Tag Archives: Don Rickles

Zookeeper

DON’T TALK TO THE ANIMALS… UNLESS THEY TALK TO YOU FIRST! When the animals at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo find out that the best man on the staff, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James), is thinking about quitting, they decide to help him change his mind. Another film that benefits from James’s all-around likability and physical comedy; … Continue reading Zookeeper

Toy Story 3: Beyond Andy

NO TOY GETS LEFT BEHIND. It may seem strange to see the name Lee Unkrich attached to this Pixar extravaganza as director. This is his directing debut, but he’s actually no newcomer, having been part of the Pixar crew for many years and worked on several films, primarily as editor. Toy Story 3 was his chance to … Continue reading Toy Story 3: Beyond Andy

Toy Story 2: Love or Immortality

THE TOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. In the beginning, no one intended this film to be a theatrical follow-up to Toy Story (1995), the groundbreaking movie that made Pixar famous. The idea was to make a 60-minute sequel that would be released directly to video. When the project turned out to look very promising, a decision was … Continue reading Toy Story 2: Love or Immortality

Toy Story: Beginning a New Era

HANG ON FOR THE COMEDY THAT GOES TO INFINITY AND BEYOND. Who would have thought back in 1995 that computer-animated films would revolutionize the industry? After all, Disney’s hand-drawn The Lion King was still a sensational hit and most people were content to think that computer animation would only remain a technical solution for certain elaborate scenes … Continue reading Toy Story: Beginning a New Era

Casino

LUCK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAMES THEY PLAY. “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) tries to run his Las Vegas casino as effectively as possible, but his doomed marriage to a hustler (Sharon Stone) and his friendship with a Chicago mobster (Joe Pesci) threaten to end everything. Director Martin Scorsese and writer Nicholas Pileggi reunited … Continue reading Casino

The Aristocrats

NO NUDITY. NO VIOLENCE. UNSPEAKABLE OBSCENITY.  This documentary is certainly one of the most foul-mouthed movies you will ever see, so don’t miss the opportunity. Allegedly, it features 100 comedians (I haven’t counted them) talking about the most famous joke of the trade, the one that ends with the punchline “The Aristocrats”, and gives anyone … Continue reading The Aristocrats

Kelly’s Heroes

NEVER HAVE SO FEW TAKEN SO MANY FOR SO MUCH.  During World War II, former lieutenant Kelly (Clint Eastwood) learns that there’s gold bars worth $16 million hidden in a bank behind enemy lines, just waiting for him and his newfound partners to pick them up. This action-comedy opened the same year as MASH and … Continue reading Kelly’s Heroes