Funnier Than Nonfiction: SNL Alums' Documentary Now!

Aug 18, 2015 by Alex Castle

I have always been a sucker for a good documentary. Documentary feature (like Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room or Tim’s Vermeer, documentary TV series (VICE), newsmagazine show (60 Minutes), music documentary (Gimme Shelter) documentary short (everything on Facebook) – doesn’t matter. Even if the topic is something I don’t think I’m interested in, it’s only a few seconds before I’m hooked.

Fake documentary is not exactly a new idea: two of the greatest film comedies of all time (Albert Brooks’ Real Life and Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap) were “mockumentaries,” and they not only spawned whole subgenre, including all of Spinal Tap star Christopher Guest’s films; many of the conventions of documentary – handheld camera style, direct-to-camera “confessionals” by key subjects – have even seeped into... Read More

The Spoils Before The Spoils Before Dying

Jul 07, 2015 by Alex Castle

If the name of legendary author/screenwriter/director/producer/fabulist Eric Jonrosh isn’t immediately familiar, it may be because he’s not actually a real person.

Will Ferrell plays the role of Jonrosh, the “author” of The Spoils Before Dying, a six-part comedy miniseries starring Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire), Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph premiering Wednesday night on IFC. Those are all trusted names, but it still doesn’t answer the obvious question about The Spoils Before Dying: what the hell is it?

We haven’t seen much of it other than the trailer, so we went back to the previous project by the same creative team, The Spoils of Babylon, for a little more insight, and immediately fell in love.

Ferrell’s Eric Jonrosh introduces each episode in heavy makeup pretty... Read More

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