A Million Ways to Die in the West

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST: People Die at the Fair

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) – Directed by Seth MacFarlane – Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Wes Studi, Alex Borstein, Evan Jones, Gilbert Gottfried, Dennis Haskins, Christopher Lloyd, Bill Maher, Ewan McGregor, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Reynolds, and Patrick Stewart. Whither,…

22 Jump Street

22 JUMP STREET: We Were Always Too Old For This Shit

22 Jump Street (2014) – Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Rob Riggle, Amber Stevens, and Dave Franco. Essentially, buddy movies are about the difficulties between people of the same sex to express their emotions for one another. They are the origin of the…

The World's End

THE WORLD’S END: Drink Up. Let’s Boo-Boo.

The World’s End (2013) – Directed by Edgar Wright – Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Pierce Brosnan, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, and Bill Nighy. The third and final film in the Cornetto Trilogy from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost is both the best and worst of the three films.…

The Wolf of Wall Street

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: There’s No Nobility in Poverty

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – Directed by Martin Scorsese – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin, and Joana Lumley. It is only in the film’s final act, when Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is getting pinched by the feds, when he’s abusive towards…

Anchorman 2

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: I Like Your Ginger Ale

Anchorman 2 (2013) – Directed by Adam McKay – Starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear as Gary, Josh Lawson, Harrison Ford, Vince Vaughn, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Marion Cotillard, Sacha Baron Cohen, Drake, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Amy…

Grand Budapest Hotel

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: Keep Your Hands Off My Lobby Boy

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Directed by Wes Anderson – Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. I don’t always love Wes Anderson movies,…

Muppets Most Wanted Poster

MUPPETS MOST WANTED: Goodnight, Danny Trejo

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) – Directed by James Bobin – Starring Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Bill Barretta, Dave Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jemaine Clement, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Dexter Fletcher, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Tom…

Rapture-Palooza

RAPTURE-PALOOZA: You Want Some, Happy Meal?

Rapture-Palooza (2013) – Directed by Paul Middleditch – Starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Ken Jeong, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, John Michael Higgins, Ana Gasteyer, Rob Heubel, Calum Worthy, and Thomas Lennon. Craig Robinson. Anna Kendrick. What could go wrong? Yeah. For the first 10 minutes or so, RAPTURE-PALOOZA (what is this, 1993?) works for…

MOVIE 43: The 43 Best Things About MOVIE 43

Movie 43 (2013) – Directed by Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk – Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Bennett, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Adam Cagley, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh…

SHARKNADO: William Faulkner’s Sharknado

Sharknado (2013) – Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante – Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, and Chuck Hittinger. Guest post by William Faulkner At first, there was nothing but the waves, the unending rhythm of waves that were in constant motion yet so consistent a presence that they were unnoticeable.…

R.I.P.D.: It’s Time to Get Your Snowman On. Get Frosty.

R.I.P.D. (2013) – Directed by Robert Schwentke – Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, James Hong, Marissa Miller, and Mike O’Malley. I kinda love R.I.P.D. Sure, it’s stupid and loud and derivative and childish, but it’s also pretty freaking hilarious. Well, Jeff Bridges is pretty freaking hilarious and the rest…

THIS IS THE END: You Can’t Have the Milky Way

This is the End (2013) – Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segal, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Channing Tatum, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aziz Ansari, and the Backstreet Boys. BE…

TED: This is the Theme Song from the Movie Octopussy

Ted (Theatrical Cut; 2012) – Directed by Seth McFarlane – Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Bill Smitrovich, Ralph Garman, Alex Borstein, Laura Vandervoort, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Jones, Norah Jones, Tom Skerritt, Ted Danson, and Patrick Stewart. Any movie that shows this much love…

IDENTITY THIEF: That’s a Terrible F*cking Name

Identity Thief (2013) – Directed by Seth Gordon – Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Patrick, John Cho, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Genesis Rodríguez, T.I., Morris Chestnut, Eric Stonestreet, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones. It was an afternoon of pleasant surprises: the weather was nicer than I thought it would be, IDENTITY THIEF is funnier than…

CLUE: Communism Was Just a Red Herring

Clue (1985) – Directed by Jonathan Lynn – Starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull, Colleen Camp, Lee Ving, Bill Henderson, Jane Wiedlin, Jeffrey Kramer, Kellye Nakahara, and Howard Hessman. CLUE is in that rare class of movies that I watched a million times as a…

PAUL: I’ve Been Waiting for This Since Mac and Me

Paul (2011) – Directed by Greg Mottola – Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, and Steven Spielberg. Much like Super 8, PAUL is a love letter to Steven Spielberg, but…

THE MASK: Hold On To Your Lugnuts

The Mask (1994) – Directed by Chuck Russell – Starring Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, and Ben Stein. I have a hard time judging comedies, and I don’t think I’m alone on this. Whenever you see those “Top 100 Movies of All-Time” lists, the few comedies that are…

THE WATCH: She Married You, Not Your Dead Jizz

The Watch (2012) – Directed by Akiva Schaffer – Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Billy Crudup, Mel Rodriguez, R Lee Ermey, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone. Here’s the problem with THE WATCH: the hierarchy of screen time commanded by the leads is the inverse on the comedy…