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Comedian T.J. Miller is dumb, to say the least

You may not be familiar with the name T. J. Miller, but it’s likely you’re familiar with some of his work.

He had a small role in the smash hit Deadpool and was up until recently, a central character on the HBO series, Silicon Valley. He also provided his voice to Ready Player One. Needless to say, the guy is on top of the world, at least career wise.

However, Miller, being the jokester as he apparently believes himself to be, called in a bomb threat in March. Miller relayed to a 911 dispatcher that a female passenger had a “bomb in her bag ” on an Amtrack train in New York.

It turned out to false and Miller was rightfully arrested on Tuesday. He’s since been released on $100,000 bond, but if convicted, faces five years in prison.

So, with everything Miller currently has going for him, it must be asked: Why do it? Why in the world would one of the biggest names in comedy put his entire career in jeopardy for  what appears to be a prank?

Is it boredom? Perhaps he was going to use it as a bit in his standup act? Or is the man really that stupid?

Whatever the reason, it’s always unbelievable and pretty sad to watch someone who seemingly has everything just throw it all away.

Some people just can’t handle fame, success and money and Miller appears to be another in a long line of destructive, talented performers.

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Jim Carrey’s ‘art’ has people a bit upset

Whether or not you enjoy his type of comedy, Jim Carrey is a legend in the world of funny.

Dumb and Dumber.  Liar Liar. The Ace Ventura flicks. The Cable Guy and Me, Myself and Irene. These are just some of the funny films Carrey has produced during his career. However, his career seems to have hit an extended dry spell, not really doing much, let alone anything funny.

But like most celebrities whose careers dry up, Carrey has turned to the world of politics in an attempt to stay relevant. His most recent take on our current political situation has some people pretty upset.

Check out the funny man’s artwork.

This photo is obviously a caricature of Sarah Sanders, meant to portray her in a not so positive light.

Carrey then followed up that work with yet another one. This one is a take on President Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Yet, another celebrity doesn’t like President Trump. Big surprise, right?

Likely the biggest shock though is how people have reacted to Carrey’s artistic take on Sanders and Trump.

 

Trump to meet with video game execs to discuss school violence..yes, seriously

Donald Trump, The President of the United States, The Commander in Chief, is set to meet with video game executives about…school violence.  I’m not kidding.

The planned meeting – expected to happen sometime next week – was announced by Trump’s press secretary Thursday. Just like his “skip due process and just take the guns,” this meeting with video game execs seems to be another ridiculous, misguided attempt to lessen violence in schools.

Listen, children being brutally murdered in the classroom is an extremely serious issue. No children should ever go to school fearing for their life. But are we sure consulting the makers of Call of Duty is the right way to go about it?

Yes, video games are a billion-dollar industry, and those games often depict violence, at times graphically. But anyone who would feel compelled to commit horrific acts of violence after seeing Agent 47 gun down someone likely has bigger, probably mental health issues. That person is likely to exhibit warning signs, in which, if action is taken by the proper authorities, something could be done.

For instance, look at the institutional failure on essentially every level in the Florida shooting. The FBI knew about Nikolas Cruz, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department received call after call, – even from the shooter himself – about Cruz’s potential for violence. The school also knew about Cruz, but yet no one did anything….nothing.

One has to wonder why Trump hasn’t said a word about any of this? Yet, he goes after guns, the NRA, and now, apparently the entertainment industry.

Apparently, in a meeting last week with lawmakers, the President suggested a rating system for films and video, reportedly saying:

“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies. … Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”

Maybe he’s just not aware, but last time I checked, there was already a rating system in place for both movies and video games. Heck, television programs have had a rating system for something like the last 10-15 years.

Maybe, I’m wrong. Maybe going after video games and movies, legislating the content in our entertainment is the way to go. Maybe that’s the answer. Somehow though, I don’t think altering  Pac-Man, Mario or Lara Croft will do much.

-BZ

 

 

The Razzie nominations and it’s…an impressive collection of garbage

The Oscar nominations, which recognizes the best in film from last year, are set to be announced Tuesday morning. However, almost as a middle finger to the Academy, the Razzie nominations are publicized. Now, for those unfamiliar with the Razzies, they – can anyone guess? – yes, recognize the worst in film from the prior year.

In any given year, just with the sheer number of films released, Hollywood churns out a ton of garbage. And being a film critic, I get the pleasure of viewing a fair share of the crap that invades the local metroplex.

