Kevin McCarthy Apologizes For Movie Mix-Up

Dear Friends,

Unfortunately, I made a mistake yesterday during my Oscar movie segment on “Fox & Friends.”

I mixed up my movies. I was discussing the category of Best Picture and saying that, out of the nine nominated films, you should at least see the following three: “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.” I proceeded to say that “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” were the front-runners, but to not count out “American Hustle.”

I don’t read a teleprompter when I’m on “Fox & Friends,” and here’s where I made the mistake. My original talking points for “American Hustle” were focused around the votes splitting between “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” and how “American Hustle” won the SAG award for Best Ensemble. From there, I started talking about how “American Hustle” was produced by Harvey Weinstein and that he’s the best campaigner in the industry.

Unfortunately, I was confusing “American Hustle” with “Silver Linings Playbook,” which was a major Oscar contender last year with the same director (David O. Russell) and two of the same cast members (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence). I made the Harvey Weinstein argument last year when I talked about “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Please accept my apology for the on-air mix-up. The correction would be that Harvey Weinstein had NOTHING to do with “American Hustle.”

Thanks for reading the site and watching the reviews,

Kevin McCarthy

The Hangover Part III

The Hangover Part IIIGenre: Comedy
Released: 2013

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Much like “The Matrix” trilogy, “The Hangover” should have stopped after the masterful first film. I know comedies are generally hard to consider masterpieces of cinema but what Todd Phillips did with the original film was incredible. He made a flick with insane amounts of comedy, great performances, strong writing, and blended it together with a detective drama. The mystery element mixed with comedy was perfect. While we are laughing with and at these characters, we are also searching for clues as to where their best friend, Doug, may be! Phillips made a film that allowed audiences to work with the characters. Read the Full Review

The A-Team

Genre: Action/Adventure/Thriller
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I love it when a fun action flick comes together! The A-Team delivers non-stop bad*** action, great chemistry, comedy and an all around fun time at the movies. The film can honestly be summed up in one word; fun. I had as much fun watching the flick as the characters were having in the film. Now, I am going to be 100% honest with you. Normally, I would be ashamed to admit that I had not seen the original film before seeing the remake. This time around, I am going to admit that I have not seen “The A-Team” television show, except for a few episodes. The show ran for five seasons from 1983 to 1987. I have seen episodes on television before but I have not seen all five seasons. Therefore, this review will not be a comparison of the film to the television show but mainly a review of the film itself. Read The Full Review

Valentine’s Day

Genre: Comedy/Romance
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Spending Valentine’s Day alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just like this film. Yeah, you think about finally meeting someone and making that connection but there is always another year to come where changes can occur. Much like this film, I struggled to look for a connection which created a sense of adventure with a ton of interesting characters. I never found a truly great film but what I did find was something that passed the time. You can still laugh when you are by yourself or with your friends but you may still stop to get depressed for a little bit. The same emotions occurred when I watched the film where I would laugh at times and then others I would sit back and be depressed at the poor writing or formulaic plot points. At the end of the day though and the movie, I can sit back realize that life/movie isn’t so bad after all. It is a mediocre experience with really high highs and sometimes really low lows. The majority of the time, you are just coasting. Read full review

The Hangover

Genre: Comedy
Released: 2009

Rating: ★★★★½ 

If I had enough money, I would be willing to pay anyone back in the world if they saw this movie and did not like it. That is how funny, smart and well-written this film is. Director Todd Phillips has another comedic masterpiece on his hands here and he knows it, considering the film has already been green lit for a sequel. If you are not familiar with Phillips’ work, let me refresh your memory with Old School or Road Trip. This guy is no stranger and when you see The Hangover you will totally understand why. The great thing about this movie is that I can judge it as a comedy, drama or action flick. The film has everything you could want in a comedy, plus Mike Tyson. I almost wish the filmmakers did not ruin the Mike Tyson bit in the trailers. That would be been a pleasant surprise. Continue reading