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Summer Blockbusters, Allegedly 5.18.2018

Here are this week’s new releases as per Rotten Tomatoes.
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Everybody’s favorite Merc with a Mouth is back, and this time he’s got some new friends, as Deadpool teams up with a band of soldiers to protect a young mutant from being kidnapped by a time-traveling commando named Cable.
Directed By:David Leitch
Ruth’s Review: I’m over Ryan Reynolds doing Ryan Reynolds. I liked him in Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. He is as almost one tick pony-ish as John Krasinksi.
Book Club (2018)
Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen star in this comedy for the older set, about four lifelong friends whose lives are rejuvenated when they all decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey together.
Directed By:Bill Holderman
Ruth’s Review: Can you imagine how bad that set must’ve smelled? The old lady, dry mouths alone must’ve been unbearable.
Show Dogs (2018)
If talking animals are your thing, you’ll want to check out this family comedy, which stars Will Arnett as a detective and Ludacris as the voice of his canine partner, as the pair go undercover to solve a case at a prestigious dog show.
Directed By:Raja Gosnell
Ruth’s Review: I suppose kids need something to watch. Glad to see Ludacris hasn’t sold out.
On Chesil Beach (2018) 59%
Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan stars in this period drama that recounts the romance between a young grad student and a violinist from vastly different cultural bakgrounds.
Directed By:Dominic Cooke
Ruth’s Review: This just seems like every other romance film ever made. Way to change the game up Hollywood!
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Summer Blockbusters, Allegedly 5.11.2018

Here are this week’s new releases as per Rotten Tomatoes.
Breaking In (2018)
In something of a reversal of David Fincher’s Panic Room, this thriller follows a determined mother (Gabrielle Union) attempting to break into a fortified home to save her children from the band of robbers who have taken it over.
Directed By:James McTeigue
Ruth’s Review: The tagline is horrendous, doesn’t fair well for the movie.
Melissa McCarthy teams up with her husband, director Ben Falcone, for their third outing together in this comedy about a recently single mother who decides to go back to college and ends up in the same class as her daughter.
Directed By:Ben Falcone
Ruth’s Review: So basically a Back to School ripoff without the great Rodney Dangerfield. No way Jose.
Terminal (2018)
Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, and Mike Myers headline this stylized crime thriller about a pair of hitmen whose mysterious — but lucrative — mission is compromised by an equally mysterious woman.
Directed By:Vaughn Stein
Ruth’s Review: Looks boring, maybe if she shows tits that could save this.
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Summer Blockbusters, Allegedly 5.4.2018

This weekend marks the kickoff of summer, well according to the Hollywood film Industry, so lets see what entertainment they will be providing to the masses, as per Rotten Tomatoes.

David Tennant stars in this thriller from Geostorm director Dean Devlin about a thieving valet (Robert Sheehan) who encounters more than he bargained for when he finds a captive woman in the home of a wealthy victim.
Directed By:Dean Devlin
Ruth’s Review: Lame, okay, we get it, all rich people do bad things, meanwhile, all the news articles I read about women being held captive are perpetrated by those who are not in financial excess and also usually from cultural backgrounds that are not European.
Overboard (2018)
In this gender-swapped remake of the 1987 film, Anna Faris plays a working-class mother who saves the life of a spoiled, wealthy playboy (Eugenio Derbez) and pretends to be his wife when she realizes he lost his memory in the accident.
Directed By:Rob Greenberg
Ruth’s Review: “What a horrible wig.” Why touch this classic? Goldie Hawn was perfection. Of course they need to gender swap, because you know Girl Power! Gross.
Tully (2018) 89%
Director Jason Reitman reunites with writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron in this comedy about a struggling single mother of three who forms an unlikely bond with the young nanny (Mackenzie Davis) her brother has hired for her.
Directed By:Jason Reitman
Ruth’s Review: Great, because Young Adult wasn’t a complete abortion, lets get this great team back together! But don;t worry guys, this will have some of Diablo Cody’s riveting witty lines. Barf!
RBG (2018) 100%
This biographical documentary hones in on the untold story of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recounting her professional triumphs and revealing seldom shared details about her personal life.
Directed By:Betsy WestJulie Cohen
Ruth’s Review: A Supreme Court Judge should bot be a celebrity. This is why people blame Jews for everything.
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The Ripple Effect

How do you think the Trump presidency will change the movie, television, music and comedy culture?

Trump believes in winning and being strong which is in complete opposition to the last decade of victim culture that has seeped through the arts. Will Trump’s mindset be something that can be trickled into entertainment with a shift in the current dynamics?

When you look at every decade, there is something reflective between those who were in power and the cultural tone. What impact will this have on the various aspects of media?

I wonder if movies will be more patriotic and testosterone filled as they were in the 1980’s. Will music see a turn from the happy-go-lucky-pop feel to something that is totally new, radical and hardcore? Will television return to shows that are more representative of working class Americans as was the case in the 1970’s with Norman Lear productions? And will comedy continue in it’s over-saturated stale rut of hackneyed hate of Republicans or will this spur more Nick DiPaolo-esque comedians who mock the Left? It seems that the alt-Right is now the counter-culture while the Democrats are the fascist elites so it would be interesting to see how comedians deconstruct this new tide.

It should be rather interesting to see how this all plays out.

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Funny How?

The last comedy movie that came out that was genuinely funny and still holds up as such now is Beerfest.

I came to this realization after re-watching the film. It is ten years old and it is still as funny as it was in 2006. I believe this is the case because it has elements of National Lampoon  style writing. Broken Lizard was clearly influenced by them and that’s a good thing.

The reason Beerfest is so great is that it had nudity for no reason other than showing tits, absolute debauched drinking and most importantly there is no lesson and no love interest plot lines. The movie is silly. It is fun. It is what makes a comedy film stand the test of time.

Unfortunately, comedy films are dead now. I blame that wave of Judd Apatow and his crew saturating the comedy movie market. Those films always have a lesson, always have a love plot line. So fucking boring! They are more like a romantic comedy than a comedy. They have no shelf life.

Classic comedies like Animal House, Porky’s and Easy Money are just silly ridiculousness, that’s why they are as funny today as they were thirty years ago. Even comedy movies that have a minor element of redemption or love plot lines are great, like Trading PlacesCaddyshack  and Back to School.

It’s sad really. So now instead of laughing your balls off, we are stuck with attempting to be mildly amused by Seth Rogen, Lena Dunham, Paul Rudd, Amy Schumer and the others that are making “comedies” of that ilk.

Who thought that thinking about comedy films could be so depressing?

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