March 18, 2011 |
Don't let "Paul's" R-rating fool you. In the latest comedy from those funny Brits of "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead," the wise guys have gone more off-center than off-color with this whimsical and surprisingly gentle road trip adventure about two friends, an obsession and an alien named Paul. After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief. If not for a lot of F-bombs and other naughty words, this would be a family film, a sort of fractured "E.T.," with Seth Rogen never more likeable than as the bald-headed extraterrestrial who just wants to phone home (he should consider this kind of disappearing act, a la Mike Myers and Shrek, more often)
July 29, 2011 |
In "Attack the Block," the feature writing and directing debut of British comedian Joe Cornish, an alien invasion occurs in a London public housing complex, and only a group of teenagers seems to notice. Pulsing with a rowdy energy, the film works as both a sci-fi horror flick and a teen adventure film. The greatest turn that Cornish pulls off is opening the movie with his protagonists mugging a woman (Jodie Whittaker) and still somehow making them seem, as the story unfolds, worth getting to know (while never excusing their nascent thuggery)
April 19, 2007 |
When British actor Simon Pegg wielded a cricket bat to fight zombies in the 2004 cult hit comedy "Shaun of the Dead" -- co-written with director Edgar Wright -- a new variant of genre-tweaking English humor was born. Or at least it was born larger, following Pegg and Wright's beloved 1999 Britcom "Spaced," about pop culture-delusional slackers.
July 31, 2007 |
Three years ago, directors Zach Snyder and Edgar Wright caught the attention of critics and audiences with their well- received zombie films. Snyder directed the stylish remake of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead," while Britisher Wright helmed the flesh-eating living-dead spoof "Shaun of the Dead." Serendipitously, their latest efforts -- "300" (Warner, $35) and "Hot Fuzz" (Universal, $30) -- make their DVD bows today.
August 13, 2010 |
In "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," the inventive, free-floating ode to nerdville, the comic-book geek stays in the picture. Whether it's Scott's everyday loser life or his ninja-fighting, super-powered imaginary one, it's all played with a sort of Michael Cera-styled sweet, nebbishy sensibility that works well since the real Michael Cera actually got the role. Go figure. Actually, there was a lot of figuring to be done to convert Bryan Lee O'Malley's distinctive artistic, and loosely autobiographical, musings about a 22-year-old Toronto native whose life is framed by his total lack of ambition until he's in a fight to the death to woo the girl of his dreams.
December 21, 2010
The Early Show Christopher Andersen. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Jack Black; Giada De Laurentiis; Chanticleer. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Christina Hendricks. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Bette Midler; Disney on Ice's "Toy Story 3"; Katharine McPhee performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jack Black and Jason Segel ("Gulliver's Travels"). (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Kelly Osbourne. 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show Forty years after the film "Love Story," Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal reunite.