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Sappiness overflows in Mother’S Day, an assembly-line rom-com with little on its mind beyond clichés and predictable formula. 81-year old director Garry Marshall, still mining the calendar after the similar New Year’S Eve and Valentine’S Day, has gathered a bouquet of celebrity movie stars including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Kate Hudson, and shuffled them into tiresome skits about motherhood gone right and wrong. Mother’S Day is a shallow and sickly-sweet offering best avoided.
Jennifer Aniston has the largest role in Mother’S Day as Sandy, a divorced mother of two sons whose ex-husband Henry (Timothy OIyphant) has married the much younger Tina (Shay Mitchell), who tries too hard to be a cool stepmom. The story jumps between Sandy’s dilemma and those of a dozen others, such as childless Miranda (Julia Roberts), an uptight QVC superstar who has motherhood forced on her by »
- Tom Stockman
Michael Keaton burst onto the movie scene in 1982 with his memorable performance as the fast-talking character Bill Blazejowski, aka Billy Blaze, in Ron Howard's Night Shift. Opposite Henry Winkler as a quiet, unassuming morgue attendant, Keaton was a ball of fire, an enterprising young man who carried a tape recorder so he wouldn't forget all his great ideas. What was especially fun about Keaton's performance was that he made the character likable, despite his often dishonest intentions. Keaton had been showing up on television shows and movies in small parts, but his turn in Night Shift was the right role at the right time. He capitalized on that opportunity by starring in Mr. Mom the following year. Written by John Hughes, the movie caught the tenor of...
- Peter Martin
Word is, one of the most Iconic Superhero actors in cinematic history maybe turning heel, and taking on a certain walk crawling web head!
Before 1989 the nerd community scuffed at the idea of "Mr. Mom" playing the caped crusader. Today we argue "but is *Insert Batman Actor* better the Keaton?" But now we wonder, are we ready to see one of our favorite caped crusaders jump ship, and join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
After yesterdays news broke that our official title for the Spider-Man reboot would be "Spider-Man Homecoming" today we learn, via Variety, that none other then Oscar nominated actor Michael Keaton is in early talks to play the films lead villain. While exciting this isn't exactly a surprise type of choice. Now that Marvel is acting as "Creative producers" on the film, that pretty much means they are running the show. And Marvel has a history with bringing on Oscar caliber actors. »
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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of John Huges as director.
John Hughes’ is one of the most influential filmmakers of the past few decades. His contributions as writer, director, and producer have created many well-loved and contemporary classic films. While his impact as a filmmaker in general overshadows his contributions just as a director, there are many commonalities between the films he directed versus the films he only contributed a script. As such, the trademarks considered below are meant to represent the films directed by John Hughes, but they can easily also apply to the films he contributed to, but did not direct.
Hughes’ career began as a writer for several advertising campaigns. He went on to join National Lampoon where he wrote several films including 1984’s Vacation, »
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4 items from 2016
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