I’m sure many of you remember at some point seeing the classic Robin Williams movie, Ms. Doubtfire, where the actor poses as a nanny to spend time with his family after his wife divorces him. Basically Robin Williams just playing a woman. It is a comedy classic but came out a long time ago in 1993.
Well, it’s apparently going to receive a sequel 20 years later. That’s right, supposedly Fox is pushing forward with Ms. Doubtfire 2 with both Robin Williams and the original director, Chris Columbus, both on board. This is really interesting, but just seems super unnecessary because the original film is a classic that should just be left that way. Don’t try to fix what’s not broken, I believe, is the saying I’m looking for, but seriously.. why now? What makes Ms. Doubtfire so special that the studio feels the need to make this movie so long after the first was released?
This seems really ridiculous to me, and honestly, I have no interest in whatever they put out because I feel like any sequel they try to release in the near future will just be a junk comedy that gets dumped into the same category as the other generic bad comedies that are released each year. We’ll see if any real official information about the project is announced, but this is apparently happening…
Well, it looks like funny guys Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will be teaming up once again with Adam McKay for a new film titled Border Guards. McKay has been attached to pretty much everything Ferrell has done, so it’s no surprise that he wants to bring his successful comedy duo back for another round.
This film would focus on Ferrell and Reilly as “two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the USA,” and sounds like it could be a pretty good fit for the two.
It feels like Step Brothers came out so long ago, yet, I still hear it quoted very, very often. Hopefully Border Guards can be another solid comedy with Ferrell and Reilly rather than a money grab with some mediocre jokes. I’m sure the chemistry between these guys will work out well, but I just hope the content is well written. I’m not sure what to expect from this movie, but definitely want to see a trailer – although that might not come for awhile.
I’m not a sexual deviant, I swear. It just so happens most of the short films I’ve reviewed so far have been about sex. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Sex is exciting. In our constant political corrections and misguided tactfulness we end up pushing sex and sexuality into marginal taboos. There is a lot to be said and there is a lot that should be send with regards to sex. So, I’m going to keep talking.
Where We’re Having Sex is dripping in subtleties and innuendos, Captivus is upfront and in your face. From Captivus’ bluntness comes its comedy. There are a bunch of quick quips and double entendres that got a hearty chuckle out of me.
Captivus starts with Kurt showing up at Kate’s. There’s no segue into the next shot, where we end up in their bedroom. The lack of introduction of characters and storyline, contributes to the feeling that Kurt and Kate’s encounter is a meaningless casual encounter. Then, Kurt gets stuck. He can’t get himself out of Kate. There’s no innuendo here. The two can’t seem to tear themselves away from each other. Enter Hannah, Kate’s girlfriend. Hannah arrives apologetic and gets shocked. I’ll leave the rest of the film’s developments for your enjoyment.
The characters are confused sexually and emotionally and from their confusion come their problems. The film boils down to just about what every conversation about sex boils down to: communication.
I can’t help but compare the two, so I’ll indulge myself. I think We’re Having Sex is a better short. I hope that doesn’t dissuade you in any way from watching Captivus. Captivus is smart, funny, and worthwhile in its own right.
Here’s the trailer for a movie that I (surprisingly) have never heard anything about; Frank. A mysterious guy who’s life is dedicated to music but is a little odd because he wears a giant human head/mask to conceal his identity.
I don’t know much else about this film, but I was definitely impressed by the trailer and feel like it will be a fun, inspiring, and unique movie that displays the value of music to certain people.
I’m really excited to see that Domhnall Gleeson has a lead role in this because I really liked him in About Time, and it’s awesome to see him in what looks like another solid role choice here as Jon, a musician who joins Frank’s band. Even better, my favorite actor, Michael Fassbender, is the lead! Yeah, they show the acting credits on screen quickly, but to bolster its cast even more, The Fass will be playing the main character!
I am really excited for this movie now, it’s pretty unusual for something to fly under my radar without me at least hearing of the title at some point. The cast looks awesome, the plot looks unique, interesting, and the whole movie is submerged in music!
There’s no word on when or if Frank will ever make it to a wide release; it was shown at Sundance this year, but is currently only set to come out in the UK and Ireland on May 2nd of this year.
I’m not quite sure why short films haven’t flourished in light of pop culture’s fractured attention span. The 7 to 12 minute length seems right in the wheelhouse of our hyperactive and attention deficient society. Short filmmakers pack all the entertainment and thematic lessons of a feature into a tenth of the length. I’m only a little bit disheartened short films haven’t caught on but I will spare you further complaint. One of the best short films I’ve seen is called We’re Having Sex, written and directed by Michael Callahan. You can find it, amongst a goldmine of other great short films at shortoftheweek.com. We’re Having Sex is about a couple whose sex life has fizzled out. Instead of depicting the typical sex hungry disgruntled man trying to convince his woman to have sex with him, We’re Having Sex turns the stereotype on its head and shows the woman as the aggressor. I’m sure there are many couples where the sex drive of the woman is higher than the sex drive of the man but in my limited life’s experience, I have found the opposite to more often be the case. Its frustrating for the audience to watch Kate (Hannah Pearl Utt) want sex so desperately. Somehow its not as frustrating to watch a man want sex as desperately. Kate is blunt and aggressive. David (Brandon Bales) is passive aggressive and subversive. The characters’ personalities and dialogues could have just as believably been reversed. Callahan switches stereotypical gender roles to bring to light an often unnoticed absurd element to the classic argument. By flipping them on their heads, We’re Having Sex, the film comments on sex roles and expectations. Its a little shocking to see David’s total disinterest and aversion to sex with Kate because we’ve been conditioned to view men as always ready and willing for sex. One of the film’s many messages is the need for patient and understanding verbal communication to have a healthy relationship. The larger and more upfront message here is the importance of sex, not for its hedonistic emotionally depraved pleasure but for the passion and love that can only be communicated physically. In David and Kate’s sexless relationship, there is an obvious air of pent up tension, frustration, and contempt. Sex is a powerful communication tool and is often able to relieve the tension through its sheer physicality. What’s better for struggling relationship’s is the intimacy and closeness that allows for couples to open up their deeper feelings because of their lust produced trust. Of course, if left untreated, miscommunication and frustration can not be solved by sex or anything else.
The film is amazing because it is so nuanced. A few of the little aspects I picked up on were the use of warm and cool colors to further the sense’s of David’s chilly and unreceptive attitude towards sex. Another use of symbolism is David’s shaky guitar playing to symbolize impotence.
We’re Having Sex is just one of the many examples of how so much can be condensed into such a short time. We’re Having Sex’s 12 minutes is definitely worth it for the hours of thought.
Well, some news from Slashfilm has come out that We’re the Millers will be receiving a sequel that is beginning to come together. The movie was only made for $40 million and grossed $270 million worldwide, so the announcement for a sequel is no surprise.
Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter are all expected to return along with director Rawson Marshall Thurber, but Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) will be penning the sequel.
When Anchorman 2 hit theaters, news came out that the movie also had an R rated version that contained an additional 763 new jokes not featured in the original. Well, now that the film has been out of theaters for awhile it looks like the R version will be showing in theaters for one week and one week only starting a week from now on Friday, February 28th.
As I said, the R version will have somewhere close to 800 jokes and actually runs over two hours long. Honestly, I didn’t see Anchorman 2 in fear of having the nostalgia of the first be ruined by trying to overdo it; however, I think that Ron Burgandy with R rated jokes is enough to draw me back and check out the sequel next week!