Why Him?

Release: Friday, December 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: John Hamburg; Ian Helfer Directed by: John Hamburg My biggest gripe with Why Him? It’s actually not that it represents yet another painfully unfunny Christmas comedy. Well, it kind of is. I’m dismayed more because it is a painfully unfunny Christmas comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston! AlsoContinue reading “Why Him?”

Daddy’s Home

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: Sean Anders; Brian Burns; John Morris Directed by: Sean Anders Will Ferrell may not yet be suffering late-stage DeNiro, but if he’s not careful he can still emasculate his career if he keeps up the habit of portraying people who get off on being abused by everyone else in the movie. He needs toContinue reading “Daddy’s Home”

TBT: Love Actually (2003)

Once more I’m faced with writing about a movie I have never seen before. (Shouldn’t these TBTs be movies from my past, from my childhood? Isn’t that what a ‘throwback’ really is, a memory?) Yes, somewhere along the way I kind of lost my focus, or maybe I just don’t watch enough movies to makeContinue reading “TBT: Love Actually (2003)”

Krampus

Release: Friday, December 4, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Michael Dougherty; Todd Casey; Zach Shields Directed by: Michael Dougherty Is Krampus the next Christmas classic? No, not by a long sleigh ride, but at least it offers some respite from the other bullshit holiday films we’re routinely forced to endure for the sake of good tidings and shameless studio profiteering. MichaelContinue reading “Krampus”

TBT: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

If you’ve been following along with this segment, you might be aware I’ve spent the last several installments picking titles at random — and in a slight panic, with several of them being decided upon (or even watched) at the very last possible second — so it’ll be nice to reintroduce some semblance of consistency here again,Continue reading “TBT: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)”

The Night Before

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Levine; Kyle Hunter; Ariel Shaffir; Evan Goldberg Directed by: Jonathan Levine I was enjoying, for the most part, the latest incarnation of the Seth Rogen and Friends Show, finding myself more than a little amused by their storming of New York City in an effort to live itContinue reading “The Night Before”

The Franco Files #11

Welcome to December, and the 11th and final installment of the 2013 run of The Franco Files.Sniffles. It’s really real now you guys. Last post I may have prematurely started the countdown but now it’s. . .well it’s all over but the crying. Fortunately. . .I already have something in the works for the New Year. ForContinue reading “The Franco Files #11”

TBT: The Santa Clause (1994)

Jolly ol’ Saint Nick crashed into my roof late the other night. When he squeezed his wide self down the chimney and caused a mess with equal gracelessness minutes later, the two of us had a chat about his job and how under-appreciated it really is. After I got over my initial shock about theContinue reading “TBT: The Santa Clause (1994)”

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)”

TBT: Jingle All the Way (1996)

This particular usage of the former Mister Universe is so much fun I almost want to dedicate all TBT‘s this month to Arnie. Although I would simply love to analyze his endearing accent to death all month long, it is December after all and, let’s face it — I couldn’t really get away with notContinue reading “TBT: Jingle All the Way (1996)”