Adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events was a monumental undertaking, both for director Brad Silberling in 2004 with the ill fated but not-bad-at-all Jim Carrey vehicle film, and for Netflix showrunners Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld. Striking a balance between the ongoing meta-narrative of in-universe author Lemony Snicket—done to aplomb by Patrick Warburton—is tough on its own, not to mention the herculean task of managing quirk and horror, two states of being that dance on the head of a pin throughout the series. While the film stopped at book three of thirteen, the series is trucking through to nine this year—of which I was able to view up to eight—which brings with it a certain degree of fatigue and wonder.
David Fincher emerged into the filmmaking out of the cesspool of music videos when MTV was at its peak. At the time, so many music video directors delivered empty, flashy fluff when they got into movies that he was a rare exception to rule who gave his promo compatriots a good name. Over the years, … Read more
At this point, the Seth MacFarlane comedy formula is so set in stone that you can probably decide whether or not you like his latest offering before pointing even a single eyeball at it. The guy is a joke machine. He’s smart without ever daring to make a statement through comedy, edgy without ever really … Read more
When Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs hit screens in 2009, it proved to be an unexpected treat that arrived with little hoopla beyond sporting one of the weirdest (and wordiest) titles of all time. However, the movie proved to be a strangely subversive comedy gem that even managed to sneak Eraserhead references into a … Read more