Leonard Part 6

By Adam Lippe

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Certainly the greatest film ever made, at least of those featuring Jane Fonda and killer tunas that read Playboy. The Cos reached the pinnacle of his career with this, one that he proudly produced, co-wrote the story, and picked up several awards for his efforts. Only Martin Short’s masterpiece, Clifford, could ever be considered as unique a comedy. It is quite clear that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling stole the battle cry of the animals in Leonard Part 6 (quelling) when she was trying to think of a name for one of the childish games Harry plays (quidditch). But no worries, because Cosby’s ideas and invention are bursting throughout the jam packed 83 minutes, from the mugging to the pedicures, to more mugging and further CGI ostrich riding. And there are not one, but two scenes where Mr. C is deliberately covered in food by his ex-wife.

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Roadracers

By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]


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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.