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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

Wet Hot American Summer

HIGH TIMES. HARD BODIES. SOFT ROCK. The writers, who were originally part of the MTV sketch comedy series The State, took their boyhood experiences from summer camps and worked them into this affectionate send-up of raunchy teen flicks of the 1970s/80s. Made in a kind of random style where we follow several kids and counselors … Continue reading Wet Hot American Summer

24: Time Is of the Essence

Two months after those towers in the Manhattan financial district came tumbling down, Fox premiered a new TV show that seemed to connect with the realities that sprang out of the terror attack. 24 portrayed a government agency called CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) that fought terrorism; the most accomplished agent of the Los Angeles branch was Jack Bauer … Continue reading 24: Time Is of the Essence

Southland Tales

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS.  In the near future, America has turned into a police state and a German company offers an energy solution that has unimaginable consequences. The Donnie Darko director delivered a long-winded, confusing snorefest with overly ambitious ideas coupled with too much silliness that was widely derided by critics. A … Continue reading Southland Tales

Wonderland

THE ’80S – UNPLUGGED. THE MURDERS – UNVEILED. THE LEGEND – UNZIPPED.  The year is 1981; former porn star John Holmes (Val Kilmer) is heavily into drugs and manages to get himself involved in the murder of four people. Director James Cox figured he could make a fast-paced, violent and complex look at what Holmes’s … Continue reading Wonderland

Ratatouille: The Little Chef That Could

HE’S DYING TO BECOME A CHEF. In creating the concept for Ratatouille, director Brad Bird got help from Thomas Keller, a distinguished chef. He advised the director on what goes on in the busy kitchen of a successful, classy restaurant and also had a few culinary tips up his sleeve, including the design of the ratatouille … Continue reading Ratatouille: The Little Chef That Could

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

IT TAKES A BIG MAN TO COVER THIS TOWN. When he’s assigned to cover the Toronto film festival, entertainment reporter Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) enthusiastically brings his family. Short and his fat suit move from Primetime Glick (2001-2003) to the vulgar character’s own movie. He claims it took 20 days to shoot and much of … Continue reading Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

Dogma

GET “TOUCHED” BY AN ANGEL. Two fallen angels (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck) try to come up with a way to sneak back into Heaven; Bethany Sloan (Linda Fiorentino) might just be the one to stop them. Kevin Smith sure is an interesting director. His movies are packed with tasteless sex jokes and profanity, but the … Continue reading Dogma