THE APPROVAL MATRIX season has wrapped, and if you’re still debating the various pop culture topics in your head, then it’s time to revisit clips featuring the varied opinions of host Neal Brennan and the celebrity guests including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Jason Biggs, Jim Norton and Whitney Cummings.
Anyone who has ever seen Chris Rock in action knows that he’s an incisive stand-up comic—and in The Chris Rock Show and Everybody Hates Chris, he has audiences rolling with sharp one-liners and spot-on cultural observations. He’s also starred in a number of movies that range from Kevin Smith’s masterpiece Dogma to cult gems like Pootie Tang. To get ready for Chris Rock’s appearance on THE APPROVAL MATRIX, Mon., Aug. 18 11/10c, check out our salute to the performer’s best work for the silver screen.
Going to the movies should never, ever be stressful (unless, of course, you’re planning on seeing the latest Lars von Trier flick). You want to see something new and relevant so that you can talk it up with your know-it-all friends. But you don’t want to sit through the one film that everyone thought would be great but… isn’t. So here is our formula, simplifying the should-you-see-it conundrum:
5 new releases x 2 critical samplings = what you should go see.
Simple enough, right? This week we have a young and harried French-American couple, an aging and passionless married couple, spies, presidential hopefuls and… ghosts!
You see a lot of different genres at Sundance, but there’s one kind of movie — the most popular kind of movie, as far as the filmmaking establishment is concerned — that you almost never see in Park City: sequels. Julie Delpy’s 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK is a rare exception, and a follow-up to the actress’ critically acclaimed 2007 film 2 DAYS IN PARIS. In that film Delpy’s Marion and her boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg) travel to Paris for a vacation intended to rekindle their sputtering romance. In NEW YORK, the romance has officially sputtered out, and Marion now lives with a new boyfriend, a journalist and radio host named Mingus, played by Chris Rock. Marion’s crazy French family travels to Manhattan for a visit and sends the couple’s relatively carefree lives into chaos.
Chris Rock and Julie Delpy on TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK, interracial relationships, and Rock’s Love For Melissa McCarthy
Oscar-nominated actress-cum-filmmaker Julie Delpy’s filmmaking debut 2 DAYS IN PARIS centered on Marion (Delpy), a photographer struggling in her relationship with her neurotic, American boyfriend, Jack (Adam Goldberg). The film went on to become a huge indie hit, grossing nearly $20 million worldwide.
The French-American filmmaker has returned with a sequel of sorts, and enlisted comedian Chris Rock to play Mingus, her new boyfriend. The couple lives together in New York with a child from Marion’s previous relationship with Jack and things are going smoothly—that is, until her family, including father Jeannot (Albert Delpy, her real-life Dad) and sister, Rose (Alexia Landeau), decides to pay the couple a visit following the death of Marion’s mother. Rose’s new boyfriend, who just happens to be one of Marion’s exes, ratchets up the awkwardness, attempting to impress Mingus by quoting Salt-n-Pepa and buying weed in plain sight. Adding to her anxiety, Marion has an upcoming make-or-break photo exhibition.
From the documentary vault, the Internets uncovered possibly the earliest documentary profile on then up-and-coming, but relatively unknown controversial comic and occasional actor, Chris Rock. This 12 minute-long 1989 NYU student film interweaves clips from his (bitingly hilarious) stand-up performances with street interviews with random pedestrians. You also gets to meet his proud mother who…