest to direct. You wouldn’t know this from watching School of Rock. These are talented children and it shows throughout the entire 109-minute runtime. The film nails every single beat even during the scenes where Jack Black has both the energy and room to improvise. It’s not…"School of Rock Gets 20th Anniversary SteelBook"
Menorah in the Middle may play into holiday movie tropes but this Chanukah film is one that knows what its audience wants. The romantic holiday movie makes its exclusive premiere on Hulu as a licensed title. What this means is that the film isn’t a Hulu original. At some point, there will be the chance that it will no longer be on the streaming service. Until then, feel free to watch the film as many…"Menorah in the Middle: A Chanukah Movie"
Marry Me depends 100% on buying into the completely ludicrous idea that a musical superstar will impulsively accept a proposal from a math teacher. When you’ve seen one rom-com, you’ve seen them all. That’s just the way it goes with this genre. The trick of the trade is to try and freshen it up somehow. It doesn’t matter who the stars are unless you have a script that catches you’re eye. We’re supposed to believe…"Marry Me Has A Ludicrous Rom-Com Premise"
In her recent podcast, Sarah Silverman commented about the recent casting of Kathryn Hahn as the late Jewish comedian Joan Rivers. Speaking on her podcast, the comedian remarked: “There’s this long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews, and not just playing people who happen to be Jewish, but people whose Jewishness is their whole being. One could argue, for instance, that a gentile playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what is actually called ‘Jewface.’” Silverman…"Sarah Silverman Talks Casting Non-Jews As Jews"
Yearly Departed, the new all-star comedy special premiering on Amazon Prime Video, roasts the dumpster fire that is the year 2020. Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to bid farewell to this dumpster fire year. Qubi came and went faster than you could say MoviePass! Sorry, not sorry! I’m going to include a photo to break between writing because of possible spoilers. But honestly, I recommend watching before reading. This is really the best way…"Yearly Departed Roasts The Dumpster Fire Of 2020"
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a genius satire as the musical mockumentary genre gets an update for the 21st century. When we first meet singer/rapper Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) in Popstar, the former Conner Friel on the verge of releasing his sophomore album, Connquest. It’s been some time since his former band, The Style Boyz, broke up. While he’s still working with Owen Bouchard (Jorma Taccone), former bandmate Lawrence Dunn (Akiva Schaffer) has been pushed aside. Much…"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Genius Satire"
Ralph Breaks The Internet–Disney’s 57th animated feature–is now available for fans to purchase and bring home on home video. BONUS FEATURES: Blu-ray & Digital: How We Broke the Internet –Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations…"Ralph Breaks The Internet Arrives on Home Media"
Ralph Breaks the Internet takes advantage of the corporate Disney synergy in this awesome, fun, and magnificent sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. It’s been since years since Ralph (John C. Reilly) had a complete meltdown and left his game. Since this time, Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) have grown to become best friends. Because she’s been looking for new challenges, Ralph decides to change things in her game. This is good and all but when those…"Ralph Breaks the Internet is Awesome"