Review: ‘The Shrink Next Door’ is a showcase for Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell

The Shrink Next Door

How does one end up in a cult? It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. How does someone end up entirely under the sway of another person’s will? The Shrink Next Door can’t answer that question for everyone, but it can answer it for Marty Markowitz, a successful but anxiety-ridden new york businessman who ended up in the thrall of his psychiatrist for nearly thirty years.

As with many shows that are based on real-life, the story is almost too much to be believed. Markowitz (played by Will Ferrell), struggling with his business and an ex-girlfriend, seeks therapy from Dr Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd). Herschkopf’s methods immediately stand out as skirting the line of professional ethics –he literally tells off the ex-girlfriend, in person, while Marty stands there nearly helpless– but Marty is enamoured. “People take advantage of you,” Herschkopf says, “but not anymore. I am going to take care of you.”

It wouldn’t be a series of things didn’t get weird. These eight episodes of television chronicle just how deeply Herschkopf ingratiated himself into Marty’s life, and serve to showcase excellent performances from stars Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell.

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Welcome Back to Sweden!

Will Ferrell and Greg Poehler in Welcome to Sweden.
Will Ferrell and Greg Poehler in Welcome to Sweden.

The very first time I posted on this site it was about Welcome to Sweden.  Remember?  I told you that it was a must-watch.  Well good news, the network agreed!  Welcome to Sweden has officially been renewed for a second season and we’re only halfway through the first one!

Break out the allen keys and crank up the Hives!  In the meantime I’ll be googling other Swedish references.  Don’t miss a new episode tonight on NBC.

Welcome to Sweden – Välkommen Till Sverige

Welcome to Sweden - Season 1

Or as I like to call it, “Why Aren’t You Watching Welcome To Sweden?”

Also known by the working title “Wait, Amy Poehler has a brother?”

Yes.  There is another Poehler.  You may be asking yourself why it is that if Amy Poehler is everyone’s television best friend that you had absolutely no idea she had a brother.  Why has Amy been keeping him secret all this time?  Does that mean she is not really your best friend?  Did Tina know? Continue reading “Welcome to Sweden – Välkommen Till Sverige”

Review: The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

Sometimes you hear about a movie and you think “how are they going to do that?” because the concept is so weirdly specific or, as is the case with Lego, so enormously broad. I’m of the opinion that you can make a good movie out of anything though because, as it turns out, you totally can.

The Lego Movie is one of the best movies you are going to see this year. Bold words for the first week of February I grant you but it’s true. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest theatre with your best friends and watch as all the freedom of imagination you had as a kid is projected on screen. It’s seriously amazing.

I’m going to talk a little bit about why I loved this movie now but that’s going to entail some slight spoilers so my recommendation is that you stop reading and go watch. Ok? Ok.

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Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in 2004 and, very generally, people I know tend to either love it or hate it. I fell pretty squarely in the “love it camp but in reflection I could have easily gone the other way. You see Anchorman was originally going to have a lot more going on. In fact there were so many different takes and removed sub plots that they were eventually assembled into a whole other film titled “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie“.

Most of Wake Up isn’t good and it’s easy to see why none of it was included in Anchorman.

I am telling you all of this because I really feel like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues could really have done with a bunch of stuff cut out.

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