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Tuesday, May 1 2007

Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

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.


Reviews

Tuesday, August 27 2013

'Graham Parker & The Rumour: This is Live' Gains Momentum, But Does Not Sustain

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

'This Is 40' Is a Strangely Tragic Comedy

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

'This Is 40' Is a Believable Portrait of a Marriage

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

Funny People

Bromances like Funny People do a disservice to the friendship capabilities of straight men, making them seem stunted.


Tuesday, September 25 2007

Knocked Up

Taken as a straightforward comedy, Knocked Up is extremely satisfying. Taken as a more serious meditation on adulthood and priorities, though . . .


Blogs

Sunday, June 20 2010

Once You Go Geek...: She's Out of My League

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.


Wednesday, August 5 2009

The Tears of a Clown: Funny People's $23 million

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


News

Thursday, July 30 2009

Judd Apatow looks at the dark side of success in 'Funny People'

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

Judd Apatow turns serious, and that's no laughing matter

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

When it comes to movie laughs, 'Drillbit' producer Judd Apatow is the man

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


Monday, March 17 2008

Judd Apatow's aptitude is for funny and familiar

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

Oh, baby! 2007 gave birth to a brood of pregnancy comedies

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


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