I hate to hurl a bunch of statistics at you, but I feel that they’re more relevant than usual. Out of 169 critics, 138 gave Game Night a positive review with an average rating of 6.7 out of 10. I think this, while not a ringing endorsement, sets expectations perfectly for the movie it aggregates.
If you’ve seen the trailer, I can understand that you might be filled with trepidation. The premise is so dumb even 80s comedies are blushing, but somehow, they make it work. The plot isn’t airtight and it’s fair to say that its biggest twists don’t exactly make sense, but it’s still fun. This movie tends to run the best jokes into the ground but the cast is so charming I don’t think you’ll mind.
The biggest difference between Game Night and its contemporary peers is that this movie seems to have a script filled with dialogue, setups and payoffs and is just generally trying. Most comedies I’ve seen lately rely heavily on improvisation and star power rather than any sort of attempt at something that smacks of effort.
I think the most important takeaway from Game Night is that Rachel McAdams is fantastic and she should be in every movie forever. The ensemble is strong, but I feel she’s the clear standout.
If you see Game Night, I think you’ll have a fun time at the movies and won’t feel cheated (ironically enough, The House doesn’t play by the rules). I don’t see us looking back on this movie as a comedy classic in ten years, but rather a passable evening at the movies.
The latest episode of Quick Reviews delves into the complexities of understanding the scores on the movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
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So many movies. So many choices! Once I thought of writing this post, I realized I could sit here forever, and instead, I’ve decided to go with whatever comes to mind first. So, in no particular order and without a slight to other films, here are my 5 Favorite Opening Movie Scenes at this exact moment in time. Read the rest of this entry
The Will Reading World Premiere is rapidly approaching! Please join us for free (yes, FREE!) ON Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM. You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428! (You may see a button that says “Buy Tickets” or something to that effect, but trust me – it’s FREE!)
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The WORLD PREMIERE for my new movie Will Reading will be on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM. You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428! (You may see a button that says “Buy Tickets,” but trust me – it’s FREE!) Read the rest of this entry
QUICK REVIEWS is back in action! This time, I’m taking a look at The Departed, another action crime drama from Martin Scorsese. Man, nobody does mob movies like Scorsese. The screenplay is by William Monahan (this is probably his most famous movie) and starring… well, everybody. The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin. You think they got enough stars? I bet a lot (half?) of that $90 million dollar budget went to salaries! It’s not Scorsese’s best movie, but I’m a fan of The Departed.
That’s a good question. What is Scorsese’s best movie? Goodfellas?
This video was filmed in the fall of 2016 on my old phone on the last day of photography for WILL READING as a way of saying thanks to all the people who made this movie a reality.
Will Reading is now available at film festivals! Update #13 has all the details! And you can read some review snippets here!
And by “now available at film festivals,” I mean I have submitted to several film festivals and the movie has been upgraded from ‘submitted’ to ‘in consideration.’ Progress! If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of the movie for review or submission into your festival, please contact me here.
Here’s some pertinent info on the movie that film festivals and reviewers seem to want to know:
Running time……………………………………………………….81 min
Country of Origin ………………………………………..United States
Format …………………..1920×1080, 30fps, 1.78 (16×9), Sound 2.0
Official website: https://creativejamie.com/tag/will-reading/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willreadingmovie/
Will Reading review by Mike Haberfelner (searchmytrash.com)
Will Reading review – The Movie Critic Next Door
Review: Will Reading by Rebecca Cherry (Film Carnage)
Will Reading (2017) by Darren Lucas (Movie Reviews 101)
Indie Film Review “Will Reading” by Kirk Fernwood (One Film Fan)
“WILL READING”— A Fun Comedy about a Morbid Truth by Amos Lassen
An Interview with Jamie Insalaco, Director and Star of Will Reading
by Mike Haberfelner (searchmytrash.com)
2016 might be the worst year ever, but it wasn’t all bad. Here’s a list of movies, podcasts and TV shows that brightened 2016 and beyond.
2 Dope Queens
This weekly WNYC podcast is hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Besides their own brand of stand-up comedy, the pair brings in a slew of other comedians that creates a must listen to show.
@Dog_Rates (We Rate Dogs)
This twitter account brings together my two favorite things: jokes and dogs. You can’t go wrong!
The Nice Guys
Love and Friendship
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Better Call Saul
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Kubo and the Two Strings
Captain America: Civil War
Serial season 2
Game of Thrones Season