Jack Black distracts and baffles in Netflix comedy The Polka King

January 16, 2018

The Polka King, by writing-directing team Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, is a disjointed film about an odd subject. From Jack Black’s lead performance to some of the storytelling decisions, it never coalesces. The Netflix film is equal parts dark comedy and biopic, but the true-crime story just isn’t salacious enough. Jan Lewandowski, who goes by the rhyming Jan Lewan, was indicted in 2004 for running a Ponzi scheme. He bilked…


Dave Chappelle addresses Louis C.K., trans jokes in new specials

January 8, 2018

Dave ChappellereturnThe Age of SpinDeep in the Heart of TexasFilmed in D.C., is Chappelle’s atonement special, as he attempts to clarify his thoughts on two issues that brought him backlash: the jokes of his earlier Netflix special and comments on President Donald Trump. But before he addresses that, he front-loads the special with thoughts on why “People get mad about everything I say,” he says.  Chappelle doesn’t apologize, but admits…