The "Games of Thrones" star hates that people find him attractive

I could’ve taken the easy route and selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence as “Asshole of the Week,” but no. This week’s Asshole is none other than “Game of Thrones” heartthrob Kit Harington. It seems that ol’ Kit really resents being regarded as a hottie by the legions of fans that like men who are shorter than 5’8. Really, Kit? You are on a mega-successful show, have hordes of willing sexual partners throwing themselves at you and you’re bitter because people think you’re pretty? 

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The Imitation Game is an absolute must-see, and Interstellar should be seen on as large a screen as possible

Alan Turing: Big on intellect, short on personality. That’s the major take away of “The Imitation Game,” which showcases Turing’s (Oscar nominated Benedict Cumberbatch) efforts during World War II to build a machine to crack the German code, while at the same time alienating as many people as possible with his ego and abrasive way of interacting with others.

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"Spectre" teaser trailer has Bond fans excited once again

You may not realize it, but James Bond is the greatest character in the history of ever. Women want him, men want to be him, he always gets the girl(s), and he goes through entire death-defying action sequences with nary a scratch on him. Women have “Fifty Shades of Grey” for fantasy, men have James Bond.

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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are game, but much of the comedy falls flat

Is it worth $10? No

In its opening moments “Get Hard” features two shots of Will Ferrell’s pale white backside. This is expected – he shows his derriere in all his comedies, and we’re getting it over with early here. Now the movie can be creative. Daring. Try new things. Push boundaries. Make us laugh for reasons we didn’t know existed. That “Get Hard” attempts to do all of the above is laudable; that it only moderately succeeds is, well, laughable for many reasons.

Ferrell is millionaire fund manager James King, and he’s on top of the world. His gold-digging fiancé Alissa (Alison Brie) can’t wait to spend her life with him in their mansion. Her father, Martin (Craig T. Nelson), also happens to be James’ boss, and things couldn’t be better at work. Or so James thinks. At their engagement party, with John Mayer playing a song for them, James is arrested and charged with 43 counts of securities fraud and 30 counts of embezzlement. He maintains his innocence.

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Animated pic is just for kids 10 and younger

Is it worth $10? No

Early in “Home,” a so-so kiddie flick from DreamWorks Animation (“How to Train Your Dragon 2”), aliens invade Earth with the intention of taking over the planet. The first thing the aliens do is relocate all humans to “Happy Humanstown.” Let this sink in: The movie starts by removing people from their homes and everything they know and forcing them to live together on an island colony.

This isn’t cute, or fun, or playful. It’s horrifying. The fact that we later learn Happy Humanstown is Australia is irrelevant. Of course I’m aware it’s a children’s movie and shouldn’t be taken seriously, but you never know how something will affect people. I saw the film in Miami, in a theater full of children and adults. No doubt some in the crowd were Cuban, a race of people who generations ago were forced from their country due to Fidel Castro’s ascension to power (with the help of Che Guevara). Even before that, Japanese Americans were taken from their home and forced to live in internment camps during World War II. The point is, there’s really nothing enjoyable about taking people from their homes and having them long for loved ones, yet director Tim Johnson depicts such actions with the lightness of a feather in the wind.

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Very fun -- and scary -- horror movie with a clever premise

Is it worth $10? Yes

The intriguing, thoroughly enjoyable thriller-horror hybrid "It Follows," by young Michigan native David Robert Mitchell ("The Myth of the American Sleepover" [2010]), follows 19 year-old Jay (Maika Monroe, "Labor Day" [2013]) as she's followed by someone or something hellbent on killing her and others due to its inexplicable, capricious, coital-arithmetical compulsion. Jay and her friends are a close-knit bunch, growing up together and now residing in suburban Detroit. Writer-director Mitchell has them watching television on ‘60s sets, driving ‘70s cars, and wearing ’80s-style clothes. The anachronisms of the production design give the film a pleasantly off-kilter touch.

It's crucial to understand that this movie is creepy-scary and sometimes shocking-scary, but never does it fall into the modern horror-movie formula of violence-pause-more violence. Feel, mood, atmosphere: These are the things Mitchell does best.

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Not sure if the cat does this intentionally or not, but damn!

Can’t tell what’s more douchey: the nasty treatment of the poor cat; the sunglasses worn indoors; the uber-fashionable white socks; or the fact that this tool is making this video at all. Regardless, a fine example of assholery all the way around.

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Want to be a film critic?

"How do I become a film critic?" is one of the most common questions film critics receive. Here's the best answer I can give you.

1) Don't do it. It's a job of constant pressure, unrelenting deadlines, often little pay and even less gratitude. And think about all the crap you have to sit through ("Sex Tape") -- it's not just about getting to see "The Avengers 2" before all your friends.

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