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
19. Black Mirror, “White Bear” (2013) It’s a shame “White Bear” is such a difficult episode of Black Mirror, because it’s also one of show’s best, most ambitious installments. It’s told from the perspective of Victoria Skillane (Lenora Crichlow), who wakes up with a beastly headache and no recollection of who or where she is. Upon stumbling outside, she’s immediately pursued by masked attackers trying to kill her for no discernible reason, as throngs of spectators record the events on their cell phones but refuse to even engage with Victoria, much less intervene. It seems like typical Black Mirror, a technophobic glimpse at a society gone mad due to decades of engaging more deeply with screens than with each other. But there’s a gutting twist: The scenario isn’t real, but an elaborate ruse to punish Victoria, who shot video with her cell phone as her fiancé tortured and killed a six-year-old girl who the couple … [Read more...] about Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice
1. Date Night (2010)Date Night, milquetoast suburban New Jersey couple Steve Carell and Tina Fey make a disastrous decision to leave the womb-like comfort of their cozy hometown for a night in Manhattan, and discover that the city is a cesspool of sex, debauchery, perversion, corruption, and crime. It’s the latest in a curious cinematic subgenre: culture-clash comedies and dramas in which wide-eyed innocents, or at least reasonably normal, well-adjusted souls, get in way over their heads in nightmare-like metropolises that chew up and spit out gullible rubes on an hourly basis. In Date Night, Carell and Fey are pursued by crooked cops, get sexually propositioned on multiple occasions, destroy a car, uncover a sinister conspiracy, and generally deal with a whole bunch of fucked-up shit they’d never have to worry about if they’d stayed in their comfy little suburb. … [Read more...] about The urban menace: 17 films about getting in way over your head in the big, bad city
According to Showtime's engrossing series Dexter, being a serial killer—even a serial killer who preys on his fellow killers—is all about hiding. Hiding bodies, hiding slides of blood in the back of an air conditioner, and hiding a pronounced lack of human emotion. But mostly it's about hiding those pesky sociopathic tendencies that seethe just underneath the surface. Dexter's opening credits hint heavily at those tendencies, with a highly sensory sequence of Michael C. Hall going through the motions of his morning routine. Hall swats a buzzing mosquito on his arm in extreme close-up, then smiles. From there, the fine line between morning routine and homicide gets blurrier and blurrier. The most graphic scenes come when Hall prepares his breakfast. He slices ham with a sharp knife, butter sizzles in the pan, a blood orange is sawed in half—all shot in the heightened style often referred to as "food porn." Here, it's closer to "food snuff film." … [Read more...] about Inventory: 22 TV Opening-Credit Sequences That Fit Their Shows Perfectly