‘Game Night’ Is The Perfect Comedy For A Society That Can’t Tell Real From Fake

Warner Bros It’s hard to say Game Night is entirely bad. I laughed a lot and its creators are clearly capable of crafting a joke. Yet they seem to have either an incomplete or an incredibly cynical conception of what a movie is. In Game Night, the movie is not so much a medium for communicating and exploring thoughts and ideas as it is a device for reminding you of other movies you’ve seen. Remember that? I remember that. This is just … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: ‘Ready Player One’ Gets Character Posters, Plus Some Christian MMA

IMPA This week in this special Presidents’ Day edition of This Week In Posters, we begin with Blockers, which basically looks like if Cards Against Humanity was a movie. John Cena as the dorky dad? Hard pass. Also, it looks more like T-blocking than C-blocking, since the kids are all girls. I guess it depends where you block from. [posters via IMPA] IMPA I appreciate the Grindhouse approach, and I like that they used a freeway to make the … [Read more...]

All The Sports At The Winter Olympics, Ranked By Watchability

Getty Image We can all probably agree that the Winter Olympics are a pale substitute for the Summer games. And I mean literally pale. Did you know that only two nations below the equator have ever won Winter Olympics medals (Australia and New Zealand)? It’s almost like affirmative action for the richer, colder countries. Nonetheless, it’s a useful placeholder. I admit it, I love the Olympics. I love that you can turn on the TV at any … [Read more...]

Frotcast 360: ‘All Eyez On Me,’ With Jesse Hett And Joe Sinclitico

Lionsgate/Code Blackhttps://filmdrunk.podbean.com/mf/download/5bhikk/360__All_Eyez_On_Me_With_Jesse_Hett_And_Joe_Sinclitico.mp3– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. This week on the Frotcast, old favorite Joe Sinclitico (Adam Devine’s House Party) joined Vince and Matt Lieb (AJ+, Flophouse, The Star Wars Show), plus new guest Jesse Hett was in studio to talk … [Read more...]

Top Chef Power Rankings, Week 11: The Return Of Fancy Toast

Paul Trantow/Bravo This week on Top Chef, the winner of Last Chance Kitchen returned for what Bravo claims is this season’s second-to-last episode. Should we believe them? In a season that has given us three separate Last Chance Kitchen winners, I’m convinced they’re going to drag this out for at least four more episodes. Not that I’d complain. This culinary drama is all I live for anymore. Besides, what else do they need … [Read more...]

Moral Complexity, Interesting Villains, Real Ideas: All The Ways ‘Black Panther’ Stands Apart

Marvel Before the advent of the expanded universe, I tended to judge superhero movies by their villain. This wasn’t something I did consciously. At some point, I just started to notice that my favorites tended to be the ones with the best villains — Spider-Man 2 with Dr. Octopus, Iron Man 3 with The Mandarin. Now that I’m aware of it, it makes some sense. Heroes generally have to save the world, a motivation that’s pretty … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: ‘Deadpool,’ Stoned Rabbits, And Incredibles Teasers

IMPA This week in This Week In Posters, thanks to the capricious whims of alphabetical order, we begin with this poster for Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies, which I’m going to go out on a limb and say most of us probably won’t get to see. There’s a lot going on in this — a crop duster, a rotting ferris wheel, multiple lens flares including one that seems to be coming out of a boob — but mostly I notice the … [Read more...]

‘Early Man’ Is A Buck-Toothed, Googly-Eyed Origin Story For Manchester United

Lionsgate Early Man — from Aardman Animation and Nick Park, the creators of Wallace and Gromit — is an origin story, of sorts, for the Manchester United football (soccer) team set in caveman days. It’s also every bit as British as that sounds, so British that in a climactic moment, as one of the bad guys charges up to steal the ball from one of the good guys (a good lady, in this case), she yells “Show me your … [Read more...]

Frotcast 359: The Quincy Jones Paradox, With Dave Lozo

Getty Image “I once saw Nancy Reagan piss on Jimmy Hoffa’s corpse. Bitch was crazy for angel dust. Hey, you guys like Cuban food?”https://filmdrunk.podbean.com/mf/download/hnhbbt/359__The_Quincy_Jones_Paradox_With_Dave_Lozo.mp3– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. This week on the Frotcast, Dave Lozo from Vice Sports et. al. joins Matt, Vince, … [Read more...]

Top Chef Power Rankings, Week 10: The Risotto Curse Strikes Again

Paul Trantow/Bravo This week on Top Chef, the show carted the chefs off to the Stanley Hotel, filming location and alleged inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, which we’re told King wrote after staying a night in room 217 while the hotel was otherwise completely empty. Was it for a red rum challenge? Nay, this was the setting for HORROR DESSERTS, in which the chefs were tasked to “visualize your worst … [Read more...]

A Talk With The Creators Of ‘West Cork,’ Audible’s Latest True Crime Murder Mystery Podcast

Audible In case you haven’t noticed, true crime is having a bit of a moment. True, the genre never really went away, sitting as it does at the nexus of the murder mystery and human interest reporting. But it seems to have experienced a renaissance parallel with the rise of the podcast as a medium. It’s a lower barrier to entry — even if you don’t have the patience to read true crime reporting or watch it on television, … [Read more...]

The Banality Of Desire: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Can’t Distinguish Sex From Consumption

Universal If you ever watch a few episodes of one of those house-flipping shows, you quickly come to realize that the remods are all pretty similar. Open concept, shiplap, de rigueur subway tile backsplash and maybe a dopey quote etched on something above the hearth. Turns out, the hosts didn’t get to where they are by being wildly creative. That would probably turn some people off, especially the surprise customers who never sought them out. No, … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: ‘Solo,’ The Rock Fights Skyscrapers, And More

Lucasfilm This week in This Week in Posters, we begin with Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’m actually required to begin with Star Wars or else the algorithm will take my job. It is unwise to disobey the algorithm. That being said, I like the name silhouette design they went with for these. And the distressed book design tells me “that’s right, Han Solo, remember that old story?” The Falcon getting chased by the little droid … [Read more...]