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Old 11-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #541
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Things like the Minions and the Penguins of Madagascar are funny in small doses. I have no idea what makes people think they can hold up an entire film.

On the other hand, this is coming from the person who is legitimately excited for the Lego Batman movie
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:03 PM   #542
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DARKNESS

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CONTINUED DARKNESS

MORE DARKNESS

THE OPPOSITE OF LIGHT

BLACK HOLE

CURTAINS DRAWN

IN THE BASEMENT

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

BLACKED OUT WINDOWS

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KINDA MAKES IT BETTER
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:40 AM   #543
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The Errand Boy is one of the funniest most joyous films ever made and probably my favorite JL directed film.
But ultimately Tashlin's Cinderfella is maybe my favorite thing he's done, himself or otherwise.

Then generally:

The Nutty Professor
The Stooge
The Patsy
The Bellboy
Artists and Models
Rockabye Baby
Cracking Up
The Big Mouth
Who's Minding the Store?
The Disorderly Orderly
Three on a Couch
Hollywood or Bust
Which Way to the Front
Hardly Working
The Family Jewels

A few more Dean Martin and Lewis films that I'm not fond of, but really The Stooge and Artists and Models are both master class.
The Ladies Man, Nutty Professor, and Artists and Models are all sublimely great. Shirley MacLaine matching Jerry beat-for-beat in A&S is a joy to behold. Nothing is as outwardly weird and spectacular as the Spider Lady dance sequence in The Ladies Man. Terrific stuff.

I jive with a lot of The Errand Boy, The Bellboy, and Cracking Up but put them a notch below.

Watching The Family Jewels the other day and reading some Rosenbaum criticism afterword, it struck me that the closest person we have making shit today like Jerry is Louis C.K. The way he plays with his cultivated public persona, stretches it, splits it into a few pieces, and bends comedic premises to their breaking point is pure Jerry. The formal experimentation and total confidence in their points of view are close-to-unparalleled.

We live in a golden age.
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Glad to see someone reading Rosenbaum. He has his blind spots (Woody Allen, for one), but a very astute guy.
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Glad to see someone reading Rosenbaum. He has his blind spots (Woody Allen, for one), but a very astute guy.
The Lewis Contradiction | Jonathan Rosenbaum

The whole Jerry article props up Woody as a middlebrow punching bag. I don't agree, and those arguments are the weakest of the bunch. His reviewing films in tandem approach can yield interesting thought and points of comparison. I think it hits at a critical sensibility that we all have in finding commonalities in entertainment, art, etc...

Plus, his ratings system is the most upfront and positive that I've seen from a dude of his ilk.
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Oh I neglected to list The Ladies Man somehow. Easily Lewis at his peak as a visual artist. You can't beat that dollhouse candy colored artifice.
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Looks like a fourth Toy Story is in the works... ‘Toy Story 4′ to Hit Theaters in 2017 | Variety

Not sure how to feel. I mean it's probably my favourite ever franchise but Toy Story 3 wrapped things up so perfectly, I can't see how going back to the well without reinventing it will work.

I still can barely even think about the ending of Toy Story 3 without starting to cry. God that shit was amazing.
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God, and I thought making 2 and 3 were stupid/bad choices.
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Not sure how to feel. I mean it's probably my favourite ever franchise but Toy Story 3 wrapped things up so perfectly, I can't see how going back to the well without reinventing it will work.

I still can barely even think about the ending of Toy Story 3 without starting to cry. God that shit was amazing.
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Holy fuck, I had a dream about going out to see Toy Story 4 last night.

Pixar isn't even coming up with their own ideas anymore.
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Is there a less artistically-driven purveyor of entertainment than Disney?
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They still have their moments of gold, but, it's getting harder and harder to find.
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More like Toy Whorey, amirite??
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Is there a less artistically-driven purveyor of entertainment than Disney?

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