REVIEW: ‘Arthur Christmas’ (2011)

Grade: B- I imagine it would be incredibly difficult to make a Christmas movie in 2011 without seeming derivative. If there is one type of movie that has been remade ad infinitum it is the…

REVIEW: ‘The Muppets’ (2011)

Grade: B+ Start with some well-loved characters, sprinkle in about a dozen celebrity cameos, and finish with a dash of nostalgia and you get writer/actor Jason Segel and director James Bobin’s The Muppets. More of…

Quick Takes – 10.23.11

American Movie (1999) Grade: B | 1st Viewing I’m sure I’m not the only one who was very skeptical about the reality of this documentary during a first viewing. After some research, I will now…

FMP Ep. 025 – ’50/50′ / ‘The Last…

This week Phil and Alex diagnose the latest film from director Jonathan Levine 50/50 and they also start off the month of horror with listener selected film The Last Man on Earth. In the conversation…

TCFF REVIEW: ’50/50′ (2011)

50/50 is playing as part of the Twin Cities Film Festival, which runs from September 20-25, 2011. Grade: A- Before settling on the title 50/50 the new Jonathan Levine serio-comedy went through several name changes…

REVIEW: ‘Moneyball’ (2011)

Grade: A- ”How can you not be romantic about baseball?”suggests Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane in the new film Moneyball from director Bennett Miller. It’s a question directed more at the audience than the characters…

Quick Takes – 08.28.11

Sunday in the Park With George (1986) Grade: A | 2nd Viewing I’m not really sure that I can call this a movie because it is essentially only a recording of the stage production and…

FMP Ep. 019 – ‘One Day’ / ‘The…

Phil Kollar is in Germany for one more week so Davin Lacksonen joins us once again to have a romantic discussion of cinema. We begin with the less than successful romantic drama One Day and…

Quick Takes – 08.21.11

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Grade: A | 2nd Viewing I hadn’t seen this film in years and was inspired to re-watch it based on our discussion of the top five buddy comedies…

FMP Ep. 018 – ’30 Minutes or Less’

Phil Kollar is in Germany so for the next two weeks we will be joined by Film Misery contributor Davin Lacksonen. Davin and I talk about improvisation and how it diminished 30 Minutes or Less,…

Quick Takes – 08.14.11

Meet the Parents (2000) Grade: B | 5th+ Viewing I spent most of this week watching episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and movies that will be getting full-length reviews so this comedy that I caught…

REVIEW: ’30 Minutes or Less’ (2011)

Grade: C Improvisation has long been a part of American movie comedies since the Lumiere brothers filmed a guy getting sprayed with a hose in 1895. Actors seem to take immeasurable pleasure in departing from…

Quick Takes – 07.31.11

I am ashamed to admit that I only made it through one movie this week. I attempted to watch three separate films, but fell asleep within the first hour of all of them. I think…

REVIEW: ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011)

Grade: A Considering he is one of my favorite directors of all-time, I tend to be somewhat of a Woody Allen apologist. Over the past several years I have enjoyed most of his films, although…

FMP Ep. 008 – ‘The Hangover: Part II’…

It's a wedding themed week for the Film Misery Podcast! In our discussion of the wedding-themed films The Hangover: Part II and Bridesmaids we also talk about the origins of comedy and what defines a…