If I had an Emmy Ballot 2016

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Emmy nominations are nearly out for the 2016 telecast, so I thought I’d make a quick post for what shows and actors I would nominate, if I were lucky enough to have a ballot. Feel free to disagree or make suggestions in the comments. Continue reading

Comedy Sequels Prove Lightning Won’t Strike Twice

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For my movie-going entertainment, nothing is better than a good comedy. And so, when announcements of sequels to my favorite funny movies are made, I get excited. I hope the key members of the original will be back, and that random throw-away lines will be expounded upon. I hope that the movie recaptures the magic of the original, and provides its own laugh. And, generally speaking, that doesn’t happen.

Recently, Nicholas Stoller, director of funny movies such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” and “Neighbors,” spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the art of directing a comedy sequel and crafted rules for directing a comedy sequel, rules which include “the story should be different, but the themes should be the same” and “cut out the fan service.” While I respect Mr. Stoller’s work, both “Get Him to the Greek” and “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” show that directing a comedy sequel inevitably leads to these fatal flaws. Let’s take a look. Continue reading

MCU Films, Ranked (Updated May 2017)

This post is updated as I’ve now seen the second “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, aka “Baby Groot and Drax Variety Hour.” I wanted to give my quick thoughts as to what the best Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) movies are. Please note that the list below is in worst-to-first order. Sorry, Thor. Feel free to disagree or tell me how wrong I am in the comments! Continue reading

Reboot Fever

As I’ve mentioned in the past, reboots (like, say, “Girl Meets World“) never match the expectations of a rabid fan base, usually because they’re trying to please the original fans while also attempting to woo new fans and cater interest in new characters. But, since reboots are de rigueur these days, I thought I’d throw out a few that I’d like to see (or certainly would watch before I’d ever come near the new “Gilmore Girls.”) Continue reading

Happy Sugar Ray/Visor Day 2016!

Well, we made it. As loyal readers know, this is the 13th SRVD making it, of course, the Sugar Ray/Visor Day Bar Mitzvah aka the Sugar Ray Bar Mitzvisor. Now, while Sugar Ray has not performed “That’s What Friends are For,” or even danced the Hora, I think it’s pretty clear that this 2016 celebration has some significant overlap with a traditional Bar Mitzvah. Let’s take it step by step: Continue reading

Quick Oscar Reactions/Picks

Every year, when the Oscar nominations come out, I make my picks as soon as possible, so as not to be spoiled by mass punditry. That’s become harder and harder over the years, as articles now proclaim front-runner status when discussing the nominations, and also because so many awards shows are now part of the mainstream (think back not that long ago when the Golden Globes weren’t even televised). That said, these are as “pure” selections as I can make. Also, I don’t see this year as being one of those “Return of the King” type years where one movie truly dominates. I think the awards will be parceled out more like with the 2000 nominees, when “Gladiator,” “Traffic” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” all were awarded a few major prizes but no one film was at the podium more than a handful of times. Without further ado:

(Note: an asterisk denotes who I think will win. I may do a blog post closer to the show about who will win, who should win/who I would vote for, etc.)

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Best of 2015

In many ways, 2015 was pre-ordained to be a massive year. After a down year at the box office in 2014, pundits predicted 2015 would be huge, given the releases of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the final “Hunger Games” movie, and “Jurassic World.” And (for those that have been released), those movies delivered well at the box office (including “World” setting an opening weekend record, and then, you know, “Star Wars” demolishing it.). But there were a number of pleasant surprises that pundits didn’t see coming, and that’s what made 2015 quite an impressive year for entertainment. These are my favorite pieces of entertainment from 2015, presented in no particular order, but, for sake of readability, I’ve broken my list down by categories. Let me know what I missed, or what you enjoyed, in the comments. And, as always, thank you for reading this blog – and I hope you’ll stay with me in 2016. Continue reading