Thursday, February 21, 2013

Die Hard 5 ... as reviewed by my mom

This is just too good not to share:

"I wanted to see a shoot-em-up, destroy the neighborhood movie one time out of curiosity. I will say that in the scenes in the movie where acting ability was required, the actors did a fine job. They all showed ability to carry roles in other movies where more acting would have been required."

I have to say, I think this is the birth of a new movie genre, the "destroy-the-neighborhood" film, where only the barest hint of acting is required, no matter how fine a job the actors can do.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cheap Laughs

This story about the UCB Theatre's practice of not paying performers is sparking controversy among comedic performers in New York. I wonder what everyone thinks and who's right. Please write me or feel free to comment on this post.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff

I had wanted to also publish a full-length review of Amy Schumer's latest special, "Mostly Sex Stuff," this week, but demands of work, school and also fighting off the same cold everyone seems to have and can't get rid of have kept me from getting to it.

Have taken a look at most of the hour though, and can say that this time around, her performance is more interactive with the audience, and more exclusively drawing on sexual topics but presented with the dark twists also heard in Anthony Jeselnik's material or the style also used by others she's touring with this season on a package tour (Jim Norton, Dave Attell and Artie Lange).

Schumer's debut, "Cutting," introduced her with strong material. This one is a little less consistent and less uproarious. The material isn't as resonant and doesn't connect as well as Kyle Kinane, subject of the rave review given this week on the site.