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Cocktails and Movies Review: “Muppets Most Wanted” – Criminally Fun(ny)

by Mike ReyesMuppets-Most-Wanted-Poster

The Muppets Are Together Again (Again) In Their Most Daring, Most Charming, Most Recent Adventure… And It Lives Up To The Hype!

Growing up as a Movie Buff in training, there are two films that I credit with my love of comedies: Airplane! and The Muppet Movie. Both of these films were on heavy rotation in my parent’s VideoDisc player, soaking themselves into my brain and forming my basic foundation of humor. To me, these are films that should be held to a Golden Standard of “mile a minute” slapstick, parody and cameo humor. They’re quick, effortless, and self aware enough to be funny, but not enough to play directly to the laughs. Eventually in my adulthood I would be disappointed by the forces behind both of these franchises, as Scary Movie 3 showed that The Zucker Brothers lost it with BASEketball, and The Muppets came back with the lukewarm effort known as The Muppets. I am pleased to announce that not only is Muppets Most Wanted a vast improvement on the previous installment, it manages to rise to the heights of the classic films while paying tribute to attributes from each of the first three installments.

Cocktails and Movies Review: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” – A Classic Romp In A Modern Context…For Kids!

by Mike Reyes

Mr. Peabody And Sherman polishes up an old apple… You’ll love it as much as your kids

Mr_Peabody_&_Sherman_PosterMr. Peabody And Sherman is one of those classic cartoons that fans love and Hollywood loves to remake. It’s also the fourth film adaptation of a Rocky and Bulwinkle associated property, coming after Boris and Natasha, The Adventures of Rocky and Bulwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right. There’s a lot of hate for the previous three, considering audiences at large either weren’t into the comedic stylings of said properties or those that were felt that their memories were tarnished. (Though I’ll still make a case for the goofy fun that is Rocky and Bullwinkle.) To a certain extent, those films might not have worked because they were live action adaptations of animated properties. After all, to translate a cartoon into reality is a task that essentially robs a property of some of the magical logic that inhabits the world of a cartoon. Certain things are unforgivable, certain things look silly, and some things even look incredibly stupid. If that’s not bad enough, there’s also the risk taking move of making said adaptation of a classic source material with the added dimension of modern humor. Some of it reads too vulgar, some times it’s dumbed down, and other times it just misses the mark of the actual spirit of the material. Thankfully, Mr. Peabody and Sherman manages to side step all of those pitfalls to deliver a fun adventure that works the mechanics of time travel and the jokes of Animaniacs into its very fabric.