In "A Couple Chooses a Movie," Inside Amy Schumer delivers the couple-chooses-a-movie version of Portlandia's hallowed Battlestar Galactica sketch. In four minutes and 40 seconds of realness, though, somehow the realest moment is when Amy slips off her bra mid-selection without removing her shirt. Magic is real. [via]
We're in the heart of BAM's "Vengeance Is Hers" film series right now, can you feel it?! (Feb. 7 -18.) Hatred and bitterness in the air! Head over to the official site for useful information and plot synopses, and then come back here for more-superficial "reviews," in case you live in New York and are deciding which one[s] to go to, or if you'd want to watch at home, at any point. Actually the more I write and think about it, the less this seems useful to anyone. But, here it is anyway!
We’ve all had our hot mess moments. Hurdling off the tracks of life is just part of navigating your existential railway system. We’ve all felt lost, emotionally stranded, and buried our heads in bar bathroom toilets after a night of overzealous imbibing. We’ve all had moments of introspection where the truth has revealed itself to us. Gazing at your eyeliner-smeared aspect, you admit through maniacal laughter— “I’m a trainwreck.”
So there’s no surprise that the TV and film postergirl of the zeitgeist mimics these themes in our pop cultural collective unconscious. Welcome to the 21st century: the age of the trainwreck. Television and movies are currently ruled by this character [...]
NPR's Linda Holmes reviewed The Other Woman, the gal-pal comedy starring Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, and Nicki Minaj and out this Friday. (A direct quote from the trailer: "Put the lawyer, the wife, and the boobs together, and we know how to do it just as shady as he does!" Here it is: the secret to Having It All.) Holmes delivers the sort of ethering that the Sex and the City sequel required:
Three years later, an answer: Nicole Kidman is Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Check out the trailer here. Proposed tagline: Can Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly have it all? Elsewhere, Andre 3000 really is Jimi Hendrix, and zombie beavers are as real as hoverboards and shall be called Zombeavers. You can make your jokes, but I think the trailer already handled most of them.
Jenny Slate was on NPR's arts and culture show, Bullseye, to talk about comedy and SNL and Marcel the Shell and her new movie, Obvious Child which is about a comedian (Slate) who gets pregnant after a one-night stand (trailer after the jump). Here's Slate talking about the movie and how it fits into the modern genre of the "abortion movie":
Gillian [Robespierre, the director] will say that she and her friends—and I'll group myself in that group—saw these movies like Juno and Knocked Up and thought, oh these movies are really funny and we like them, but we're also hoping to see a story that [...]
At FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's new data journalism site for ESPN, Walt Hickey examines the financial case for the Bechdel Test (see at left) in modern cinema. Among the findings: "films that had at least two women in them got higher budgets than films that didn’t, but only when those women never spoke to one another." Generally, Hickey finds, movies that pass the test perform better in the box office than those that do not. (Cate Blanchett already told us that, though.) [FiveThirtyEight]
Thank you, Cinefix, for getting children to reenact scenes from this year's best picture nominees (American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street). Feeling very much for any kid still figuring out her Rs (it gets better) and also rather impressed at how much full-body effort it takes a child to open a car door (see: Nebraska). [via]