Jeff York

“Blockers” Runs Interference on its Comedy with Maudlin Moves

“Blockers” Runs Interference on its Comedy with Maudlin Moves

There is a moment in the new film “Blockers” where you can visualize what the comedy could have been if it wanted to be smarter. Spying mother Lisa (Leslie Mann) finds herself stuck under the hotel bed where her daughter Julie (Kathryn Newton) is about to loses her virginity to her boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips). […]

 Jeff York

Wes Anderson’s Whimsical “Isle of Dogs” Has Plenty of Bite

Wes Anderson’s Whimsical “Isle of Dogs” Has Plenty of Bite

Wes Anderson has earned quite a reputation over the last 24 years for making films packed with whimsy, eccentricity, and gentle humor. He is a very funny filmmaker indeed, and yet if you look closer at his past eight films you will see that they are often tinged with melancholy and malice. Gene Hackman’s ne’er-do-well […]

 Jeff York

“The Death Of Stalin” Presents Russian History Through the Lens of Farce

“The Death Of Stalin” Presents Russian History Through the Lens of Farce

How absurd is our current political climate these days? So ridiculous that a porn star pay-off feels like just another day at the Oval Office? Increasingly crazy, enough so that the HBO comedy series VEEP now plays like a documentary? Risible to the point that watching cable news is almost sadomasochistic? Well, if so…boy, have […]

 Allie Smith

HOSTILES Was One of 2017’s Best You Never Saw

HOSTILES should have been an Oscar contender. It got lost in the shuffle in the glut of holiday films released at the end of 2017. Its VOD release is scheduled for April 24 and it should be a must-see movie for anyone wanting something more challenging and deeper than the average tent pole. Written and […]

 Melissa Maroff

Gavin Polone, the Un-Hollywood Producer

Gavin Polone, the Un-Hollywood Producer

Controversial producer Gavin Polone tells us what he really thinks.

by Melissa Maroff According to producer/director Gavin Polone, the success of Duck Dynasty and the backwoods TV phenomenon is “a cry for something that doesn’t seem like everything else.” “People are tired of unoriginal characters; nobody on regular TV is like the cast of Duck Dynasty or the Alaskan fishermen,” says Polone, “which ultimately leads […]

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