Tag Archives: Nick Kroll

Uncle Drew (2018) Review

A FUN “PAINT-BY-NUMBERS”

UNDERDOG FEATURE


 

Sports movies are a “dime a dozen”, usually presenting a sort of “underdog” tale of overcoming the odds and adversity in order to project type of inspirational feeling and/ or a “glimpse” into the sometimes-hidden world of that particular sport (i.e. beyond what commonly known). While there has been a variety of sports depicted in feature films, including football, soccer, rugby, baseball, tales that revolve around the sport of basketball have been around for quite some time, spinning narratives that are both familiar of a player / team coming together to beat the odds or to triumph on their own personal merits from both on and off the court. This includes films like 1992’s White Men Can’t Jump, 1996’s Space Jam, 1998’s He Got Game, 2005’s Coach Carter, and 2006’s Glory Road just to name a few that have presented a cinematic tale to the sport of basketball. Now, Summit Entertainment (A Lionsgate company) and director Charles Stone III present the latest basketball themed movie with the film Uncle Drew. Does this latest sport-themed endeavor make the winning shot or does it completely miss its mark? Read more

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Review

TRA-LA-LA!!!


 

In the literary world of young adult books (or Young Readers to some), several series have made the jump to from “page to screen”. Of course, J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are a prime example of a very successful endeavor of a studio adapting such books, becoming an extremely popular films series (and a widely favorable one at that) to an already extremely popular bestselling book series. Over the years, other studios have tried and attempted to bring these young readers books (age 8 to 12) to the big screen, including Rick Riodrian’s Percy Jackson series (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), James Patterson’s Middle School series (Middle School: Worst Years of My Life), and Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick’s Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul) as well as many more. However, despite their popularity with their readers, these film adaptations are, for lack of a better word, mediocre endeavors, producing adequate features with mixed reviews and mild box office results. Now, DreamWorks Animation (and Scholastic Entertainment) and director David Soren present the newest young reader adaptation with the film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, which is based off of the book series by Dav Pilkey. Does this film produce a fun animated adventure or is it just another “run-of-the-mill” kid’s movie? Read more

The House (2017) Review

THE HOUSE DOESN’T ALWAYS WIN


 

Actors Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are prime candidates for bring big laughs in both the big and small screen. Both came from appearing on SNL (Saturday Night Live) for several years, both have had major hits, and both have even starred in the same movie together. And while the two have had their fair share of being placed in mediocre films (mostly Ferrell of late), the two still prove to be a driving force within the comedy field, bringing enough star power and chuckles to the proceedings of whatever film they are starring in. Now, acting as his feature film directorial debut, film writer Andrew Jay Cohen and Warner Bros. Pictures (and New Line Cinema) present Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the comedy film The House. Does the movie bring the laughs or does is a comedy dud? Read more