Friday, July 27, 2012

Antonioni, Stiller/Vaughn/Hill/Ayoade and Rising Stars of the Comedy World

My published writing for this week represents a rather a diverse set of work, so, for a change, the following links don't lead exclusively to snarky reviews of subpar new releases. Not to worry, there's plenty of that, too, (and I save some special venom for the new Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn/Jonah Hill/Richard Ayoade sci-fi/comedy The Watch), but there's also my consideration of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1964 masterpiece Red Desert and profiles of two up-and-coming comedians which I contributed to Variety's "10 comics to watch" feature.

Film reviews
Red Desert (Little White Lies)
The Watch (Slant)
Big Boys Gone Bananas* (Time Out New York)
Deranged (Indiewire)

Comedian profiles:
Kurt Braunohler (Variety)
Rory Scovel (Variety)

1 comment:

Maria Maria said...

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