Sausage Party movie still 2016

Sausage Party Looks Like Veggie Tales and Sounds Like South Park

I can’t believe I have to say this, but let’s begin with it because there will undoubtedly be news stories about upset parents who took their kids to Sausage Party, thinking it was a movie for kids because it’s animated. So here it is: SAUSAGE PARTY IS NOT FOR KIDS. DO NOT BRING THEM. There we go. Let’s talk about the movie now! Continue reading “Sausage Party Looks Like Veggie Tales and Sounds Like South Park”

Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters: Ain’t No Bitches Gonna Hunt No Ghosts

I’m going to get right to the point here. New Ghostbusters isn’t perfect, but it’s still more entertaining than half of the cinematic garbage that’s come out this summer. If you’re not sold on it, fine. This review isn’t for you. If, however, you are interested in seeing the reboot of the 1984 beloved comedy, let’s review! Continue reading “Ghostbusters: Ain’t No Bitches Gonna Hunt No Ghosts”

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in The Nice Guys, an action comedy from Shane Black -- a writer-director who's long shown a fondness for sending up L.A. noir

The Nice Guys: Crowe and Gosling Are a Hilarious Combo

Shane Black films have a similar structure—neo-noir thriller mixed with “odd couple” comedy. Think Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans in The Last Boy Scout, or Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, all of which written and/or directed by Black. Basically, if you liked those movies, you’re going to enjoy The Nice Guys. Continue reading “The Nice Guys: Crowe and Gosling Are a Hilarious Combo”

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell in The Boss

The Boss: Good Concept, Bad Execution

Melissa McCarthy has consistently played two types of characters in her movies. Either she’s a character who’s grossly undervalued by the people around her (See: Spy), or she’s a character who’s just gross for the sake of fat jokes (See: Tammy). Fortunately, The Boss gives her a new character to work with. Well, technically a new character. The idea of foul-mouthed businesswoman Michelle Darnell originated in McCarthy’s Los Angeles improv days. Continue reading “The Boss: Good Concept, Bad Execution”

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool: A Hilariously Violent Origin Story

Remember the Deadpool test footage that got “leaked” in 2014? If you enjoyed that, you will enjoy Deadpool. Hell, the opening sequence from this movie (which follows the tongue-in-cheek opening credits that list “A Hot Chick,” “A British Villain,” “A CGI Character,” and “A Gratuitous Cameo” as roles) is almost frame for frame that footage. Continue reading “Deadpool: A Hilariously Violent Origin Story”

Christian Bale in The Big Short

The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?

“Is this trying to be educational or condescending?” is what I kept asking myself during The Big Short. Because it’s got this weird (to borrow the term from A.V. Club) edu-tainment way of storytelling. Think heist-like comedy of going against “the man” mixed with docudrama exposing Wall Street for its shitty ways. I think that’s where a lot of my issues stem from with this movie. I can’t tell if it’s being informative or talking down to me. Continue reading “The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?”

vacation movie 2015

Vacation: Why Did We Need to Remake This?

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) is determined to drive across the country with his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and two sons, James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins), in order to spend some quality family time at Walley World, just like he and his sister, Audrey (Leslie Mann), did with their parents, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), when they were younger. Continue reading “Vacation: Why Did We Need to Remake This?”