Articles tagged michael mckean

Christopher Guest Does TV with HBO’s ‘Family Tree’

If the plot is thin, the show does offer other pleasures, including the actors’ improv skills, revealed in subtle and hilarious flashes of genius.

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24 Mar 2008 // 2:00 AM

The Grand

Werner Herzog plays The German. In another movie, this might be all you need to know.

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29 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Joshua

Fear of your own child is exploited for maximum effect in this thriller, but there's little in the way of (believable) explanations for the characters’ actions.

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6 Jul 2007 // 2:59 AM

Joshua (2007)

At first, Joshua invites you almost to imagine the boy's sense of rejection and growing frustration.

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24 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

HOPELESs Pictures

Spoofing celebrities is easy. Finding the humor in a pitch meeting may be a little more complicated.

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24 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

A Mighty Wind (2003)

In its focus on these reunited '60s folkies, 'Wind' engages in that most virulent form of nostalgia: '60s-itis.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Guru (2002)

Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.

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18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"

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Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

Consider the view of Kevin Williamson, presently king of all he surveys. As writer-thinker-upper of the first two Screams, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the WB's hugely popular Dawson's Creek (and even given the failure of this past fall's network-offering, Wasteland), he has spread out before him a vast space of Yes.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

This Is Spinal Tap (1984/2000)

Sixteen years ago, a young filmmaker named Marti DiBergi set out to capture, in his words, 'the sights, the sounds, and the smells' of a workhorse British rock band named Spinal Tap.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Best in Show (2000)

The question I am left with, in relation to all these other characters, is what, if anything, are they satirizing?"

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

// Short Ends and Leader

"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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