Alexander Payne's Downsizing made the list in my Ten Fourth-Quarter 2017 Films to be Excited About! column and it's taken me longer to see it than I would like, but here we are. Payne won me over with his excellent 2011 film The Descendants, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Shailene Woodley. Two years later, he... Continue Reading →
"As I left the theater, tonight, the guy in front of me turned back to me and said, 'That was stupid.' What did I say? I said . . ."
Original US release date: May 13, 2011 Production budget: $32,500,000 Worldwide gross: $288,383,523 In May of 2011, director Paul Feig released his new comedy Bridesmaids to the public and turned it into a hit far beyond the level of what anyone had anticipated. Focusing on complex and realistic female characters, Bridesmaids tapped into an underserved audience... Continue Reading →
All I really knew about Masterminds as I went in was that I liked the cast and the trailer made me laugh. I crossed my fingers that that would be enough. I was vaguely aware, however, that the film is based on the true story of one of the largest cash heists in American history. ... Continue Reading →
Sausage Party is another great example of the power of intelligent marketing. Highlighting the unique premise from the minds of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg, the trailers and TV spots successfully shined a spotlight on the movie's assets and shrouded its downsides, playing to audiences' desire to see something light but also twisted enough... Continue Reading →
I have returned! After a wonderful week in rural Alaska, I feel like I haven't seen a movie in about a year. But I did see glaciers, beaches, sea otters, eagles, and a great friend, so it was well worth the trip! But it's back to business with the much-anticipated Ghostbusters! I hated that I was... Continue Reading →