1-Minute Book Reviews: Robin

Itzkoff carefully documents the assorted rises and falls throughout Robin’s career that ranged from early Shakespearean theater, television, stand-up, film, Broadway, and more, and there is an interesting and disappointing surprise when you add it all up: there were far more falls than rises.

“Bad Words” – film review (B+)

Jason Bateman has had an interesting acting career.  He started in the early 80’s as a regular character on Little House on the Prairie, a very successful tv show from when you youngsters weren’t yet born.  From there, Silver Spoons, and Valerie, a big hit with Valerie Harper.  For a long time he was unfairly compared…

The Way Way Back – film review (B)

We sometimes have experiences as children that we don’t realize are not experiences that all children have.  Sometimes, we think either every child, or maybe no other child, will go through the same positive and/or negative events.  Some of my most treasured childhood memories were gathering with family, aunts, uncles, and cousins, at a summer…

The Snortie Awards

I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve shows about lists of the blah blah blah from the past year of blah blah blah.  I don’t like Top Ten of anything because it can all change the next day.  I don’t like New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t like End of the Year retrospectives.  However,…

“Sleepwalk with Me” – film review

Almost anyone can name a few obscure comedians who can bust your gut even though few others have ever heard their names.  One who kills me is Mike Birbiglia.  He’s got a deadpan delivery similar to Stephen Wright (for those over 40) and a delayed, self-deprecating style much like Ellen DeGeneres.  He is very relatable…

50/50 – A toss up

There was likely a moment, and a table, at which sat writer Will Reiser and producers at Summit Entertainment, and someone had to say, “It’s about a guy whose girlfriend cheats on him, his father has Alzheimer’s, and he gets cancer.”  And at some point, someone else had to lean forward in a chair, maybe…

Moonrise Kingdom

If I told you that Sam (Jared Gilman), a man in uniform, was in love with Suzy (Kara Haywood), a woman who lived in a lighthouse on the edge of a New England island, and they were going to run away together until a hurricane approached, you would say, “Don’t we have enough crappy Nicolas…

The Great Movie Post – Finalé (6/6) Guilty Pleasures

This is for the movies I’ve loved that juuuust don’t seem to fit into the regular categories, and with good reason.  They’re not right.  They’re a little – off.  They got issues.  And they rock.  Feel free to list YOUR guilty pleasures in the comments. ______________________  Bad Santa  – 2003 Directed by Terry Zwigoff Written…

The Great Movie Post (4/6) For the Laughs

So, after all that good-hearted bickering and a poor excuse of a Presidential campaign, let’s find a way to smile again.  What better time than a review of the best comedies ever filmed? Please keep in mind that these categories were very loooosely created and adjusted in order for me to find a way to…

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

I’ve said that there’s no reason to write a story without a plot because you literally can make a plot of anything.  It’s really not hard.  Why did Jeff get a wrong-number phone call asking for Kevin?  Is Pat’s wife cheating on him?  You don’t need anything more. Jeff, Who Lives at Home was written…