Tag: amy pohler

MOVIE REVIEW | Sisters (2015)

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“Get your peanut butter out of my sister’s chocolate.”

It’s one thing to release your movie with a strategy of counter programming in mind.  It’s another to counter program your movie against a sure fire blockbuster juggernaut that unsurprisingly went on to be the highest grossing movie of all time.  I love Tina Frey and Amy Poehler, and even I totally overlooked the release of their latest team up because I was so distracted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Then, the first few weeks of the year were taken up with prestige, Oscar movies.  But now that I got that stuff out of the way, it was finally time to see Sisters.


Maura (Poehler) is a recently divorced nurse who is the kind of person who spends her leisure time offering homeless people sunscreen, a place to shower and motivational quotes.  Skyping with her parents (Dianne Wiest and James Brolin), she learns that they are planning on selling the childhood home where she grew up.  That news is bad enough, but it gets even worse when they let her know that they expect Maura to tell her sister, Kate (Fey). (more…)

***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Inside Out (2015)

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“Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.”

After an impeccable decade and a bit of bona fide classics, it was only a matter of time before Pixar started to disappoint.  No movie studio or single collection of creative minds could stay that good forever.  So after the perfection of movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, the disappointment of things like Cars, Cars 2 and Brave was kind of inevitable.  Actually, I’ve never seen Brave, which is kind of the point, no one saw Brave.  Even good recent Pixar movies, like Monsters University and Toy Story 3, suffer from the very fact that they’re sequels and lack that initial delight that a new Pixar world can bring.  But from the first trailer I saw months ago, I had a feeling that Inside Out was going to be one of the good ones.


It turns out, inside of us all, in a control room in our brains, a team of emotions run our feelings.  In the world of Inside Out, we get to see this in action through 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias).  Inside her mind, we meet Joy (Amy Pohler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kailing) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).  After a new job for her father sees Riley and her family moving from Minnesota to San Francisco, her emotions literally need to work overtime so Riley can navigate and process her new life. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Mean Girls (2004)

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“And evil takes a human form in Regina George. Don’t be fooled because she may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bag, but in reality, she’s so much more than that”.

Sometimes there are movies that no matter how many great reviews I read, no matter how many people whose opinion I trust talk it up, no matter how many reasons I have to watch it, for some reason, I just never do.  For a decade now, I’ve been reading great reviews for Mean Girls and having people’s whose opinion I trust tell me I need to see Mean Girls.  So, it may have taken ten years, but I finally saw Mean Girls.


After being home schooled by her anthropologist parents in the wilds of Africa, 16 year old Cady (Lindsay Lohan) enters a regular school for the first time in her life.  She quickly makes friends with Lizzy Caplan as gothy, weird chick Janis, and fabulous gay guy, Daniel Fransese as Damien.  Janis and Damien soon realise they can use Cady’s hotness to infiltrate the Plastics, a clique of hotties made up of Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), Karen (Amanda Seyfried) and their leader, Regina (Rachel McAdams). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Inside Out (2015)

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“Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.”

After an impeccable decade and a bit of bona fide classics, it was only a matter of time before Pixar started to disappoint.  No movie studio or single collection of creative minds could stay that good forever.  So after the perfection of movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, the disappointment of things like Cars, Cars 2 and Brave was kind of inevitable.  Actually, I’ve never seen Brave, which is kind of the point, no one saw Brave.  Even good recent Pixar movies, like Monsters University and Toy Story 3, suffer from the very fact that they’re sequels and lack that initial delight that a new Pixar world can bring.  But from the first trailer I saw months ago, I had a feeling that Inside Out was going to be one of the good ones.


It turns out, inside of us all, in a control room in our brains, a team of emotions run our feelings.  In the world of Inside Out, we get to see this in action through 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias).  Inside her mind, we meet Joy (Amy Pohler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kailing) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).  After a new job for her father sees Riley and her family moving from Minnesota to San Francisco, her emotions literally need to work overtime so Riley can navigate and process her new life. (more…)

***2014 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | They Came Together (2014)

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Molly: “Can I ask you a question; how do you sleep at night?” Joel: “I usually jerk off and then sleep pretty soundly”.

Parody or spoof movies are possibly the worst genre of movie being churned out today, but it’s not the genre’s fault. In fact, before the Wayans Brothers ruined it for everyone, and before the endless dribble of “Not Another…” movies managed to go even lower, the parody movie was actually a pretty sure thing for some solid laughs.


The Naked Gun movies perfectly spoofed cop shows and made for some of the funniest comedies of late 80s and early 90s. In 1980, Airplane! was such a successful and hilarious take on the 70s disaster movie, it’s more famous and enduring today than the genre it spoofed. And it’s the spirit of Airplane and The Naked Gun that makes They Came Together the best parody, spoof, joke machine movie in a long, long time. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Are You Here (2014)

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“Steve, I would prefer to forego your input since it most recently resulted in my brother becoming fat, unemployed and growing that supremely anti-social beard.”

Matt Weiner is the creator of one of the greatest TV shows of the last decade. And when you create a show like Mad Men, making the move to feature films is a double edged sword. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of a studio green lighting your project and giving you the money to make it. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of A-list actors taking your calls and reading your script. But the downside is, everyone’s gonna compare it to Mad Men. So, how do I think Are You Here compares to Mad Men?


Nah, that’s not what this is about at all. I tried really hard to judge Are You Here on its own terms and ignore the Mad Men connection. And now that I’ve seen Are You Here, I’m pretty sure Matt Weiner was determined to separate the two as much as possible as well. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | They Came Together (2014)

They Came
Molly: “Can I ask you a question; how do you sleep at night?” Joel: “I usually jerk off and then sleep pretty soundly”.

Parody or spoof movies are possibly the worst genre of movie being churned out today, but it’s not the genre’s fault. In fact, before the Wayans Brothers ruined it for everyone, and before the endless dribble of “Not Another…” movies managed to go even lower, the parody movie was actually a pretty sure thing for some solid laughs.


The Naked Gun movies perfectly spoofed cop shows and made for some of the funniest comedies of late 80s and early 90s. In 1980, Airplane! was such a successful and hilarious take on the 70s disaster movie, it’s more famous and enduring today than the genre it spoofed. And it’s the spirit of Airplane and The Naked Gun that makes They Came Together the best parody, spoof, joke machine movie in a long, long time. (more…)