Screen Junkies » Matthew Broderick http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 The ‘War Games’ Reboot Now Has A Director In Dean Israelite http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-war-games-reboot-now-has-a-director-in-dean-israelite/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-war-games-reboot-now-has-a-director-in-dean-israelite/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:54:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262518 The good news is that hoodies have come back into style since then, so the costumes will be largely the same.

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It’s hard to wrap my head around the “Dean” as a proper noun rather than a job description for some old dude with patches on his sleeves, but I will do my best to suspend disbelief and acknowledge that Dean Israelite is a real, human boy man, and will be directing the new War Games.

The original War Games was released in 1983, and taught a generation to hate and fear computers when Matthew Broderick managed to somehow hack NORAD and convince the world that it was going to declare global thermonuclear war on itself.

I’m not exactly sure why someone feels this needs to be retold. I mean, the protagonist could now do it from an iPad, but that’s not a great reason, is it?

The director, Israelite, just made his debut helming Project Almanac, so this will probably get him a fair amount of exposure. Let’s hope he can do something a little different here.

 

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How Ferris Bueller Should Have Spent His Day Off http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/how-ferris-bueller-should-have-spent-his-day-off/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/how-ferris-bueller-should-have-spent-his-day-off/#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:38:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247651 He did pretty well, but he could have done better.

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Today marks the first day of spring, and as such, we have all been metaphorically injected with a lethal dose of spring fever. (It’s like botulism, but it spreads slower and is much, much more painful.)

Anyway, when we are developing our playbook for spring, it’s hard to imagine a more iconic template than the one used by Ferris Bueller on his day off in 1986. The personification of carpe diem, Ferris made the most of his lies, sneakiness, and everything else in order to enjoy nice weather, and the change in mindset that a warm, sunny day can bring about (especially in Chicago).

As a kid, I thought it impossible to construct a better day than the writers of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off did. He seemed to do it all. However, as I got older, I realized that Ferris and the gang’s day off wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. In fact, it seemed a little trite. Granted, I don’t think John Hughes was trying to paint Ferris as some edgy loner, drinking alone in bars, then playing dice in casinos in converted auto body shops, but I think he could have painted a more unique experience than the one that Ferris went on.

Here’s how.

The Whole Day Is Mighty Touristy

Chicago has long been one of my favorite cities, and the tourist attractions are pretty amazing, but I’m not sure that I would want to spend my day living to the letter of a Lonely Planet guidebook. Could you imagine if one of your buddies had access to a Ferrari, then offered to drive everyone downtown to visit a museum and go to the top of the tallest building? That sounds like a plan Milhouse from The Simpsons would propose. Toss in the needlessly fancy restaurant and you’ve got one of those dates Meadow and Carmela would take into the city in The Sopranos.

If they were in St. Louis, would they have hung out at the arch? My guess is that their parents all took them to top of the Sears Tower when they were younger. They could have hung out at the beach, or just driven down Lakeshore and enjoyed the day. Instead, they go to the top of a tall, cold building. Sure, it allowed for yet another Cameron Frye existential dilemma, but other than that, it’s a little hackneyed, and seems like a waste of time.

Speaking Of Cameron, Maybe You’ll Want To Lose The Red Wings Jersey?

Now, it appeared that the whole gang had a marvelous day, in spite of the fact that Cameron was wearing the jersey of Chicago’s hockey archrivals, the Detroit Red Wings. Granted, Gordie Howe is a legend, but I have to think that there were a few moments off-camera that involved people honking at them as they walked down the street, and I’m sure that Cubs game was no walk in the park. Also, who wears a hockey jersey to a baseball game? I’m aware that he didn’t have any other clothes, but he could have just worn the t-shirt underneath. I mean, it’s not Boston or Philly, so I don’t think wearing the wrong jersey could have cost the group their lives, but I think they would have been more likely to enjoy the kindness of strangers if Cameron had worn a Blackhawks jersey.

Just a theory.

Do More Stuff With The Car

Beyond the principal characters, the most notable thing about this day is the fact that they have access to a 1961 Ferrari GT California. Everything else is a constant. The Cubs will play 80 other times at Wrigley, the Sears Tower will remain safe from terrorist attacks for the next 25 years at least, and as time marches on, there will be even more obnoxious, haughty restaurants in Chicago than there were in 1986. Also, I’m pretty sure that A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte is still hanging up at the Art Institute of Chicago, so Cameron will be able to zone out at that guy any time he pleases.

The only fleeting aspect of the day (besides the parade) is the use of the car. Make the most of it. Drag race. Maybe ask Sloan to visit the museum, then go cruise for chicks with Cameron. Better yet, send Cameron to the museum as well. He’s probably not much of a babe magnet. He’ll probably just end up staring off while they’re talking to him.

Maybe Don’t Go To The Chicago Stock Exchange?

Just a suggestion. I bitched about some of the earlier destinations being touristy, but this one’s just weird. Unless the production got a hefty sum of cash for shooting here, I imagine a writer going, “You know where the high schoolers would probably go if they played hooky and had access to a Ferrari? The Chicago Stock Exchange!” and all the other writers just nodding in resignation, unable to say anything because the suggesting writer is the nephew of one of the studio execs.

I mean, go to the zoo or something, right?

See What Other Doors The “Abe Froman, Sausage King Of Chicago” Will Open For You


Sure, you got a table at Chez Whatever using his name, but maybe you could do some more damage. VIP treatment at strip clubs, rounds of golf, preferential seating at some mid-1980’s Chicago-area fight club…who knows?

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‘Ferris Bueller’ And 9 Memorable Movie Parody Commercials http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/ferris-bueller-and-9-memorable-movie-parody-commercials/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/ferris-bueller-and-9-memorable-movie-parody-commercials/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:44:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244045 No childhoods were pissed on in the creation of these ads.