Without any further ado, here are the unlucky films/actors/actresses that are being recognized for being especially awful:

WORST PICTURE 
Baywatch 
The Emoji Movie 
Fifty Shades Darker 
The Mummy 
Transformers: The Last Knight 

WORST ACTRESS 
Katherine Heigl / Unforgettable
Dakota Johnson / Fifty Shades Darker 
Jennifer Lawrence / mother!
Tyler Perry / Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween 
Emma Watson / The Circle

WORST ACTOR 
Tom Cruise / The Mummy 
Johnny Depp / Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
Jamie Dornan / Fifty Shades Darker 
Zac Efron / Baywatch 
Mark Wahlberg / Daddy’s Home 2 & Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Javier Bardem / mother! & Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Russell Crowe / The Mummy 
Josh Duhamel / Transformers: The Last Knight 
Mel Gibson / Daddy’s Home 2 
Anthony Hopkins / Collide & Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Kim Basinger / Fifty Shades Darker 
Sofia Boutella / The Mummy 
Laura Haddock / Transformers: The Last Knight 
Goldie Hawn / Snatched 
Susan Sarandon / A Bad Moms Christmas

WORST SCREEN COMBO 
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions / Fifty Shades Darker 
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions / Transformers: The Last Knight
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis / The Emoji Movie 
Johnny Depp & His Worn Out Drunk Routine / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
Tyler Perry & Either The Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig / Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL 
Baywatch 
Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween 
Fifty Shades Darker 
The Mummy 
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST DIRECTOR 
Darren Aronofsky / mother!
Michael Bay / Transformers: The Last Knight
James Foley / Fifty Shades Darker 
Alex Kurtzman / The Mummy
Anthony (Tony) Leonidis / The Emoji Movie 

WORST SCREENPLAY
Baywatch 
The Emoji Movie 
Fifty Shades Darker 
The Mummy 
Transformers: The Last Knight

No matter how you slice it, that’s a particularly impressive collection of garbage.

For my money, it’s Fifty Shades Darker all day, everyday. This one, the before it, and likely the one set to invade theaters next month, are trash.  Although, the total and utter disaster that was The Mummy is sure to contend..hard.

Anyway, here’s to a better flock of flicks in 2018! But let’s be honest, it’s not likely to happen.

 

Top 10 films of ’17

As hard as it may be to believe, we’ve reached the conclusion of 2017. For some this is probably a good thing, others likely want to hold onto this year and never let it go and others may be so incredibly confused that they aren’t quite sure what year it is exactly.

Regardless, 2017 is coming to an end and this is generally the point where everyone begins looking back at the year that was and how they spent it. Now, one of the activities that consumed a fair amount of my time in 2017 was visiting the theater, checking out the latest, greatest and the not-so-greatest flicks Hollywood had to offer. Having seen nearly a film a week for the entire year (sometimes as many as two to three a week), I saw a lot of what 2017 gave us as far as film goes.

Anyway, here are my Top 10 films of 2017:

10. Table 19 – A funny, lighthearted flick that not many saw. Once you think you’ve figured out where the story is going, it takes you in a completely unexpected and opposite direction. Plus, Anna Kendrick shows she can actually do more than just sing acapella.

9. IT – Creepy, chilling, freaky and any other synonym one can come up with for frightening only just begins to describe this horror classic. Not generally a big fan of horror flicks, but this is definitely one to check out, unless you have a fear of clowns, of course.

8. Baby Driver – Bank heists, fast cars and rollicking, feel-good tunes. Baby Driver is a terribly fun ride and then some and even a little bit more.

7. Detroit – Strong performances and even stronger direction highlight this fact-based flick that failed to get much attention at the box office. Probably a little too long, but it’s still one of the best films 2017 provided.

6. The Big Sick – This quirky, indie romcom about culture clash, forbidden love and an unheard of medical condition, is certainly one to check out. It’s funny, touching and deliriously offbeat.

5. Patti Cake$ – Go after your dreams no matter your circumstances, your color, gender or size is the idea behind this gritty and inspiring flick. A number of star-turning performances are included as well.

4. Dunkirk – Master director Christopher Nolan. What more do you really need to say. Quite simply, he’s did it again. The story, the direction and the breathtaking cinematography are all outstanding. Check out Dunkirk, you won’t be disappointed.

3. Shape of Water – Definitely not one for everyone. But for those interested, they’ll witness a director at the top of his game in nearly every facet. The performances of Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and the Michael Shannon don’t hurt either. Shannon steals absolutely every scene in which he appears.

2. Lady Bird – Writing and directing are strengths on display with this one, but it’s the performances of Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf that separate it from other such films. 

1. Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman is absolutely outstanding as Winston Churchill, turning in the performance of the year. Watch him bring this monumental historical figure to live is such a joy, treat to witness.

