Punch-Drunk Love Marks 20th Anniversary

Punch-Drunk Love, featuring one of the best Adam Sandler performances, marks the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release in 2002. Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) may be a bachelor and entrepreneur but he suffers from abuse at the hands of his seven sisters. Because of his background, it’s not uncommon for his rage and anxiety to surface. Shortly after we meet him on screen, Barry has an encounter with Lena Leonard (Emily Watson) after she had…

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Hustle: A Love Letter To The NBA

Hustle isn’t only a love letter to the NBA and Philadelphia but one of Adam Sandler’s top tier performances since going into motion pictures. It turns out that the secret to making a good movie starring Adam Sandler is to have an auteur director at the helm. The other thing is to take him as far away from his standard comedy comfort zone. We saw this most recently with The Meyerwitz Stories, Uncut Gems, and…

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Toronto 2019: Uncut Gems

Saturday Night Live veteran comedian Adam Sandler delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in recently premiered crime thriller Uncut Gems. Every now and then, we get a phenomenal performance from Adam Sandler.  Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), and Uncut Gems feature such performances.  We get a career-best in the film.  It helps that he’s able to get out of his comfort zone.  He’s not in a film being written…

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Funny People: Judd Apatow’s Dramedy Hits 10 Years

Judd Apatow’s third-directed feature, Funny People, marks its tenth anniversary since being theatrically released ten years ago. Funny People marks somewhat of a departure from Apatow’s earlier features.  George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is more of a mature character than the leads in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.  He doesn’t come off as the man-child in the earlier Apatow fare.  Though to be fair, Simmons does act quite immature during the third act during a…

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The Meyerowitz Stories: A Typical Dysfunctional Jewish Family

Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is the dysfunctional Jewish family that This Is Where I Leave You wanted to be. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, the film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  Judd Hirsch, Rebecca Miller, Adam Driver, Matthew Shear, and Candice Bergen co-star. Baumbach has given us some very strong films before and The Meyerowitz Stories is no exception. It’s his…

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