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When asked about their inclination for kidnapping comedies, Joel Coen recently told Variety, “I’m not sure why. They are all very different. We should probably give that a rest.” He and Ethan Coen are responsible for three of the finest kidnapping comedies ever made, and are perhaps adding a fourth to their résumé this weekend.
The addition of comedy into a crime story is hardly a new prospect, but the kidnapping comedy is a wonderfully specific little nook in this often darkly funny cinematic world. The Coens practically own this genre — if you can call it a genre –having covered and re-covered it in such uniquely different ways.
Their fourth kidnapping comedy (although I doubt they would refer to any of these films as such), Hail, Caesar!, follows a Hollywood studio fixer (Josh Brolin) whose work life begins to unravel after the kidnapping of one of his biggest stars, »
- Tony Hinds
Jimmy Fallon is the latest late-night host to tease Donald Trump after the mogul's surprising second-place finish at the Iowa caucuses. A night after Stephen Colbert joked about Trump's humility after falling short to Ted Cruz, Fallon delivered a Trump impression oozing with all the braggadocio voters have come to expect from the one-time Gop frontrunner.
"I'm here tonight because the people of Iowa have wisely named me the winner and champion of second place," Fallon's Trump says at a press conference. "It's just like children say: 'First is the worst, »
So, you’ve enjoyed most of last year’s animated feature films? Yes, 2015 was a pretty good year, but doesn’t match up to the gold standard of 1999 (Toy Story 2, The Iron Giant, Disney’S Tarzan, and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut). Still Pixar had its best work in years with Inside Out and that Shaun The Sheep was a loving tribute to classic silent comedies, but the other major hits like Minions and The Good Dinosaur were geared toward the small fry (not that Out and The Peanuts Movie didn’t appeal to all ages). For this new film, definitely leave the kiddos at home. Yes we did have an “R” rated animated film last year with Hell And Back, but that flick was chocked full of sophomoric sex jokes and “gross-out” gags. This holdover from ’15 (now getting a wide release) is truly adult in subject matter and graphics, »
- Jim Batts
The brilliant minds at Pixar — some of the industry’s finest animators, writers, and directors — are clearly cinema royalty in their own right. The intricate planning, structure, and storylines of their films and their sequels are far superior to many live-action films nowadays, not to mention the numerous Academy Awards they’ve picked up (and, in our opinion, might receive more of). Read More: The 30 Best Voice Performances In Pixar Movies In his new video essay, Jorge Luengo Ruiz compiles a master edit of Pixar films, and the odes within the films to other classic movies. What’s clear is that the folks at the studio are all clearly "Star Wars" fans, with homages in “Toy Story” (to “A New Hope”), “Toy Story 2” (“The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”), “Toy Story 3” (“Return of the Jedi”), “Wall-e” (“A New Hope”), and, of course, “Up” (“A New Hope »
- Samantha Vacca
The movies of Pixar Animation are known for having little easter eggs that reference the other movies from the animation studio. However, they’re also chock full of references, homages and tributes to other classic movies. Some are more obvious, such as Rex seen in the sideview mirrors of the Barbie Corvette in Toy Story 2, […]
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- Ethan Anderton
5 items from 2016
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