19 items from 2016
No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.
With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.
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- The Film Stage
Last week, we reported that Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is teaming up with Adam Sandler on his new movie Sandy Wexler, the third project in his four-picture deal with Netflix that includes The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over. Today we have word that the cast just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with frequent Adam Sandler collaborators Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn and Nick Swardson coming aboard, along with New Girl star Lamorne Morris. The most interesting casting addition, though, is former talk show host Arsenio Hall, appearing in his first movie in seven years.
The story follows Adam Sandler as the title character, a talent manager in Los Angeles who represent a variety of different clients who are on the "fringes" of the entertainment industry. He's put to the ultimate test when he discovers a talented singer named Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson) at an amusement park. No »
The film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight, Kill Bill,Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill).
It’s a fun one :) Check out the trailer:
Now you can own the Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray!
We Are Movie Geeks has two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Vigilante movie is (mine is Death Wish 3)! It’s so easy!
1. You must have a U.S. mailing address.
2. No purchase necessary.
We’ll contact the winners next week! »
- Tom Stockman
Last weekend, one of the movies that opened in limited release was the action-packed Vigilante Diaries, starring Paul Sloan. Even if you missed this new action-thriller in theaters, it will be available on home video starting July 5 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. To get fans ready for this release, we have an exclusive clip featuring Chasty Ballesteros, which sheds some light on the violent background of Paul Sloan's title character.
Anchor Bay Entertainment's Vigilante Diaries is a high octane action-adventure film featuring 90's movie heroes, explosive action, and international espionage. The film revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by a brooding anti-hero, known only as "The Vigilante." Our exclusive clip features Raven (Chasty Ballesteros), who has Paul Sloan's unnamed vigilante trapped, as she gives viewers some insight into why he's so deadly.
These jam-packed missions of rescue and revenge take us from the mega-mansions »
Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016
Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...
Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.
We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »
Thunderhead Entertainment recently secured a foreign distribution deal with ITN Distribution for the Benjamin Cooper-directed thriller, Lighthouse Keeper (inspired by an unfinished story from Edgar Allan Poe), which is featured in an official trailer. Also in today’s Highlights: details on the new Suicide Squad Mez-itz figures from Mezco Toyz and Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray and DVD release details.
Lighthouse Keeper Distribution Details and Trailer: Press Release: “Burbank, CA May 4, 2016 — Thunderhead Entertainment LLC has just inked a deal with ITN Distribution to handle foreign sales of their latest movie, Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper.
ITN Distribution will represent Lighthouse Keeper at the upcoming Marche Du Film.
The deal follows the world premiere at »
- Tamika Jones
I’m a sucker for a good action/comedy and this announcement of Anchor Bay unleashing Vigilante Diaries this June/July is news to my ears. Based off the popular web series on Chill.com, the film features quite the ensemble cast, with Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (The A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill). The film is directed by Christian Sesma (Shoot the Hero) from a script written by Christian Sesma and Paul Sloan.
Vigilante Diaries revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by an elusive, brooding anti-hero of near-mythical physical and weapons skills, known only as The Vigilante (Sloan). Abandoned by governments, corporations and his handlers and with a bounty on his head, The Vigilante »
- Jerry Smith
Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing Christian Sesma's action flick Vigilante Diaries in cinemas and iTunes on June 24th. The release will be quickly followed up by the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release on July 5th. Based off the popular web series on Chill.com, the film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (The A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill). The film is directed by Christian Sesma (Shoot the Hero) from a script written by Christian Sesma and Paul Sloan. Vigilante Diaries revolves around a team of black-ops...
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• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Directed By: D’Urville Martin
Dolemite is a flick stacked to the rafters with “shouldn’t”s. A man of Rudy Ray Moore’s build shouldn’t be able to pull down the insane amounts of trim he does. A man that knows so very precious little about martial arts (R.R. Moore again) shouldn’t be attempting those high kicking moves. These people that are about as far away from being actual actors (with a few exceptions) as my house is from Venus shouldn’t be reading reams of dialogue. Actually, this whole production shouldn’t be entertaining or even watchable, but holy hell is it ever!!
The long and short of the tale is this: (maybe) pimp and club owner »
David Lafuente, Ryan Winn
A Larger World Studios
Mar 16th, 2016
Archer (A teenager trained to be the ultimate martial artist) is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet - a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong's (Archer’s immortal, and definitely alcoholic adventuring buddy) bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It's like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there...and he doesn't exactly have a maid service.)
