16 items from 2012
All About Meat (The Garcias)
Written and Directed by Michelangelo Alasá Duo Multicultural Arts Center
Through December 15, 2012
All About Meat (The Garcias) is by turns hilarious, over-the-top irreverent, grotesque, and exasperating -- and it has uniformly fine performances by a relentlessly spirited cast. Writer/director/player Michelangelo Alasá might be said to be attempting to meld the style of Pedro Almodovar with that of John Waters (with a good helping of vaudeville slapstick). First and foremost, this is a sex comedy about a family of Cuban origin, the wealthy Garcias, whose chorizo factory in New Jersey is the largest in the world.
At the pork-sausage-making family's helm is matriarch Dolores, who is dramatic, emotional, knifing, and manipulative, and whose thick Spanish accent seems at times to require subtitles when she is emoting (and she hardly ceases her emoting).
In fact, just about all the action of the play prompts Dolores to "emote. »
- Jay Reisberg
Alicia might be expressing sweet relief in the above picture, but I'm not so placated. I won't declare Sunday's The Good Wife a disaster, but it still perpetuated a number of the problems I have with season four: regurgitated drama at the firm, too little of people we care about, and a Kalinda storyline that's radioactively bad. Someone hold up a Geiger counter to her grizzled man Nick's face and tell me if his shock-blondness is Silkwood-related.
Fortunately, there was one triumphant performance that felt like a cool balm on an otherwise aching sore. Ready to clap?
Aw, yeah: Guess who ruled last episode? This guy.
Mr. Alan Cumming enjoyed what may be his finest moment on the show when he confronted -- or should I say, brought up in a mumbled, diplomatic fashion -- the potential of Alicia's affair with Will leaking to the press. Perfect pausing, conscientious glances, »
Laughing during an alien invasion movie is nothing new. I mean, my sides are still hurting from "Battleship." But laughing intentionally during an alien invasion has its place in the annals of movie history, as well.
Upon reflection, the aliens should bring with them the full spectrum of emotion. (Along with those dry ice cream squares.) Beings from distant stars may be just like us. Some of us are scary and evil, but some of us are funny and fun. (And some of us have horrendous scales that secrete an acid that can chew through steel – but let's leave former Secretary of State Dean Rusk out of this.)
This weekend, three of your favorite comic actors (and one British dude you've been meaning to learn more about) are serving up some interstellar hilarity in "The Watch." The movie is a hoot but, unfortunately, the aliens themselves aren't the source of the LOLz. »
- Jordan Hoffman
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This Friday will kick off the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, and though our old Revolutionary War adversaries might be our allies now, that doesn't mean the U.S. of frickin' A. isn't ready to bring the thunder.
Using our powers of make-believe and fantasy, we've assembled athletic champions from the entirety of movie history to give us a clear advantage towards the race for Olympic glory in every sport of the XXX Olympiad.
This year, the team events will be presented in single elimination format, with each archer shooting a total of 72 arrows from a 70-meter distance. Representatives from our women's team include District 12's Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games" whose chief competitor for the gold is Scotland's Princess Merida of "Brave." The Men's team shall attempt to defeat Middle Earth's Legolas Greenleaf from "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" with »
- Max Evry
Chicago – As the chorus of “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday” signaled the recent season finale of “Saturday Night Live,” it was Kristen Wiig that said farewell to the show, but not before a lingering twirl from Andy Samberg, who just announced his own departure. The next phase for Samberg begins with a co-starring role beside Adam Sandler, in the film “That’s My Boy.”
