Friday, November 18, 2016

I'm Working Today! ... so here are two reviews

It's been a month since I worked for my primary employer, Central Casting. This industry ebbs and flows, and I just ebb and flow with it. Last week, I worked one day for a different casting company, but this week, I'm back with my "regular" gig (no, there is no such thing as a "regular" gig, as I've said before).

I was initially booked to return to one of my "regular" shows. Then I got swapped by the casting directors to work a show I've never worked before, but I had no details of where/when, so just as I was about to check with my service to see if they had my details, the chick that runs the overnight crew called me. She Called Me. To see if I was available for work "tomorrow" (today). I assumed she was calling to give me my details or to tell me I was back on the original show. Nope, she wanted to book me for something entirely different, altogether (this is where you all say out loud, "nope, she wanted to book me for something entirely different").

So a month without work and then the possibility of three different gigs on one day. I LOVE MY JOB!

So here are a couple of reviews for you:

Mr. Church "Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.: Eddie Murphy was to be the Q&A, and I was curious about what he's been up to lately, considering he plays Only One Role in this film. Thank you, Eddie, for #SharingTheRolesForOnce. Only he really didn't. There are very few MEN of any importance in this film, other than Mr Church. Very "small" film, in that it's made up of mostly intimate scenes in houses. Sure, there's some school stuff with plenty of background, but there aren't more than three major players in any scene.

This film felt long. Maybe it was due to the packed screening room with bad seating. Maybe it was a subliminal message I'd received (someone asked about running time beforehand, and the answer we were given was "1:44" but I heard "144" and calculated that out to 2:24). At any rate, while watching, I noticed at least two endings prior to the scripted and filmed ending.

It's another cancer/death drama. It has plenty of humor, but it's not an Eddie Murphy broad comedy piece. And when all the pertinent questions were asked afterward ("How did this script/character affect you?" "What was your process for finding this character?" "How do you decide what projects to work on next?"), the answer was always something to the effect of "I don't have a process/method. I just do it." When asked if he would consider a return to standup, he said that he would, but there would be other elements included, rather than just telling jokes. This was the only question he actually answered, really. Regarding the film, um, yeah. It's good; the performances were fine; it feels "long", and the subject matter (family bonds that form while attending to the life process that is death) was only a bit "precious". It was released on 16 September, so I doubt it's in theaters anywhere. I'm sure you can stream it, if you're interested. Neither Recommended nor Panned, this one, for me, is a Meh.

The Bronze A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant.: Apparently, this film opened on 18 March, so you may be able to pick it up on DVD/Blu-Ray or stream it, if you are so inclined. I personally intend to own it. The tagline is "There's no place like third", so that should tell you something. Melissa Rauch (Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory) co-wrote, co-produced, and stars in this hilarious film about a female Peter Pan who lives her entire existence as her small town's "American Hero". I compared it to Deadpool, because her red, white, and blue track suit is really her red spandex superhero costume. She is just as foul and just as hilarious as Ryan Reynolds is. I laughed and cringed and, God Help Me, talked back to the screen during the screening. No one seemed to mind (I only did it once, and it was an appropriate talkback, but everyone in the room likely heard it. If Melissa was waiting in the wings at that point, she would have heard it), but please don't ever let me do that again in public. So wrong. ... And yet, so right for this film.

Melissa was a blast at the Q&A. She talked process, voices, choices, audition nightmares, blessings, etc. It felt like we could easily have spent another half-hour or more with her, and she'd have been graciously answering any/all questions. Like the one I had: Did Sebastian Stan audition, or was he always the first choice as her nemesis? Because He Was Amazing. One Hot Douchebag, Order Up!

Find a Way to See This Film, if you are a fan of intensely funny vulgarity, etc. Do Not Let Your Children See It, if you didn't let them see Deadpool.


  1. Hope you have a great time! I love how much you love your work.

    1. It was a good day. It's good to love your work as much as I love my work.

      But I also love staying current in blogging and in blog reading, so I'm really glad your situations have improved of late.

      Yay, both of us!

  2. I love Melissa Rauch on the BBT. She's already a little fire cracker on that show. I am thinking seeing her uncensored would be hilarious. I'll have to see if I can find it.

  3. I imagine she and Kaley Cuoco have some FANTASTIC downtime on set of TBBT. She really is hysterically funny uncensored. I was so glad she was able to do the Q&A, after such a raunchy film. Good luck! I hope you find it!

  4. Teresa and I watched Mr. Church. We really liked it. Something about it felt very comforting (even though a lot of the movie was about death). I wish Eddie would do more dramatic roles as well as another good comedy. And I mean a GOOD comedy, not the Beverly Hills Cop 3 crap he did. He came close with Tower Heist with Ben Stiller, but even that was still not his really good stuff. I know there working on a Beverly Hills Cop 4, but I'm not sure that can bring back the magic that 1 and 2 had.

    1. I like Eddie in dramatic roles, but I think his preference to take on multiple roles kills me, as an actor who wants to be working.

    2. Yeah, I didn't mind it in the Coming to America. And I liked the Nutty Professor, except for when he's doing the family parts. It just starts to be too over the top silly.

    3. I don't find him to be particularly funny, except back in the day. Raw, SNL, Trading Places, 48 Hours, BHC (#1).


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