Tag Archives: Paul Reiser

Fosse/Verdon

The story of the the troubled but brilliant partnership, on and off stage, between the legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse and the Broadway star Gwen Verdon gets a superb, dark treatment in this limited series. Throwing us back and forth between seminal events in their lives (while also constantly reminding us of mortality), we … Continue reading Fosse/Verdon

Concussion

EVEN LEGENDS NEED A HERO. In 2002, a Nigerian-American doctor (Will Smith) in Pennsylvania begins looking into the deaths of several former NFL players and discovers a pattern of brain injuries. A drama that wants to be a new The Insider (1999), this time with the NFL, not tobacco companies, as villains. This reality-based film … Continue reading Concussion

Whiplash: Blood, Sweat and Tears

THE ROAD TO GREATNESS CAN TAKE YOU TO THE EDGE. Famous jazz drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich had a short temper. His outbursts were caught in secret recordings made in the early 1980s and have become the stuff of legend; another time, Dusty Springfield allegedly slapped Rich after putting up with his insults for several … Continue reading Whiplash: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Behind the Candelabra

What Steven Soderbergh announced as his “final” film is a straightforward HBO biopic detailing the love affair between flamboyant Vegas entertainer Liberace and the decades-younger lover he took in the late 1970s. Seen from Scott Thorson’s perspective, it was a relationship begun with open eyes but turned into a bizarre rollercoaster of kitsch, drugs, jealousy … Continue reading Behind the Candelabra

Funny People

GEORGE SIMMONS WAS PREPARED TO DIE, BUT THEN A FUNNY THING HAPPENED. Star comedian George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is told that he has a terminal disease; since he has no friends but tons of money, he hires a struggling stand-up talent (Seth Rogen) as an assistant. Director Judd Apatow’s most serious film to date would … Continue reading Funny People

Beverly Hills Cop II

Axel Foley is back. Back where he doesn’t belong. Upon learning that a friend (Ronny Cox) of his has been shot, Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) goes to Beverly Hills once again to find the culprits, who happen to be professional robbers. One of the most amusing ingredients of the first film was the tension … Continue reading Beverly Hills Cop II

Beverly Hills Cop: Action-Comedy Blueprint

THE HEAT IS ON! Not long ago there was a story about a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie being planned. I don’t think anyone greeted the news with enthusiasm, but there was definitely a time when Eddie Murphy was sitting on top of the world, as Rolling Stone Magazine once put it. In 1984, Murphy was already … Continue reading Beverly Hills Cop: Action-Comedy Blueprint

Aliens: Mother Against Mother

THIS TIME IT’S WAR. When I first heard about this film, I was 11 or 12 years old and pretty much a novice when it came to movies. Judging from what some of my classmates were talking about, I understood that Aliens was a dark, scary and very exciting film, a special experience indeed. When I finally … Continue reading Aliens: Mother Against Mother

The Aristocrats

NO NUDITY. NO VIOLENCE. UNSPEAKABLE OBSCENITY.  This documentary is certainly one of the most foul-mouthed movies you will ever see, so don’t miss the opportunity. Allegedly, it features 100 comedians (I haven’t counted them) talking about the most famous joke of the trade, the one that ends with the punchline “The Aristocrats”, and gives anyone … Continue reading The Aristocrats

The Story of Us

CAN A MARIAGE SURVIVE 15 YEARS OF MARRIAGE? Ben and Katie Jordan (Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer) have been married for 15 years, but find it is increasingly difficult to stay together. Saturday Night Live veteran Alan Zweibel co-wrote this film, which is why a drama about adult relationships is packed with funny lines. That’s not … Continue reading The Story of Us