“Zack and Miri do a porn” (October 30)
Rarely has a title been as precise in its description as it is here, and writer and director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”) tells the tale of two longtime friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) desperate for money. , who are turning to the seemingly lucrative world of adult entertainment. However, the eye-catching title and premise don’t tell the whole story. It’s not just a silly, disgusting sex comedy (although, of course, there are a lot of them). Like in her indie hit “Chasing Amy”, Smith knows there is no such thing as “just sex” and, with the help of her charismatic roles, carefully explores what happens when platonic friends decide to go. that big leap.
“Billy dans la rue”: seasons 1 to 5 (Oct. 31)
Few contemporary comedians have a character as distinctive as that of Billy Eichner. A frenzied and impatient pop culture geek, he’s quick with a quip and so cunning with his slurs that they often run past their targets. Eichner is a shameless 21st century personality, which makes it especially amusing that he is best known for the “Man In the Street” interview – a comedic device that dates back to Steve Allen and the early days of television comedy. “Billy on the Street” is, at least on paper, a game show; he and his famous guests offer passers-by the chance to win cash and prizes for answering questions and participating in their reindeer games. But the stakes are low and the games are silly; the show exists primarily as a vehicle for its unique sensibility and spirit.
“Catch me if you can” (October 31)
Leonardo DiCaprio’s seeming agelessness is one of his most fascinating characteristics – we still think of him as a morning idol, even in his middle age – and Steven Spielberg puts it to good use in this comedy. drama from 2002, based on the memoir of con artist and fabulist Frank Abagnale Jr. (who himself can were made). DiCaprio’s Abagnale is a born con artist, posing as a doctor, lawyer, and airline pilot at kite checks across the country; the actor’s sensitive portrayal captures the gee-whiz sympathy that made him so successful, while subtly conveying the underlying pain. Tom Hanks is in top form as a treasure agent on his tail, but the MVP is Oscar-nominated Christopher Walken for an atypically low-key ride as Abagnale’s absent father.
“Legally blonde” (October 31)
When this Reese Witherspoon vehicle hit theaters in 2001, a fair number of critics called it lightweight, disposable fluff – a strangely fitting reaction to this story of a young woman whose peers underestimate her based on his appearance and his impressions. But just as Elle Woods thrived, against all odds, at Harvard Law School, this summer comedy has become a cultural touchstone thanks to its citable dialogue, masterfully modulated performance, and timeless message about self-determination in the face of adversity.
“Norman Lear: Just another version of you” (October 31)
The term ‘living legend’ has been used so loosely that it doesn’t seem like a big enough descriptor for Norman Lear, the now 99-year-old writer, producer and philanthropist behind some of the most popular television shows. (and revolutionaries). 1970s, including “All in the Family”, “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time”. This energetic bio-documentary from directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady tells her story with appropriate enthusiasm and showmanship, taking a thematic rather than chronological approach that separates her from the standard biographical showcase.