Evan Almighty, a contemporary retelling of Noah’s Ark and the flood, marked the 15th anniversary of its release during the summer. I missed the 15th anniversary of the comedy this past summer so I figured to watch the film after Parashat Noach was read in shuls across the globe. For my non-Jewish readers, a parashat is the weekly Torah reading that Jews read every Shabbos morning in shul. Prior to Shabbos morning services, a portion…"Evan Almighty: Contemporary Noah’s Ark Comedy at 15 Years"
Minions: The Rise of Gru continues to take audiences on the path towards the first Despicable Me with a lot of fun slapstick moments. However, I would be remis to point out a problem with the film’s soundtrack. There’s a point in the film where we hear the five-tone motif from John Williams’s score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The problem with this is that this film is set 1976 and Close Encounters…"Minions: The Rise of Gru Hits The 70s"
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is full of hysterics and chaos during every minute of the film. After having one of the worst days ever, Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) doesn’t get any sympathy from his family members. What does he decide to do when making a wish upon a birthday cupcake? He wishes for his family to have a similar day to his. This is where the movie starts going…"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
Crazy Stupid Love, featuring an all-star cast led by Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, marks its tenth anniversary since the 2011 theatrical release. The film is formally titled Crazy, Stupid, Love but for SEO purposes, I’m dropping the commas. Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) has been married to his high school sweetheart, Emily (Julianne Moore), for many years. Life comes crashing down when Emily reveals she cheated on him with David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). Alas, divorce…"Crazy Stupid Love Marks 10th Anniversary"
The Big Short, featuring a star-studded cast, explores the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis while weaving together humor and drama. The housing collapse led to one of the worst recessions in American history. According to the film’s post-script, some $5 trillion was lost in pensions, real estate value, 401k, savings, and bonds. Eight million people lost their jobs with six million losing their homes in the United States. If not for The Other Guys,…"The Big Short Marks 5 Years Since Wide Release"
Irresistible, which takes everything we love and hate about politics at the national level while focusing on local elections, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. In this well-meaning comedy, writer/director Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, reteams with former correspondent Steve Carell. Stewart is no stranger to politics so it comes as no surprise that he’s made a satire on the subject. This is the type of film that hits it on…"Irresistible Arrives On Blu-Ray"
Irresistible takes everything we love and hate about politics at the national level while moving the focus down to the local level. In this well-meaning comedy, writer/director Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, reteams with former correspondent Steve Carell. Stewart is no stranger to politics so it comes as no surprise that he’s made a satire on the subject. This is the type of film that hits it on the money and this…"Irresistible: Jon Stewart Is No Stranger to Satire"
Steve Carell and Greg Daniels have reteamed following The Office to bring us Space Force, a ripe comedy satire for the Trump era. Steve Carell–playing four-star general Mark R. Naird–is the perfect guy to lead the United States Space Force. Naird dreamed of running the United States Air Force. Alas, those dreams were not meant to be. So now, Mark, his wife, Maggie (Lisa Kudrow), and their daughter, Erin (Diana Silvers), leave the comfort of…"Space Force: The Comedy Satire for the Trump Era"
The Morning Show is the definitive television drama series for the #MeToo era and the Apple TV+ series could not be more timelier with its commentary. We’re over two years into the start of the #MeToo movement. While some series have offered commentary in terms of references, The Morning Show goes big. It isn’t just that the series is ripped out of the headlines but Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) could easily be a stand-in for…"The Morning Show: A TV Drama for the #MeToo Era"
Little Miss Sunshine still manages to hold up with plenty of laughs thirteen years after the film was initially released in theaters. Overworked mother Sheryl Hoover (Toni Collette) now finds herself responsible for her brother, Frank (Steve Carell). Frank recently tried to kill himself so he’s coming to live with his sister’s family. Meanwhile, man of the house Richard Hoover (Greg Kinnear) is trying to start up a career as a life coach and motivational speaker. …"Little Miss Sunshine holds up 13 years later"