V.26 No.49 | 12/7/2017
The Disaster Artist
Actor-director James Franco transforms into actor-director Tommy Wiseau
The Disaster Artist is both a hilarious comedy of errors and a touching love letter to Hollywood. Add to that The Disaster Artist’s meta-humorous “film within a film”/“good actors playing bad actors” japery, and you’ve got the makings of a cult film about making a cult film.
V.26 No.28 | 7/13/2017
The Little Hours
Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci are naughty nuns in oddball literary adaptation
The Little Hours is a send-up of the absurd idea of sin and that human beings can actually give up their sins of the flesh, but Jeff Baena’s attentions are focused on the fact that cursing, drunken, fornicating nuns are funny as hell.
V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
The Five-Year Engagement
New Jason Segel rom-com is happily married to the same-old, same-old
Romantic comedies about weddings are the cinematic equivalent of reality shows about wedding planners. They probably reach the exact same audience and involve about the same amount of creative effort. (“Eh, people watch those things. Let’s just make another one of those.”) The Five-Year Engagement has the benefit of a solid cast and a credible bunch of people behind the camera. But it’s still a lazy cut-and-paste job, combining elements of every nuptial-based rom-com since Four Weddings and a Funeral.