Keeping Up with the Joneses

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Michael LeSieur Directed by: Greg Mottola For those who have been keeping track, Keeping Up with the Joneses is the second Zach Galifianakis film to be released in as many months, and it too is terrible. It too is a silly film, a very, very silly film. What’s worse is thatContinue reading “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Release: Friday, July 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Jay Cohen; Brendan O’Brien Directed by: Jake Szymanski Have you saved the date for the Stangle wedding yet? There’s really no need if you don’t typically RSVP for the raunch, for the kind of testosterone-induced antics that invariably wind up with someone’s penis in something it should not be, good-lookingContinue reading “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

New Cops

Release: Monday, February 15, 2016 (online) [YouTube] Directed by: Timothy Morton Timothy Morton’s New Cops has a cozy home-made feel to it and while the low overhead is certainly noticeable it doesn’t stop us from having a little bit of fun with these guys. Morton’s latest, a project six years in the making, premiered on February 15 on NoBudge.com,Continue reading “New Cops”

Band of Robbers

Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Aaron & Adam Nee Directed by: Aaron & Adam Nee ‘Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.’ Mark Twain’s preemptive words ofContinue reading “Band of Robbers”

Man Up

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Tess Morris Directed by: Ben Palmer Man Up plays out like the self-help book on dating that you never knew you needed. Or wanted. It’s a romantic comedy where the romance is neither obnoxious nor saccharine and where not everyone is all LOL-ing up in your face because they’reContinue reading “Man Up”

TBT: The Graduate (1967)

For the second pick of November ’15 we’re going back to what has been referred to me time and again as a classic. A coming-of-ager to end all coming-of-age films. It’s Dustin Hoffman’s second big screen appearance, one that officially opened up the doors to a promising and diverse career, one that I am ashamedContinue reading “TBT: The Graduate (1967)”

Grandma

Release: Friday, August 21, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Paul Weitz Directed by: Paul Weitz Grandma is a misleading title for a film dealing with taboos such as teen pregnancy and abortion. Presenting a thoroughly convincing conundrum in which a young girl turns to her unstable grandmother following a one-night stand that causes her to become pregnant, Paul Weitz’s latest deflects accusationsContinue reading “Grandma”

Palo Alto

Release: Friday, May 9, 2014 (limited) [Theater] One of the last memories I have from high school is staring at the giant inflatable penis dangling from the roof of the Farragut High gymnasium — actually it looked more like a cross than a penis because the way the balls were positioned relative to the shaft. ItContinue reading “Palo Alto”

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Released: Friday, May 30, 2014 [Theater] Oh, Seth. Seth, Seth, Seth, Seth, Seth. . . . . Seth MacFarlane. It’s a name a great many are likely tiring of by now, maybe for good reason, maybe for ones less so. Judge as you will, but I’ve tried to make a case for the guy for awhile. I’mContinue reading “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

TBT: Bad Santa (2003)

Growing up, one of the harshest realities we all had to come to grips with was the fact that jolly ol’ Saint Nick was in fact, not real. But oh boy, is he! He comes to life on the big screen in this knock-out raunch-fest in ways no good little Johnny or Jenny should everContinue reading “TBT: Bad Santa (2003)”