Tag Archives: Chris Rock

Sandy Wexler

In 1994, fledgling Hollywood agent Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) finally finds a talent worth promoting, singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson)… but his lack of skills is a constant roadblock. A comedy loosely based on Sandler’s own colorful agent, Sandy Wernick, that plays out over several years. That’s one explanation for the massively bloated running time, … Continue reading Sandy Wexler

Highlights from 88 Years of Oscars

The Oscars are on tonight, with Chris Rock as host. It’s the 88th annual event since the first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There … Continue reading Highlights from 88 Years of Oscars

My Oscar Predictions 2016

The ad above pretty much sums up the schizophrenic nature of the Academy Awards, which airs live on ABC this Sunday. It’s a spot that wants to be young and cool, with a smart-mouthed Chris Rock. That stands in contrast with the nominations this year that largely snubbed worthy performances by African-American actors. We’re used … Continue reading My Oscar Predictions 2016

Winners of the 2016 Golden Globes

Time flies, and the Golden Globes are already coming up. The show will be on NBC this Sunday and Ricky Gervais is coming back for another stint as host. In this promo, he’s being his usual self. I’m sure his monologue will be funny, and hopefully outrageous. Possibly, Chris Rock will choose the same approach … Continue reading Winners of the 2016 Golden Globes

The Day Joe Biden Said No and Chris Rock Yes

Maybe there’s no need to have Hollywood and Washington D.C. mixed up even more than it is, but I can’t help fusing two news stories of the day. Vice President Joe Biden stood in the Rose Garden, flanked by his wife Jill and President Barack Obama, to announce that he was not going to run … Continue reading The Day Joe Biden Said No and Chris Rock Yes

Lethal Weapon 4

THE GANG’S ALL HERE. After coming across Chinese slave laborers, Riggs and Murtaugh (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover) go up against a ruthless immigrant smuggling ring. Our heroes are growing older, but not much changes anyway. Number four is chock-full of action, almost to the point of exhaustion, but all the sub-plots is what really slows … Continue reading Lethal Weapon 4

Why the Oscars Need to Catch Up With the Golden Globes

It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR — philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015 Every year produces a barrage of hostile reactions to the Oscar nominees. And the history of the Oscars itself has numerous examples of outrages. Take the year of 1952, for instance, when Singing’ in the Rain, The Quiet Man and High Noon premiered, but The Greatest … Continue reading Why the Oscars Need to Catch Up With the Golden Globes

2 Days in New York

Marion’s (Julie Delpy) father and sister (Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau) arrive in New York City together with an uninvited guest to see her, the kids and a new boyfriend (Chris Rock). The sequel to 2 Days in Paris (2007) offers the same mix of boisterous family life and Delpy’s personal thoughts, this time as a … Continue reading 2 Days in New York

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Originally shown as a two-part event on the PBS show American Masters, this is Robert B. Weide’s fourth documentary on comedians, a frequently entertaining and engrossing look at one of the hardest working men in showbiz. Over the course of three hours we learn what motivates him, what makes him great and how he works … Continue reading Woody Allen: A Documentary

Grown Ups

SOME GUYS NEED A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO MATURE. Five childhood buddies (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider) reunite for their basketball coach’s funeral… and spend a tumultuous Fourth of July weekend with their wives and kids in a rented house. The Big Chill for the Sandler generation? As expected, all … Continue reading Grown Ups

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Wig out. In a desperate attempt to get back to New York City, runaway zoo lion Alex and his friends leave Africa… and end up joining the circus. Not many franchises keep getting better with each new outing, but this one does. Number three would merit a higher rating were it not for the simple … Continue reading Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Death at a Funeral

THIS IS ONE SAD FAMILY. As Aaron Barnes (Chris Rock) is preparing for the funeral of his father, it is gearing up to be a disaster. Only three years after Frank Oz’s hilarious British comedy comes the remake, directed by Neil LaBute who’d already made a mess out of the Wicker Man remake. As it is very close … Continue reading Death at a Funeral

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Still together. Still lost! Our runaway zoo animals try to leave Madagascar on an airplane but crash-lands on the main continent where Alex finds his parents. The title may be completely illogical, but the movie benefits from a few improvements on the original. It is funnier, pure and simple, with dialogue and situations that are somewhat … Continue reading Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa