• New on video: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

    “Celeste and Jesse Forever” features perhaps the most amicable divorce in the history of cinema, as long-time friends Celeste (co-writer Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) seem to cope with the dissolution of their marriage by hanging out a lot and acting like almost nothing changed. It could be a strained set-up if Samberg and Jones didn’t have such propulsive comedic energy. They play off each other marvelously, covering up recurring tensions with inside jokes and goofy accents.

    Once their relationship starts to collapse under the weight of things unsaid and the couple starts seeing other people, the film begins giving in to its worst impulses far too readily. Its jokes are often obvious and uninspired, and Celeste becomes fatally self-obsessed. Jones has played the post-breakup spiral time and time again, but Celeste’s descent into self-pity is equally irritating and relatable. On one hand, the film engages in cliché after cliché, even subverting some of its most hopeful moments in favor of a wincing, expected crash back to reality. On the other, it’s hard not to recognize the most desperate parts of yourself in Celeste’s wallowing, and even when “Celeste and Jesse Forever” delves into something you’ve seen before, it’s never unrealistic.

    Sadly, the drama outweighs the comedy in “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” Despite strong performances from Jones and Samberg, plus a memorable supporting turn from professional voice of reason Ari Graynor, the film’s story is too uninspired and rooted in what we’ve seen before to be worth recommending.

    Director: Lee Toland Krieger

    Genre: Comedy

    Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Afternoon Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum.

    Here is Disalmanac’s very in-depth look at social media 100 years ago.

    The Atlantic looks at word lengthening and why we sometimes text things like, “I loooooooove youuuuuuuu” and “sryyyyyyyyyy.”

    Justin Timberlake will host AND sing on SNL on March 9. Basically JT will be everywhere come March. Most likely to promote his album, but also probably as a birthday gift to me.

    If you haven’t read this already, a professor reminded me today about the greatness of George Orwell’s “Politics and the English language.” All of us are searching for the secrets to being a great writer, right?

    Not to be an alarmist, but you might check your Special K for glass. The company is recalling a batch that may be contaminated.

    New York Times shows us some cool connections between Oscar nominees. It’s interactive and fun!


    Apparently there are apps that will let you interact on social media after you die. No thanks.

    Complex put together a guide to Malcolm X’s Harlem, which I’m guessing doesn’t include that dance. The cultural icon was assassinated 48 years ago today.

    Pheed is the number one social app on iTunes. And that is actually all I know about this app. Guess I will download it now?