The Campaign marks its 10th anniversary since the election satire starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis opened in theaters in 2012. “War has rules, mud wrestling has rules…Politics has no rules.” Ross Perot, Presidential Candidate 1988. The main problem with the film’s opening quote is that Perot didn’t run for president in 1988. This is something that should have been fixed for the home video release. Instead, it is still there ten years later! Cam…"The Campaign: Election Satire Brings The Laughs"
Over eight years after its theatrical release, The LEGO Movie is a beautifully animated film that remains one of the best films of 2014. This film should have been nominated by the Academy for Best Animated Feature. Unfortunately, the Academy voters will have to live with this–among others–mistake. I love everything about this film from the humor to the music to the casting. What I love about the film is that it’s able to transcend…"The LEGO Movie: The Best Animated Film of 2014"
Adam McKay’s The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, is a genius parody of the buddy cop action comedy genre. If you haven’t watched the film yet, there is a post-credits scene. After watching Don’t Look Up earlier this month, I’ve been in a mood to rewatch Adam McKay’s earlier work. The Other Guys is one of those films that serves as both a buddy cop action comedy and a commentary on the…"The Other Guys Is A Work Of Genius"
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga completely wastes its talent in one of the worst films of the year heading into the midway point. This film was never going to be on Will Ferrell’s greatest hits. It certainly will not be featured on the list of Rachel McAdams’ greatest roles. The two reunite with their Wedding Crashers director but are unable to replicate on that film’s success. It’s not a good sign when…"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga"
The recently premiered Downhill re-imagines Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s award-winning Force Majeure as an English-language comedy. Imagine going on a vacation and eating your lunch when an avalanche hits. What would it do to the family dynamics? For one American family on vacation, the dynamics get tested. Pete (Will Ferrell) and Billie Stanton (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) have taken their two boys with them for a week in the Alps. What looks like a fun family vacation…"Sundance 2020: Downhill"
Dick, the political satire starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, manages to hold up twenty years after its theatrical release in 1999. The political comedy re-imagines the Watergate scandal through the lens of a pair of high school students. Not surprisingly, the film opens on the night of the break-in. On this night, Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are writing a letter. The duo hope to win a date with singer…"Dick: Political Satire Holds Up 20 Years Later"
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is still a comedy classic some fifteen years following its theatrical release in July 2004. The KVWN Channel 4 newsroom certainly may be one of the most sexist in cinematic history. Things are changing in 1973 and leading news anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is not ready. Nor is the rest of the Channel 4 news team: Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve…"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy marks 15"
Everything is still awesome as The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part takes to the big screen nearly five years to the date following its predecessor. A quick prologue catches us up to speed about what has taken place during the last five years. The city of Bricksburg is no more. It’s been replaced by the doomsday-esque Apocalypseburg following the city’s tragic demise. No matter what decisions that the master builders make, they are no…"The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part"
Holmes and Watson is a brutal cinematic disgrace and a stain to the legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary detective, Sherlock Holmes. The film starts in 1867 when young Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) first attends boarding school. Major teasing results in the young boy becoming a detective and getting all but the future Dr. John Watson (John C. Reilly) expelled from the school. The opening credits flash forward by way of newspaper articles to…"Holmes and Watson: A Cinematic Disgrace"
Will Ferrell’s over-the-top performance in Elf is one of the reasons why the comedy has managed to stand the test of time. After Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) lets us in on the backstory, the Jon Favreau-directed film gets the ball rolling. We learn that Buddy (Will Ferrell) is the first human being to set foot in the North Pole. Unfortunately for Buddy, he doesn’t quite have the same speed as his fellow Elves. Demoted to…"Elf: 15th Anniversary Sing & Cheer Along Edition"