REVIEW: SISTERS

Starring

Amy Poehler (Baby Mama)
Tina Fey (Date Night)
Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids)
Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad)
James Brolin (The Amityville Horror)
Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage)
John Cena (Trainwreck)
John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2)
Bobby Moynihan (Duck Tales)
Greta Lee (Money Monster)
Madison Davenport (Sharp Objects)
Rachel Dratch (Click)
Samantha Bee (The Love Guru)
Kate McKinnon (Rough Night)
Dan Byrd (Heroes)
Heather Matarazzo (Hostel – Part 2)
Matt Oberg (Harley Quinn)
Chris Parnell (Anchorman)
Brian d’Arcy James (13 Reasons Why)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters (2015)Maura Ellis (Amy Poehler) is told by her parents (Dianne Wiest and James Brolin) that they are planning to sell their home in Orlando, and asked to come and clean out the things from her childhood bedroom. Her parents also ask that she tell her sister, Kate (Tina Fey), because she does not take bad news well.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters (2015)Maura, a recently divorced nurse, is constantly trying to help people, and Kate is an unorganized and irresponsible stylist, who is living in her friend’s house, while her teenage daughter, Haley (Madison Davenport), lives elsewhere and refuses to tell Kate where she is staying. Maura calls to tell her the news, but stops short of telling Kate that their childhood home is being sold, and instead convinces her to come to Orlando for a while, as Kate has just been kicked out of her apartment. Kate and Maura meet at the airport, and on the drive home, they hit on a man, James (Ike Barinholtz), doing yard work outside of his home.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters (2015)Upon reaching their childhood home, they discover the house has already sold, and their parents have already packed up and sold all of the family’s belongings, except for the things in the sisters’ room. Furious, Maura and Kate find their parents and confront them. The sisters are told that the deal is done and that they need to be out of the house by the end of the weekend with everything completely moved out. As they are going to sleep, Kate convinces Maura to have one last party in their childhood home.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters (2015)The next morning, the sisters are awakened by the new homeowners coming to see the house in order to begin to plan all of the things they want to change when to move in, and tell them that the home needs to be in perfect condition in order for the sale to go through, causing great distress to Maura and Kate. Moving forward with their plans to host a party, Kate and Maura go through and invite most of their friends from high school, excluding Brinda (Maya Rudolph) whom Kate hates.151583_bbThe sisters go shopping in order to prepare for the night. While shopping for decorations, they have a run-in with Brinda, who is upset about not being invited. The sisters then go to a nail salon, where Maura invites her nail stylist to the party, and tries to convince Kate to apply for a job there. Kate speaks to the owner and he refuses. Kate convinces him to pretend to give her a job so that Maura will think that she is taking responsibility. While shopping for dresses, Haley calls Kate to check in with her. Kate hands the phone to Maura, whose conversation with Haley reveals that Maura has been housing Haley for the past several months, unbeknownst to Kate. Maura convinces Haley that Kate has changed for the better, and Haley buys a plane ticket to Orlando to surprise Kate. The sisters finish up their shopping, and stop by James’ house where Kate forces Maura to ask him to come to their party, and he agrees. While preparing for their guests to arrive, Maura asks Kate to remain sober for the party, so that she will be able to enjoy the party. Kate reluctantly agrees.sisters4As the party begins, the sisters realize that all of their high school classmates have matured and do not want a wild party. To prevent the guests from leaving, they give a speech to their guests and ask Dave (John Leguizamo) to invite his drug dealer Pazuzu (John Cena) over so they can buy marijuana. More of their friends show up, including their nail stylists, who are able to turn the party around into the epic celebration they were hoping for. Brinda arrives uninvited, where she is promptly kicked out by Kate. James also arrives, and he and Maura try to start a conversation together, but keep getting interrupted by the party guests.sisters-scene4As revenge, Brinda calls in a noise complaint to the police, though Kate and Maura are able to flirt and talk their way out of trouble. As the night progresses, the guests become more and more out of control. After failing to stop the party, Brinda takes revenge by adding blue paint to the water system for the pool and sprinklers. Haley calls her mom to surprise her about being in town, when she learns that her mom is at a party. Haley lashes out at her mother for continuing to be irresponsible, refusing to believe that Kate is sober. Kate decides to drink since Haley already suspects she is drinking.e8c3725cd92e6b57bc44840fab1a9fc7With Kate no longer watching over, the party continues to become increasingly destructive. Brinda again sneaks in, but this time, she and Kate are able to resolve their conflicts and she is allowed to stay. Meanwhile, Maura has snuck off with James, hoping to having sex with him, but things keep going awry, with Maura falling through the ceiling, and later, James landing on her childhood ballerina music box. James leaves the party with the music box up his rectum. Kate learns from her parents that they were planning to give her a portion of the money they receive from selling the house, so that she can get set up in her new life. Kate realizes that the house will no longer sell because of the destruction and tries to end the party early. She calls the police to complain about the noise, but the responding officer realizes that Maura had helped his cousin in high school, and declines to shut it down.sisters_movie_poster1After failing to have sex with James, Maura leaves her room and is horrified to see the mess that the party made. Maura learns that Kate has gotten drunk, despite promising to not have alcohol, and becomes furious with her. At the same time, Kate learns that Maura has been housing Haley, and is incensed. The sisters find each other and begin to fight. Haley and her grandparents show up at the party and are horrified by what they see. Kate has failed to park the car, therefore causing the car to roll into the tree seat destroying it, and knocking over the tree, destroying part of the house. The backyard pool becomes a sinkhole, and Haley falls in. Kate comes to her rescue and helps her get out when Haley refuses to climb a ladder. Once the parents kick the guests out, they tell Kate and Maura that they are tired of taking care of both of them, and that they need to get their lives together.sisters20153The next morning, the sisters are awakened by their parents so that they can begin the process of cleaning up after the party. Maura offers to help pay for the house, so that her parents will not have an issue with selling, but they refuse, as they believe that Maura needs to stop helping since she is often unhelpful. Kate tells her parents that she does not have a home, and would like to live in the house. They refuse this as well, saying that she can stay for the next two weeks while she repairs the house. Kate enlists the help of James to help repair the damage. Maura and Kate apologize to each other, and Kate convinces Maura to try and connect with James. Kate fixes up the house, and they are able to sell it with the help of Brinda. Kate opens a new nail salon in Orlando, and Maura and James have moved forward and are now in a relationship. The movie closes with Kate and Maura celebrating their first Christmas at their parents’ new home with all of the family happy together.Sisters-Kate-and-Maura-sisters-2015-39044234-1366-768I’m sorry reviewers but it was freaking hilarious and a funniest movie I have seen in a while. It is the best no not really but I really have to give kudos to Tina and Amy,it’s a good comedy to sit back and chill too.

