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Karen Posada


2012/09/26 at 12:00am

Hotel Transylvania (Movie Review)

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania’ is like a kid that’s had too much sugar, since most of the beginning is all over the place, but when it finally settles down it’s somewhat enjoyable. The movie comes just in time before Halloween; giving us a comical glimpse as to what these famous monsters lives would be like in a real world if they existed. There are not many laugh out loud moments, but the story of an overprotective parent that needs to learn to let go along with goofy family members as monsters help keep you interested. If you are able to get past the hyper information overload beginning, then you can sit back and explore the world of Dracula and his monstrous family.

Dracula (Adam Sandler) has created a five star resort where monsters can go relax safely away from humans. All his friends and family such as Frankenstein (Kevin James) his wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), the invisible Man (David Spade), Murray the mummy (CeeLo Green) and Wayne the werewolf (Steve Buscemi);come together for his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. Dracula knows how to handle a full house but when a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) stumbles into the hotel and gets Mavis’ attention, this is a crisis that will be hard for overbearing Dracula to handle.

I saw the movie in 3D, which offered very few scenes that would make the extra bucks worth it. The film has a lot of moments when it really goes out of context and it seems to have lost concentration in the storyline, such as a moment where the main two characters are playing a game of table surfing, which becomes like a video game. Unfortunately, Mavis is really just a secondary character although Gomez is the one that connects the two worlds in the story.

Russian director Genndy Tartakovsky has been involved in kids shows such as ‘The Powerpuff Girls’, ‘Dexter’ and ‘Star Wars Clone Wars’, this versatility is shown here, but not to its full potential. The kids will surely enjoy the array of colorful characters to choose from, funnily enough Samberg’s character is the coolest as he’s able to get monsters interested in the human world and his endless travels and curiosity. Sandler’s character is a puzzle that comes together as the film progresses and he offers the most sensitivity by delivering the film’s most valuable lesson: learning to let go.

This film has a lot of creativity, which gives it a lot of potential that perhaps wasn’t used entirely. The focus of the movie falls in between the cracks more than once, it is only at the end where it all comes into focus in a dramatic way. This definitely isn’t one of the best family films of the year, but if you’ve already seen the latest like ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ and ‘ParaNorman’ and still want to go to the movies this isn’t a terrible choice.

Alex Florez


2008/10/07 at 12:00am

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (Movie Review)

Hummus is funny. Scratch that: Hummus is hilarious. It’s got a weird name. It’s gooey. It’s foreign. Like, imagine if someone dipped their eyeglasses in hummus and then licked the hummus off–that’d be pretty hysterical, right? Or what if someone combed hummus into his hair. Or put hummus on the cat. Or used a whole giant tub of hummus to hose down a fire. Or how about this: One rich New York executive asks another what hummus is–because, I mean, how could he possibly know?–and the second guy tells him, “It’s a very tasty diarrhea-like substance.

“How you respond to the preceding paragraph will probably give you a pretty good idea of whether you should see You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Adam Sandler’s latest exploration of the cinema of adolescence. As is so often the case, Sandler plays a character pulled between the competing poles of masculine aggression and boyish sweetness. (In his most ambitious performance, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, this duality was advertised right in the title.) This time, though, the split is literalized–or, rather, professionalized: Sandler’s Zohan is a superhuman Israeli counter-terrorism agent who wants to quit the Army and become–wait for it–a hairdresser.

To this end, he fakes his own death in a confrontation with his Palestinian nemesis, the Phantom (John Turturro), and smuggles himself to New York in a dog carrier, taking his co-travelers’ names as his own, “Scrappy Coco.” Upon arrival, he immediately visits the Paul Mitchell salon looking for a job, pausing briefly to rub his crotch against the glass front door to signal his enthusiasm. Remarkably, he does not find employment there, nor at a black women’s hair boutique, nor at a kids barbershop. He eventually insinuates himself into a salon run by a beautiful Palestinian named Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), where he sets about Warren Beattying his way through the clientele, a la Shampoo. The gag is that rather than offer carnal solace to the likes of Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and Lee Grant, he instead boinks a series of grateful sexa-, septua-, octo-, and nonogenarians in the salon’s back room.

As he explains while putting off one eager client, “First, I have to cut and bang Mrs. Greenhouse.”

Alex Florez


2008/07/05 at 12:00am

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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Rated: PG-13 for some strong language, sexual scenes and nudity.
Release Date: 2008-06-06
Starring: Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel
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Country: USA
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