Tag: tina fey

MOVIE REVIEW | Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s just kind of shapeless, with any moments of character growth and audience satisfaction seeming a little too tacked on or forced in.”

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“There’s only so much any of us have any control of, good or bad. If you didn’t learn that in Afghanistan, you were not paying attention.”

Tina Fey is one of the smartest, funniest voices in comedy right now, and has been for a solid decade or so.  She had such a strong voice as the Head Writer of Saturday Night Live, that for the first time in my life, I actually knew who the Head Writer of Saturday Live was.  She starred in and co-created 30 Rock, one of the best and most original sitcoms of the new millennium.  Which is a list that her latest sitcom effort, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is also pretty much assured a place on once it gets a few more episodes under its belt.  And while I may have thought it was just OK, I can’t deny that she wrote a movie that has an important place in cinema for an entire generation with Mean Girls.  Yet for all of that, for some reason, Fey is yet to really crack it as a bankable, big screen star.  Which is something that likely and unfortunately won’t change with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

With a career behind the scenes for a cable news network in New York, Kim Baker (Fey) has found professional success, but not real satisfaction.  With US forces invading Afghanistan in the fallout from 9/11, she jumps at the opportunity to move there as their on-camera correspondent.  Landing in Kabul, she enters what more experienced journalists call the “Kabubble”.  These more experiences journalists, including British reporter Tanya Vanderpole (Margot Robbie) and Scottish photographer Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman), introduce Kim to a world where western reporters party hard and bang their security guards in the safety of their oasis like compounds, in between reporting from active war zones in the field and just outside of their protected front doors. (more…)

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…)

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 | Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

“A heartwarming lesson about sharing or waiting your turn or the number three.”

In a world where cinema screens are filled with cynical, cash grab reboots, remakes and pointless sequels, The Muppets reboot of a few years ago stood out head and shoulders above the rest. It had the perfect mix of reverence and love for what came before, while changing enough to make make the characters and story work in a way modern audiences would respond to. It was the kind of well intentioned, well executed reboot that almost makes the cynical, cash grabby ones worth it. Now, as much as I liked 2011’s The Muppets, I was still a little wary of a sequel coming out so soon. But bugger me if they didn’t go and make something even better with Muppets Most Wanted.

Starting during the end credits of the original reboot, the Muppets, led by Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmore) aren’t sure what to do next, now that they’ve saved their theatre. Enter Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), calming to be a promoter who can help the Muppets undertake a massive world tour. They accept and are off. Meanwhile, in Russia, Constantine (Matt Vogal), the world’s greatest criminal who also happens to be an exact double for Kermit, escapes from a Gulag.