Category Archive: comedy

Aug 16

Russell Brand says humor is a survival instinct

Russell Brand will perform in San Luis Obispo as part of his Messiah Complex World Tour.

Editor’s note: As my loyal readers may have noticed, it’s been several months since I last posted on “She Likes to Watch.” The reasons for my lengthy absence include an increased work load, furlough and vacation time, and some technical difficulties that have since been resolved. However, I hope to begin posting again on a …

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Oct 17

"Seven Psychopaths" lives up to its name

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell make trouble in the new crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths."

“Seven Psychopaths” serves up a veritable smorgasbord of crazed killers Note: Today’s guest reviewer is artist, photographer and filmmaker Chris Daly, who recently directed a music video for local country band Red Eye Junction. Check out his portfolio here. In Martin McDonagh’s first film, “In Bruges,” we got a taste of nasty, foul-mouthed, suicidal murderers. …

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Oct 16

"Blazing Saddles" screens tonight in San Luis Obispo

Mel Brooks’s off-color comedy “Blazing Saddles” is best in the West Note: If this post about “Blazing Saddles” seems familiar, it’s because I originally ran it in 2011. However, the facts are still pertinent. Mel Brooks, the delightfully crass filmmaker behind “The Producers,” “Spaceballs” and “Young Frankenstein,” has never worried about being politically correct. Unlike …

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Oct 12

Tim Burton returns to his roots with "Frankenweenie"

Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) brings his pet dog back from the dead in "Frankenweenie."

Tim Burton’s latest film will fill viewers with warm, fuzzy feelings Victor Frankenstein, the youthful protagonist of “Frankenweenie,” is kind of a weird kid. Obsessed with filmmaking and monster movies, Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is intelligent yet introverted — a shy genius whose constant companion is his pet dog, Sparky. “A boy needs to …

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Sep 25

Comedy, drama, supernatural scares: Fall TV has it all

Fall television season heats up with “Ben and Kate,” “The Mindy Project” If Sunday’s Emmy Awards proved anything, it’s that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences favors the familiar. Aside from a few fresh offerings, including “Homeland” and “Louie,” the list of winners was replete with past winners, such as “The Amazing Race” and …

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Sep 21

This soundtrack rocks!

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood shows off his composing chops in “The Master” Will all the controversy surrounding “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who becomes a cult leader, you might have missed the discussion about the movie’s superb soundtrack. Jonathan “Jonny” Greenwood, best known as Radiohead’s lead guitarist, …

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Sep 11

“Annie Hall” kicks off classic screening series

Woody Allen’s classic romantic comedy screens tonight in San Luis Obispo Before “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Say Anything,” before “Pretty Woman” and “When Harry Met Sally,” there was “Annie Hall.” Woody Allen’s classic romantic comedy centers around the relationship between standup comedian Alvy Singer (Allen), whose numerous neurosis can be traced to his bizarre childhood …

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Sep 11

Will your favorite fall TV show fail?

Meet the cast of Ryan Murphy's new sitcom, "The New Normal," premiering tonight on NBC.

Fall television season brings new shows, including “Go On” and “The New Normal” Sixty-five percent of new television shows fail. Just think about that for a moment. More than two-thirds of the TV series introduced to the airwaves each fall are canceled within their first season. Some shows may not make it past a single …

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Aug 28

You’ve never met a girl like “Ruby Sparks”

Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano in "Ruby Sparks"

Quirky romantic comedy “Ruby Sparks” has fun tweaking stereotypes Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) is about to meet his dream girl. She’s cute and quirky, a red-headed, blue-eyed vision in printed dresses and brightly colored tights. She paints. She sings. She cooks a mean meatloaf. And there’s something else that sets Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) apart …

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Aug 24

Local crowd goes crazy for Jeff Bridges

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges channels “The Big Lebowski” at SLO Brew show The Dude does indeed abide. At a sold-out show Thursday night at SLO Brewing Co., Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges appeared every inch of the character he plays in “The Big Lebowski”: likable, laidback and friendly to a fault. Bridges and his band, …

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