Tagged with john c. reilly

Review: Entertainment, 2015, dir. Rick Alverson

Review: Entertainment, 2015, dir. Rick Alverson


“Rick Alverson’s Entertainment is best described as a case of willfully false advertising. “Entertainment,” to Alverson, is an invocation of abject human misery rather than a promise of amusement and delight. His film offers neither pleasure nor diversion—instead, it spiritually brutalizes its viewers with a portrait of one comedian’s professional struggles on a road trip … Continue reading

Review: Cyrus, 2010, dir. Jay and Mark Duplass

Review: Cyrus, 2010, dir. Jay and Mark Duplass


Can we really associate mumblecore to indie filmmaking any longer and remain completely honest after 2010’s Cyrus? While the movement-essential Duplass brothers, Mark and Jay, don’t relinquish the personality and character of the cinema that they champion, they do work with a cast that strikes a watermark far, far above what past entries in their … Continue reading

Review: Cedar Rapids, 2011, dir. Miguel Arteta

Review: Cedar Rapids, 2011, dir. Miguel Arteta


Ed Helms’ career is defined by a relegation to supporting roles and a specific casting type– whether intentional or otherwise– that does not on its own merits suggest leading man potential. Unless the film in question features a leading man that plays perfectly to that type, which Tim Lippe, insurance salesman and poster child for … Continue reading