15 items from 2014
Come Undone: Wain’s Cliché Buster Episodically Funny
Every now and then, director David Wain delivers a great film with his certain brand of offbeat humor darkly shining, particularly with Role Models (2008) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001). At the very least, his less successful ventures feature standout performances from someone in his regular crew of comedic comrades (Michaela Watkins in Wanderlust, for instance). But arriving with the Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd headlined They Came Together (yeah, it’s supposed to mean that, too), finds Wain at his most strained since the episodically structured The Ten. Except, this film might have actually benefitted from a string of vignettes harpooning ridiculous rom-com tropes rather than the befuddling exercise at hand centered on two people that we’re watching solely as performers engaging in sketches rather than actual characters, utilizing a variety of broad comedic styles that feel lifted from the likes of The Naked Gun. »
- Nicholas Bell
How To Save a Life: Carney’s Anticipated American Film a Pleasantly Loveable
Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest, Begin Again (originally titled Can a Song Save a Life?) manages to gain a momentous degree of charm in its latter half, ending on a note that’s as satisfyingly untethered as its opening moments are rigidly formulated. Inexplicably, Carney is also able to squeeze some magic from a cast that seems staggeringly opposed to such a stunt, at least judging from a multitude of similar packaged deals in a squalid market of workmanlike indie films featuring such flora and fauna. While the music is hardly as catchy as the Academy Award winning compilations from his 2006 film, Once, a buoyant attitude sometimes fills in here, at least enough to make for an emotionally satisfying final act.
Reluctantly taking the stage of a dive »
- Nicholas Bell
In 1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs gave the world the first shirtless superhero, and in the last 100 years, Tarzan has made his way into every part of pop culture, from films and TV, to comics, and even Broadway. He’s been given the Disney treatment, the porn treatment, the WB treatment, and most fabulously … the Carol Burnett treatment.
But of all the incarnations, who has been the best fit for the iconic loincloth? In 1981 Miles O’Keeffe became an instant contender in Tarzan, The Ape Man, and because today is his 60th birthday, let’s pay tribute to Miles and nine other men who we’d love to swing through the jungle with.
Writer/director David Wain has made a name for himself in the comedy world with such films as Wet Hot American Summer (a cult classic), The Ten, Role Models and Wanderlust. All of those films starred his longtime collaborator Paul Rudd and they re-team once again for the new comedy They Came Together. This is a send-up/parody of the romantic comedy genre, namely You’ve […]
- Andrew Shuster
Writer and director David Wain has become a respected staple of the comedy scene over the course of his career, with a filmography that includes movies such as Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, and Role Models, as well as tv shows that include The State and Childrens’ Hospital. News that he was working on a new movie was thus greeted with excitement by many of his fans. Titled They Came Together, Wain takes on directing duties along with co-writing the screenplay with Michael Showalter. The cast includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Shannon, Cobie Smulders, Ellie Kemper, and Max Greenfield. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at the 2014 Sundance London Film Festival, an our reviews can be read here, as well as here.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Directed by David Wain
Molly (Amy Poehler) and Joel (Paul Rudd) are likable singles who reside in New York that we immediately want to get together and stay together but beyond the initial thrills of seeing them meet, the material of David Wain’s They Came Together soon turns disappointingly repetitive. Mimicking The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail, Molly’s small candy business goes up against Joel’s employer- the Corporate Candy Company. They have direct personal conflicts with each other but there is an undeniable pull of attraction between them that can’t be ignored. From ridiculing falling-in-love montages to klutzy bumblings on dates, this film in no way approaches the absolute zaniness of the best of Wain’s previous achievement with »
- Lane Scarberry
As an inmate of Seagate Prison, Gerald’s character butted heads with Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin wannabe, Trevor. This could potentially link to Ant-Man as Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) did spend some time behind bars in the comic books before being paroled for good behaviour.
This leads us to wonder whether we’ll perhaps see Lang come to blows with Dave while serving his sentence or whether they both escape when The Ten Rings broke out Trevor. It’s all connected, and it’s thing type of thing which really distinguishes Marvel!
Of course, Gerald’s role in All Hail the King was a minor one, so there’s always the possibility that »
- Josh Wilding
Q: Tell us about Thanks for Sharing...
Stuart Blumberg: Thanks for Sharing is the story of 3 men who are in a 12 step recovery program for sex addiction in New York City and it tells the story of how through their friendship and their fellowship and their struggles, they help each other recover and be the best people they can be.
Q: Can you walk us through each storyline?
