20 items from 2017
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is »
- Jordan Raup
I saw a statistic today that’s overwhelmingly surprising about Adam Sandler and Netflix. It’s a statistic that’ll make you realize exactly why the media giant went into a multi movie deal with the not as funny as he used to be actor. Sandler’s gotten a ton of flack for I’d say at least the least 3-5 years, and deservedly so. His comedy is watered down, more family like, and just not nearly has funny as in his peak days doing movies like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, or even The Wedding Singer. However, it seems those movies don’t even “count” anymore
The Proof That Netflix Subscribers Love Adam Sandler »
- Nat Berman
A noticeable improvement over Adam Sandler’s previous three Netflix originals — in much the same way that a glass of Manischewitz is a noticeable improvement over drinking one of those ominous puddles that forms in the groove of a New York City subway seat — “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” isn’t the wittiest or most exciting movie that Noah Baumbach has ever made, but it might just be the most humane.
Too familiar to stand out from Baumbach’s career, but too funny and textured and true to not be one of its highlights, “The Meyerowitz Stories” harkens back to the more savage and sprawling comedies that Baumbach made before he teamed up with Greta Gerwig (whose ebullient influence is noticeably absent from this material, if not always missing from it). Still, this even-handed, mutually destructively, and inextricably Jewish-American family saga marks a major departure for Baumbach in one »
- David Ehrlich
Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler's daughter is marrying Rock's son. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.
After Ben Sowards received a call from the secretary at his 6-year-old daughter’s school, telling him that he had to come and pick up Valerie because she’d accidentally peed her pants, the Enoch, Utah, dad knew exactly what he needed to do.
As another daughter, Lucinda, 17, looked on and snapped a quick photo to show the rest of the family, Sowards quickly splashed water all over the front of his pants, then hurried over to Enoch Elementary School on April 14 to get Valerie from kindergarten.
What he didn’t anticipate is that Lucinda would post the snapshot on »
- Cathy Free
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Who doesn’t want to watch detective Joaquin Phoenix stumbling around Los Angeles trying to solve the disappearance of his former girlfriend while fried out of his mind? “Inherent Vice” has a stoner protagonist so funny and oddly charming that he could be the proud face of 4/20. But a lot of what makes the movie such a perfect stoner film is how Paul Thomas Anderson filters Thomas Pynchon’s novel through his own hazy, stoned-out filter. Watching “Inherent Vice” provides the actual sensation of being spaced out. You’ll be laughing nonstop one minute and then scratching your head the next. Long stretches seem to fade into each other. When it comes to stoner movies, “Inherent Vice” is a new classic.
The seminal marijuana movie for many Generation Xers, 1998’s “Half Baked” also marked the »
- Indiewire Staff
"They gave me money to make this. Can you believe it?"
Adam Sandler. When someone utters that name these days, I tend to shudder. When once he had halfway decent films like Billy Madison and The Wedding Singer, he's now making movies especially for Netflix. It seems like a major step down for someone that used to be the king of the box office.
Yet Netflix loves the guy. According to Netflix (via Screen Rant), Adam Sandler vehicles are accounting for over half a billion hours of views on the streaming service. There are no money figures to speak of but Netflix has been happy enough with the results that they have recently given him another four picture deal.
Makin' it rain!
- Tim Jousma
There are essentially two types of Adam Sandler movies, though they sometimes come in varying shades. On the left side are the more casual, laissez-faire affairs, wherein the popular comedic actor/producer plays an exaggerated variation of his real-life, good-hearted slacker persona. Some of them are charming enough (“Billy Madison,” “The Wedding Singer,” “50 First Dates“), some are mixed (“Big Daddy,” “Spanglish“), and a few are, err, curious failures (“Eight Crazy Nights,” “Click,” “The Cobbler“), but the rest stink of cash-grabbing laziness (the “Grown Ups” movies, “Just Go With It,” “Blended“).
- Will Ashton
When you think of quotable movies from the 90s you generally go the Jim Carrey or perhaps Adam Sandler route. All of us know lines from movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore. However, before all of these movies came out, in 1990 there was a memorable little film called Tremors which starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. They played these two crazy southern guys who wind up taking on an alien species that lay underneath the ground wreaking havoc on a small town. Here’s the full synopsis: Repairmen Val McKee (Kevin Bacon)
Proof that Tremors is One of the Most Quotable Movies Ever »
- Nat Berman
In our second feature of “obscure movie character I love” I’d like to center our attention on actor Josh Mostel who you might remember from the movie City Slickers. He was one half of the faux Ben and Jerry’s team “Ira and Barry’s.” He’s the guy that played Barry Sholowitz. Mostel has 61 credits to his name and can certainly be in our “That guy actor” segment as well. But I’d like to focus on his character in Billy Madison. Mostel played none other than Principal Max Anderson who was the principal at the elementary school Billy Madison attended in
- Nat Berman
Let’s get something straight about Adam Sandler right off the bat. I think he’s one of the best comedians of the past 30 years and it’s not even close. But I certainly am not ashamed to say I haven’t liked virtually anything he’s done movie wise in at least 10-15 years. He’ll never match his Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore days. This much we know. But I don’t think that the quality he had in Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer isn’t too far out of reach. Apparently it is. But who cares? The guy is taken care of for
Adam Sandler Reveals His Kids Don’t Like his Movies Too Much »
- Nat Berman
Let’s get something straight right now. I was a huge Adam Sandler fan back in the day. I liked him as Theo’s one white friend on The Cosby Show. I loved him on Saturday Night Live. I think he completely killed it as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Even as he got older films like Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer were pretty funny. But then his movies started to get a little stale. A little stupid, and yet they were still box office monsters. Then came Little Nicky. This is the one that did me in. It’s the movie
Along With Netflix, Did Adam Sandler Make a Deal with the Devil Too? »
- Nat Berman
Adam Sandler and Netflix are doubling down on their plan to churn out comedies that bypass cinemas altogether. Netflix announced Friday that it will finance and produce at least four more feature films with Sandler, all of which will debut exclusively on the company’s subscription streaming platform.
