May 13, 2011 |
By now the Judd Apatow method of moviemaking is well-known - assemble a large mass of comedians and start filming. Thus far he hasn't applied his formula to a large mass of female comics, but as we see in the Apatow-produced "Bridesmaids," it works just as well. "SNL" headliners Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are the leads, but "Bridesmaids" assembles an all-star team of women who've worked for years in improv groups such as the Groundlings or Upright Citizens Brigade, then graduated to gigs on "Reno 911" (Wendi McLendon-Covey)
December 17, 2012 |
It's almost like Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage , Judd Apatow's This Is 40 . "In fact, before I made the movie I watched Scenes From a Marriage , which actually has a lot of humor in it," says Apatow, whose own chronicles of domestic discord - the stormy to-and-fro between men and women, or man-boys and women - have become a brand unto themselves. The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up , and now, This Is 40 . Not exactly fraught with Scandinavian angst, but still . . . . "I love the spirit of Scenes From a Marriage - so much of it is deadpan, and the scenes go on for a REALLY LONG TIME and force you to feel every aspect of these awkward moments.
March 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy and Michael Winterbottom will bring films to this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Starring in other selections are: Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Hysteria"), Greta Gerwig ("Lola Versus"), John Hawkes ("The Playroom"), Salma Hayek ("As Luck Would Have It") and Jesse Eisenberg ("Free Samples"). The 11th annual festival will be held April 18-29. Opening will be "The Five-Year Engagement," a comedy starring Jason Segel and produced by Judd Apatow.
April 19, 1996 |
Admittedly, it is redundant to make a comedy about the Celtics because their current team is a joke. But it is also deeply satisfying. There was a time in the 1980s when a stranger in any town but Boston could walk into a bar and make friends for life by rooting against the guys in green whose fans brought obnoxious behavior to obscene depths. Celtic Pride is a cruelly funny satire for anyone who ever hated those scabrous leprechauns and their pathological fans. It's a breath of spring air in that dank, foul-smelling pit with parquet floors known as the Boston Garden.
June 3, 2010
In "Get Him to the Greek," Russell Brand reprises his role as the wild-maned and out-of-control rock star from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (a movie I'd like to forget). This time out, hilarity ensues when the easily-flummoxed Jonah Hill is charged with getting Brand's character - you guessed it - to the Greek Theater in L.A. But the poster works. Really. I know exactly that this movie's about and why I want to see it. It's also clearly the modern version of "My Favorite Year," a great movie with Peter O'Toole, whose larger-than-life character imparts a lifetime of wisdom to his much-younger handler.
August 5, 2008 |
I TALKED to a director the other day who was a bit miffed that I referred to his movie as being under "the Apatow umbrella. " No offense intended. I was merely noting that as a producer, Judd Apatow has a knack for assembling diverse talent in a way that generates comedies of a consistent tone, and there's no better example of this than the pothead laugher "Pineapple Express. " It's directed by David Gordon Green, an indie auteur noted for mannered, rural, often gothic dramas that are almost scrupulously humorless.
April 18, 2008 |
We know at least one thing about the Judd Apatow comedy formula - he's not trying to seduce you with the hypnotic good looks of his leading men. Steve Carell, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly - none looms as a threat to displace Brad Pitt as the world's sexiest man. Nothing in Apatow's schlub's gallery of male leads, however, prepares you for the breathtaking regularness of the guy in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall. " Jason Segel is hulking, stooped, doughy and without a single developed muscle or perceptible sinew.
April 18, 2008 |
Jason Siegel, beer of the month from the Judd Apatow comedy microbrewery, is one long pour of stout. As Peter Bretter, a TV composer dumped by his celebrity actress girlfriend (Kristen Bell) in Forgetting Sarah Marshall , Siegel combines Albert Brooks' sad-eyed clown with Will Ferrell's bubbly clutz. Not always nimbly, Siegel (who wrote the screenplay) juggles dyspeptic bitterness with yeasty sweetness, proving that clumsiness is the pith of prat and pratfall. Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up , Sarah Marshall has all the ingredients of the Apatow brand.
February 24, 2012 |
anderlust" director David Wain has a gift for finding laughs in oddball subcultures without making fun of them. In "Role Models," you may recall, he managed to make the world of medieval fantasy role-playing seem like great fun, with help from his gifted in-house troupe of improv comedy pros. They're all on board for "Wanderlust," an R-rated but cheerful comedy about a couple of Manhattan yuppies (Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) who end up stranded in a Georgia hippie commune, and find they like it. George (Rudd)
July 12, 2013 |
"GROWN UPS 2" opens with a deer urinating on Adam Sandler. The less sophisticated jokes come later. This is not to say the movie is funny, or not funny. You either laugh at a deer peeing on Sandler, or you don't. It's to identify "Grown Ups" as One Of Those. It's not "Punch Drunk Love," where's he's trying something daring. Or "Funny People," or "Zohan," where he's working with Judd Apatow, or someone who can say, "maybe we could get by with fewer scenes of the peeing deer. " "Grown Ups 2" is one of those unsupervised movies that Sandler makes with his posse - every guy he's ever worked with at "SNL," a few sports broadcasters, some ex-ballplayers (Shaq)