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Friday
Oct072011

50/50 review - the lighter side of cancer

Jonathan Levine's 50/50 opens with Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) jogging breathlessly along a riverbank. He doesn't know it yet, but he has a cancerous tumour growing along his spine and he might die. This is strange, because he seems perfectly healthy – in addition to exercising regularly, he abstains from drinking and holds down a good job. He has his own place and a hot girlfriend, to boot. In fact, he seems to have the kind of life that we all think we’re supposed to have, and then in an instant his world is turned upside down. His doctor informs him in perhaps the most obnoxious way possible of his condition, and what follows is a journey through life, love, friendship, and marijuana. This is one of those films that instantly springs to mind when you think of the word "heartfelt."

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Thursday
Jun102010

Has our bromance with Judd Apatow ended? A box office history from VIRGIN to GREEK

Judd Apatow has seen better days. A few years ago he couldn't go wrong with $100 million hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, and Superbad. Now his newest feature, Get Him to the Greek, can't dethrone Shrek Forever After, a deflated, three-week-old sequel that continues to top the box office because of the incompetence of every other new release that has followed it. The new comedy took in a weak $17.5 million in its opening weekend, despite being quite hilarious. What's the deal? Are audiences tired of Judd Apatow's foul-mouthed, bromantic comedies? 

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Saturday
Aug012009

Review - Funny People ****1/2

Funny People is a fantastic film, that happens to be funny. If you just want to roll over laughing, and don’t care to feel other emotions, I’d suggest something else—like The Hangover. This runs a bit deeper. It’s not 40 Year-Old Virgin 2 or Knocked Up Again. Funny People is Judd Apatow grown up, and he’s brought Adam Sandler with him.

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