Archer and Armstrong feels like something that would fit perfectly into a late night slot on cartoon network, right there with Venture Bros, »
- Jeremy Scully
"Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon, Celebrity Apprentice), as Wilford Wexler, April’s father and a lead scientist at Astro-x. He’s at the forefront of advances in the field of robotics.Tommy Davidson (Black Dynamite, Living In Color), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-x, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes.Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), as Gabrielle, Matt’s best friend and a fellow soldier. Gabrielle is tough and no-nonsense, can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to show what she’s capable of doing.Cody Linley (Hannah Montana, Melissa & Joey), as Matt, Fin and April’s eldest son. »
- Joseph Medina
Syfy and The Asylum announced today that Ian Ziering will slay again in Sharknado 4 (working title), reprising his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard, while Tara Reid is set to return as April Wexler to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. The fourth addition to the hit global franchise also sees the return of David Hasselhoff as Gil Shepard and Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard.
Set to premiere on Syfy this July, Sharknado 4 will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks - and 'nados! - are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected... Sharknado 4 will also star Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon, Celebrity Apprentice), as Wilford Wexler, April's father and a lead scientist at Astro-x. He's at »
Syfy and The Asylum announced today that a 4th film in its successful "Sharknado" movie franchise has begun filming. Tentatively titled "Shaknado 4," the film will see Ian Ziering reprise his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard, while Tara Reid is set to return as April Wexler, David Hasselhoff as Gil Shepard and Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard. New additions of note include: - Tommy Davidson ("Black Dynamite," "In Living Color"), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-x, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes. - Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris"), as Gabrielle, a tough and no-nonsense soldier who can take care of herself and isn't afraid to show what she's capable of doing. Joining them are: - Gary Busey as Wilford Wexler, April's father and a lead scientist at Astro-x. He's at...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Syfy and The Asylum announced today that a 4th film in its successful "Sharknado" movie franchise has begun filming. Tentatively titled "Shaknado 4," the film will see Ian Ziering reprise his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard, while Tara Reid is set to return as April Wexler, David Hasselhoff as Gil Shepard and Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard. New additions of note include: - Tommy Davidson ("Black Dynamite," "In Living Color"), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-x, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...
I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.
So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »
Lost After Dark, 2015.
Directed by Ian Kessner.
A group of partying teenagers are stalked by a cannibalistic killer after they sneak out from their high school dance.
When several filmmakers tried to recreate the 1970s a few years back the results were pretty good, with films like Machete, Death Proof, The Devil’s Rejects and Black Dynamite all hitting their targets and paying loving homage to the decade. The 1980s, however, have proven to be a little trickier to recreate successfully; there has been the odd glimmer of greatness – last year’s Turbo Kid proving that it’s the little details that create the most nostalgia – but on the whole it seems that the ‘80s is a decade best left 30 years in the past.
But it won’t be and filmmakers are insistent on »
- Amie Cranswick
Last week, we saw The Grinder flounder a bit. This week, we see the show at its best. Part of that is undoubtedly due to the return of breakout Grinder actor Timothy Olyphant, played by Timothy Olyphant — but it's also a tightly structured episode with an unusually razor-sharp focus. Plus: The cast nails a ton of smart, funny, fast-paced dialogue.I'm thinking of the first exchange, which follows a Sanderson family screening of a Grinder episode that revolves around one of those "What did you just say" moments. You know the trope, right? One character says some seemingly innocuous word, which suddenly causes the protagonist to Put It All Together? (For the record, Black Dynamite lampooned this better than anyone.) Anyway, Dean gets upset when Stewart does idle paperwork during the episode, thinking he missed the "what did you say" moment. He didn't, though; he just thought it was ridiculous. »
- Joshua Rivera
Because I’m a fan of musical accompaniment in storytelling, I’d recommend hitting play on the track below to accompany your reading.
Hopefully, if you are reading this, you know about our Late Nite Grindhouse program. Late Nite Grindhouse was a crazy idea I had of solely showing horror, cult and genre cinema theatrically at midnight. Being located in St. Louis, Missouri was a tough thing for a film fanatic of genre cinema. I would see theaters in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and New York or a college town like Austin, Texas – courtesy of the terrific Alamo Drafthouse – get these great repertory films that would show theatrically. I wanted in on that. I figured, that I would work with a theater that shared the same dream I had of celebrating film. Granted, I wanted to show a specific type of film but I was also wanting to build a community. »
- Andy Triefenbach
If this year’s unprecedented influx of TV series and the direction of the entertainment marketplace is any indication, the Sundance Film Festival may end up having to change its name.
After a few years of dabbling in episodic programming, following in the footsteps of fests like SXSW, Sundance is offering a record number of Special Events section series from the biggest names and networks in the business — including Hulu and Warner Bros. Television’s Stephen King miniseries “11.22.63” from exec producers J.J. Abrams and Bridget Carpenter, Netflix’s Chelsea Handler doc series “Chelsea Does,” CNN’s W. Kamau Bell travel series “United Shades of America” and Starz’s drama “The Girlfriend Experience” from exec producer Steven Soderbergh.
For some, like Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, the fest’s timing and his project’s pedigree (“Girlfriend” springs from Soderbergh’s 2009 Sundance-preemed feature of the same name) proved an irresistible match. “When you »
- Gregg Goldstein
19 items from 2016
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