7 items from 2014
Horrible Bosses 2, 2014
Directed by Sean Anders
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Getting a comedy sequel right is a very, very tricky task and its so often done wrong. For every 22 Jump Street, American Pie 2 or Wayne’s World 2, you get The Hangover 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Son of The Mask, Men in Black II, Blues Brothers 2000, Porky’s Revenge etc. The ratio of bad to good is almost staggering. So the fact that Horrible Bosses 2 is actually half-decent is a miracle unto itself.
The first Horrible Bosses was quite the surprise hit among critics and rightly so. »
- Luke Owen
At the movies, idiocy never goes out of style.
Twenty years after the 1994 original, Dumb and Dumber To opened with $38.1 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal sequel debuted almost exactly two decades after the Farrelly brothers first introduced the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels low-iq duo.
Dumb and Dumber To edged out the animated Disney adventure Big Hero 6, which took in $36 million in its second week. Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar slid to third in its second week with an estimated $29.2 million. The film continues to blast off overseas, where it took in $106 million over the weekend, with sales particularly boosted by a strong opening in China.
The top three films took up the lion share of the box office, with the no. 4 film, the romance Beyond the Lights, opening with a distant $6.5 million. In a Hollywood constantly updating, rebooting and sequalizing old properties, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
“Dumb and Dumber To” partied like it was 1994 at the box office this weekend.
The sequel to the Clinton era smash injected life into Jim Carrey’s moribund career, reminding audiences why they once loved the silly putty faced comic genius. It was the weekend’s highest-grossing film, picking up $38.1 million despite stiff competition from “Big Hero 6″ and “Interstellar.”
So how did the follow-up to a film that premiered 20 years ago before the dawn of DVDs, iPads and Facebook draw a crowd? Here’s four reasons why Harry and Lloyd stayed fresh:
1.) Accept No Substitutes
Unlike the doleful prequel “Dumb and Dumber: When Harry Met Lloyd,” the latest installment brought back stars Carrey and Jeff Daniels, as well as directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. That kept the gross-out tone consistent and let viewers know this wasn’t a cheap ploy to cash in on nostalgia. That help explains »
- Brent Lang
I had a whole rant plotted out in my mind, but when my fingers hit the keyboard I decided against it. Perhaps I’m mellowing in my antiquity. I hope not, as being not-mellow is how I make my living. Maybe it’s because I’m going to this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, always a wonderful event, and I’m awash in breathless anticipation.
Well, either way, I’ve got a deadline and ComicMix’s editor-in-chief is an asshole (not to be confused with this column’s editor, Adriane Nash, who is not an asshole) and I’ve got all these Sin City thoughts attacking my brain like anti-bodies at a clown orgy and I’m willing to share. Let’s see how long it takes for me to become non-mellow.
Fellow ComicMixer Martha Thomases and I saw Sin City: A Plot To Kill With last week. I »
- Mike Gold
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
You only have to listen to the Tinsel Town Stiffs section of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's Hollywood Babble On to know that not a week goes by where the entertainment industry doesn't lose one of its stars. This year alone we have seen tragic loses in James Avery and Philip Seymour Hoffman and yesterday we lost one of the true greats in comedy of the last few decades. On February 24th 2014, Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. We lost one entertainment's brightest stars.
When you look back at the great comedies of the 1980s, Ramis' name crops up again and again. Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. National Lampoon's Vacation. Stripes. The list goes on. Whether he worked on the project as a writer, actor or director, his legacy of work is hard to deny as anything other than stellar. You never really appreciate »
- Luke Owen
File this under, to paraphrase the great band C&C Music Factory, things that make you go awwwww: an Essen, Germany nursing home restaged classic moments from a variety of movies (everything from "Easy Rider" to "Titanic"), with their residents posing as famous actors in those scenes. If your heart isn't warming already, then you're probably a robot or some kind of gargoyle brought to life via black magic.
The residents of the Contilia Retirement Group, who range in age from 75 to 98, spoke to Der Spiegel magazine about the photo shoot (via Gawker), and described it as "tremendously fun." They probably also would have described whoever edited the photos as "marginally proficient in Photoshop."
Why are you still reading this? Just take a look at the photos, which also include nods to "Rocky," "The Blue Brothers" (what, no love for "Blues Brothers 2000?"), "Mary Popppins" and "Cabaret" (amongst others). It's »
- Drew Taylor
7 items from 2014
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