Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Footage RSS

Brigsby Bear Review

Excellent

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores the experiences of a young man rescued after years in captivity. The darker emotions are here, but that's not the focus of this film, which instead playfully keeps the audience laughing as it cleverly weaves a tale that will resonate in unexpected ways. And the fanboy-style premise makes it wonderfully timely.

This is the story of 25-year-old James (played by cowriter Kyle Mooney), who was kidnapped as an infant and raised in a bunker by Ted and April (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams), who claimed to be his parents and told him the air outside was unbreathable. Over the years, he gets his education from weekly videotape episodes of the children's show Brigsby Bear, made by Ted specifically for him. Then when he's rescued and reunited with his real parents (Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins), they're strangers to him. As is his spiky little sister Aubrey (Ryan Simpkins). To make sense of this big new world, he gets help from a cop (Greg Kinnear) and a therapist (Claire Danes). But he longs to revisit Brigsby's world. So when Aubrey's friend Spencer (Jorge Lendeborg) shows interest in the furry character, James launches an epic plan to make a movie to bring the TV series to a conclusion.

Obviously, all of this is working as a kind of rehabilitation for James, and the film is smartly assembled to bring the audience into his quirky perspective. We've seen an episode of Brigsby, so we understand how it has charmed him with its nutty sci-fi superhero action. And it's hilarious to see James thrown into our world when his only cultural references relate to Brigsby. Meanwhile, Mooney underscores James' obsession with a bright sense of curiosity that's infectious both for the other characters in the story and for us watching it.

Continue reading: Brigsby Bear Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review

Excellent

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from start to finish. Some of the jokes are corny, but everything about this movie has a point to make about fame and the music industry. The songs are jaw-droppingly wacky, as is the constant string of big-name cameos. And it's anchored on a riotously funny performance by Andy Samberg.

He plays Connor, formerly one-third of the boy band Style Boyz, alongside his childhood friends Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akica Schaffer). When Conner decided to go solo, Owen tagged along with him as his deejay, while Lawrence angrily left to become a farmer. But sales of Connor's new album are wobbling, and with 32 people on his personal payroll, he needs to bring in the cash. After a marketing scheme to upload his music to kitchen appliances backfires, he heads out on his Connquest world tour, supported by unhinged singer Hunter (Chris Redd). But Owen thinks that what Connor really needs is to make up with Lawrence, and bring the Boyz back together again.

Samberg is perfect as the too-cute musician who believes all the hype and doesn't have a clue what's really happening around him. Even in his ignorance, Connor is hugely likeable, because he never means to be cruel. This makes his interaction with the people around him thoroughly engaging, and often laugh-out-loud funny, from Sarah Silverman's PR guru to Tim Meadows' enthusiastic manager to Maya Rudolph's kitchen appliance queen. Joan Cusack has some marvellous moments as his dotty mum, while Imogen Poots gets the film's best sequence as the "official" girlfriend he proposes to complete with an ill-advised pack of wolves and live music by Seal. And then there's Justin Timberlake as Connor's singing chef.

Continue reading: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review

Andy Samberg , Jorma Taccone - Celebrities attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th April 2016

Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone
Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone
Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone , Andy Samberg - 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios - Arrivals at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th April 2016

Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg
Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Teaser Trailer


With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the most recent saviour of pop and Connor4Real is the latest major record label cash cow but behind every great talent there's a whole host of people working behind the scenes to create the finished Connor4Real package. 

Continue: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Teaser Trailer

Marielle Heller , Jorma Taccone - 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016

Marielle Heller and Jorma Taccone

Marielle Heller , Jorma Taccone - 68th Annual DGA Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Arrivals at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016

Marielle Heller and Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone , Marielle Heller - 68th Annual DGA Awards 2016 held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Arrivals at DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016

Jorma Taccone and Marielle Heller
Jorma Taccone and Marielle Heller

Andy Samberg Reassembles Lonely Island, Pharrell For ‘HUGS’ SNL Digital Short [Video]


Andy Samberg Pharrell Williams Jorma Taccone

SNL's legendary digital shorts made a grand return when Andy Samberg hosted the weekend entertainment show for the first time. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star made his name as a cast member on Saturday Night Live for seven years and was welcomed back last weekend (17th May) to see the show off on its 39th season finale.

Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg Made Sure That His Grand 'SNL' Return Was One To Remember.

It just wouldn't be a Samberg SNL special without the musical comedy collective The Lonely Island and Samberg made sure to recruit his buddies Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone for more funny music video madness. The sight of Samberg and co. settling back into making expanding their discography was enough for fans but when Pharrell Williams dropped by to contribute his own ode to hugging, social media went into meltdown.

Continue reading: Andy Samberg Reassembles Lonely Island, Pharrell For ‘HUGS’ SNL Digital Short [Video]

Video - The Lonely Island Comedy Band Talk Friendships And Collaborations In An Interview On New Album 'The Wack Album'


Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg of comedy band The Lonely Island discuss their new album 'The Wack Album' which features celebrity collaborations with Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar.

Continue: Video - The Lonely Island Comedy Band Talk Friendships And Collaborations In An Interview On New Album 'The Wack Album'

The Watch Trailer


The Watch are Costco manager Evan, father of a teenage daughter Bob, police reject Franklin and Jamarcus who seeks the love of a beautiful woman. Evan formed the Watch after his wife Abby forced him to move to the suburbs of Glenview, Ohio in an attempt to escape the mundaneness of his daily family life. The others, with same mindset, soon followed despite the persistent mockery from local kids and police officers that came along with it. Once they obtain their team jackets that truly scream don't-mess-with-us with their tiger/ wings/ fire emblems 'All on the same logo!', they are ready to sniff out the covert aliens of the town. What they weren't betting on was actually finding anything so when their vehicle collides with something in the road, coming across a splatter of your average mysterious green slime came as a bit of a surprise. They discover a mystifying ball of some sort that they eventually recognise as a deadly weapon after obliterating a cow with a beam of energy. The Watch realise that they must be the ones to defend their planet from this extra-terrestrial threat.

