Tag: kevin pollack

MOVIE REVIEW | Special Correspondents (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “If nothing else, Special Correspondents is a great show reel for Gervais the director.”

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“We’ve got wine, snacks, not being shot at.”

While Netflix is killing it with original TV shows, it’s still a little new to the feature film game for me to automatically associate it with quality.  Although, Beasts of No Nation and Pee Wee’s Big Holiday make a pretty good case for the streaming service knowing what they’re doing.  But they were also movies that I heard about long before they came out.  When an original Netflix movie, with a pretty good cast pops up out of nowhere, with no buzz, that makes me a little worried.  But that cast was enough to make me take a chance on Special Correspondents.

Working for a news radio station in New York, Frank Bonneville (Eric Bana) is a hot shot reporter.  Not because of how well he reports the news, but because of how well he can create sensationalism from the smallest kernels of the truth.  Helping report those stories is nebbish sound engineer, Ian Finch (Ricky Gervais).  When a massive story begins to break in Ecuador, Frank and Finch are sent south of the border to report live from the scene. (more…)

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…)