Tuesday, May 1 2007
Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.
Tuesday, August 27 2013
Graham Parker reunited with the Rumour and played their first live show together in 31 years for Judd Apatow's This is 40. The band is heavy on the skill, but not quite as heavy on the passion for their classic songs.
Wednesday, April 17 2013
Too harsh of a critique would be misleading and undeserved, as despite all its faults, This Is 40 is still genuinely entertaining and at times acutely insightful.
Thursday, December 20 2012
As Pete and Debbie confront intimacy issues, financial difficulties, and unresolved childhood baggage, they aren't necessarily people with whom you want to spend two hours.
Saturday, August 1 2009
Bromances like Funny People do a disservice to the friendship capabilities of straight men, making them seem stunted.
Tuesday, September 25 2007
Taken as a straightforward comedy, Knocked Up is extremely satisfying. Taken as a more serious meditation on adulthood and priorities, though . . .
Sunday, June 20 2010
When it comes to comedy's current cyclical nature, the dork is the new dreamboat, while the good looking loser is the lynchpin for every possible punchline.
Tuesday, August 4 2009
There was little doubt about the premise. Even though insider stories rarely connect beyond a niche movie audience, the man behind this particular tale had
Thursday, July 30 2009
As the actor said on his deathbed, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." Judd Apatow's "Funny People" tackles laughter and loss simultaneously, with Adam Sandler
Monday, July 27 2009
Imagine Mel Brooks directing Strindberg. Or Groucho, Chico and Harpo playing the Brothers Karamazov. Or Kevin Smith announcing an all-slacker version of "Gotterdammerung," replete with
Thursday, March 20 2008
Comedy has a brand name these days: "Apatow." That would be Judd Apatow, the high priest of TV's "Freaks & Geeks" who moved on to "The 4
Sunday, March 16 2008
After a difficult decade in network TV comedy, writer/director/producer Judd Apatow has developed a Midas touch in films, with the uninterrupted successes of
Wednesday, December 19 2007
In "Juno," the new, life-affirming teen pregnancy comedy, our spunky 16-year-old heroine is aghast to learn she's been knocked up. "I was thinking I'd just