The first important image of Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is for his production company, Right of Way Films — a logo of a man with a rolling suitcase in front of a bank of windows. It recalls, of course, his 2009 Best Picture nominee Up in the Air,and I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there: reminding everyone of the greatness you’re capable of is probably not a great idea when you’re on a losing streak. Following last year’s bizarrely tone-deaf adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day, Reitman’s latest is a peculiarly alarmist ensemble piece about how, in spite of our copious technology, we’re all just so disconnected, man. When Reitman burst on the scene with Thank You for Smoking back in 2005, he seemed bent on making another Dr. Strangelove; based on his new picture, he’s apparently spent those years harboring the desire to make another Crash. … Read More
Men, Women and Children‘s title is deceptively human: Jason Reitman’s newest film is not only about people, but the… Read More
Last fall, I found myself lamenting, with other TV obsessives, how “nice” sitcoms had gotten. These conversations usually touched on the optimism of Parks and Recreation (a show I love but sometimes find overwhelming) or the glut of new family sitcoms — The Goldbergs, The Michael J. Fox Show, Trophy Wife, Sean Saves The World — about people who love each other dearly, bicker a bit, and hug at the end. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I adored Trophy Wife); when done well, like The Middle, these shows can be sweet and funny. It’s likely that the sheer volume of similar shows is what made us so cynical — and that’s also what makes FX’s two new sitcoms, Married and You’re the Worst, so appealing. … Read More
Sometimes the news about reproductive rights is so weird that you have to laugh about it (if only to prevent yourself from crying). Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer, and Andrea Savage do just that in a new Funny or Die video that parodies Republicans’ obsession with women’s private parts. As a trio of GOP women, they explain that they don’t want government interfering in their classrooms or banks — but they do want it “way, way deep up there in my vagina.” We don’t want to ruin this by quoting too much (OK, just one more: “Let the Oval Office take care of your Oval Office”), so just watch the hilarious video after the jump. … Read More
1. Here’s an extended sneak peek at the new episodes of Community, courtesy of Joel McHale, who debuted the footage on The Soup. Things are looking mighty dark for the Greendale Seven! The NBC comedy finally returns to the air on Thursday, March 15th at 8pm.
2. Another day, another TV musical competition.… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we cheered for Judy Greer, a beloved character actress who’s finally getting her own ABC series. We couldn’t decide who we find more frightening: Glenn Beck or his armed bodyguard. We made a mental note never to piss off (or date) Salman Rushdie. We wished we lived in Australia, where Stephen Soderbergh is debuting Tot Mom, a play about Nancy Grace. We discovered it’s no accident that Christian Bale’s American Psycho performance reminds us of Tom Cruise. We welcomed Trent Reznor back to Twitter. How long do you think before Courtney Love caves? We learned how to eat a horse. We met Jordan Wolfson, winner of The Cartier Prize 2009 at the Frieze Art Fair. We discovered a positive side effect of reality TV. Now we’re off to watch the new Fever Ray video for “Stranger Than Kindness” which just premiered on VanityFair.com? You can watch it too after the… Read More