Sb: Sure. There is the character that Mark Ruffalo plays, named Adam, and Adam is a successful environment consultant who has been in the program for about 5 years. And he had a really sort of tough, checkered past, full of lots of sort of dark stuff and when he got into the program he »
- Gary Collinson
If you checked Our 11 Most Anticipated Films We Can't Wait to See at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, then you already know a bit about They Came Together, and you know that it's the film I'm most excited to see. Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain returns to the indie festival with his loving, romantic comedy parody that stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in a You've Got Mail love story situation. The first poster takes the space usually reserved for accolades from film critics and replaces them with simple facts from a story that Deadline wrote about the film. Ed Helms does indeed star in the film. Here's the first poster for David Wain's They Came Together from BuzzFeed (watch a clip there too): They Came Together is directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten), who also co-wrote the script with comedy cohort Michael Showalter »
- Ethan Anderton
Spoofs have become weak over the last decades. Satirical swipes and lampooning of generic conventions have made way for tasteless toilet humour and irrelevant pop-culture references. Fortunately, it looks as though They Came Together, the upcoming romantic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, may very wellbe the shot in the arm that the genre needs. Judging by this simple clip and the fantastic poster, the comedy focuses on exactly what is being spoofed.
They Came Together comes from the writers of cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain and Michael Showalter. The poster contains the usual quotes from industry personel, only this time they are taken from news articles that state facts. Meanwhile, even David Wain’s press release is absolutely hilarious:
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Filmmaker David Wain’s reputation in the comedy world has seen a steady increase since the release of his first feature film Wet Hot American Summer, as he has followed it up with well-received movies such as The Ten and Role Models, as well as working on shows such as The State and Childrens’ Hospital. Many of Wain’s fans were intrigued to learn that he was back to working on another film, interest which was further piqued by the announcement of Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd in the lead roles. Wain takes on directing duties once again, splitting writing duties with Michael Showalter. The first clip from the movie, which will be making its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
David Wain and Michael Showalter, the team that brought us Wet Hot American Summer, has a new comedy coming to Sundance this year called They Came Together. The movie stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, and the movie is supposed to be spoofing romantic comedies. I'm not really a big fan of spoofs, but there is smart way to make a spoof and a stupid way to make one. It looks like they did this one right.
After having already made world-changing cinematic statements on adolescence (Wet Hot American Summer), religion (The Ten), service (Role Models), and community (Wanderlust), I teamed up with Michael Showalter to take on a topic that (to our knowledge) has yet been seen in the movies: Romance — particularly heterosexual romance between two white people.
Our next idea was to mix this romance story with humor – so you could almost call this a Romantic-Comedy, so to speak. »
- Joey Paur
The romantic comedy genre is both an easy target and somehow difficult to spoof properly. We have high hopes, however, for Role Models writer-director David Wain, who is putting the box office disappointment of Wanderlust behind him by putting two of his Wet Hot American Summer ensemble, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, back together for They Came Together. The first clip is below.They Came Together takes – well, rips – a page from The Shop Around The Corner and remake You’ve Got Mail for the tale of small business owner Molly who somehow finds love with corporate titan Joel (Rudd). And yes, they apparently both like fiction. Small world!With the movie due to premiere at Sundance, Wain has also released a typically witty director’s statement: “After having already made world-changing cinematic statements on adolescence (Wet Hot American Summer), religion (The Ten), service (Role Models), and community (Wanderlust), I »
Ahead of its debut at Sundance in a week and a half’s time, the first clip and poster have debuted over on BuzzFeed, giving a great first look at the kind of comedy we can expect.
They Came Together relates the epic love story of Joel, a corporate executive for Candy Systems and Research, a mega candy store chain, and Molly, the owner of a small sweet shop called Upper Sweet Side. When Joel is tasked with shutting down Molly’s mom-and-pop operation, »
- Kenji Lloyd
We're going to be seeing a lot of films at Sundance this year, but as any festivalgoer will tell you, you can't see them all. Scheduling complications always come into play, but it still stings that we're going to miss David Wain's latest, They Came Together. The rom-com send-up stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, and as you can see from the first clip, this is Wain operating in the absurd style of The State, Wet Hot American Summer, and Stella rather than his more traditional features like Role Models and Wanderlust. Also, the poster will easily be one of the best of 2014, and I hope it gets used in the wide release. Hit the jump to check out the poster and clip. The film also stars Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni. They Came Together will make its world premiere at Sundance on January 24th. »
- Matt Goldberg
15 items from 2014
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