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Thursday
Aug052010

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS is dumb fun, emphasis on the 'dumb' (review)

Rating:  (Passable)

Dinner for Schmucks opens to shots of stuffed mice, lovingly posed and clothed at the park as "The Fool on the Hill" by The Beatles plays in the background. It's brilliantly stupid. Before we see Barry, we know everything we need to know about him. If only he were in a better movie. This one, well, it's decent, but predictable. 

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Friday
Jul302010

So awkward! Watch this Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and Steve Carell

I just got back from Dinner with Schmucks so maybe I'm in a laughing mood, but damn, this is good. Galifianakis has been doing this Funny or Die series for a while now (before he got big), but this is one of his best. I've watched it three times already. 

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Monday
Jul122010

DESPICABLE ME shows the heartfelt side of villainy (review)

Rating:  (Good!)

Gru (Steve Carell) is a super villain who takes pleasure in the small gifts of life. He's the kind of meanie who will take the time to create a balloon animal for a child and give it to him just so he can see the kid's face as he pops it. He'll freeze ray people in line at the coffee shop to get his latte quicker. He does crime for the fun of it. Also, for the fame. But like the Grinch, Despicable Me proves that even the most hardened villain has a heart, however small.

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Friday
Apr302010

JVC's movie picks for the weekend (4/30-5/02)

So, it's the weekend again. You've told yourself that this is going to be the weekend you finally get out to the theater; you're going to see a movie on the big screen. But what should you see? Well, my friend, let me help you out. Below I'll give you my picks of the week. Unfortunately, none of them are new!

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Saturday
Apr102010

DATE NIGHT is ludicrous, but Fey and Carell make it work

Rating:  Great

Let me propose a scenario. Lets say you want to go out for a nice dinner in the city. You enter the restaurant and the host is a total a-hole. Now you're at the bar. A server keeps calling out the name 'Tripplehorn' and no one answers. Do you: A.) Say you are the Tripplehorns and take the seat; or B.) Do nothing and risk having a lame night. If you chose 'A,' Date Night is the movie for you.

Date Night follows Phil and Claire Foster, a stressed married couple (played by Tina Fey and Steve Carell). We feel for the Fosters. They love each other, but the stress of raising children and working full-time is wearing on them. Worse, their good friends Haley and Brad Sullivan (Kirsten Wiig and Mark Ruffalo) are getting a divorce. Why? Well, they are plain bored of one another. They feel more like roommates than a couple, explains Haley.

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Thursday
Apr082010

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS has Carell, Rudd, and Galifianakis

I meant to get this up yesterday, but got a bit too busy with my radio project. What a great cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis. If only the movie looked better. I'm hopeful that these guys wouldn't have ALL signed on for a crappy project, but whenever I see a comedy and don't laugh at Carell, I take it as a bad sign. Still, it's always great to see Zach Galifianakis get his due. He was great on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back. Jay Roach, the man behind the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents films, is directing.

Monday
Oct122009

Bruce Greenwood and David Walliams join "Dinner for Schmucks"

With each month comes a new Dinner for Schmucks casting decision. In August Zach Galifianakis signed on; in September Stephanie Szostak came onboard as the female lead; and now Bruce Greenwood and David Walliams are having a seat. Greenwood will play a billionaire and Walliams a Swiss banker Paul Rudd tries to impress. Earlier this year, Bruce Greenwood played a pretty memorable role in Star Trek as Capt. Christopher Pike. You know, the man who dared Kirk to do better. He's a great actor with good comedic timing--he should fit in. And if you've ever seen Little Britain (or Little Britain USA), you know David Walliams is a real talent. I wish that show would drop the laugh track, but I still found it pretty funny. Here's a good skit from Little Britain.

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