Andy Samberg was born in Mill Valley, California, and grew up watching “Saturday Night Live,” as a self-described obsessed fan of the show. He spend two years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before transferring after two years to New York University, to study filmmaking. It was with his childhood friends, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, that he would form a comedy troupe called Lonely Island. The trio landed a gig on Saturday Night Live on their writing staff, and Samberg broke out as a featured cast member on the show. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Danny Morgan as Ed Dunkel, On the Road poster It turns out that Kirsten Dunst’s On the Road character poster wasn’t the last one for us at Alt Film Guide. Above you can see Danny Morgan as Big Ed Dunkel, a character based on Albert C. Hinkle. Hinkle himself unveiled the poster on his Facebook page earlier today, adding (in a reply to Morgan’s wife), "I am honored to be portrayed by [Danny Morgan]. Can’t wait to see the movie!" Directed by Central Station / The Motorcycle Diaries‘ Walter Salles, On the Road stars Snow White and the Huntsman / The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s Kristen Stewart as Marylou (LuAnne Henderson), Control / Byzantium’s Sam Riley as Sal Paradise (Jack Kerouac), and Tron: Legacy / Inside Llewyn Davis‘ Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady). In addition to Ideal / Off the Hook’s Morgan and Melancholia / Spider-Man’s Dunst, »
- Andre Soares
Kirsten Dunst/Camille On the Road poster If this isn't an all-out smile, I don't know what is. Those sparkling white teeth and healthy-looking gums belong to Kirsten Dunst. What a world! What a life! What a dentist!. I'm assuming Dunst's is the last On the Road "character" poster we're adding, as every major On the Road character has already gotten his/her poster. Dunst's actually came out before the ones for the film's three leads, Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart. We're just late posting it. In On the Road, Dunst plays Camille, the wife of Dean Moriarty (Hedlund), who leaves her behind to go on the road with the much younger Marylou (Stewart). Camille is based on Carolyn Cassady, the first wife of the sexually adventurous Neal Cassady (Moriarty in the novel/film). Sissy Spacek played Carolyn Cassady in John Byrum's Heart Beat, based on Cassady's 1976 book of memoirs, »
- Andre Soares
Directed by: Tim Story
Running Time: 2 hrs 3 mins
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Who’S It For? This one is for the dating crowd, although post-viewing conversations might get you in trouble with your significant other (seriously, especially if you try to categorize yourself to each couple). However successful or unsuccessful it may be, it does offer equal amount of entertainment for both men and women. Fans of comedian Kevin Hart will be happy to see that he practically saves this movie.
Expectations: Would this big cast equal big laughs? Or would much of the humor be on Kevin Hart’s shoulders, »
- Nick Allen
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Three Stooges, Cabin in the Woods & Lockout.
Craving more classic comedy teams?
Duck Soup (1933) The iconic Marx Bros. front this comedy classic. Here Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, the recently appointed dictator of the country Freedonia. Masterful slapstick and sharp political satire ensue. Chico, Zeppo, and Harpo Marx co-star.
Laurel & Hardy: Flying Deuces (1939) One of the most critically heralded comedy double acts, Laurel and Hardy made an art out of slapstick. In this winsome misadventure they parody the war stories that were all the rage with a wacky tale of two American idiots who get caught up in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Last week, in partnership with Watchmaker Films, we presented Tobe Hooper's rarely seen comedic short The Heisters (1964). This week: the main attraction, Hooper's debut feature, Eggshells, (1968/69), long believed to have been lost until, four decades on, it was rediscovered, restored and presented at the 2009 edition of the South by Southwest Festival.
