Category Archives: Movies

Funny women of film

Betty Jo Tucker talks about famous female comedians, including Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, and Gilda Radner.

Of Tina Fey, she commends “her ability as a performer” and says that “she also is a great writer… the first female head writer for Saturday Night Live.” They go on to call her “self-deprecating” and claim that “she doesn’t seem to know how much of a comedy genius she is,” which they concede adds to her “charm.”

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Jason Bateman interview

Cinema Royale talks to Jason Bateman, director and star of the new movie Bad Words.

Bateman talks about setting boundaries for his rough, foulmouthed character, saying that certain lines “might seem completely acceptable on the page, and then you show up on the set, [and you realize] there’s no way you’re going to get away with saying something like that… you just have to hope that your meter is consistent with the majority of the audience. If you feel like it’s gone too far, you need to dial it back.”

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Divergent reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews Divergent, the new movie based on Veronica Roth’s series of young adult dystopian sci-fi novels.

The critics describe the film as “one of those vehicles that is clearly built for an audience that has read the book,” as well as wanting to “obviously wanting to fill the niche that The Hunger Games… and these other dystopian teen films do.” They were”confused by a few things, not having known the source materials,” but found it overall “kind of fun” but nonetheless “choppy and uneven.”

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Noah reviewed

ScreenPicks reviews Noah, the new biblical epic directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins. The film has proved controversial due to its religious themes. The critics call it “bizarre, as Darren Aronofsky can be”,” but concede that it’s “told in a fairly straightforward way” and remains mainly faithful to its source. They also praise Crowe’s performance, as well as his onscreen chemistry with Connelly, and question whether the film could lead to more mainstream biblical films.

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Need For Speed reviewed

Ru Instant Reaction Review talks about new movie Need For Speed, based on the popular video game franchise and starring Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame.

They find the movie mediocre, saying that “even the stuff that was good, I didn’t really like it,” saying that Michael KEaton’s performance was the best part and that it “elevated what was there.” Of particular contention is the two-hour-plus running time, as well as “bad dialogue.” They concede that it could appeal to a “built-in audience” of car enthusiasts and fans of the video game series.

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Almost Human’s Lili Taylor

Milling About talks to actress Lili Taylor. Taylor has appeared in such films as Say Anything and Mystic Pizza, as well as HBO’s Six Feet Under, and is currently starring in Fox’s sci-fi drama Almost Human.

Taylor talks about growing up, saying that her upbringing was “chaotic… but then, what family’s normal… we were average in our abnormalty.” She also talks about her current lifestyle, saying that she does “love the outside” but, unlike her character in the 2013 film The Cold Lands, is “not an off-the-gridder.”

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Moonrise Kingdom reviewed

ScreenPicks reviews the new film Grand Budapest Hotel. The film is the latest effort by Wes Anderson, director of The Royal Tennenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. The movie stars Ralph Fiennes and F. Murray Abraham.

The critics say that Anderson is “just getting more and more interesting as a filmmaker” as his career progresses, and that the new film is “a lot funnier” than his previous work. “The feel, the look” of Anderson’s other films remain intact, and they agree that “if you like Wes Anderson, you’ll like this film.”

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Oscars post-show

Movie Geeks United have an Oscars post-show.

Of host Ellen Degeneres’ performance, they say that “there wasn’t any effort put into writing it… it almost seemed as if it was being improvised… I just didn’t think it worked, really,” although “she did a good job with what she was given, which is a very stale format.” They also mention such setbacks as John Travolta mispronouncing singer Idina Menzel’s name and just generally “lots of dead air.”

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