A.C.O.D. Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  A.C.O.D. opens today in limited release.]

In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that’s not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title’s acronym, “Adult Children of Divorce”. Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes. The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike.

Catherine O’Hara and Jane Lynch Talk A.C.O.D., Their Favorite and Least Favorite Qualities in a Director, Changes to the Film after Sundance, and More

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Award-winning actresses Jane Lynch and Catherine O’Hara light up the screen in Stu Zicherman’s entertaining comedy A.C.O.D. directed from a screenplay co-written with Ben Karlin.  Carter (Adam Scott), a successful, happily-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce, suddenly finds himself in crisis mode reliving his dysfunctional childhood all over again when his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) announces he’s getting married.  Carter’s attempts to reunite his bitterly divorced parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding and his ill-conceived visit to his kooky former therapist (Jane Lynch) have unintended consequences.

At the film’s recent press day, Lynch revealed the fun she had upstaging Neil Patrick Harris at the Emmy Awards, her fascination with therapy, and why it’s always run parallel to the characters she plays.  O’Hara talked about working with first-time director Zicherman, the collaborative atmosphere on set, and her funny scenes opposite Jenkins including wild sex on the kitchen counter.  They also discussed why there are better roles now for older actresses, their thoughts on directing, and what’s next, including Lynch’s 5th season of Glee and hosting more episodes of Hollywood Game Night, and O’Hara’s new rom com, The Right Kind of Wrong, that just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Hit the jump to read the full interview.

First Trailer for A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, and Amy Poehler

by     Posted 1 year, 75 days ago

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The first trailer for director Stuart Zicherman’s comedy A.C.O.D. has been released online.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a really nice showcase for Adam Scott as a leading man, with a couple of scene-stealing performances by Jenkins and O’Hara to boot.  In addition to being really funny, the pic also touches on some issues that should hit close to home for fellow A.C.O.D.’s.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Amy PoehlerA.C.O.D. opens in theaters on October 4th.

Trailer and Poster for AFTERNOON DELIGHT Starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, and Josh Radnor

by     Posted 1 year, 120 days ago

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Cinedigm has released the trailer for the Jill Soloway‘s dramedy Afternoon Delight.  The film stars Kathryn Hahn as a frustrated wife and mother who, in the hopes of adding some excitement to her life, takes in homeless stripper/hooker (Juno Temple).  The trailer plays up the more comic aspects of the film to the point where it pulls a review blurb saying “Soloway joins the ranks of Apatow and Tina Fey”, which is completely untrue.  If you walk in expecting that kind of movie, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.  Then again, you’re probably going to be disappointed anyway since the film is incredibly strong until it kind of falls apart in the third act.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Josh Radnor and Jane LynchAfternoon Delight opens August 30th.

BEST IN SHOW Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 185 days ago

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Christopher Guest is one of a kind.  The writer/director/producer/actor carved out a niche of his own in the filmmaking community with the brilliant 1984 comedy This Is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner, and went on to helm a string of comedy hits himself in his distinctive “mockumentary” vein.  Though all of his films have something great and unique to offer, there’s something particularly special about 2000’s Best in Show.  The film’s characters are ridiculous and at times loathesome, but there’s a sincerity to the picture that prevents things from ever becoming too cynical.  The result is a delightfully hilarious comedy classic.  Hit the jump for my review of Best in Show on Blu-ray.

GLEE Renewed For Fifth and Sixth Seasons

by     Posted 1 year, 193 days ago

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Glee fans have something new to sing about: Fox has announced it will be renewing its “genre-defying” (or logic-defying, if you prefer) series for two more seasons.  For four years the show has been the only successful scripted musical series on the air, selling oodles of music and capitalizing on the current singing crazy (look no further for proof than the success of American IdolThe Voice and others).  Though some of its original cast have now graduated (but are still regulars) from the show’s high school setting, the series continues to comment, with varying degrees of savvy, on hot-button topics like bullying and gun violence in schools.  Knowing Ryan Murphy, there will be plenty more of that to come.

Glee, created by Murphy, stars Lea MicheleChris ColferMatthew MorrisonCory MonteithJane Lynch and Naya Rivera, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media to Distribute Comedy A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, and Richard Jenkins

by     Posted 1 year, 196 days ago

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The comedy A.C.O.D., which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to positive reviews, has been picked up for distribution by The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the Stuart Zicherman-directed film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged.  Then the details of the feud are revealed in a definitive new book on children of divorce.

I caught the film at Sundance (read Matt’s review here) and it’s a solid comedy with a big heart, and as a fellow A.C.O.D. it hit really close to home for me in quite a few parts.  It also features scene-stealing performances by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins, with other nice turns from Clark Duke, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The Film Arcade will be handling theatrical distribution in North America, while Paramount Home Media will manage domestic home entertainment, television licensing and digital distribution, as well as international distribution.  Hit the jump for the press release.