That's when Louis Black, a co-founder of both the Austin Chronicle and SXSW, wrote that "Eggshells makes explicit what many have long assumed — that Hooper's sense of cinema is the defining characteristic that makes [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)] great. Eggshells is a true 1968 film, psychedelic and political; it seems clear that Hooper had watched more than a film or two by Jean-Luc Godard. The film celebrates alternative lifestyles and politics and people and an odd, kinky semi-mysticism that is grounded more in humor than the supernatural. It captures what Austin looked like in the Sixties as well as the political sensibility shared »
Tom Sturridge as Carlo Marx: On the Road poster Tom Sturridge (Effie / Waiting for Forever / Brothers of the Head) is seen above in the latest On the Road "character" poster. In director Walter Salles and screenwriter José Rivera's film version of Jack Kerouac's iconic novel, Sturridge plays the character Carlo Marx, which sounds a lot like Harpo Marx, but who's actually Kerouac's portrait of writer-poet Allen Ginsberg. [Watch the On the Road trailer.] Two years ago, James Franco played Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl. Next, Daniel Radcliffe will be playing Ginsberg in John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings (2013), co-starring Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs (played by Viggo Mortensen, as Old Bull Lee, in On the Road). [Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee.] In addition to Sturridge and Mortensen, On the Road features Tron: Legacy / Inside Llewyn Davis' Garrett Hedlund, Byzantium / Woman in Love's Sam Riley, Twilight / Snow White and the Huntsman »
- Andre Soares
DreamWorks Animation previewed the first footage from its upcoming adventure saga Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday with the most detailed look so far at the movie’s take on some beloved childhood myths.
Anyone who grew up hearing stories of these figures can conjure an image of them, but the animated feature debuting Nov. 21 this year fuses those kindly characters with a warrior mythology. They don’t just bring candy, presents, and dreams; they are relentless protectors of innocence and imagination locked in an ongoing war against fear itself. »
- Anthony Breznican
I don’t know if everyone shares my fascination with flip books, but I’ve never outgrown my youthful fondness for them. In recent years I’ve tracked down a number of unusual movie-related examples, but I’d never seen or even heard of one featuring Harpo Marx, let alone Chico and Marilyn Monroe! Now, thanks to fellow pop-culture fan, cartoonist and illustrator Drew Friedman, I’ve been exposed to the amazing Flip-o-Vision series. There were sixty of these in all, which did require assembly: you had to cut the perforated images of a photo sheet and assemble the “book” yourself. Topps put some money and effort into this project, hiring notable show...
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- Leonard Maltin
The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia
Written by Glenn Mitchell | Published by Titan Books | Format: 304pp, Paperback
To some movies are very of the “now,” whether it’s the latest summer hit or the latest super hero movie that’s coming out soon, or the latest so-called horror movie that we complain is not bloody enough because it’s had its rating reduced to make more money – we all know we’ve complained about it. What we sometimes forget though is that the movie industry has a history that can be more interesting than any of the movies. It’s the history of how they came to be and where the inspiration for everything we find in the scenes we so love come from. When you look at the history of movies you see the Universal monsters that pulled monsters such as Dracula and the Wolf Man into the main stream, the »
The Big News: A night of flared tempers on Raw as John Laurinaitis was verbally humiliated by Punk and took out his frustrations in physical form against Mick Foley and an enraged John Cena pleased his rival Kane by delivering a hate fuelled beatdown to the new United States champion Jack Swagger.
In a nutshell: An energetic response to the ratings dip.
Mick Foley came out to start the show. He talked about how most of his dreams as a WWE competitor had been fulfilled but that he still had one more dream and that was for his two youngest kids to see him wrestle and with that in mind he announced his intentions to enter this year’s Royal Rumble. Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler then interrupted him before he could elaborate any further.
Ziggler mocked Foley for trying to take the spot of guys like him who work »
- Laurent Kelly
A Night at the Opera, 1935.
Directed by Sam Wood.
The Marx Brothers make fools of high society’s opera lovers, and try to help their two friends-in-love along the way.
Groucho always gets the most ridiculously stately names. Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding from Animal Crackers, for example, or Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff from Horse Feathers. Mr Otis B. Driftwood is his character in A Night at the Opera. He’s still Groucho, though. He’s always Groucho.
Groucho acts as an advisor of sorts to Mrs Claypool (Margaret Dumont, of course). She’s trying to break into high society and solicits Groucho’s help. Why, we have no idea. This is a Marx Brothers film. Logic and rationality are the enemies.
He chooses the opera as their way up society’s ladder, encouraging »
16 items from 2012
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