Netflix previously inked a four-picture deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, a partnership that so far has produced “The Do-Over,” “The Ridiculous 6” and “Sandy Wexler,” due out April 14. Netflix has previously stated the “The Do-Over” and “The Ridiculous 6” were the two most-watched original feature films to launch on its service.
“Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them,” Sandler said in a statement. “I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see. »
- Graham Winfrey
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, arguably the biggest drinking holiday of the year, we looked at some of the best drunk moments to grace the silver screen. From Humphrey Bogart’s classic, heartbreaking “of all the gin joints” speech in “Casablanca,” to the utterly ridiculous scene in “Team America” when the puppets spew their guts up, here are the 28 best drunk scenes on film.
“Leaving Las Vegas” — Booze Run
Although not a traditional “drunk scene,” the opening scene of “Leaving Las Vegas” — which sees Nicolas Cage’s Ben Sanderson dancing through a liquor aisle piling his cart sky high with booze — is as good a prelude to this list as any.
“Arthur” — Introducing Princess Gloria
Dudley Moore’s Arthur spends the majority of the film tipping back drinks, but his introduction of “Princess Gloria” to his aunt and uncle at a restaurant — and his insistence that Rhode Island could »
- Jacob Bryant
Not everyone was laughing on the set of Adam Sandler’s 1995 comedy “Billy Madison”. During an appearance on “Conan” on Wednesday, Sandler admitted he reduced a six-year-old child actor to tears while filming the movie’s dodgeball scene. Sandler recalls working on the comedy with director Tamra Davis and Tim Herlihy, with whom he co-wrote the […] »
- Rachel West
Despite being hated by critics at the time of its release (22 years ago last month), Billy Madison has achieved a certain nostalgic glow over time, both as one of the purest expressions of Adam Sandler’s rampaging id and long-spent cinematic energy, and as a thing that today’s younger adults watched a shit-ton of back when they were kids. Sandler himself waxed nostalgic about the cult-favorite man-boy movie on tonight’s Conan, fondly reminiscing about drilling a bunch of six-year-olds in the head with dodgeballs in one of the movie’s most famous scenes.
Recounting the story with host Conan O’Brien, Sandler seemed to perk up a bit, going from The Cobbler levels of energy all the way up to a Grown-Ups or Click bonhomie. His favorite part seemed to be the protesting parents of his young co-stars, who’d apparently failed to properly vet the script ...
- William Hughes
Justin Bieber's latest paparazzi pic has turned into meme central!
The "Sorry" singer was spotted out and about in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday, rocking glasses, red-and-gray kicks and a light-wash denim jacket. But all eyes were on his sweatpants, thanks to the giant wet spot front and center.
After the photo was released, the 22-year-old pop star took to Twitter to explain what went wrong, while poking fun at himself at the same time.
"Someone got me flowers and I was driving, made a turn, and the water spilled on my d**k area," he tweeted. "Didn't bother me if it made ya laugh nice!"
"You ain't cool »
#JustinPeeber can come to an end. After Justin Bieber was spotted walking in Los Angeles with a large wet stain on his sweatpants, many wondered if he had peed himself. The debate took the Twittersphere by storm, subsequently launching the trending hashtag, but the "Love Yourself" crooner has cleared the air—only after making fun of himself, of course. At first The Biebs took to Instagram Thursday to share a Billy Madison meme that featured Bieber's pee photo and Adam Sandler from the popular comedy. "You ain't cool unless you pee your pants," Bieber captioned the picture, quoting Sandler from the scene where he intentionally spills water on his pants to stop kids from bullying a student »
Fans were taken aback by a photo shared by Justin Bieber on his Instagram page, with a big wet stain on his pants. Pasted alongside a photo of Adam Sandler from “Billy Madison” in a similar predicament, Bieber wrote in the caption: “You ain’t cool unless you pee your pants.” While Beliebers throughout the world […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Justin Bieber has had his fair share of accidents in public — most of them involving high-profile falls while on tour.
So when the 22-year-old pop star was seen walking down the streets of West Hollywood, Los Angeles on Thursday with a giant wet stain on the crotch of his designer sweatpants, the Internet obviously just assumed Bieber had peed himself. (Yes, #JustinPeeber was a thing.)
But the “Love Yourself” singer has a totally reasonable explanation.
Late in the evening on Thursday, Biebs set the record straight about the source of the stain. “Someone got me flowers and I was driving, »
- Dave Quinn
20 items from 2017
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