Tag Archives: Jim Carrey

The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

ON THE AIR. UNAWARE. There’s an episode of Twilight Zone, the 1980s revival, called ”Special Service” that aired in 1989. Written by J. Michael Straczynski who later created the sci-fi classic Babylon 5, the episode tells the story of a man who discovers that his whole life is a reality show on TV; even his … Continue reading The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

ABRACATASTIC! After ten years as the headline act at a Las Vegas hotel, magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton (Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi) are challenged by changing tastes and a wild street magician (Jim Carrey). Audiences and critics made sure that this comedy turned into a vanishing act, which initially feels unfair. The jokes and … Continue reading The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Lauren Holly is 40… No, 50 Years Old

Tomorrow, Lauren Holly is 50 years old. My first reaction after learning this was, wait, that must be 40? But time flies. Like so many others, I first became aware of the actress on Picket Fences, the amusing David E. Kelley series that ran from 1992-1996. She played the deputy sheriff on that show, relying a … Continue reading Lauren Holly is 40… No, 50 Years Old

Kick-Ass 2

YOU CAN’T FIGHT YOUR DESTINY. When Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) joins a team of other friendly, masked crime-fighters, he wants Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) to be a part of it; meanwhile, a former enemy creates a new alias for himself. The sequel hooks up with our heroes a few years later and gives a lot … Continue reading Kick-Ass 2

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Successful New York real estate agent Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) receives a crate containing a penguin from Antarctica; that’s where his father recently died… and soon Popper gets five more birds! This modern update of a 1938 children’s book is easy to like for families, with Carrey an amusing presence throughout. The penguins, some real, … Continue reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins