Tag: john favreau

MOVIE REVIEW | Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

Misery Loves Comedy

“You don’t have to be miserable.  But there has to be something wrong with you.”

I’d say most people who recognise Kevin Pollock, recognise him as an actor.  In the 90s, he had an amazing run.  He was in big budget, big prestige movies like Scorsese’s Casino.  He was in massive money makers like Grumpy Old Men.  And he was in one of the quintessential indie-movie-becomes-blockbuster of the 90s, The Usual Suspects.  But before his acting career took off, during his acting career since, and seemingly with no sign of slowing down, he’s always been a stand up comedian.  Which is why he seems like as a good a person as any to make a documentary examining what makes comedians tick, with Misery Loves Comedy.


Through a series of talking heads, Pollock takes us through a kind of life cycle of his subjects.  Who was the first person they recognised as funny?  When was the first time they realised they were funny?  When did they start using that skill to their advantage?  And eventually, he gets to the title with his final question, do you need to be miserable to be a successful comedian. (more…)

***2014 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Chef (2014)

Chef-Film
John Favreau is the quintessential Hollywood Cinderella story. As an actor, he was frustrated with the small roles he was getting, so he took the bull by the horns, co-wrote dream roles for himself and Vince Vaughn in Swingers and became a movie star. That wasn’t enough, so he flexed his directorial muscles on little oddities until he got behind the camera on the massive Iron Man. Now, a decade or two later, he’s combining the lot. The small, character based stories of his early years, with the free directorial autonomy and all star case of his later years, in Chef.


10 years ago, Carl Casper (Favreau) was the hottest, limit pushing chef in Los Angeles, raved about by food critic Ramsay Michel (Oliver Platt). Today, he has a prestige restaurant at his disposal, owned by Dustin Hoffman’s Riva, complete with Scarlett Johansen as the world’s hottest hostess, Molly. When Ramsay Michel returns, his scathing review paints Carl as a boring has been. A half assed social media lesson from his son leads to a very public, online breakdown from Carl, before a real life break down sees him unemployed. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Chef (2014)

Chef-Film
John Favreau is the quintessential Hollywood Cinderella story. As an actor, he was frustrated with the small roles he was getting, so he took the bull by the horns, co-wrote dream roles for himself and Vince Vaughn in Swingers and became a movie star. That wasn’t enough, so he flexed his directorial muscles on little oddities until he got behind the camera on the massive Iron Man. Now, a decade or two later, he’s combining the lot. The small, character based stories of his early years, with the free directorial autonomy and all star case of his later years, in Chef.


10 years ago, Carl Casper (Favreau) was the hottest, limit pushing chef in Los Angeles, raved about by food critic Ramsay Michel (Oliver Platt). Today, he has a prestige restaurant at his disposal, owned by Dustin Hoffman’s Riva, complete with Scarlett Johansen as the world’s hottest hostess, Molly. When Ramsay Michel returns, his scathing review paints Carl as a boring has been. A half assed social media lesson from his son leads to a very public, online breakdown from Carl, before a real life break down sees him unemployed. (more…)