Tag Archives: Neil Patrick Harris

The Loss of a TV Giant

In the clip above, an interview for the Archive of American Television, Steven Bochco talks about the casting of L.A. Law, one of the seminal TV shows of the 1980s, and one of my personal favorites. Bochco was also the revolutionary guy behind Hill Street Blues, one of my earliest TV memories. He was probably the first … Continue reading The Loss of a TV Giant

Downsizing

WE ARE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.  In the near future, scientists find a way to shrink people down to five inches; this ”downsizing” becomes an environmentally friendly, even luxurious, option for a married couple in Omaha (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig). Alexander Payne worked on this idea for many years before it finally became a movie, … Continue reading Downsizing

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

SOMETHING BIG WAS LEFTOVER. Recruited by the world’s most successful inventor, Flint Lockwood and his friends return to their island where a habitat of living food animals has formed. A contrived sequel if there ever was one, but considering how crazy the first movie was – why not? The filmmakers are having a lot of … Continue reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

PREPARE TO GET SERVED.   When an aspiring inventor comes up with a machine that turns water into all kinds of foods, he accidentally makes it so powerful that it shoots up into the sky and creates a cheeseburger rain over his island; fun at first, the machine becomes dangerous. A wacky adaptation of a … Continue reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Gone Girl

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT ‘TIL IT’S GONE GIRL.   When his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears in what looks like a kidnapping, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a suspect and a subsequent five-year anniversary treasure hunt turns into a mix of incriminating clues and confusing question marks. Gillian Flynn does an excellent job adapting … Continue reading Gone Girl

The 7 Most Recent Oscar Hosts Rated

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting next year’s Academy Awards. Anyone who has seen him helm the Tonys or the Emmys knows that this is good news. I’ll soon get to why, but let us first kick off a list of who’s hosted the past seven years and how they merit:   2008: Jon Stewart – This was … Continue reading The 7 Most Recent Oscar Hosts Rated

A Million Ways to Die in the West

BRING PROTECTION.  Arizona, 1882; sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) due to a lack of ambition and courage, but a newcomer (Charlize Theron) in town tries to help him win her back. MacFarlane’s second directing effort reunites the same writers who made Ted (2012) so funny, but results this time … Continue reading A Million Ways to Die in the West

The Muppets

THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly acknowledge … Continue reading The Muppets

American Reunion

Save the best piece for last. 13 years after graduating high school, Jim (Jason Biggs) and his friends are all headed back to Michigan for a reunion that promises to spiral out of control as soon as Stifler (Seann William Scott) shows up. The Harold & Kumar directors bring back the American Pie franchise with a fourth movie and almost … Continue reading American Reunion

Rio

1 OUT OF EVERY 8 AMERICANS IS AFRAID OF FLYING. MOST OF THEM DON’T HAVE FEATHERS. Blu, a domesticated member of the critically endangered species of Spix’s Macaw, journeys with his owner to Rio de Janeiro where the bird hopefully will mate with another macaw, Jewel. The Ice Age director delivers another grand adventure that will please kids. … Continue reading Rio

The Next Best Thing

BEST FRIENDS MAKE THE BEST MISTAKES. Yoga instructor Abbie Reynolds (Madonna) gets drunk one evening and ends up in bed with her equally inebriated best friend Robert (Rupert Everett), who’s actually gay; then she learns she’s pregnant… Here’s a serious drama that tries to examine the concept of modern families, but the filmmakers’ ambitions are … Continue reading The Next Best Thing