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Music, Hear This Jonathan Richman: Show Preview

Jonathan Richman: Show Preview

Jonathan Richman created the Modern Lovers, a band inspired by the Velvet Underground, in 1970. Before their long-awaited album (produced by John Cale) was released, Richman had already moved on. Disillusioned by the negativity he heard in rock music, he…
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Film, "Movie 43": Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

"Movie 43": Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

Aptly framed as a hostage-situation film pitch, overseer Peter Farrelly's hodgepodge of roughly collated sketches starts with a bottomed-out director (Dennis Quaid) pulling a gun on some milquetoast studio functionary (Greg Kinnear) and riffing out absurd and obscene ideas. These…
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Film, "The Three Stooges: The Movie": Classic Schtick, Resurrected

"The Three Stooges: The Movie": Classic Schtick, Resurrected

For Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the low-comic connoisseurs whose brand name-establishing debut was 1994's Dumb and Dumber, this antic, dozen-years-in-the-making Three Stooges feature must be a labor of love tantamount to Mel Gibson filming his Passion. The Holy Trinity of…
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Film, Fellowship of <i>The</i> <i>Ringer</i>

Fellowship of The Ringer

It's impossible to talk about The Ringer, a comedy about someone pretending to be retarded in order to rig the Special Olympics, without mentioning that episode of South Park in which Cartman does the same thing. The Ringer was already…
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Film, Good Cop, Bad Cop

Good Cop, Bad Cop

In the new Jim Carrey farce, Me, Myself & Irene, the rubber-faced comedian plays a meek Rhode Island state trooper named Charlie, whose aggressions are so pent-up that they finally have to break out in the form of a second…
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Film, Hard Times

Hard Times

When last we encountered Peter and Bobby Farrelly, they were pelting movie houses with industrial-strength jokes about retarded kids, lost semen, found excrement, and exploding house pets. Good plan. There's Something About Mary turned into last summer's surprise hit and…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday February 24 The Doubtful Guests Enigmatic artist Edward Gorey has spent much of his life illustrating the horror of the mundane with grimly hilarious pen-and-ink renderings. In Gorey's world, sofas are strangely menacing, ballerinas are wan and dispirited, and…
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Bowling for Dullards

Boldly repugnant, Kingpin enters the summer movie fray like a breath of fresh swill -- and, honestly, given the state of film comedy these days, that's not such a bad thing. With multiplexes clogged with bland, virtually laugh-free comedies, Kingpin…
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