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Honda shoved their new Super Bowl ad starring Matthew Broderick up our Inter-butts today. The ad sees Broderick parodying his most well-known film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as he calls in sick to work and goes on a wild adventure in his Honda CR-V. His stops include the Museum of Natural History, singing in a parade, and outfoxing the studio head. Pretty entertaining spot. Though his tiger-striped vest is sorely missed.

Ferris Bueller – Honda

Over the years, advertisers have relied on film parodies to help peddle their wares to varying degrees of success. Below are some that made us laugh, made us groan, and made us change the channel.

Back To The Future – Nike

Back To The Future fans have been waiting years for the chance to own Marty McFly’s fresh kicks. Nike finally decided to get around to doing it and as a result, we have this maxi-commercial starring Bill Hader, Kevin Durant, and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. It’s no surprise to see Lloyd reprise the role for an advertisement. He’s done so in the past and has appeared in a string of low-budget projects in the past few years. Which is a shame. The man’s a great actor. That’s why the BTTF fan in me is happy to see Doc on the screen again.

Back To The Future – Spike

However, when Spike TV decided to honor Back To The Future at the 2010 Scream Awards, they landed a coup by putting Michael J. Fox back in the driver’s seat of the DeLorean (which was destroyed by a train last I checked **smug nerd noise**). Previously, Fox had never reprised the role and this appearance was an awesome salute to pop culture. Here’s hoping they never remake these films.

The Wizard of Oz – FedEx

Using computer sorcery, FedEx found a way to travel back in time and take control of The Wizard of Oz‘s Lollipop Guild. Either that or they used a really good graphics program. It’s a pretty clever ad that shows the dangers that can happen when supplies are cut off to the Munchkin’s Village.

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Ben Stiller Takes On Scrooge McDuck In ‘Tower Heist’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ben-stiller-takes-on-scrooge-mcduck-in-tower-heist-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ben-stiller-takes-on-scrooge-mcduck-in-tower-heist-trailer/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:05:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222437 Under the tutelage of lovable criminal, Eddie Murphy.

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When Alan Alda’s Madoff-esque fat cat character absconds with the pensions of all his professional slaves, Ben Stiller rises to action. He bands together with the former employees to infiltrate his penthouse fortress to try to take what belongs to them. Hence, The Tower Heist.

Movies like New Year’s Eve should take note. THIS is how you make a comedy with an ensemble cast. You use likable actors like Matthew Broderick. That way, audiences are happy and the Broderick-Parker children are still fed. Everyone wins!!

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Learn to Laugh Again With Stills From ‘Tower Heist’ and ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/learn-to-laugh-again-with-stills-from-tower-heist-and-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/learn-to-laugh-again-with-stills-from-tower-heist-and-the-hangover-2/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:32:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16877 We've got a couple official pics from the year's two biggest comedies. See if you can find some humor in them.

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We’ve got a couple official pics from the year’s two biggest comedies. See if you can find some humor in them.

Treat yourself to the first look at a still from Brett Ratner‘s upcoming Tower Heist, an ensemble comedy that can best be described as a dorkier Ocean’s Eleven. Aside from the pictured Ben Stiller, Michael Pena, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Eddie Murphy, the film boasts Alan Alda, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, and Judd Hirsch. The film follows a group of people that all have been swindled by a Madoff-like Alan Alda. This film could either become more than the sum of its parts or a complete trainwreck, and having Ratner at the helm doesn’t provide a lot more certainty. The good news is that Stiller appears to be playing a regular person, and not someone who is either borderline retarded or absurdly evil. But appearances can be deceiving. Audiences will find out November 4th when Tower Heist hits theaters.

While Tower Heist in up in the air, the gang behind The Hangover 2 has a solid pedigree, both critically and financially, making success theirs to lose. Here’s a still from the film, demonstrating that, yes, they are actually in Thailand. They’re sweaty and there’s a monkey. See? Thailand. Zach Galifiankis is looking a little more like a white supremacist than anything else with that shaved head, but other than that, Bradley Cooper is still the sexy one, Ed Helms still looks overwhelmed, and the baby is now a monkey. Yeah, this will make $200 million. (Playlist)

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Matthew Broderick and Casey Affleck Are In ‘Tower Heist’ Too http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matthew-broderick-and-casey-affleck-are-in-tower-heist-too/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matthew-broderick-and-casey-affleck-are-in-tower-heist-too/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Tower Heist keeps inching closer to becoming a movie by picking up talent left and right. Matthew Broderick is now on board to play a Wall Street suit who joins Ben Stiller in the plot to get revenge against Alan Alda's Madoff-like character. Fake documentarian Casey Affleck is also joining up as Stiller's best friend/voice of reason. He'll help complicate the would-be robbery when he takes a firm stance against it. Judd Hirsch will play an unspecified role in the film. Let's just assume he'll play an old school New Yorker. Or a cop. Or a guy who looks like a Cookie Puss ice cream cake. The resemblance is quite haunting. (via /Film)

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Tower Heist keeps inching closer to becoming a movie by picking up talent left and right. Matthew Broderick is now on board to play a Wall Street suit who joins Ben Stiller in the plot to get revenge against Alan Alda’s Madoff-like character. Fake documentarian Casey Affleck is also joining up as Stiller’s best friend/voice of reason. He’ll help complicate the would-be robbery when he takes a firm stance against it. Judd Hirsch will play an unspecified role in the film. Let’s just assume he’ll play an old school New Yorker. Or a cop. Or a guy who looks like a Cookie Puss ice cream cake.

The resemblance is quite haunting. (via /Film)

 

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