15 items from 2015
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
It's really difficult to not brag when you've had the same kind of conversation I recently did with John Landis, the same human who directed Animal House, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, ¡Three Amigos!, Trading Places, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and dozens of other great moving pictures you and I adore. So, for this article, you are going to need to bear with a few of my gloats, please. I'm a nice guy who loves cats and grandmothers, so you can manage for a few paragraphs of crowing. (Or, just skip what I have to say and listen, I'll never know unless you comment that you skipped, which is just mean.) Landis was in Dallas over the weekend...
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It’s team-up time for twin titans of comedy once again . Actually one of the stars of this new film was attempting this just a couple of months ago. The in-danger-of-over-saturation star Kevin Hart made an attempt to broaden his fan base by joining up with another rising comic star, Josh Gad, In the modest hit (couldn’t have cost that much) The Wedding Ringer. Well it certainly worked for Kevin’s comic predecessors Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Tucker. But this time out he’s truly going for it, making a run for the comedy big leagues, by teaming with an established superstar of laugh-filled flicks, Will Ferrell (sure he’s had some duds, but when he scores, he scores big). And this new film takes some hot-button current topics, and gives them a spin that may remind you of certain Pryor and Murphy classics. So, let’s »
- Jim Batts
Directed by Etan Cohen
Get Hard is an episodic comedy that seems determined to botch its ‘can’t miss’ premise. No amount of riffing from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart can overcome a script that’s obviously cobbled together from multiple projects. Director Etan Cohen’s feature-length debut lacks the big-ticket gags to overcome its flawed execution. Ultimately, this is a ‘star vehicle’ that should have stayed in the driveway.
There are three films battling for the soul of Get Hard. The first has a Trading Places vibe. We get the typical class warfare sequences, such as the obnoxious millionaire snob (Farrell) being terrified of minorities or flashing his wiener at house staff like it’s their duty to admire it. Nothing new to see here, but Farrell makes it (almost) work with his inherent likeability.
Hart’s character, »
- J.R. Kinnard
The Harder They Fall: Cohen Takes Us Back To Racial Stereotypes of Yore
Screenwriter Etan Cohen makes his directorial debut with Get Hard, a crass, generally low-brow situational adult comedy that valiantly tries to disguise its extreme lack of taste and forethought with the personas of its popular comedic stars Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. In hindsight, maybe there’s a reason that the regular helmer of these Ferrell crafted boy child comedies Adam McKay, who gets a story credit here, didn’t oversee the project, since it never overcomes the ridiculously crippling antiquation of its initial set-up.
Had this been made somewhere in the 1980s, where we saw a slew of titles grappling with topical issues of racial stereotypes like 48 Hours with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, and on the comedic front, several pairings of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, this would have seemed regressive even then. But »
- Nicholas Bell
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I'm on the set of "Get Hard," and Kevin Hart is cracking himself up. Some context is in order. Hart, Will Ferrell, actress Edwina Finley (as Hart's wife) and Ariana Neal (as Hart's young daughter) are sitting around a table on a New Orleans soundstage. It's a dinner scene. Ferrell's character James, a business executive wrongfully convicted of tax evasion, has hired Hart's character Darnell to prep him for prison under the assumption that the car wash owner has served time. There's just one problem: Darnell hasn't been behind bars a day in his life. In this scene, he's forced to concoct a story about his criminal past after James puts him on the spot during dinner. And by "concoct," I mean "pass off a scene from the movie 'Boyz N the Hood' as an episode from his own life." "Rickaaaaay! Rickaaaaay!" Hart screams near the tail end of his monologue. »
- Chris Eggertsen
On March 27, Will Ferrell will begin serving hard time. But in order to prepare his white-collar criminal for some blood-red treatment behind bars, Ferrell has hired Kevin Hart for prison training. The red-band trailer for Etan Cohen.s Get Hard just dropped, and it.s like Oz by way of Trading Places, mixed with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.s Friday. Check it out: The jokes in this new red-band trailer aren.t too far off from the previous, lengthy trailer that dropped weeks ago (which I.m including below, for reference). This one just has raw language, naked Nazi women, and more prison sex jokes than you can shake a hand-made shiv at. The above clip ends with an extended visual gag about Will Ferrell.s character practicing giving Matt Walsh a blow job. you know, so that he.ll be better at it when he.s finally in »
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
From the more obvious (Kick-Ass) and directly referenced (Trading Places) to early cinema classics (The Man With the Rubber Head) and weird obscure foreign flicks (Tokyo Gore Police), here's a dozen titles we recommend you now get to know.
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- Christopher Campbell
The kind of action extravaganza only a truly fallen civilization can produce, Kingsman: The Secret Service will both entertain you and send you running to the shower. Adapted (loosely) from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons's gleefully brutal 2012 comic book The Secret Service with in-your-face visual bravado by Matthew Vaughn (who also turned Millar's Kick-Ass into a similarly deranged and beautiful killfest), this tale of a young tough getting introduced into a clandestine espionage network takes a familiar setup and upends it with comically stylized brutality. The film knows its story is an obvious one. "Have you seen Trading Places, Nikita, Pretty Woman?" Colin Firth's Harry Hart (code name: Galahad) asks our hero Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a council estate kid with a chip on his shoulder. Eggsy hasn't heard of those films, but he has heard of My Fair Lady, one of Kingsman's less intuitive reference points. Due to »
- Bilge Ebiri
In Kingsman: The Secret Service, secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) tries to give a second chance to his juvenile delinquent nephew Eggsy (Taron Egerton), by offering him the opportunity to become a Kingsman agent. A new clip from director Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation has been released, where Harry tries to explain how transformative this experience can by for a young man by dropping references to movies such as Trading Places, La Femme Nikita and even Pretty Woman. As you can see in the footage below, Eggsy is full of surprises with an unexpected reference of his own.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. »
Our favorite late-night show, Saturday Night Live, has a very big birthday coming up. VH1 Classic will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary with mega-marathon SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28. Because 433 hours of SNL is never enough.
[Cue the cheers and food delivery speed dial.] For 19 days, VH1 Classic will play back-to-back episodes of SNL. More details on your new favorite marathon are in the press release below.
New York (January 14, 2015) – VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place: “The SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.
Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon — the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.
Starting with season 39 and working back to season 1 from 1975, VH1 Classic »
- Taylor Ferber
VH1 Classic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history with "The SNL Rewind," a nineteen day, 433 hour marathon of many of the 760 episodes of "Saturday Night Live" that have run over the years.
Unlike most marathons though, this one will go backwards - starting with last season and working its way back to the show's first season in 1975 with the last episode to be SNL's first episode ever hosted by George Carlin.
There will also be themed blocks throughout the nineteen day schedule including Justin Timberlake's episodes, episodes hosted by former cast members, Chris Farley and Eddie Murphy's best episodes, and Steve Martin's early hosting stints.
Full details about the »
- Garth Franklin
VH1 Classic will run a selection of episodes of “Saturday Night Live” in reverse seasonal order over the course of 19 days in January and February in an effort to hitch on to interest in that program’s 40th anniversary celebration, slated to air during a three-hour special on NBC February 15.
The Viacom-owned cable outlet said it would work its way from the show’s 39th season straight through to the first episode of “Saturday Night Live,’ which was broadcast October 11th, 1975 and featured George Carlin as host. VH1 Classic will air that episode on Sunday, February 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern, leading up to the NBC special, which is slated for 8 p.m. that night.
The network won’t be able to broadcast every episode of the series, explained Ben Zurier, executive vice president of programming strategy for VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia, in an interview. Some »
- Brian Steinberg
15 items from 2015
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