For Horton, the solution is more kid-friendly riffing, which means puns by the pound and other lame wordplay (like a conservative kangaroo that "pouch-schools" her kid), as well as a brief Kissinger impersonation that's sure to have 6-year-olds cackling in recognition. Toning down his antics considerably from the live-action Grinch, Jim Carrey voices Horton, an elephant who discovers an entire planet on a speck of dust floating through the air. Within this speck is the city of Who-ville, a happy, peaceful little community led by a mayor (Steve Carell) who isn't accustomed to dealing with crisis. Horton and the Mayor become friends, but when evil, imagination-hating forces threaten to crush Horton's speck, it's up to him to save Who-ville from obliteration. … [Read more...] about Horton Hears A Who!
Here’s the problem though. While all the directors are being considered, it would be difficult for some of them to make The Flash in a timely manner. Vaughn is finishing up Kingsman: The Golden Circle for a fall release and wants to do a third film in that franchise after that. Zemeckis has an as-yet-untitled drama with Steve Carell dated for November 2018, which wouldn’t make him free anytime soon. And while Raimi doesn’t have any immediate public plans, he hasn’t done a feature since 2013. … [Read more...] about Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis, and Sam Raimi Have All Entered
16.Friday Night Lights, “The Son” (2009) “The Son” ranks among the best episodes of Friday Night Lights’ five-season run, but it’s arguably too effective. It’s such an effective hour because it epitomizes the show’s efforts to depict teenagers under the weight of physical and emotional strain that would cause stable adults to crumple. Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) has to come to grips with the death of his father Henry, who is killed during combat in Iraq. Matt can’t take solace in other people’s fond memories of Henry as a kind, funny, and brave man when his experience of his frequently absent father doesn’t align with the other mourners’ hagiographic memories. Initially, Matt is the picture of stoicism, but as the chasm grows between his recollection of Henry and the image others have of him, Matt becomes more agitated, then insists on seeing Henry’s body after a night of drinking. Though the sight of … [Read more...] about Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice
7. Adventures In Babysitting (1987)Adventures In Babysittingis so similar to Date Night that Shawn Levy ought to be paying him royalties. But while sitter Elisabeth Shue and her underage charges’ introduction to the metropolis is a one-handed tow-truck driver with an itchy trigger finger, it turns out the city isn’t such a bad place after all. Sure, they get chased by a couple of mobsters in search of an errant Playboy, and wind up on stage at an all-black nightclub, where bluesman Albert Collins informs them “Nobody leaves this place without singin’ the blues.” But it turns out their suburban woes fit just fine over the 12-bar blues, and the audience ends up firmly on their side. They end up back in the ’burbs, but none the worse for wear. … [Read more...] about The urban menace: 17 films about getting in way over your head in the big, bad city
Sunday nights on ABC in the mid-'70s meant space-age computer readouts, stock footage of test flights, and the cocked eyebrow of Lee Majors. The Six Million Dollar Man reviewed its premise in the credit sequence, opening with deadpan astronaut radio communications leading to Steve Austin's tinny, desperate "I can't hold it! She's breaking up!" Medical boops, EKG readouts, and surprisingly sophisticated 3D armatures resurrect the Bionic Man with his superhero body parts, while Richard Anderson intones, "We can rebuild him… we have the technology… better… stronger… faster." The swirling minor-key theme by Oliver Nelson situates the opening firmly in the '70s tradition of lonely, laconic heroes forever separated from society by the barrier of their abilities and the burden of their missions. But the sequence's split screens and overlaid images—taken from the period's thriller-movie playbook—build to a pulse-pounding climax as Majors bursts out of the … [Read more...] about Inventory: 22 TV Opening-Credit Sequences That Fit Their Shows Perfectly