REVIEW: RUSSIAN DOLL – SEASON 1

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll (2019)

 

Starring

Natasha Lyonne (American Pie)
Greta Lee (New Girl)
Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips)
Charlie Barnett (Arrow)
Elizabeth Ashley (Ocean’s 8)

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll (2019)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Dascha Polanco (Joy)
Jeremy Bobb (Jessica Jones)
Brendan Sexton III (The Killing)
Ritesh Rajan (The Jungle Book)
Burt Young (Amityville II)
Devin Ratray (The Tick)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

Natasha Lyonne and Jarrod LaBine in Russian Doll (2019)‘I’m sorry for YELLING,” yells the main character, Nadia, in Netflix’s new drama Russian Doll. “But I’m having a very BAD, NEVERENDING day.” And there, roughly, is the series’s premise.After leaving her 36th birthday party in New York’s East Village to search for her missing cat, Nadia is killed by a car. She wakes up back at the party in a grandly overdecorated bathroom (all the better to mark the beginning of your new time loop, my dear), and starts all over again. And again. Yes, it’s like Groundhog Day – and Happy Death Day. It has a dash of Amazon Prime’s Forever. But the familiar premise is still fertile and compelling: what would you do? How would you cope if you were caught in a loop, doomed to spend eternity repeating your last few hours on Earth?At first, Nadia doesn’t overthink things. “The universe,” she roars, after returning to the party a second time, “is trying to fuck with me, and I refuse to engage.” Nadia is a games coder who looks like Cynthia Heimel, talks like Fran Lebowitz and is played by Natasha Lyonne, an actor who specialises in characters who feel profound fury at the world; they are women with not one shit left to give. Nadia is no exception.Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll (2019)The first half of Russian Doll is given over to the traditional testing of boundaries, working out how the strange new rules operate, divining the internal logic of the setup and eliminating the most obvious possibilities. Nadia’s best friend Maxine (Greta Lee) – who is, incidentally, the decorator of the bathroom, and consumed with worry that it’s “too vaginal” – gives Nadia a cocaine-laced joint at the party, which she smokes just before her first death. She assumes she is having a bad trip and tracks down its suppliers. It was not laced with cocaine, but with ketamine, they tell her. Nadia, who has tried most things once (including, one suspects, incest and morris dancing, despite Sir Thomas Beecham’s sage advice), is relieved. She has not tried ket, so it must be that. “Except we have done ket,” Maxine reminds her a few deaths later. “Most recently at Louis’s christening.”Natasha Lyonne and Greta Lee in Russian Doll (2019)If not drugs, then madness perhaps? Nadia’s mother – who died younger than Nadia is now – had mental health problems, and at least that would be a known unknown. But Nadia decides against a trip to Bellevue and heads instead to the local synagogue to investigate possible supernatural shenanigans, as the party venue is a converted Jewish school that might be flexing its mystic muscles. Things get more complicated when Alan (Charlie Bennett) turns up – a man who is also experiencing time on a loop and quite enjoying the limited horizons it gives him; at least until he finds out how messy life can get even in 24 hours. His girlfriend breaks up with him because she’s sleeping with someone else. Alan and Nadia join forces (he has little choice) and their delicately developing relationship gives the story heart. Having taken off the outer matryoshkas, the second half of the series reveals more introspective and melancholy layers as we get towards its explanatory core.Russian Doll (2019)Russian Doll was created and produced by Lyonne (it marks her writing and directing debut as well), Leslye Headland (writer of Bachelorette, the About Last Night remake and Sleeping with Other People, which she also directed) and Amy Poehler. It has the coherence, confidence and charisma that can only come from a team that has been on the same page from the off. Lyonne can be an exhausting presence when her caustic intelligence and talent have too little to do in too small a part – she takes to bouncing off the walls in all her scenes. Here, though, she has so much to do that the problem never arises. Nadia is a magnificent creation and Lyonne gives a performance to match, and without which the show could not exist. But there is still plenty of room for Lee’s brittly funny turn as Maxine, Rebecca Henderson’s deadpan compassion as their beautifully understated mutual friend Lizzie, Yul Vazquez as Nadia’s complicatedly sympathetic ex, Elizabeth Ashley as Nadia’s longtime therapist and surrogate mother, and assorted other characters whose performers never hit a bum note. Russian Doll is an acquired taste. But do persist: there is such a fine, idiosyncratic, impressive show nested within.

