Adam Sandler is a comedian whose film slate has been often ranked near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cinematic entertainment in recent years, but when he branches out into dramatic territory, he turns in an unforgettable performance. Sandler turns in what’s arguably his career-best work as an actor in Uncut Gems, which is also a career-best film from Josh and Benny Safdie thanks to the evolution of their filmmaking craft, strong performances from Sandler and the entire ensemble, and a realistic portrayal of New York City nightlife. Read more
Happy Valentine’s Day! Hate watching romcoms? Hate romantic movies in general? Check out my top 10 dark and offbeat flicks this week instead featuring: The Shape of Water, Nina Forever, Swiss Army Man and more! Read more
Fight to The Death is an ongoing feature where staffers and readers get to vote and explain why one fictional character would be able to kill another. This week’s featured rumble? Tenacious D from HBO’s TV series versus The Lone Rangers from ‘Airheads’ – two fictional bands who will do anything to become rock gods… See who wins this vicious battle to the grave right here. Read more
From Netflix, Happy Madison Productions and director Steven Brill (Mr. Deeds, Little Nicky) comes the action comedy The Do-Over. Starring Adam Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, Sean Astin, Kathryn Hahn and Torsten Voges, the film is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.
It’s amazing what the right hype can do for a movie, even if you don’t want it to. Even if you’re aware of how it works so and think yourself immune. I saw the trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2 once a week for probably two months and by the time it came around actually showing, I was dying to see it. Who knew I was so gullible? Sony Pictures, apparently.
I don’t get Adam Sandler. I didn’t like Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore and I haven’t seen anything else of his. I just don’t think he’s funny. So I fully acknowledge that I might be the wrong person to be reviewing (and indeed watching) this film. If you’re an Adam Sandler fan, you should skip my review and just go see the movie; I’m sure you’ll like it.
This week in my Film Listography Journal series I reveal a list of my favorite comedies and their funniest moments…