December 16, 2013 |
I don't know how to put this - to paraphrase Ron Burgundy in Anchorman - but Adam McKay is kind of a big deal. I'm not sure if the guy behind the 2004 Will Ferrell numbskull classic has "many leather-bound books" and "an apartment that smells of rich mahogany," but McKay - 45, a graduate of Great Valley High in Malvern - does have a great comedy-world resumé: head writer at Saturday Night Live ; cofounder of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv...
January 4, 2016 |
What do the knucklehead hits Step Brothers , Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby , and those two Anchorman pics have in common? All directed and co-written by Adam McKay. And what does The Big Short - a prestige year-end release, based on the nonfiction prize-winning book by Michael Lewis about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the Great Recession - have to do with any of that? McKay, written and directed by. "Look at me on paper and you see the guy who did Step Brothers , and this doesn't seem like a logical next project," McKay says.
December 24, 2015
The Big Short *** (Out of four stars) Directed by Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins. Parents guide: R (language) Playing at: area theaters
December 26, 2015
Directed by Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins. Parent's guide: R (language). Playing at: Area theaters.
March 1, 2016
Here is the list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards. Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant Best Picture: Spotlight Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Actress: Brie Larson, Room Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short Original Screenplay: Josh...
July 24, 2008 |
We've all experienced the horror of the guest who wouldn't leave. But what if that malingerer were your own child? We find out, in raunchy, raucous "Step Brothers," a movie about 40-year-old "boys" (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) forced to share a room when their parents (Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins) marry. On a superficial level, the movie is a one-joke comedy about arrested development - Will Ferrell squeezing into the same Pablo Cruise T-shirt he wore when he was 14, fighting with his new stepbrother about an off-limits drumset (infantalized man, of course, is right up Ferrell's alley)
July 25, 2008 |
Step Brothers begins with an epigram from our 43d president: "Families is where we find hope. - George W. Bush. " It's a line that got laughs and groans at the prerelease screening the other day, and the laughs and groans kept coming - sometimes so fast, and outrageously, that it began to hurt - as the latest happily imbecilic Will Ferrell comedy proceeded to its goofball finale. Directed and cowritten by Adam McKay, the Malvern-raised comedy mastermind who collaborated with Ferrell on Anchorman and Talladega Nights, the loose-limbed Step Brothers makes room for dual leads: Ferrell is Brennan Huff, a 39-year-old slacker who still lives at home with his mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen)
August 21, 2010
More Brahms, please, and pass the popcorn From Peter Dobrin's ArtsWatch artswatch/ The Philadelphia Orchestra could end up in pictures. And sound. In a deal with SpectiCast and Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI), nine of the orchestra's 2010-11 concerts will be offered live starting this fall to North American movie houses with high-quality projection and audio systems. SpectiCast is already simulcasting Philadelphia Orchestra concerts to about 55 assisted-living and community centers in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, California, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and is utilizing BMFI's familiarity with theaters and film societies to expand the audience, said SpectiCast president Mark Rupp.
June 24, 2010
WHILE WAITING for '80s do-over "The A-Team" to begin, I saw a preview for "The Other Guys," yet another action-comedy homage to movies popular in the age of Ronald Reagan. Add these to a list that includes "Hot Fuzz" and "Cop-Out" - movies that let directors like Kevin Smith, Joe Carnahan, Adam McKay and Edgar Wright have fun spoofing the movies they grew up watching as kids. Along with '80s retreads like "The Karate Kid" or "MacGruber" and the time-traveling nostalgia trip "Hot Tub Time Machine," these titles would seem to manifest some powerful cultural force, the sort that might cause critics to compose endless essays on the mysterious attraction of the decade that won't die. So I'll limit this one to a few hundred words.