Jeff Garlin

Adventures in the Sin Bin

Like a teenaged C.C. Baxter, Brian (Michael Seater) loans his van out to his buddies for sex (to have in, not with), but he’s dying to lose his virginity and get in on the greasy fun. Luckily a popular guy named Tony (Bo Burnham) takes him under his wing, and things go completely off track in Adventures in the Sin Bin. I thought it might have been a hockey movie, too. From the looks of the trailer, it’s as charming and off-kilter as any coming-of-age sex comedy with the added benefit of Jeff Garlin, Tim Blake Nelson and Gillian Jacobs rounding out some roles. Plus, Burnham looks on fire here as a smarmy operator. Check it out for yourself:


Drinking Games

Even though October passed us by almost a month ago, Focus Features has decided to drop its brilliant stop-motion animated film ParaNornman during the Christmas season. Consider it a gift to all of us scary movie fans who can adore this sweet-yet-spooky film in the comfort of our own homes without kids in costumes ringing the doorbell, constantly interrupting to demand candy. Of course, since you’ll be enjoying this film at home, possibly eating the last reserves of your plastic jack-o’-lantern bucket, you can knock back a couple drinks in the process. But go easy on the spirits, considering this movie is good enough to remember without a hangover.


“An episode of Scooby-Doo directed by Sam Raimi” is how directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell describe ParaNorman. Their horror-comedy wears its influences proudly. From the John Hughes-esque ensemble to Jon Brion‘s whimsical take on a John Carpenter score, it’s all obvious. Tonally, ParaNorman doesn’t share much in common with LAIKA Studio’s Coraline, a far darker movie. And not only is ParaNorman different from Henry Selick’s film in content, but also in terms of production. Butler and Fell didn’t want to approach ParaNorman as a stop-motion picture, as they saw the technical restrictions in going that route. Instead, they approached the film as if it was live-action, and it shows in the film’s scope and playful camerawork. According to Butler and Fell, they didn’t want to play by the rules of stop-motion. Here’s what ParaNorman directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell had to say about the film’s epic production, how The French Connection and Ronin influenced their zombie car chase, and the future of stop-motion:

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