Friends with Benefits (2011)

Friends with Benefits (2011) — This article was originally published on on 22 July 2011. I really don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of reviewing comedies. As I mention in every review I write for a comedy, the only real barometer for success is whether or not it makes you laugh. However, “I … Continue reading

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) — This article was originally published on on 26 August 2011. What does it mean for a movie to be scary? There’s a few different kind of scares that most modern horror films go for. The first and far most common kind is the jump scare. Rather … Continue reading

Bad Teacher (2011)

Bad Teacher (2011) — The following article originally appeared on on 24 June 2011. The 1994 Jim Carrey film The Mask introduced the world to a hot young bombshell named Cameron Diaz. She was in a few more movies (my favorites being Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary and her cameo in Fear and … Continue reading

21 Jump Street (2012)

21 Jump Street (2012) – I think there’s no better introduction for this movie than some dialogue that Nick Offerman (playing a police captain) has in his only scene in this movie. While talking about the undercover operation that forms the central premise of the movie he describes it as a program from the 80s. … Continue reading

Game Change (2012)

Game Change (2012) – I am of the belief that film criticism should be based on nothing more than the quality of a film. However, human beings are fallible and not beyond their own biases. A film like Game Change seems impossible to separate from one’s own political predispositions so allow to me to state … Continue reading

Saturday Night Live – “Anna Faris/Drake”

Saturday Night Live – “Anna Faris/Drake” So after a couple weeks of hosts taking front-and-center in the sketches (you know, hosting) this week Anna Faris pretty much faded into the background. I’m not really sure why. She’s an able comic performer even in movies that aren’t that good (i.e. The House Bunny, Scary Movie 3 … Continue reading

Saturday Night Live – “Ben Stiller/Foster the People”

Saturday Night Live – “Ben Stiller/Foster the People” It’s always nifty when past Saturday Night Live cast members come back to host. They know the score. They’ve gone through it week after week so they know how this shit works. Well, in addition to the five short weeks Ben Stiller spent as a featured player … Continue reading

2 Broke Girls – “And Strokes of Goodwill”

2 Broke Girls – “And Strokes of Goodwill” Okay so I still really like the relationship between Kat Dennings’ Max and Beth Behrs’ Caroline. I still like that horse. I love that Caroline didn’t get whipped cream or horse shit all over herself this week. I hate that there are two characters, Han Li and … Continue reading

Hung – “Don’t Give Up on Detroit; Hung Like a Horse”

Hung – “Don’t Give Up on Detroit; Hung Like a Horse” Hung has always been a tonally odd show. It is nominally a comedy and to be sure there is a lot of humor in it. All that humor comes out of a sort of desperate place, though. Both Hung and Breaking Bad are about … Continue reading

Saturday Night Live – “Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum”

Saturday Night Live – “Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum” There are people who insist that Saturday Night Live has not been funny in years. I disagree. I think what happens is they stop watching and every time one of their friends convinces them “no, really, it’s good now” they tune in and catch an episode like this … Continue reading