Screen Junkies » conan o’brien can’t stop http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:22:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 What’s Playing This Weekend? (June 24th) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what%e2%80%99s-playing-this-weekend-june-24th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what%e2%80%99s-playing-this-weekend-june-24th/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:06:33 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217720 What's playing this weekend? Glad you asked.

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This week, we’ve got a film for kids, a film involving kids, and a film about a guy who gets paid to act like a kid. I’m not sure any of that information actually means anything, but it looks good in an intro paragraph.

How does Cars 2 match up to other Pixar films? Does Cameron Diaz pull off her role as bad teacher? Is it weird watching Conan O’Brien’s pasty skin on the big screen? You’ll get the answer to those questions and more in this week’s edition of What’s Playing?

Cars 2

If you liked Cars, I’ve got some good news. The gang from the original is back, and this time, they’re competing with cars from around the globe in the first ever World Grand Prix.

3 photosI Wish 'Cars 2' Looked As Awesome As Its Poster Art

If you didn’t like Cars, then you’re pretty much S.O.L.

Best Review
I blow a piston whenever 2006′s Cars gets trashed as the runt of the Pixar litter. The sequel is a tire-burning burst of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood.

Peter Travers – Rolling Stone

Worst Review
Mater is dumb, excitable and puppy-dog loyal, his idiot-savant automotive expertise grounded in humble, blue-collar simplicity. I doubt anyone will protest much, but Pixar has now found its redneck Jar-Jar Binks. Such a proud moment.

A.O. Scott – New York Times

Our Recommendation
While it might not be the best of the bunch, anything with the name Pixar on it is going to be at least tolerable, especially if you’re stuck taking kids to the movies. And with the top critics split, there’s a reasonable chance you might enjoy it.

Bad Teacher

As the tag line says, some teachers just don’t give an F. Unfortunately, some film critics do.

6 photosCameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz stars in this dark comedy about a gold-digging teacher who is dumped by her rich fiancee and is forced to come up with a plan b.

Best Review
Bad Teacher” is exactly the one-joke movie that you probably expect it to be, but there are enough variations and shadings of that one joke to sustain its brief running time — just barely.

Christy Lemire – Associated Press

Worst Review
We’re not on Elizabeth’s side, or anyone else’s, really. We’re just watching a film try to pass off misanthropic blunt-wittedness as ”edge.”

Owen Gleiberman – Entertainment Weekly

Our Recommendation
If you’re in the mood for a comedy, Bad Teacher might get the job done. But based on the lackluster reviews, you’re probably better off waiting for something better.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a behind the scenes look at O’Brien’s 32-city comedy tour that took place after his less-than-amicable departure from NBC.

New Trailer: 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' And So He Didn't

Fans of Conan are sure to be pleased, but will non-fans be able to enjoy the film?

Best Review
If the principal audience for “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” is obviously the comedian’s legions of fans, it’s probably most interesting as a detached study of the workings of fame.

Andrew O’Hehir – Salon.com

Worst Review
The whole thing becomes a sort of “Song of Myself” for needy multimillionaire comics at work and play.

Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune

Our Recommendation
Overall, reviews have been favorable, with the film currently holding a 79% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. That seems to indicate that even non-fans can find something to enjoy about this film. Or, you can always sit at home eating prunes and watching Leno.

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New Trailer: ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’ And So He Didn’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-trailer-conan-obrien-cant-stop-and-so-he-didnt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-trailer-conan-obrien-cant-stop-and-so-he-didnt/#comments Sat, 21 May 2011 00:23:20 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213152 The new documentary takes us back to a time many one year and a few months ago.

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It feels like “Conan” has been on TBS for forever now. I’m not sure how Conan O’Brien would feel about that statement, but I mean it as a compliment. As far as I’m concerned, we now have Coco in our lives again, and all that Leno stuff is water under the late night bridge. (By that I mean, the Brooklyn Bridge at night.)

So the new documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop takes us back to a time many one year and a few months ago, where O’Brien left “The Tonight Show” and embarked on a 32-state tour of the country called “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.” Looks like we’re getting a close-up look at the man behind the red mop… but will we like what we see?

Yeah, probably. Director Rodman Flender takes us into the Cone-Zone Jun 24, 2011 in limited release. You can read out our review of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop here.

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Conan Talks About How He Can’t Stop http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-talks-about-how-he-cant-stop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-talks-about-how-he-cant-stop/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:56:04 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204752 The director of his documentary also talks about the no stopping.

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, the documentary about O’Brien’s standup comedy tour, premiered at South by Southwest. The film shows that O’Brien put his humor to work in between “The Tonight Show” and his new TBS show. It also shows that he approaches every daily situation with humor, even when he gets angry and lashes out at people.

I got to speak with O’Brien and director Rodman Flender on the red carpet before their South by Southwest premiere screening. Flender left in all the juicy moments of O’Brien ripping on visiting celebrities and joking around with Hollywood tour busses.

Q: I’m not quite clear. Can Conan stop?

Rodman Flender: Well, you’ll have to see the movie and find out.

Q: How personal does it get?

RF: Well, he gave me incredible access, inside of the writer’s room and the whole creative process. I think it gets pretty close, it gets pretty intimate.

Q: What’s one of the most intimate moments you capture?

RF: I think any artist showing the world the creative process is incredibly intimate. What painter will allow someone to see a work in progress or a pencil sketch of something.

Q: Was there anything so raw it was a little uncomfortable to be there?

RF: I think the situation itself was very tense. I think it was a tense situation for everyone involved. Hopefully I captured that.