 

Hollywood hypocrisy on display once again

Lights. Camera. Action. And healthy serving of smugness, self-righteousness, a smattering of condescension and a big helping of hypocrisy.  I could go on and on but that pretty well sums up the Hollywood elite and their general state of being.

On any given day, those in Hollywood feel the need to educate the dumb masses. Because apparently an intelligent quotient increases significantly when you put a camera in someone’s face. Reciting lines someone else wrote while pretending to be someone else is an occupation that can only be filled by the true geniuses of our culture. I mean how else could you possibly explain such works of art such as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Fifty Shades Darker, any film in which Gerard Butler appears or generally, any film that came out this summer? Apparently it takes a lot of brain power to produce garbage.

But even though their work is often sub par, that doesn’t stop them from preaching upon high.

From constantly yammering on and on about the danger of guns, the impending doom of climate change and any other topic of the day, Hollywood usually says one thing and then does another. A good word for that is a hypocrite.

However, this latest episode of Hollywood’s hypocrisy is utterly and completely stunning. Harvey Weinstein, the mega movie mogul behind such hits as Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love, is as it turns out, not the greatest guy in the world.

The man used his status as a power player in Hollywood as an opportunity to harass, sexually assault, and even in some cases, rape actresses, hoping to secure a role in a Weinstein produced picture. From the scores of actresses that have come out to detail their experiences with him, Harvey seems to have made it clear, play ball or you won’t work.  Absolutely despicable anyway you look at it.

However, what’s interesting is apparently how widely known tales of Weinstein’s behavior really was in the entertainment field.  From everything that has since come out from actresses, Weinstein’s behavior was overlooked for decades, just conveniently swept under the rug.

But how can that be? How could Hollywood allow something as horrible and truly awful as rape and sexual assault go without saying something to someone at sometime? I mean let’s remember, Hollywood was the same group of people who were adamant that we couldn’t allow such a sexual deviant, misogynist in the White House. When the Trump Access Hollywood tape broke, the smug, self-righteous came out in full force. Let’s also not forget Lilly Tomlin and “Hanoi” Jane Fonda at this year’s Emmys.

Sexual assault and rape are disgusting acts that can have long-lasting, life-changing effects on the victim and which should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter the perpetrator.

Hollywood, a little word of advice: Before speaking out on a topic with such absolute certainty and smugness, check and see if your house is in order first.  Ok?

-BZ

 

10 most anticipated Fall 2017 films

Unbelievably, Summer 2017 is quickly drawing to a conclusion. However, for those who attend the theater on a regular basis this is probably a welcomed, possibly even celebrated statement.

Summer 2017, as far as film is concerned, was tough. There were sequels to films no one wanted, animated flicks no one watched and Halle Berry in a high-speed chase in a….mini van. The comedies weren’t funny and the only really true horror was the lineup of flicks released during Summer 2017.

While there were a few bright spots theatrically speaking (War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde and Spiderman: Homecoming), it was hard to sit through for the most part.  However, as we look to turn the page on Summer 2017 and at the slate of flicks set hit theaters this fall, all not may be lost.

Here are the 10 most anticipated Fall 2017 flicks:

10. Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone and Steve Carrell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. In what is like their 40th movie together, do we really need to look any further than the leads as why this is one to look forward to?

9. Justice League

This one is simple: Can D.C. build off of the surprisingly successful and entertaining Wonder Woman flick?

8. The Snowman

Strong cast. Freaky looking trailer. Should be a good time.

7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle  

This one could go either way. The first one was fantastic, but a sequel wasn’t necessary and it looks like they’ve squeezed just about every big time actor they can in this one.  Good or bad, it’s got me intrigued.

6. Mother!

While her politics may suck, Jennifer Lawrence can act and the let’s face it, the film looks creepily good, or at the very least, intriguing.

5. Stronger

With Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead, you’re sure to get a strong performance combine that with the fact-based storyline and you’ve got the makings of an entertaining flick.

4. A Bad Moms Christmas

This is another one that could go either way. The first one was thoroughly hilarious, but there was really no need for a sequel. Either way, interested to see how this one turns out.

3. The LEGO Ninjago Movie

You’d be hard pressed to find more well done, more entertaining flicks than The LEGO movie and The Batman LEGO movie. Another LEGO movie? Sign me up!

2. Suburbicon  

A-list, top talent in every single aspect with this one.  Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, directed by George Clooney and acted by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. Boom it’s on!

1.  The Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman is nearly unrecognizable as Winston Churchill. Almost guaranteed to witness an Oscar-nominated performance with this one. Plus, can we really ever have too many WWII set movies?

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