January 22, 2014 |
Jonah Hill and Taran Killam shots a series of promos for Hill's thrid hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," but the best part of the video is unscripted. The "Wolf of Wall Street" costar pretends to sign Killam's tongue, but actually gets him with some of the ink. The other promo bits deal with Hill's three-peat as host and all the F-word usage in "Wolf," which has earned Hill a second Oscar nomination. Which is your favorite promo? The episode, with musical guest Bastille, airs at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 25 on NBC. Want more?
December 24, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) A truer American hustle, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" bests David O. Russell's "American Hustle" in an important department: "Wolf" zeroes in on greed and need and says in vivid, convincing fashion, "Baby, the hungrier you are, the easier it is for me to feed you crap. " No, that's not a quote from the movie. Like "Hustle," the three-hour "Wolf" features a great deal of voiceover and a main character who sees no fault in conning people.
August 15, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) No, “Jobs” doesn't reach the heights of “The Social Network.” Few movies do. Yet this biopic delivers a powerful lesson via an OK movie: That people can change the world if they don't let others stand in their way. “Jobs” traces Apple founder Steve Jobs' (Ashton Kutcher) life from his college-aged days as an ambitious, brilliant dropout to the late-'90s era when he returned to the company that previously forced him out. At first, the casting seems questionable; Kutcher's good looks don't exactly scream “socially...
August 12, 2013 |
In "Prince Avalanche," an artsy loner (Paul Rudd) and an immature doofus (Emile Hirsch) work together to repair roads in the middle of nowhere. Adapted from an Icelandic film, it's a slow and funny drama that director David Gordon Green says splits the difference between his quieter work ("George Washington," "All the Real Girls," "Snow Angels") and more crass studio comedies ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," "The Sitter"). At the James Hotel, the 38-year-old filmmaker - who recently completed directing...
June 27, 2013 |
** (out of four) A by-the-book FBI agent. An all-over-the-place cop. Imagine the sparks that will fly if they become partners! Actually, you don't have to imagine. You've seen this dynamic in practically every buddy cop movie ever, just not with women as the buddies. The parts land square in the comfort zones for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, who annoy each other and me in “The Heat,” which should have considered inverting the roles and allowing the actresses to play against type a la Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump...
June 20, 2013 |
OK, enough with the overtime games. I've complained about this to no end, but now I really mean it. I've aged, like, five years in the past week. And please, I wasn't young to begin with. I went from, you know, a touch of salt and pepper, to something a bit closer to … Bob Barker. OK, looks aside, my biggest problem is of course Game 4. It's one thing to get beat by a physical team, to lose against Tuukka Rask. It's quite another to lose because of two goals by Patrice Bergeron.