Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
Disney’s Tier 2 rodents and stars from the early 90s Disney Channel series Tic and Tac Rescue Rangers are brought back to the fore in this family comedy that imagines a world where real characters and animated characters rub shoulders. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, best known as part of saturday night liveThe comedy rap troupe The Lonely Island and also as a director of comedy gems hot rod and Popstar: never stop, never stop, the film takes a meta, Roger Rabbit-esque approach, reimagining chipmunks adventurers. In the film, Tic and Tac are the former stars of the Rescue Rangers TV show, but after their series was canceled, the duo (voiced here by comedians John Mulaney and Andy Samberg) haven’t spoken in decades and taken decidedly different paths with Chip becoming an insurance salesman and Dale a regular fixture on the fan convention circuit. The pair are reunited when their former co-star Monterey Jack (voiced by Eric Bana) goes missing, and they find themselves shrouded in mystery as they search for their friend. The film moves at a breakneck pace, packing in-jokes into every scene with a cacophony of background gags and famous cartoon cameos that range from all eras of animation and, surprisingly, properties belonging to film studies. rivalries, including appearances by classic Disney characters in Muppets and the more modern Adult Swim outlet. Disney allows filmmakers to poke fun at certain movies and characters in their catalog; most notably, we see a mean, middle-aged, bloated Peter Pan (voiced by Will Arnett) running a counterfeit operation, among many other surprise appearances. The film’s animation effects are seamless with traditional hand-drawn characters interacting with both computer-animated creatures, puppets and real actors, while talented voice-over artists keep things entertaining for the public, young and old. The latest release on Disney+ marks another high point for feature film releases on the streamer with this fun and funny family comedy. Available on Disney+
George Carlin’s American Dream
The new two-part documentary film from HBO and directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio explores the life and work of George Carlin. Carlin, who is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential stand-up comedians of all time, alongside Richard Pryor, is a figure whose life story is well suited to the documentary format. The film delves into a wealth of stand-up routines, archival footage from television appearances, personal notes and letters, and new interviews with friends, family, and famous fans of Carlin. American dream is an exhaustive documentary on his subjects, exploring all aspects of Carlin’s life, from his upbringing by a single mother after taking his children away from their abusive father, to the beginnings of his career in comedy, leading to his work as a establishment comedian before stepping away from that lucrative career path to embrace the counterculture movement of the ’60s and launch a new brand of comedy that spoke truth to power and mobilized against restraints on freedom of expression at the time. The film goes to great lengths to demonstrate how Carlin would constantly reinvent his act for a new generation of audiences, maintaining his relevance in the comedy sphere for five decades, constantly spouting a sharp and unique point of view on the world that surrounds him. surrounds, without ever hesitating. away from the darker side of his worldview. But while the film is a love letter to Carlin’s work, which continues to be just as relevant in our modern society years after his passing, it also shines a light on his personal demons, humanizing one of the great thinkers comic and social of the last half century. American dream serves as both a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the mind and work of George Carlin for the uninitiated, and for the longtime fan it is a deep and engaging dive into the comedian who is more than just a snippet of his greatest hits. . Available on HBO
Everything everywhere all at once
Everything everywhere all at once is one of the boldest and freshest films of recent years, a decidedly modern cinema that is likely to become a benchmark work of this era of cinema. The film follows Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a dissatisfied Asian American who feels her life is overtaken by her purchase, as she runs a laundromat with her downtrodden and unhappy husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) and her daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu), grows increasingly distant from her. However, upon arriving at an IRS building for a meeting with her auditor (Jamie Lee Curtis), Evelyn is approached by a different and much more confident version of Waymond, who tells her that he is from the Alphaverse and that every decision someone makes creates a new alternate universe. A dark force is destroying all universes and the fate of the multiverse is in its hands. By delving into her many and diverse unlived lives, Evelyn gains a range of highly competent skills that enable her to fight for the universe and her family. Filmmaking duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (also known as Daniels) wrote and directed the film with such unique style and visual flair, telling a story that skillfully combines doomsday stakes with family drama. touching and more than a few touches of kung fu. Everything everywhere all at once is an excellent film that demands to be seen right away.