Comedian Amy Schumer has indeed made some incisive satirical… MoreComedian Amy Schumer has indeed made some incisive satirical commentary on the trials and tribulations of the modern woman, and while I can't say I'm a huge fan of her vocally fried stand-up delivery, she does prove herself a competent actress in this movie and her televised sketches.
I was expecting this romcom to break a little ground though - be unabashedly unapologetic for fourth wave feminism, but it ends up reinforcing the traditional trope of one partner trying to change the other and the other one capitulating by the end. It's a cute gender-reversed capitulation with awkward Amy winning Aaron over by dancing along with the New York Knicks cheerleaders, but there's really no development as to why the two connected in the first place, and as such, whether there's enough gas in the tank to keep this tank rolling after the obligatory grand romantic gesture.
Tilda Swinton, buffed and bronzed to unrecognizable perfection, channels devil in Prada as the bossy British editrix, LeBron James is a surprise comedic talent, and can DanRad BE any cooler making fun of himself in all manners of ridiculous cameos?
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson tone down their respective fast-talking… MoreVince Vaughn and Owen Wilson tone down their respective fast-talking and schlubby buddy routines as two middle-aged nobodies who land tech internships at Google based on sheer salesmanship. This mid-life crisis movie is actually rather uplifting in that good intentions and collaborative problem solving triumph over cutthroat post-college millennials who typify the adage "youth is wasted on the young."
Solid ensemble dramedy about a dysfunctional family who gathers to sit… MoreSolid ensemble dramedy about a dysfunctional family who gathers to sit shiva for their deceased patriarch. Secrets come out, punches are thrown, but no love is lost (in both loving and hateful usages of the phrase). Lots of great characters, such as cheating wife Quinn who actually plays a sympathetic and vulnerable part, the gutsy, newly voluptuous matriarch played by dishy Jane Fonda, and the manboy next door whom eldest sister Wendy has to forgive herself for ditching years ago after their car accident left him brain-damaged.
Horrible title. Somewhat bland, stereotypical leads: widower seemingly… MoreHorrible title. Somewhat bland, stereotypical leads: widower seemingly capitalizing on tragedy and quirky gal who needs to be quirkier than Jennifer Aniston can play her. Burke's reconciliation with his father-in-law is kinda nice, and I do like a good old ASL meet-cute.
Two-thirds of the movie is rather disappointing. The first Steven… MoreTwo-thirds of the movie is rather disappointing. The first Steven Soderbergh joint is actually a proper exposť of the male stripping world with gritty interpersonal conflict; this installation is pure bachelorette eye candy with a bit too much road trip sprinkled in. But Channing Tatum's liquid moves are still a marvel; sleek, pant-suited Jada Pinkett Smith is a fierce dame; Amber Heard has a nice boho chill quality; and the last balls-out competition performance is just entertaining as hell.
I had never heard of this movie before, but apparently, it's part two… MoreI had never heard of this movie before, but apparently, it's part two of David Hare's BBC trilogy about a fugitive gentleman spy, now forced to play mild-mannered retiree on the eponymous islands due to a crisis of conscience that led to his being MIA from MI5. The staid British caper pits stolid Bill Nighy as Johnny Worricker against chilly Christopher Walken as Curtis Pelissier, an undercover CIA agent who blackmails Worricker into helping him entrap some white collar criminals. Riveting, right?
They are joined by two femme fatales: a plummy Helena Bonham Carter as MI5 analyst and Worricker's former flame, and wild-eyed Winona Ryder as the white collar criminals' PR rep who keeps all their secrets. It's a pedigreed production to be sure, if a bit vague in the stodgy British thriller way, but it boasts some fine performances, and it actually got me to read the rather beautiful inscription on all passports about offering aid and protection to the holder of the passport.
Rumored to be a Woody Allen-esque Chris Rock movie, "Top Five" IS a… MoreRumored to be a Woody Allen-esque Chris Rock movie, "Top Five" IS a pretty walky-talky journey between a B-list comedian with A-list aspirations and the journalist interviewing him, but I'm not really sure about the relevance of the inciting task of ranking one's top five favorite rap artists. The scope of the interview is more expansive than that. Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson eventually create some tragically beautiful missed-connection chemistry, but the movie is too slow throughout and too afraid to let the intimate conversation carry itself.