Must See – Trainwreck

Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader
Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

Amy Schumer is fast-becoming one of my favorite comics – I recently saw a review which called her a “female Louis CK.” She wrote the screenplay for Trainwreck and Judd Apatow directed.

The movie packs lots of emotion in its two hours – smart, funny, poignant and sad. Amy (Amy Schumer) is a writer for a men’s magazine who is given an assignment to write an article about Aaron (Bill Hader), (a straight-laced surgeon who specializes in sports injuries and is also works for Doctor’s Without Borders). The two connect through the interviews for the article she is writing but have very different views on relationships. Amy’s father indoctrinated her at a young age to not believe in monogamy. Aaron is much more traditional. You can imagine the push and pull as Amy gets dragged into a relationship. While the plot follows pretty traditional romantic comedy lines, it is laugh-out loud funny (really) and Amy’s character is a bit of a fresh take on a female lead.

The Week Ahead July 20-26: What to see watch and do this week

Movies

Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal
Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Southpaw (opens July 24) – Billy Hope (Gyllenhall), is the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion with a great career, a loving family and a lavish lifestyle. When Billy loses his everything he finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a former fighter who trains the city’s toughest amateur boxers. Billy fights to regain what he has lost including custody of his daughter.

In the posters and trailers for the movie Jake Gyllenhaal looks like he can take on the world. Gyllenhaal says he stuck to a “strict regimen” to muscle up for the role. It’s a contrast to the pounds he dropped to play the spookily intense news cameraman in Nightcrawler a great performance not recognized at Oscar time. Maybe that will change this year with Southpaw?

 

 

The Week Ahead July 13-19: What to see watch and do this week

Movies

Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd
Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd

Ant-Man (opens July 17) – Another Marvel hero (and lots more on the way from what I hear), with Paul Rudd playing a thief who shrinks himself to ant size and wears an ant suit designed by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). My interest in Marvel hero movies as pretty well run its course but I have always liked Paul Rudd. He is interesting choice as a superhero which might send me to the theater this weekend. I liked his self-deprecating comment to David Letterman: “I guess we all can’t wait to see how stupid this will be.”

Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen
Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen

Mr Holmes (opens July 17) – Ian McKellen playing Sherlock Holmes? Count me in. The movie received a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Teaming again with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) “to create something brilliant, mysterious and lyrical.”

Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader
Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

Trainwreck (opens July 17) – Written by and starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader and directed by Judd Apatow Trainwreck seems like a home run. It took me awhile to develop an appreciation for Amy’s humor. But now I find it hard to look away. . .

TV

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll on FX starring Dennis Leary
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll on FX starring Denis Leary

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Thursday July 16, FX) – Denis Leary plays Johnny Rock – a has-been rock star with an opportunity at a second chance with the help of a younger singer. Did I mention Denis Leary stars?

Bojack Horseman from Netflix
Bojack Horseman from Netflix

BoJack Horseman (Friday July 17, Netflix) – Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and Aaron Paul star in the second season of Bojack Horseman.

The Week Ahead July 6-12: What to see watch and do this week

Movies

Tangerine
Tangerine

Tangerine (opens July 10) – Directed by Sean Baker, Tangerine was shot on Apple iPhone 5s cameras and is a “visually innovative knockout.” The gritty and groundbreaking tale of two transgender L.A. hookers (Mya Taylor, Kiki Kitana Rodriguez) grabs you from the first frame.

Minions
Minions opens July 10

Minions (opens July 10) – Despicable Me‘s minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Features the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm.

TV

Rectify on Sundance TV
Rectify on Sundance TV

Rectify (third season premiers July 9 on SundanceTV) – Rectify is the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), an ex-con in a small town in Georgia who is released from prison after spending twenty years on Death Row. Daniel was falsely accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend as a teenager but was cleared thanks to technological advances in DNA evidence. Aden Young plays Daniel with a quiet dignity that builds and strengthens the character from episode to episode.

How to Not F*** Up a Steak and Other Grilling Tips

How to Grill a Steak
How to Grill a Steak

In honor of the July 4th holiday this post is all about grilling and cookouts. It will be light on content (hey, everyone needs some time off!) and heavy on links but I think you will find lots of helpful hints and tips. First up (and the title of the post should have been a giveaway) a video from Eater starring Marc Forgione, chef of American Cut in Tribeca: How to Not Fuck Up a Steak with Marc Forgione

Tips for Summer Grilling
Tips for Summer Grilling

Next, another video from Eater; this one starring Nick Anderer of chef of Marta restaurant in New York that will help you expand your grilling repertoire beyond steak:  Beyond Basics: The Art of Grilling

Steak Grilling Tips
Steak Grilling Tips

In case the video with Marc Forgione wasn’t complete, see the post on The Daily Meal with tips on how to grill the perfect steak. How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Arugula Salad
Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Arugula Salad

In combination with the video from Nick Anderer, the next post will give you some healthy recipes for your next cookout. Healthy Recipes for Your Next Cookout

Finally, don’t forget the nuts and bolts of prep and tools:

How to Clean Your Grill

Grilling Tools Everyone Should Own

Things You Should Never Do When Grilling