REVIEW: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Starring

Shameik Moore (Dope)
Jake Johnson (New Girl)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage)
Brian Tyree Henry (widows)
Lily Tomlin (I Heart Huckabees)
Lauren Vélez (The First Purge)
John Mulaney (animals)
Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is The New Black)
Zoë Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Nicolas Cage (Mandy)
Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms)
Liev Schreiber (The 5th Wave)
Chris Pine (Wonder Woman)
Natalie Morales (Santa Clarita Diet)
Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Greta Lee (Money Monster)
Stan Lee (Super Hero Squad)
Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III (Black Lightning)
Lake Bell (Man Up)
Claudia Choi (Her)
Bridget Hoffman (Total Recall)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)

Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Teenager Miles Morales struggles to live up to the expectations of his father, police officer Jefferson Davis, who sees Spider-Man as a menace. Miles changes to a boarding school. He sneaks out and goes to his uncle Aaron Davis’ house.When he takes Miles to an abandoned subway station to paint graffiti, Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains spider-like abilities.Hailee Steinfeld in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Miles returns to the station to search for the spider and discovers a particle accelerator called “The Super-Collider” built by Wilson Fisk. Fisk hopes to access parallel universes to find alternative versions of his deceased wife and son, who died in a car crash after they found Fisk trying to kill Spider-Man. Spider-Man tries to disable the collider while fighting Fisk’s enforcers, Green Goblin and Prowler. Spider-Man saves Miles and senses that they are alike. Green Goblin shoves Spider-Man into the collider, causing an explosion that kills Green Goblin. Wounded, Spider-Man gives Miles a USB drive to disable the accelerator and warns that the machine could destroy the city if reactivated. Miles watches in horror as Fisk kills Spider-Man, and flees from Prowler.Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Shameik Moore, and Kimiko Glenn in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Miles tries out his newfound abilities in a Spider-Man Halloween costume, but in the process damages the USB drive. At Spider-Man’s grave, Miles meets Peter B. Parker, an older and worn-down version of Spider-Man from another dimension. Upon meeting Peter, Miles inadvertently discovers a power to emit a bio-electric pulse to disable his victim. Peter reluctantly agrees to train Miles in exchange for help stealing data to create a new drive. In Fisk’s research facility, Miles discovers he has the power to turn invisible. They are confronted by chief scientist Olivia Octavius, who reveals that Peter will die due to cellular decay if he stays longer in their dimension after taking DNA samples from Peter.Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Miles and Peter are rescued by Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman from another dimension. They find Peter’s aunt, May Parker, who is sheltering more heroes from other dimensions – Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker – who are also deteriorating. Miles offers to disable the collider so the others can return home, but the heroes tell him he lacks experience.Jake Johnson and Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Miles retreats to Aaron’s home, where he discovers that Aaron is the Prowler. He returns to May’s house, where Peni has completed the drive; however, he is followed by Fisk, Prowler, Octavius, Scorpion, and Tombstone, leading to a brawl. Miles flees, but is captured by Prowler and unmasks himself. Unwilling to kill Miles, Aaron is shot by Fisk. Miles flees with Aaron, but Aaron dies of his injuries. Jefferson sees Miles mourning over Aaron and concludes that Spider-Man killed him.Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)The heroes regroup with Miles in his dorm. Peter restrains Miles with his webs to ensure his safety before heading out with the heroes, choosing to sacrifice himself by staying behind and deactivating the collider. Jefferson arrives outside Miles’ door and, assuming he does not want to speak to him, apologizes for his mistakes.Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Miles masters his powers and goes to Aunt May’s, where he gains web shooters and repaints Peter’s suit. He joins the heroes and helps them defeat Fisk’s enforcers before activating the USB drive and sending them home. Fisk and Miles fight throughout the collider, attracting Jefferson’s attention. As Miles is nearly killed, Jefferson realizes that Spider-Man is not the enemy and encourages him. Miles paralyzes Fisk with his venom blast and throws him at the kill switch, destroying the collider.Brian Tyree Henry and Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)Fisk and his enforcers are arrested and Jefferson recognizes Spider-Man as a hero. Miles embraces the responsibilities of his new life. Back in their home dimensions, the heroes return to their lives; Peter prepares to fix his relationship with Mary Jane, and Gwen finds a way to contact Miles across dimensions. In another dimension, Miguel O’Hara travels to a 1960s New York and argues with Spider-Man.MV5BYmU3NWViODQtNTM0Mi00NDM2LTk0NjYtMDQxZDMyN2VlNDljXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjc3OTE4Nzk@._V1_A movie worthy of Stan Lee’s approval. Incredible animation, great story, great message. This film lives up to the hype and honestly surpassed my expectations. The only reason I think there are some negative reviews is because you can never please everyone. However, for the vast majority of viewers, I believe you’ll find this film to be great. Highly recommend.

