September 19, 2013 |
Part "Days of Wine and Roses," part early-funny Spike Lee, writer-director Shaka King's intriguing, slippery-witted stoner love story "Newlyweeds" zeros in on a young Brooklyn couple - downcast-looking repo man Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and hippie-ish museum worker Nina (Trae Harris) - in the languorous ecstasy of a romantic pot haze. That is, when they're not scrambling to make ends meet, arguing or making terrible decisions with lasting consequences. Lyle's time outside the pair's den of weed-fueled intimacy is taken up with the perpetual hangover of a grim job (not always done well)
September 5, 2013 |
Horror spoofs have become something of a spawning menace these days, especially when horror movies themselves are often ridiculous enough to warrant laughter. At least "Hell Baby" has the distinction of coming from two funny parents - writers-directors-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!") - and emphasizes a gallery of amusingly offbeat characters brandishing shtick over ripped-off-from-classic-movies sight gags. The simple set-up has eager parents-to-be Jack (Rob Corddry)
August 29, 2013 |
In "Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride," documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride. Consisting of a rotating boom orbited by free-flipping cars, the 38-year-old Zipper was operated by Eddie Miranda. Ambitious development plans and greedy land-grabbers have been pushing Miranda and many of his fellow carnies out of business, rendering "America's Playground" a wasteland of dilapidated buildings and deserted parking lots - even before Hurricane Sandy ripped through.
July 22, 2013 |
After a jet recently crashed on a San Francisco runway, a pack of federal investigators swiftly arrived to figure out what went wrong. When a Cirque du Soleil performer fell to her death during a Las Vegas show, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its own investigation. But when a Texas woman made a fatal plunge from a Six Flags roller coaster in Arlington on Friday, it was left to the amusement park company itself to decide what went wrong. Much of what flies, rises and falls in the United States -- from planes and trains to elevators -- is harnessed to state and federal regulations that dictate safety standards and give power to investigators to determine what happened when something goes awry.
July 9, 2013 |
"Drunk History," which has lived on the website Funny or Die in fits and starts since 2007, graduates to television Tuesday, courtesy of Comedy Central. It is a strange business: a show in which people who have had too much to drink, for real, travel to the edge of coherence. There will be vomit. Some will find it offensive, immoral, irresponsible - a highly defensible position. It's also very funny, a thing of twisted genius and, for the next eight weeks possibly the most original comedy on television.
July 5, 2013 |
In "The Way, Way Back," which arrives in theaters Friday, much of the action unfolds at the Water Wizz Water Park, where 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) finds escape from the pains of seeing his mom (Toni Collette) being wooed by a car salesman (Steve Carell). It reminded us of some other films that feature thrills at amusement parks and carnivals. "Adventureland" (2009): College grad James Brennan (Jessie Eisenberg) takes a job working at Adventureland, an amusement park in his home town, to raise money for graduate school.