The unlikely friendship between a struggling comedian named Scott and his alcoholic dermatologist Marty is at the centre of Standing Up, FallingDown, the new drama / comedy starring Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz.
Directed by Matt Ratner, additional key cast includes Nate Corddry, Jill Hennessy, Caitlin McGee…
Movies about unlikely friendships are some of my absolute favourites. I recall Schwartz’s work most vividly in Parks and Recreation. Now I’m curious about what else he can do on screen – besides also playing Sonic in the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) movie of course.
David Castañeda, Leonard Ouzts, John Behlmann, Debra Monk, Kevin Dunn and Wade Allain-Marcus also star.
Featuring those who knew him best including family, colleagues and friends, Robin Williams – Come Inside My Mind is a new documentary offering an intimate look into the life and work of the late comedian…
Featured friends include Billy Crystal, Steve Martin….
I’m in because he was great; on film, on stage and through his often very wise words.
When I think of Williams, first I see the pie covered face of Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), one of his most iconic characters. Then I try to remember my favourite of his many great quotes…
‘What is right is what is left if you do everything else wrong.’
I recall someone saying that The Comedian, a comedy starring Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito and Leslie Mann wasn’t great. This surprised me considering the very talented cast. I of course watched it anyway and can say that there were moments where I laughed and smiled.
Directed by Taylor Hackford and with De Niro playing a sort of lovable rogue in the shape of an ageing insult comic named Jack Burke, I wouldn’t call this film one of the most memorable movies in De Niro’s filmography. It reminded me a little of what I love most about Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; a situation comedy series where Larry David plays a version of himself. David’s character says what he truly thinks and does precisely as he wishes even if it makes everyone around him, especially his loved ones extremely uncomfortable therefore keeping them in an almost constant state of ‘suffering’ – to great comic effect.
The Comedian is no where near as funny as Curb but it was tolerable enough for me to watch the entire thing. If anything about this moviecan be described as forced, it’s perhaps the comedy element. When considering the events that take place in the film and how they unfold, I certainly wouldn’t describe much of it as ‘bursting at the seams with cliches’ at least not from my pesrpective – and that’s a good thing.