Review: Idiosyncratic & Hilarious ‘Kings Of Summer’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice
While the premise of the film is outlandish, the feelings are all real. Struggling to communicate with your parents, deal with girls, assert your independence...these are all very real concerns for a kid who’s 14 years old, and the film treats them seriously. Director Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta are in perfect unison on this film, harmonizing to create what feels like a fresh comic voice. Often indies fall into a pattern of deadpan post-Wes Anderson quirk, but this film firmly carves out its own identity. The duo have created a world that’s fantastic but grounded in authentic emotions (aided in no small part by gorgeous cinematography by Ross Riege). Vogt-Roberts said he wanted to make a comedy that was beautiful and dark and also funny; we’d say he succeeded wildly. [B+]
Review: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldbergs This Is The End digs deep for smart laughs
For a movie that contains some insane violence, some crazy monsters, and more on-screen wang than I've seen from a studio movie in quite a while, "This Is The End" is also, improbably, one of the sweetest films of the summer, and it lands with a resonance I didn't expect. On a technical level, the film feels very modestly budgeted, with just a few big moments where it looks like they wisely spent all their money. Brandon Trost's photography sets a great tone and doesn't really look like a studio comedy. The gore and the monsters are all top-notch, and genre fans shouldn't worry about this being toothless. These guys obviously subscribe to the idea that you can find laughs in the extreme, and in the worst of who we are, but they also find heart among the horrible, and while they can certainly play the worst, it's good to see that they also believe we are capable of the best. I can't wait to see where all of these guys go from here, and I feel like when we look back at the long story of all of these performers, this is going to be a key part of that story.
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Review: 'This Is The End' Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco & Danny McBride | The Playlist
They call can all be sharp and smart comics, and in spots during "This Is The End" they certainly are, but there are just as many (perhaps more) that belie a need for structure and a screenplay that affords them more interaction with a world outside their best friends. "This Is The End" may set the Hollywood hills on fire, but one wishes the actually movie had the same amount of comedy heat. [C]
First Images from the Set of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN Featuring Michael Keaton and a Costumed Superhero
The first images from the set of director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy Birdman have surfaced, and they’re quite glorious. The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. The majority of the film takes place inside a New York City theater, but these photos show Keaton filming a scene on the NYC streets in which he is followed around by his former superhero character. The superhero is likely a figment of Keaton’s imagination in this particular scene, but the costume for the titular Birdman looks fantastic. I absolutely cannot wait to see Keaton shine in Iñárritu’s first foray into the comedy genre.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough.
Here’s the official synopsis for Birdman:
BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.