Continue: The Watch Trailer

Neighborhood Watch Trailer


Evan Trautwig is a manager at Costco. One day, his friend, who is a security guard, is murdered. After the police fail to find his friend's murderer, Evan has the idea to form a neighbourhood watch, to look for criminals.

Continue: Neighborhood Watch Trailer

MacGruber Review


Weak
Will Forte transfers his Saturday Night Live character to the big screen but forgets to bring along what made those sketches so hilarious. Instead of any actual comedy, this film merely resorts to easy gross-out mayhem.

MacGruber (Forte) has been presumed dead for 10 years after the villainous Dieter (Kilmer) blew up his wedding, including his bride (Rudolph). But now Dieter has a Russian nuke aimed at Washington, and only MacGruber can stop him.

Recruited by a colonel (Booth), MacGruber bumbles through the operation, rescued frequently by his former colleague and current love interest Vicki (Wiig) and bright-spark sidekick Piper (Philippe). But time is running out for an '80s-style hero struggling to adapt to the 21st century.

Continue reading: MacGruber Review

MacGruber Trailer


Mulet sporting MacGruber has been awarded 3 Congressional medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. He's the best of the best but after the death of his wife, Macgruber decided that his life as a deadly solider must come to an end. 10 years down the line, his sworn enemy Dieter Von Cunth steals a nuclear warhead and after careful consideration decides he's the only man suitable to save his country.

Continue: MacGruber Trailer

Land Of The Lost Review


OK
Although you can see the filmmakers trying to pay homage to Sid & Marty Krofft's nutty 1970s TV series, this film is just too random and silly to make any sense at all. Although there are a few laughs along the way.

After a humiliating appearance on TV, Dr Rick Marshall (Ferrell) continues with his research into time travel, seeking a parallel dimension where past, present and future all mix together. The missing ingredient turns out to be a sexy-brainy assistant, namely Holly (Friel), who urges him to test his invention. They're zapped into chaotic jungle-desert world along with the clueless Will (McBride). While looking for a way home, they team up with monkey-boy Cha-Ka (Taccone) and encounter a psycho T-rex and an army of lizard men.

Ferrell can do this kind of wackiness in his sleep; indeed, he often seems to be dozing off during this film as this food-obsessed, showtune-loving sketch comedy character. Fortunately, he's terrific at offhanded improv, making it feel utterly effortless. Friel and McBride must work a little harder opposite him, but both have hilarious moments along the way as the plucky scientist and up-for-anything chucklehead.

Around them, director Silberling blends first-rate effects and visually arresting images along with alien creatures who look like men in homemade costumes. This is obviously meant as a nod to the original TV show, but the strange mix is more of a distraction than a gag. And the whole film feels utterly random, like the script was loosely outlined by 10-year-old boys and then never fleshed out. It's essentially a bundle of silly set pieces punctuated by running gags about bodily fluids and Holly's breasts.

This parallel world has no internal logic, but neither does any single scene.

We don't really expect logic in a goofy movie like this, but is it too much to ask why Holly speaks fluent monkey-language only some of the time? And while there are plenty of amusing moments (the vampire mosquito, the T-rex pole vault), there's not a single big laugh. Or any real reason for this film to have been made, for that matter.

Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Footage RSS
Advertisement

Jorma Taccone

Date of birth

19th March, 1977

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.73




Suggested

Childish Gambino - This Is America Video

Childish Gambino - This Is America Video

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has stunned the world with his latest video 'This Is America' which blends comedy and dance with flippant violence.

Manic Street Preachers - First Direct Arena, Leeds 02.05.2018 Live Review

Manic Street Preachers - First Direct Arena, Leeds 02.05.2018 Live Review

On the road to promote their much-acclaimed 13th album, which was a place shy of topping the UK charts, Manic Street Preachers showed they are far...

Advertisement
Don Cheadle's Freestyle 'Avengers' Rap Is Everything

Don Cheadle's Freestyle 'Avengers' Rap Is Everything

That final battle scene? Yeah, it was a poo-poo. Whatever that means.

The Biggest WTF Moments Since Kanye West's Comeback

The Biggest WTF Moments Since Kanye West's Comeback

Slavery is a choice and Trump has dragon energy...

Billy Corgan Teases

Billy Corgan Teases "Two New EPs" Of Smashing Pumpkins Songs In 2018

Corgan took to Instagram to confirm rumours of new Pumpkins material, saying the first songs could arrive as early as May.

Advertisement

Jorma Taccone Movies

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Teaser Trailer

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Teaser Trailer

With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the...

The Watch Trailer

The Watch Trailer

The Watch are Costco manager Evan, father of a teenage daughter Bob, police reject Franklin...

Neighborhood Watch Trailer

Neighborhood Watch Trailer

Evan Trautwig is a manager at Costco. One day, his friend, who is a security...

Advertisement
MacGruber Movie Review

MacGruber Movie Review

Will Forte transfers his Saturday Night Live character to the big screen but forgets to...

MacGruber Trailer

MacGruber Trailer

Mulet sporting MacGruber has been awarded 3 Congressional medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals...

Hot Rod, Trailer and Clip Trailer

Hot Rod, Trailer and Clip Trailer

Hot RodTrailerRod Kimble (Samberg), a self-proclaimed stuntman, is convinced he has bravery in his blood....

Hot Rod Movie Review

Hot Rod Movie Review

If you're reading this review of Hot Rod, you are likely on the internet, which...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.