Film Review: The Big Short

Midway through “The Big Short,” something hit me. Going into the film, I knew its basic premise: how a bunch of investors made money off the housing crisis. What I didn’t realize was how big a moment the implosion of America’s housing bubble was, and how the ensuing economic crash affected my life and the choices I’ve made. Like other films about significant historical events I was alive for, there was a resonance throughout this film. Not nostalgia, but that feeling of “I know where I was when this was going down.” It was something I didn’t expect with a film like this, but the story felt very grounded in its timeline. [Read more…]

Film Review: The Way, Way Back

Film Review: The Way, Way Back

The Way, Way Back” marks Nate Faxon and Jim Rash’s directorial debut. The team is best known previously for their writing work on Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” This film is a coming of age story about 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) and his summer with his mom (Toni Collette) and her difficult new boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell). [Read more…]

TV Review: The Office Series Finale

TV Review: The Office Series Finale

“The Office,” has been the flagship Thursday night comedy staple for NBC since 2005. An adaptation of the heralded British Show from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the Greg Daniels led “American” office started as a mirror of its counterpart. It wasn’t until the show started to deviate from the source material that it really found its legs. The incredible chemistry of its talented cast paved way for successful careers for all of its stars, especially for Steve Carrell, who starred as Michael Scott, the awkward leader of the office.

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“Date Night” Sneak Peek

“Date Night” Sneak Peek

The first picture from Steve Carrell and Tina Fey’s new movie, “Date Night,” has been released.  The story is about a long-married couple who try to revive their relationship by going out on dates together as different people.  Sounds like a good idea, well, that is, until they run into a case of mobsters and there’s a some mistaken identity hi-jinks.  The movie is directed by Shawn Levy, who directed the first Steve Martin “Pink Panther” movie as well as both “Night at the Museums.”  Hopefully this will be funnier than those movies.  The movie will be released next April.

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Farrell Says “Anchorman 2” Is In Talks

Will Farrell is now promoting the upcoming “Land of the Lost.”  However, he said that the question he’s asked the most is if there will be an “Anchorman 2.”

Speaking with an Australian moring radio show, Farrell said that the team is getting together next week to discuss the possibilities of the continuing adventures of Ron Burgundy.  Farrell said he’s getting together with “all the guys” to talk about a follow-up.  I’d think that “all the guys” means Farrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and director Adam McKay.

You would think that given the cast, the sequel could be really expensive.  Maybe everyone’ll do it for a hometown discount.  Let’s hope.

Review: The Return of ‘The Office’

Review: The Return of ‘The Office’

Dwight and MichaelSome naysayers on our site may disagree with me (thats why you come here, our varying opinions), but I love the American Office. I love the cast, I love the characters, I love the writing. The writers strike was a difficult time for me. I spent the entire summer waiting for the Office to come back. Excited at the thought of longer episodes, and a longer episode order from NBC, only to have the rug pulled out from under me. Well, ‘The Office,’ is back, and was the wait worth it?

I say yes.

Tonights episode opened in the Office, the teaser had the gang doing a last minute overtime job from corporate, only to find out it was Michael’s ploy to get Jim and Pam over for a dinner party hosted by Jan and himself. Hilarity and awkwardness ensued, clearly, Jan isn’t the best mate for Michael. Did I want more Creed and Stanley? Of course I did. Did this episode leave me satisfied? Yes.

‘The Office’ returned with a bang, but the reminder that there are only three more episodes left in Season 4,  leaves me with a tinge of sadness.

Catch the remaining three episodes of the office on NBC, Thursday nights (check your local listings).