One of the ongoing mysteries in FX’s unique dramedy Wilfred (Thursdays, 10/9C) is that of the marriage of Jenna and Drew. At first glance, they seem to be an obvious mismatch, but when Fiona Gubelmann and Chris Klein spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists on Friday, as well as touching on other topics, they revealed a very different take on their characters’ relationship.
A teaser for tomorrow night’s episode, Heroism, accompanies the interview after the jump.
Continue reading Jenna & Drew: Wilfred’s Other Odd Couple Speak!
Before Judd Apatow’s laugh factory, there was the American Pie Trilogy [and a handful of straight-to-DVD movies that weren’t as bad as they could have been, but warrant no further comment], a series of three R-rated comedies with hearts of gold and a core sweetness that made at least two of them great fun. American Reunion somehow manages to take the elements that made the originals work and update them in a way that feels fresh.
Continue reading Surprise! American Reunion Is Hilarious!
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is one of the better attempts to adapt videogames for film. It doesn’t quite make it, but it is entertaining and the ton of features shows that they were trying really hard to get it right…
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-li is a movie that features some of the wittier martial arts choreography to be filmed in the last few years, and there’s a clever – even wistful – parallel father/daughter arc that shows Chun-Li [Kristin Kreuk] to be treasured by her father [Edmund Chen], and Bison’s [Neal McDonough] daughter used solely as a repository for the last of the goodness in his soul.
Continue reading DVD REVIEW: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – So Close…
You think I’d learn. Every time I check out a movie based on a videogame, I’m let down – sometimes to an extreme [like with Max Payne, DOOM and the original Street Fighter movie]; sometimes by the tiniest of margins. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is one of the latter.
Here’s a movie that features some of the wittier martial arts choreography to be filmed in the last few years, and there’s a clever – even wistful – parallel father/daughter arc that shows Chun-Li [Kristin Kreuk] to be treasured by her father [Edmund Chen], and Bison’s [Neal McDonough] daughter used solely as a repository for the last of the goodness in his soul.
Unfortunately, the film falls into the usual origin story knee-deep exposition and too little actual martial arts sequences. Performance-wise, the cast is pretty good. Kristin Kreuk is at least adequate as Chun-Li; Robin Shou gives Gen [her mentor] a combination of gravity and humor that works really well; Neal McDonough is suitably psycho as Bison, and the sly chemistry between Interpol agent Nash [Chris Klein] and Bangkok cop Maya [Moon Bloodgood]definitely adds to the mix. Only Michael Clarke Duncan [Balrog, Bison’s number one enforcer] doesn’t fit – more because of the script than Duncan.
Andrzej Bartkowiak’s direction is crisp enough but he simply has too much material to cram into the film’s ninety-six minutes. The result is a movie that does entertain on a basic level, but is missing the kind of pure excitement that it needs to reach the next level.
Final Grade: C+