Trainwreck (****) is long, well acted and kind of funny

Trainwreck - 2015 Director Judd Apatow Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James Screenplay Schumer It may be for the best, but I had not seen much of Amy Schumer prior to watching Trainwreck. That tactic worked for Ted, because one of the things I heard a lot was it isn't the same … Continue reading Trainwreck (****) is long, well acted and kind of funny

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Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Live action comedy films are inexpensive to make but they are incredibly hard to master.  It's a generally accepted axiom that there is no generally accepted axiom as to what is universally funny.  That said, most makers of comedy barely even try.  Whether it's the rancid Scary Movie franchise, Tim Matheson's  Animal House / Meatballs … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

This is 40: The sort of Sequel to Knocked Up

This is 40 - 2012 Written and Directed by Judd Apatow Starring Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Albert Brooks, Charlene Yi, Megan Fox, Ryan Lee, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Graham Parker, Chris O'Dowd, Robert Smigel, Tim Bagley, John Lithgow, Anne Mumalo "This is coming out wrong." A lesser storyteller would have saved … Continue reading This is 40: The sort of Sequel to Knocked Up

Forgotten Gems: Knocked Up – The sort of prequel to This Is 40

  Knocked Up - 2007 Written and Directed by Judd Apatow Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Charlene Yi, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Iris and Maude Apatow, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Alan Tudyk, Harold Ramis, Joanna Kerns, Craig Robinson, B.J. Novak The first thing that one notices when re-watching Knocked … Continue reading Forgotten Gems: Knocked Up – The sort of prequel to This Is 40

The Five-Year Engagement is a little long, but it’s alright

The Five-Year Engagement - 2012 Director Nicholas Stoller Starring Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling Screenplay Stoller and Segel Statements: The questions are meant to be read while watching the film. One really should watch this film. Questions: Why is it that obscure Van Morrison songs show up in hip romantic comedies? … Continue reading The Five-Year Engagement is a little long, but it’s alright

Wanderlust is just a typical commune movie

Wanderlust - 2012 Director David Wain Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Åkerman, Ray Liotta, Lauren Ambrose, Kathryn Hahn, Ken Marino, Michaela Watkins, Joe Lo Truglio Screeenplay by Wain and Marino It's awkward in its attempt at random.  It's occasionally funny, even more occasionally intentionally funny.The payoffs are labored.  Ideas are not original, unless you take into account the … Continue reading Wanderlust is just a typical commune movie