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Casual comedy fans – particularly those of a younger generation – may not be familiar with Doug Kenney. However, anyone who has any interest in the comedic craft has reaped the benefits of his groundbreaking work.

Kenney – who co-founded the subversive humor magazine The National Lampoon before branching out into stage, radio and film – was a weirdo shooting star in the comedy world, one who shone brightly and ultimately burned out too fast.

“A Futile and Stupid Gesture” – based on Josh Karp’s book of the same name – tells the story of Kenney’s rapid ascent and subsequent fall. Directed by David Wain, the film goes out of its way to paint its subject as a genius, a true icon, but despite its sprawling efforts – including a deep and talented cast - it never quite goes beyond a surface-level exploration of Kenney. The result is a serviceable biopic with a few flashes; not terrible, but not nearly what we might have hoped it to be.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:24

New to view – 18 new shows for 2018

Remember when the fall television lineups were all that mattered?

It wasn't so long ago that that autumn offerings were the be-all and end-all of new TV. Shows that made their debuts in January were considered little more than filler, with the term “midseason replacement” taking on a derogatory tone.

However, as the ways in which we consume television have changed, so too have our attitudes regarding when shows join their respective lineups. Instead of an afterthought, this second season has become a viable entity in its own right, with loads of interesting programming arriving on your screens of choice.

Broadcast networks, premium and basic cable outlets, streaming services - everybody has something for the viewer looking for something new to consume this winter. If nothing else, it seems likely that all tastes - highbrow, lowbrow and everything in-between - will be addressed.

Have a look at some of the intriguing options that are en route.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 28 September 2017 11:37

'Gerald's Game' well worth playing

We’re in the midst of a Stephen King moment.

If it seems like the master of horror has achieved a sort of pop culture ubiquity recently, well … that’s because he has. Big-screen cinematic projects (“IT,” “The Dark Tower”) and television series (“Mr. Mercedes,” “11/22/63,” “The Mist,” “Under the Dome”) have been abundant over the past couple of years, but the latest new offering lands somewhere in the middle.

Published in Movies

Actor and comedian Maz Jobrani describes his experience on the new CBS situation comedy “Superior Donuts” (airing Mondays at 9 p.m.) as “living the dream.”

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:33

New to view in 2017 - A TV preview

Some upcoming television debut offerings

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:39

A return to Stars Hollow

'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:57

More jeers than cheers for 'Mascots'

Latest Guest mockumentary lacking in laughter

Christopher Guest has long been the master of the comedic mockumentary. He has used the form to tackle the worlds of music, stage and screenand dog shows. His work with films like 'Waiting for Guffman' and 'Best in Show' and of course 'This is Spinal Tap,' the granddaddy of them all, has firmly ensconced him as a shining star of the comedy firmament.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:21

'Stranger Things' have happened

Netflix miniseries offers exceptional entertainment

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. So powerful, in fact, that many have sought to find ways in which to commodify it. The result of those efforts at monetization is a general thinning of quality across the board far too many of these memory-fueled projects wind up as disappointments on some level or another.

And then you have something like Netflix's 'Stranger Things,' which succeeds in ways many of us likely didn't even know we wanted until they were placed on the screen before us.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:09

Celebrating Pee-Wee's Big Holiday'

Netflix offering proves fun, surprisingly heartfelt

There have been plenty of ill-conceived sequels in recent years. Whether they're too close together or too far apart, these movies rarely manage any kind of worthwhile payoff for audiences.

However, every once in a while, a project comes along that seems borderline absurd on its surface, yet turns out to be a welcome and wonderful surprise.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:45

The Netflix conundrum

Dear Netflix,

First, let me open this letter by telling you how much I love you. It's a lot. For a very decent amount of money, I can watch a wide variety of shows instantly on my television at home: crime dramas, situational comedies, classics and a smattering of movies. But the TV shows are really where it's at when you're talking about instant if you're looking for movies, you really need to hop on the DVD plan (also reasonably priced).

Published in Edge Staff Mom
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