This podcast piece is about a 2005 Disney film called THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED. It's based on a true story. Bill Paxton directed this overlooked winner in family entertainment. Click onto this link and give a listen:
KEY & PEELE. That winner of the prestigious Peabody Award was one of the funniest, boldest and smartest comedy sketch shows to hit Comedy Central since the days of Dave Chappelle. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are friends, versatile actors and solid writers. They constantly had me doubled-over with laughter the way they took on race, class and religion on their series.
If you've seen GET OUT and you go see it again, pay attention to the opening scene in which the cop asks the black boyfriend for ID. It is so cleverly written and structured. You'll appreciate it more on a second viewing.
For some family entertainment that the kids and the grown-up will dig, try THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE.
Yes, it's all animated Lego characters in one of the best big screen Batman adventures I've seen in years. And it's funny. It had me laughing in the first three minutes. It riffs on previous Batman movies and the popular 1960s Bat Man TV series starring Adam West. This colorful, action-packed feature was directed and co-written by Chris McKay. Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes supply voices. This is the third time Ralph Fiennes has made me laugh with a role after years of his deep-dish dramatic work in films such as QUIZ SHOW, SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE CONSTANT GARDENER and THE ENGLISH PATIENT.
Fiennes follows his sprightly, surprising comedy turns as the debonair rascal of a hotel manager in THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and the exasperated 1950s Hollywood movie director in the Coen Brothers' HAIL, CAESAR! by voicing the role of Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE has no shortage of co-dependent male bonding and rivalry coupled with lampoons of the action superhero movie franchise.