Q: I know Conan to be very grateful now. Did you see him in an angrier place?

RF: Yeah, I think the movie is a journey but we all have angry moments. I think what I captured was a human being who gets angry, who gets happy, who has moments, is ecstatic, he’s thrilled to be performing, gets short tempered, gets frustrated. That’s what it means to be human. He’s not a robot.

Q: You saw this act 46 times. Did you get numb to the jokes?

RF: Not really because he changed it up. He really kind of tailored the show from city to city. He had writers along with him that made local references and for himself he really kept it fresh from city to city.

O’Brien was generous with his fans in Austin. He stepped out of his car in the middle of the street and greeted fans before the red carpet. You didn’t have to be camped out overnight to have a prime spot with him. For a film that shows him berating the lovable Jack McBrayer and teaching a fan not to say anti-Semitic remarks, O’Brien was in good spirits to debut the movie.

Q: I’m still not quite clear. Can you stop?

Conan O’Brien: No. Look at me. This is my day off and my wife and I are here in Austin. I can’t stop.

Q: Is the lesson here that there is an opportunity wherever you make it for yourself?

CO: It sounds like a fortune cookie but I do think this movie, a lot of it is about taking something everyone thought, “Oh, this is a wipeout.” It looked to a lot of people and it was like a car crash or something, but being able to turn it into something I hope creative and a little bit interesting would be useful to people, and to me. Mostly to me.

Q: And now you’re a movie star.

CO: Well… I’m not really the star of the movie. I think my assistant’s the star of the movie. [She is!]

Q: You come across as very grateful today. Will we see you in a darker, angrier place in the movie?

CO: Yeah, yeah, you’ll see that. I don’t think it’s that big a part of the movie but it’s certainly the most tantalizing to people. You’ll see that side of me, you’ll see me get very hard on myself, I get down on myself, I get panicky sometimes before a show. I’ve had the same people working for me for 18 years and they all just roll their [eyes]. They’re pretty good at giving it back to me but you’ll see that side.

Q: What was the most raw, intimate moment they captured?

CO: I think when I shower.

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SXSW Pic Gallery: ‘Paul’, Conan, And Del Toro http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sxsw-pic-gallery-paul-conan-and-del-toro/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sxsw-pic-gallery-paul-conan-and-del-toro/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:57:05 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=201913 The stars walked about Austin like normal human beings.

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While reporting from South by Southwest I’ve stood on a few red carpets to get interviews, and sat in a few screenings where the stars got on stage for a Q&A. At the premiere of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, O’Brien got out of his car on the street and greeted fans on his way to the photo pit, including Allison Schiman in her pro-jeggings tank top. After the movie, O’Brien answered questions from the audience.

At the red carpet for Paul and Bridesmaids, Kristin Wiig did press for both films. Paul’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost also walked. The whole gang got on stage before and after Paul to geek out with the fanboy crowd.

At the Aint It Cool News secret screening, Harry Knowles teased the film and special guest. It was Guilermo del Toro who revealed the movie would be 1981’s Dragonslayer. After the film, Knowles and del Toro spent a half hour discussing how they felt the film had more balls than today’s kids movies and fantasy movies in general.

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SXSW Review: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-conan-obrien-cant-stop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-conan-obrien-cant-stop/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:12:22 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201452 It is an outstanding portrait of an artist that just lets us be in Conan’s world, the one we don’t get to see between late night episodes.

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is the documentary following O’Brien’s comedy tour following his ousting from “The Tonight Show.” It is an outstanding portrait of an artist that just lets us be in Conan’s world, the one we don’t get to see between late night episodes.

O’Brien is funniest when he’s just talking about life. He makes observations, decisions, even recaps what’s gone one since his last filmed interview. He can’t help satirizing events. He describes it in that irreverent way. Following a Hollywood tour bus is a brilliant bit of real life meta humor.

Watching the show sell out within an hour of O’Brien announcing it on Twitter is really a magic moment. We start seeing him spitballing bits like the “My Own Show Again” song (sung to the tune of “On the Road Again). His descriptions of his anger are as profound as his humor, although he never quite reveals the details of what he’s describing.

As the real work of writing the show starts, we see a demanding, aggressive side of O’Brien. Directing rehearsals, he is a professional who has to make sure his collaborators do their jobs right. He’s also serious about his food. He demands his assistant, Sona Movsesian, find a restaurant that will cook him fish without soaking it in butter. You can’t tell if he’s really mad at her, although Movsesian comes across as the best assistant ever by the end.

Sometimes O’Brien is a real dick. With the exhausting show underway, O’Brien is roped into schmooze fests with celebrities, which he’s not theoretically opposed to but it’s just too much to demand of someone’s time. He’s really mean to Jack McBrayer and I can’t tell if it was a bit that McBrayer was in on, or if O’Brien was just making redneck jokes at his expense.

O’Brien definitely lashes out but you come to understand he doesn’t blame his guests. There just needs to be a system to give himself rest. Meeting and greeting is more exhausting than performing.

He is good to his fans. It’s no small demand to give everyone an autograph or photo, and we see there are sometimes flaws in the system where people under him turn away fans. When it’s up to O’Brien, he signs and poses. He gets an anti-Leno gift from some fans on the road that’s vicious.

What begins as a document of the creative process turns into a portrait of the emotional sides of an artist. O’Brien is constantly funny, even at his meanest. Can’t Stop is rawer for exposing the slight edges in attitude than if it showed his break down crying.

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