Tag Archives: Eddie Murphy

Trading Places

THEY’RE NOT JUST GETTING RICH… THEY’RE GETTING EVEN. Two wealthy brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) make a wager where they scheme to have two men (one rich, one poor) switch places in life – what will be the outcome? An old formula for this comedy, but in the hands of John Landis it still feels … Continue reading Trading Places

Coming to America

THIS SUMMER, PRINCE AKEEM DISCOVERS AMERICA. Pampered African prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) has just turned 21 and wants more independence, taking his best friend (Arsenio Hall) on a trip to New York City where they pose as poor foreign students. Not a sequel to Trading Places (1983) but a comedy in the same vein, complete … Continue reading Coming to America

Life After Saturday Night Live

In 2005, there were two new faces on Saturday Night Live, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader. This fall, neither of them will be on the show anymore. Hader we knew about, Sudeikis we sort of knew… but he confirmed it last night on Late Night with David Letterman. They gave it 8 years of their lives, both … Continue reading Life After Saturday Night Live

The Distinguished Gentleman

FROM CON MAN TO CONGRESSMAN. Florida con man Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) uses the name of a dead congressman to get elected to the House; once in Washington, he realizes that his schemes pale in comparison with what’s going on in D.C. Not the first time Murphy plays a con man, and he’s obviously … Continue reading The Distinguished Gentleman

Wild Wild Barry

Congrats to Barry Sonnenfeld who turns 60 today, and that’s no joke. He’s the inventive cinematographer who became a successful film and TV director, a colorful character who appears as a guest on Letterman in the amusing clip above, from 2008. Sonnenfeld’s career took off when he met the Coen brothers and was hired as … Continue reading Wild Wild Barry

Tower Heist

IT’S NOT JUST A ROBBERY. IT’S PAYBACK. When Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and a group of employees at an exclusive NYC apartment building learn that one of the tenants, a Wall Street tycoon (Alan Alda), has embezzled their pension funds, they plot revenge. Certainly a heist movie for our times as the villain will remind audiences of Bernie … Continue reading Tower Heist

Shrek Forever After

IT AIN’T OGRE… TIL IT’S OGRE. Shrek is going through a midlife crisis and becomes an easy victim for Rumpelstiltskin and his wicked plan. The fourth film in the series is in widescreen and 3D, but nothing else has changed. Much like Shrek the Third (2007), the filmmakers take us down our favorite ogre’s path to maturity and … Continue reading Shrek Forever After

Dreamgirls: A Supreme(s) Musical

FAME COMES AND GOES, STARS RISE AND FALL, BUT DREAMS LIVE FOREVER. “Dreamgirls” the Broadway musical was a major hit during the 1980s, but it took over 20 years to get the movie version made. After viewing the results, one can easily say that it was worth the wait. With this film, director Bill Condon … Continue reading Dreamgirls: A Supreme(s) Musical

Beverly Hills Cop III

IN FOR THE RIDE OF HIS LIFE. When Axel Foley’s (Eddie Murphy) boss is murdered in Detroit, he goes back to Beverly Hills to bring the killer, a security head for an amusement park, to justice. A decade after the first movie came the third one and not much has changed – except that the story … Continue reading Beverly Hills Cop III