I really enjoy great comedy. I particularly love it when it’s obvious that the comic is undoubtedly smart because of their unique perspective and the way they construct and effectively deliver their stories and observations to the audience.
My favourites of the bunch are so good that they make it hard for me to find comics that I consider, ‘just OK’ watchable.
Judd Apatow – The Return; a standup special featuring Apatow, a funny man better known for being a great producer, writer and director of several hit comedy films is not a bad comedy special. There were a few moments where I laughed heartily. Overall though, since standup isn’t the craft Apatow has focused most on for the last 25 plus years, the whole experience felt more like a fun catch up with a funny friend I hadn’t seen for ages rather than the really clever standup specials I often get very excited about.
I smiled at Apatow’s stories in the beginning, eventually a few funnier stories and observations were shared. The most memorable for me being the story about pitching at the baseball game. When the whole thing was over, I found myself especially happy for Apatow because he got to fulfil his childhood dream.
I’m quite sure that Apatow will always be one of my favourite comedy film makers. Where standup is concerned, the place he occupies in my heart is one of the funny ‘friend’ I don’t get to catch up with very often.
Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer, the comedienne behind one of my favourite shows on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer.
Written by Schumer and directed by someone I like to refer to as ‘comedy film king’, Judd Apatow, Trainwreck was a romantic comedy I had high hopes for.
Overall, the film isn’t bad. The scenes I enjoyed most are in the middle of the film and they include the conversations between the characters played by Bill Hader, LeBron James and/ or Amy Schumer. Ezra Miller’s Donald is also particularly memorable.
Some scenes in the first twenty minutes unfortunately felt quite long and the ending left me craving creative disruption of the romantic comedy genre, probably more than I ever have.
I often find that whenever comics star in their own comedy films, the narrative moves too slowly for my liking. It probably has something to do with me being used to the sketch show / standup comedy format where the point is rarely ever dragged out unnecessarily; at least not by the good comics.
Part of the problem with Trainwreck is that I already enjoyed a good number of the funniest moments in the trailer. So, once once again, I may have liked the trailer more than I did the film. Those who are not already quite familiar with Schumer’s comedy will likely love the movie more because of the general newness. The rest of us might end up doing more smiling than laughing.
First the New York city premier of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film, The Interview (2014) was cancelled. Now Sony confirms that the film has been pulled from overall release, thanks to a threat of terror upon cinema goers from the hackers responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures.
People are talking about how outrageous it is that Sony would bow down to threats of terror and what all this means for freedom of expression. It isn’t great. But the overall answer seems simple to me. I doubt that Sony had any plans to cancel release… until the top three cinema chains in the U.S. pulled out of showing the films at all.
Without the necessary distribution network in place, there isn’t much choice. Maybe things would have been different if Sony had their own chain of cinemas.
As a massive movie fan and an advocate of the comedic work of Rogen and Franco, I’m hugely disappointed. Somehow though, I get the feeling that this is not the end of The Interview. As Judd Apatow put it…
“This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.”
This is absolutely not a horror film, but who knew that Seth Rogen playing scared out of his mind could be so entertaining?
Coming from the same team that delivered comedy hits Superbad (2007), Knocked Up (2007) and most recently, This Is The End (2013); Pineapple Express is an action packed comedy bromance between two mid twenties, weed smoking males who are played rather well indeed by Seth Rogen and James Franco.
There’s plenty to enjoy in this movie, including the dialogue, well choreographed action sequences, a series of oddball characters; not to forget the undeniable beauty of James Franco’s Smile… 🙂 …something I hadn’t been aware of until this movie. Oh yes.
Last but absolutely not least, should you find yourself to be a fan of writer/ director, Judd Apatow before watching this movie, then you know you’re in good hands.