Last month, a dozen quarantine-weary comedians started collaborating on a Jurassic Park parody account on Twitter. JurassicPark2go wasn’t positioned as speaking on behalf of the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie or its many sequels — the next of which, Jurassic World: Dominion, is currently filming. No, it presented instead as the voice of the disaster-prone theme park itself, offering death-shadowed updates about the daily goings-on. In doing so, it skewered the slangy, chipper first-person approach that’s become the personable mask worn by many a corporation online. “Just had a company-wide meeting. our big new goals are to sell a dinosaur-shaped pretzel and to ‘at last put an end to the hellish carnage,’” went one tweet. “Some people have asked how long the park is closed when someone is eaten. i mean for the person eaten it’s closed forever haha … but for everyone else no closures,” went another. … [Read more...] about The Movie of This Quarantine Summer Is
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Comedy gets treated as more frivolous and less capable of taking on significant topics, and while that isn’t true, arguing over it feels like it’s missing the point — which is that there’s an art to getting laughs for the most purely silly shit as well. But even people who specialize in comedy aren’t immune to this line of thought. Take Adam McKay’s recentish route as a director. Step Brothers is sublime anarchy, and the jumping-off-the-building sequence in The Other Guys is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Then he made The Big Short, with its interludes in which comedy and spectacle were treated as the sugar coating required to get viewers to sit through explanations about finance. I hated that — hated what it implied about the audience and about the genre. Vice struck me as worse, a comedy only in the most resentful sense. It felt like a film that was too angry to want even dark laughs, but it was begrudgingly convinced people … [Read more...] about Will a Comedy Ever Play at a Movie Theater Again?
The Upside is the kind of movie whose greatest virtue is that it’s not as bad as it could be — and in this case, what sounds like a backhanded compliment is actually quite a feat. It’s the third filmed adaptation of the story of quadriplegic French billionaire Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caregiver Abdel Sellou; the first was the 2012 runaway French hit The Intouchables. The story is little more than the latest spin on the Driving Miss Daisy formula: uptight rich person finds new meaning in life via the life-giving powers of a lower-class minority member who is contractually obligated to work for them. These stories, and the reassurances they are meant to give their audience, are inherently limited in the scope of their message-delivery. The privileged, nonminority viewer is meant to realize that their caregiver/gardener/mailman/bodega cashier has something to offer them, while the working-class viewer is meant to realize what? That they have something to offer a … [Read more...] about Is an Odd-Couple Cliché With a More Interesting Movie Hiding Inside
Hulu was catapulted into the spotlight with the launch of Normal People - the hit show, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, and it was the hit of lockdown. If you've not watched it yet, now's the time. Hulu also has some great movie classics on there as well - Dirty Dancing AND Footloose? You're in for a treat. … [Read more...] about How to get the big Disney Plus upgrade for Hulu & ESPN – watch Beyonce’s Black is King & Normal People on repeat
Mario Lopez has opened up about his family life during an appearance on The John Roa Show podcast. The Saved by the Bell star - who is dad to children Gia, nine, Dominic, six, and Santino, one, often shares sweet posts about his kids on social media. The doting father acknowledged during the interview that not all celebrities like to open up about their personal lives, but that to him, his kids and family are who he is. "Social media is fun in the way you choose to use it and allow it not to consume you," he said. "I know some people who choose not to talk about their family or show their kids, but that’s me, that's who I am." … [Read more...] about Mario Lopez reveals reason he shares photos of his children online