The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
Since then, his career has taken on a trajectory unique in the history of film, one in which he's gone from comic goofball to dramatic thespian, from universally beloved to acquired taste, and from manic cynic to soft-spoken spiritual seeker. Through it all, however, there have been a few constants; no matter whether he's a grubby groundskeeper or a morose mogul: Murray's character is always the coolest
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or
By this time, he'd been paring down his craft for 30 years until, with the help of directors like "Translation"'s Sofia Coppola and "Rushmore"'s Wes Anderson, he'd achieved a kind of Zen purity. After that, he could choose to play the smartass clown (as in his early roles) or the serious thespian, or somewhere in between. With no agent and plenty of savings, he could pick and choose projects at whim and do only what he felt like doing. So even his lesser movies seemed like labors of love; after all, there must have been something personally appealing to him in those roles to coax him off the golf course.
At one point, he also did the Garfield movies.
But herein lies the massive injustice. Bill Murray should have been nominated for an Academy Award for every other movie he's done. There. We said it. The following is a comprehensive list of Murray movies where the Academy unconscionably overlooked his performance, starting from the very beginning of his illustrious career.
Role: Tripper Harrison
Analysis: We're willing to forgive this one, as the
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2011 comedy movie The Big Year has some heavy hitters in the laughs department — Steve Martin (Three Amigos), Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels) and Owen Wilson (Hall Pass) — but failed to wow critics and audiences.
In the film, Martin, Black and Wilson are each facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. Avid bird watchers, they join a contest to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event, but for them, the quest turns into the ultimate competition.
The Big Year also features TV comedians Joel McHale (TV’s Community), Jim Parsons (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Rashida Jones (TV’s Parks and Recreation), as well as Angelica Huston (When in Rome), Dianne Weist (TV’s In Treatment), Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Kevin Pollak
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The punchline? You get a movie that truly looks like the sum of its parts, if the official Big Year trailer is anything to go by.
Big Year stars Black, Martin, and Wilson as three men in difficult stages of their life: Black is unemployed and has little ambition, Wilson is suffering from a mid-life crisis, and Martin is struggling to figure out how to spend his remaining years, since he is now retired. All three men eventually decide to leave their regular lives behind ...
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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)
Streaming Available: 06/29/2011
Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century,
Cars 2 feels like an exercise in excess and an apology from Pixar to their Disney friends. “Dear Disney, sorry we made a half-silent movie about a robot, and we're very sorry we made a movie about an old man and a fat kid who fly in a house-balloon. I know you love toy sales, and those movies weren't exactly selling tons of dolls. So, to make it up for you, here's Cars 2. It's like Cars, but with even More toy potential!”
This time, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) has just won the Piston Cup again, and now he's ready to kick up his wheels, relax with girlfriend Sally (Bonnie Hunt) and spend his lazy days with his best pal Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).
Unfortunately, after a very-public calling-out from hotshot
Thank goodness Johnny English is back. His first effort was perhaps everyone's favourite spy spoof. After Austin Powers, of course. And Austin Powers 2. And the first Casino Royale. And The Man Who Knew Too Little. And Get Smart. And The Silencers. And Austin Powers 3. So, to be more accurate, Johnny English was everyone's eighth-favourite spy spoof or – if you're feeling particularly generous – everyone's first-favourite spy spoof starring Rowan Atkinson as a character from an old Barclaycard ad campaign.
And that means this year's Johnny English Reborn is set to go down as everyone's favourite unnecessary and unwanted sequel to a spy spoof starring Rowan Atkinson as a character from an old Barclaycard ad campaign. But what is Johnny English Reborn about?
We suppose it's fitting, with the Academy Awards airing Sunday, that TV shows should take a back seat and movies should drive the week.
There's only one lone newcomer braving the next seven days of movie mania highway by premiering tonight, Friday, February 25th at 10:00pm. Fans of The Inbetweeners can catch Will (Simon Bird), this time as Adam, one of two sons in the Goodman family in Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4. The first episode is entitled The Sofabed, with Tamsin Geig, as Mum, playing a decidedly different role to her recent work in Episodes (which we reviewed here), and the rest of the cast round out what could be a nice plate of laughs on Friday nights. Well, for six Friday nights,
Expecting to do a film about Katharine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post, British director Tom Hooper found his cinematic agenda changed; for his third outing with HBO, he was given the task of helming a nine-hour miniseries about John Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. “When HBO entrusts you with $100 million to tell that kind of story and they are bringing it out at the time of the primaries in the election race, let’s just say there’s a little bit of pressure to perform,” admitted the London native. “This is the creation story and in a country that has such an incredibly strong film tradition it’s been overlooked.
Director Jon Amiel is certainly a director who likes to try something different with each film he undertakes. His films such as the period piece Sommersby, the real-time thriller Copycat, the comedy The Man Who Knew Too Little, the summer action film Entrapment and the bio-disaster The Core are about as different as they come, from one film to the next. After spending some time directing for the small screen, Amiel returned to the big screen with Creation, the biopic of famed the evolution revolutionary Charles Darwin, which just hit the shelves on DVD today, June 29. I had the chance to speak with this diverse director over the phone about his latest film, and here's what he had to say.
Obviously, I'm a writer, so I've never been a big
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