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FYI: Impressive BATMAN Fan-Films Exist!

Posted by Jon Wiener Sunday, October 9th

Sunday morning - surfing the net - minding my owns... What's this?  A series of unofficial Batman movies executed on a shoestring budget?  These must be awful!  Here's the catch, readers...they're actually pretty darn good. BAT IN THE SUN PRODUCTIONS was founded by father/son duo Sean and Aaron Schoenke about 10 years ago.  Though they've dabbled in other productions, they really found their niche in Batman "fan films", which is the motion picture equivalent to fan fiction. It seems like these guys just slam their hearts and souls into each production and deserve to be recognized.  Maybe if word gets around enough, the. Read more

'HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE': an Indie Romance Comedy Done Right

Posted by Jon Wiener Friday, February 11th

There has been a lot of buzz about HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, the debut film from How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor.  Though I tend to roll my eyes at the never-ending downpour of indie romance comedies that are churned out by the dozen, HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE surprised me with originality and above-average performances. It was hard, at first, to watch Radnor and no think about his character from How I Met Your Mother.  Additionally, knowing that he wrote and directed the film filled me with the pre-conceived idea that I was about to watch 2 hours of Radnor's reminiscence of his own romantic failures,. Read more

Feel Free to Interrupt...

Posted by Jon Wiener Thursday, January 27th

[caption id="attachment_1744" align="aligncenter" width="530" caption="Photo by Robyn Von Swank"][/caption] Doug Benson is busier than ever these days; touring the globe doing stand-up, regularly recording CDs/DVDs, recording his weekly podcast (Doug Loves Movies) and working on his television show, The Benson Interruption.  When he's not doing all of that, he's surely watching movies...probably with his friend "Mary Jane". Benson has been in the entertainment industry for more years that you would believe - after a slow start as an extra in movies like Blade Runner, he continued to pursue his love of comedy within a circle of some of today's biggest names.  As. Read more

Tammy Pescatelli is Coming to Your Telly!

Posted by Jon Wiener Wednesday, January 19th

I recently had the pleasure of having a chat with comedian Tammy Pescatelli.  She's been in the business for years, appearing on television and across the country at countless comedy clubs.  Tammy's latest passion is being a mother and wife - and her new experiences are giving her comedy a new perspective.  She never wanted to be a typical "female comic", her new reality show on WE tv might be the last thing she would have wanted to do, but Tammy is breaking the mold and doing things her way...in rural Pennsylvania. How did you get started in comedy? It's the typical. Read more
YouTuber, Rothejfunk, has brilliantly created a new trailer for the 1984 Action-Comedy hit Ghostbusters using "Mind Heist", a Hans Zimmer track off the amazing Inception soundtrack.  Zimmer's score has become a sensation; it has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Grammy and Satellite Award.  The verdict is still out, but I would be shocked if the academy didn't jump on this bandwagon. I am wildly impressed with this trailer, though I would have probably used Winston and Ray's conversation about judgment day.  Every time I watch that scene, I audibly exclaim "oh, shit". Read more

'Blue Valentine': Grittier than 'True Grit'

Posted by Jon Wiener Sunday, January 2nd

Before I knew what Blue Valentine was, I knew of its controversy.  For those who are unaware, Blue Valentine includes a scene in which Ryan Gosling's character, Dean, performs oral sex on Michelle Williams' character, Cindy.  Although the scene is not graphic and includes zero nudity, the MPAA (whose rating system is diminishing in importance) questioned whether the film deserves an NC-17 or R rating, based solely on this scene.  Ultimately, the MPAA decided on an R for Blue Valentine, which simply makes it more accessible for public viewing.  However, without this controversy, it's hard to say if as many. Read more

'Short' Film review: 'Long Story Short'

Posted by Jon Wiener Tuesday, December 28th

Several months ago, I raised the question: "What if Judd Apatow remade Police Academy?".  Most of my casting choices were not surprising, though they did spark some debate over facebook.  The role of Sweetchuck, however had the biggest "who?"-factor.  Whit Hertford has been around for quite a while.  You've seen him in Jurassic Park and Full House.  He was Freddy Kreuger's spawn in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child. In the 2000s, Hertford has been taking strides in reinventing himself as an active member of the Los Angeles comedy scene, landing bit roles in Glee, How I Met. Read more

Somewhere, somehow...

Posted by Jon Wiener Sunday, December 26th

Have you ever seen Lawrence of Arabia?  It's 216 minutes.  The first 3 minutes is a scene in which Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) sits on his motorcycle and enjoys a seemingly peaceful drive through the English countryside.  He looks great - you know instantly that this is somebody of importance.  He exudes cool to the point that his look represents the same thing after nearly 50 years.  During his drive, you basically know that something bad is going to happen.  Not a single word is uttered, just the rev of his engine.  He runs over a few bumps - you think. Read more

True Grit: Not Just an Amazing Trailer

Posted by Jon Wiener Sunday, December 26th

If you're anything like me, you're a huge Coen Brothers fan.  They have an amazing track record: Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, A Serious Man, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Hudsucker Proxy, Raising Arizona, etc. When you catch wind of a new Coen Bros. movie, you know that you're going to see a fantastic film.  True Grit is no different. The story isn't new.  Charles Porter wrote the novel in 1968. John Wayne was in the first film adaptation in 1969.  It's the story of a 14 year-old girl named Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld). Read more

Wain's World!

Posted by Jon Wiener Tuesday, November 30th

Since the 90s, Director/Producer/Actor, David Wain has been churning out some of the freshest, most absurd comedy since it was invented by the Greeks (and then perfected by the late Leslie Nielsen).  I managed to get Wain on the phone for a few minutes during one of his last days filming Wanderlust in Atlanta. Who is David Wain and why should we care about him? I would hope that you getting in touch with me to do this would mean that you have the answer to that...right? Let me put it this way: I don't feel like people do need to care. Read more