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The not-exactly-thinly-populated category of the daddy-issue family dramedy gets an occasionally sparky but mostly desultory workout in Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Collected).” Cumbersome as the title is, it’s both a hint as to the loose, episodic, chapter-based storytelling, and a lie. The stories might be collected, but they’re not particularly imaginatively curated, and to anyone with a basic working knowledge of Baumbach’s back catalogue, the indie movie scene of the last two decades, and/or mid-period Woody Allen, they’re certainly not new.  Continue reading Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Is A Familiar Daddy-Issue Family Dramedy [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

After spending nearly six billion dollars on original programming and movie acquisitions in 2016, Netflix has proven it’s capable of playing alongside the major studios and television networks as a purveyor of film and television. This was all part of the company’s goal to hit 100 million subscribers by the first quarter of 2017, a goal that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings admits they didn’t quite meet. Of course, this also comes on the heels of the streaming giant suggesting that its viewers have watched 500 million hours of Adam Sandler movies, suggesting a rare week of disappointing headlines for the company. Continue reading Netflix Claims People Have Spent 500 Million Hours Watching Adam Sandler Movies at The Playlist.

There are essentially two types of Adam Sandler movies, though they sometimes come in varying shades. On the left side are the more casual, laissez-faire affairs, wherein the popular comedic actor/producer plays an exaggerated variation of his real-life, good-hearted slacker persona. Some of them are charming enough (“Billy Madison,” “The Wedding Singer,” “50 First Dates“), some are mixed (“Big Daddy,” “Spanglish“), and a few are, err, curious failures (“Eight Crazy Nights,”  “Click,” “The Cobbler“), but the rest stink of cash-grabbing laziness (the “Grown Ups” movies,  “Just Go With It,” “Blended“). Continue reading Adam Sandler’s Latest Netflix Mandate ‘Sandy Wexler’ Could Use Better Management [Review] at The Playlist.

Netflix has long insisted that Adam Sandler is very good business for them, and it’s clear it’s just not PR spin. The streaming service has announced that they’ve inked Adam Sandler for four more movies, on top of their initial four-picture deal: yep, the math is simple, there will be eight Netflix movies starring Adam Sandler. Indeed, the critics may furrow their brows, but “The Ridiculous 6” and “The Do-Over” are the biggest Netflix feature releases ever (according to them, anyway) and while this is the part where cinephiles whine, complain, and snark….who cares? Continue reading Netflix Is Making 4 More Adam Sandler Movies at The Playlist.

Adam Sandler‘s cinematic career has many peaks and valleys, but there is little argument that one of this finest performances is in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s swooningly romantic “Punch-Drunk Love.” The story of a toilet accessories salesman who overcomes his own insecurities to win the girl of his dreams is Sandler at his most contained and sweet, but one of the inspirations he drew on for his character may surprise you. Continue reading Judd Apatow Explains How He Helped Inspire ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ Says Adam Sandler Does Huge Business For Netflix at The Playlist.

The most remarkable thing you can probably say about Adam Sandler‘s “Sandy Wexler,” his third film for Netflix, is that it’s not an excuse to take a vacation to an exotic location. In fact, it looks like it was made on the cheap on studio backlots, so perhaps the streaming service is teaching the comedian to tighten his belt a bit. But at any rate, the results look just as dispiriting as you’d expect. Continue reading Adam Sandler Has A Funny Voice In New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Sandy Wexler’ at The Playlist.