REVIEW: ST. VINCENT

CAST

Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Bill Murray (Zombieland)
Naomi Watts (King Kong)
Chris O’ Dowd (This Is 40)
Terrence Howard (Iron Man)
Jaeden Martell (IT)
Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special)
Nate Corddry (Mom)
Ann Dowd (Compliance)
Reg E. Cathey (Fantastic Four)
Kimberly Quinn (Hidden Figures)
Lenny Venito (War of The Worlds)
Greta Lee (Sisters)

Vincent MacKenna is a retired grumpy alcoholic Vietnam War veteran, living in Sheepshead Bay who smokes and gambles regularly. His wife, Sandy, developed Alzheimer’s years ago and can no longer recognize him, but he poses as a doctor to visit her and does her laundry. Vincent’s only close friends are a pregnant Russian sex worker named Daka and his cat, Felix. Despite his aggressive attitude toward strangers, Vincent has acquaintances who admire and care about him.
Vincent’s 30-year-old Chrysler LeBaron gets damaged by a tree branch felled by his new neighbors’ moving van. Maggie Bronstein, a radiology tech divorcee, and her son Oliver meet Vincent, who demands payment for the damage. Maggie does the best to provide for Oliver, who is ostracized and bullied at his Catholic school, but is a knowledgeable, friendly boy, welcomed warmly by his new teacher. On his first day at his school, Oliver’s phone, wallet and house keys are stolen by his classmate Robert. Oliver asks Vincent if he can stay at his home until his mother comes home from work. Vincent offers to continue babysitting for a fee.
Vincent picks up Oliver daily after school because Maggie often has late shifts. Vincent’s ideas of after-school activities involve visits to racetracks and bars. The mismatched pair begin to help each other mature, though Maggie is at first horrified by Vincent’s behavior. Vincent teaches Oliver how to defend himself, resulting in Oliver breaking Robert’s nose, who later apologizes and gives back what he stole. Oliver befriends Robert. Vincent and Oliver win a high odds bet on the horses, enabling Vincent to pay off some of his debts. But he gambles away the rest, hoping to make more to keep Sandy in her nursing home.
Vincent is confronted in his home by loan sharks Zucko and Antwan who attempt to take Sandy’s jewelry. Vincent suffers a stroke and Zucko and Antwan leave him on the floor. Vincent is hospitalized and has physical therapy. Oliver, Maggie and Daka help Vincent recover. Oliver’s father, a lawyer, finds out about Vincent and uses the information to get joint custody, with Maggie telling Vincent that he can no longer see Oliver. Vincent becomes depressed after finding out Sandy died while hospitalized. Oliver nominates Vincent, for his “Saints Among Us” school project and asks around the neighborhood about Vincent’s past. Oliver publicly declares Vincent his saint in front of the school’s assembly, who happily reconciles with Oliver. Some time later, Daka gives birth to a child, and she along with Maggie, Oliver and Robert go to Vincent’s house, where they eat and happily talk.St. Vincent is a sweet, lovable film that grows on you with each passing laugh.