3 Clips and 5 New Character Posters from ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, Opening February 15th

by     Posted 1 year, 260 days ago

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We have three new clips and five character posters to share from Cal Brunker’s animated sci-fi family film, Escape from Planet Earth.  Brendan Fraser and Rob Corddry voice two alien brothers who get into all sorts of hijinks when a mission leads them to the notoriously dangerous title planet.

Also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonath Morgan Heit, James Corden, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and William ShatnerEscape from Planet Earth opens February 15th.  Hit the jump to check out the clips and posters.

Sundance 2013: A.C.O.D. Review

by     Posted 1 year, 278 days ago

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In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that’s not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title’s acronym, “Adult Children of Divorce”.  Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes.  The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike.

Sundance 2013: First Images from AFTERNOON DELIGHT, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, C.O.D., and CONCUSSION

by     Posted 1 year, 333 days ago

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The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the promising lineups for a few of the festival’s categories, and we’ve now got the first images from some films that will be playing in competition as part of the U.S. Dramatic category.  Briefly:

  • Afternoon Delight – Written and directed by Jill Soloway, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch.
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.
  • C.O.G. – Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
  • Concussion – Written and directed by Stacie Passon, starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, and Laila Robins.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

WRECK-IT RALPH Releases Three New Clips

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It’s looking like director Rich Moore’s animated feature Wreck-It Ralph is going to rule the box office this weekend.  If you’re still on the fence about this family-friendly film, we’ve got three new clips to share with you in hopes of convincing you to check it out.  They highlight Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) meeting Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch) for the first time, a deal struck between Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and a special game character cameo with some helpful information.

Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Adam Carolla and Mindy Kaling, is currently playing in theaters.  Hit the jump to see the new clips. 

WRECK-IT RALPH Featurettes Highlight the Voice Cast, the Music and Show Off a Ton of New Footage

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You only have to wait a little over a week before you can see Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, but if that’s just too long to bear, we have two new behind-the-scenes featurettes to share with you today.  Both of them showcase commentary from the voice cast of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, along with Moore himself.  One even touches on the excellent use of music throughout the film, from such artists as Skrillex and Owl City.  Both also show a bunch of new footage (keep an eye out for Easter eggs and nods to other famous gaming properties).

Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the vocal talents of Alan Tudyk, debuts November 2nd in 3D.  Hit the jump to see the new featurettes. 

Disney Releases WRECK-IT RALPH Vintage Commercials for In-Movie Arcade Games

by     Posted 2 years, 6 days ago

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One of the greatest parts of Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph (beside the excellent plot, pacing, cast, visuals, humor and heart) is the nostalgia for videogames spanning from the arcade era to modern day.  Now, Disney has released these “vintage” commercials for three video games found at Litwak’s Arcade and within the movie itself: Fix-It Felix, Jr.; Sugar Rush and Hero’s Duty.

Wreck-It Ralph, features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd.  Hit the jump to watch the commercials and we’ll send you two quarters on your birthday!*

First Clip from SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN and a New Clip from WRECK-IT RALPH

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We have the first clip from Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden to share with you today.  At nearly two minutes, the clip shows the Navy SEALS about to embark on the mission they’ve been training for: the attack on high value target, Osama Bin Laden. The feature-length dramatization from director John Stockwell (Into the Blue) stars Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas and Kenneth Miller.   Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic channel Sunday, November 4th at 8pm.  It will also be made available for streaming on Netflix a day after its premiere (just in time for Election Day!).

There’s also a new clip from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph.  The new clip shows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) at his self-help group, Bad Guys Anonymous. Attempting to make him feel better about being bad are fellow antagonists Zangief, Clyde the Ghost, M. Bison, Neff, Dr. Eggman, Bowser and an axe-wielding zombie.  Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd.  Hit the jump to see the clips. 

New Clips from WRECK-IT RALPH and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

by     Posted 2 years, 13 days ago

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Two new clips to share with you today: one comes from director Rich Moore’s animated arcade game homage, Wreck-It Ralph; the other hails from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s Paranormal Activity 4.  The previously released clip from Wreck-It Ralph showed our titular hero (voiced by John C. Reilly) meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).  This time around, Ralph meets up with “Hero’s Duty” drill sergeant, Calhoun (Jane Lynch).  The Paranormal Activity 4 clip gives more frantic looks at creepy stuff like dead-eyed kids skulking about and a girl levitating off of her bed. So, there’s that.

Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling and Adam Carolla, opens November 2nd.  Paranormal Activity 4, starring Katie Featherson and Kathryn Newton, opens October 19th.  Hit the jump to see both clips.

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