Judd Apatow’s second directorial feature, Knocked Up, starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, marks its 15th anniversary. The 15th anniversary of the film’s release also means that it’s been 15 years since the year of Judd Apatow. Knocked Up preceded the release of both Superbad and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The latter didn’t do well at the box office but it has since become a cult classic. I’ll have anniversary reviews of both…"Knocked Up Marks 15th Anniversary"
George Carlin’s American Dream is a two-documentary about the late comedian premiering on HBO and available to stream on HBO Max. While interviews with contemporary comedians are nice, this documentary does not work without the archival footage of the late George Carlin, the dean of the counterculture comedians. It’s this footage that drives the bulk of the documentary. It’s best to learn about Carlin’s life from the man himself. Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, who…"George Carlin’s American Dream: This Doc Is Superb"
Judd Apatow’s new pandemic comedy, The Bubble, is the pandemic comedy that we’ve been waiting for and it is perfection. The Bubble follows the making of Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest: Memories of a Requim. It’s the 6th film in one of the largest dinosaur franchises in cinematic history. Think a C-franchise version of Jurassic Park. Everyone is staying at the same hotel where there is no interaction with anyone else while quarantining. What…"The Bubble: The Be-All, End-All Pandemic Comedy"
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…"Funny People: Judd Apatow’s Dramedy Hits 10 Years"
Addressing the gender disparity that troubles Hollywood, This Changes Everything is one of the most important documentaries of the year. I can’t exactly point to when all the focus started turning to women directors not getting the same opportunities as men. That being said, This Changes Everything is equally important to the Amy Adrion-directed Half the Picture. This two films go hand in hand with a similar focus on women directors. “The door has to…"Chicago Film Fest 2018: This Changes Everything"
Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is the perfect way to offer closure to the series should there never be a reboot. I said as much on Twitter during the world premiere at Tribeca in April. In just over an hour, Brent Hodge manages to reunite the cast and crew of Freaks and Geeks by way of contemporary interviews while revisiting the set of the 1999-2000 series. As the series did so on September 25, 1999,…"Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is Nostalgic"
Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is the perfect way to offer closure to the series should there never be a reboot. In just over an hour, Brent Hodge manages to reunite the cast and crew of Freaks and Geeks by way of contemporary interviews while revisiting the set of the 1999-2000 series. As the series did so on September 25, 1999, the documentary’s world premiere was also on a Saturday night at 8 PM. Fans…"Tribeca 2018: Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary"
Filmmaker Judd Apatow pays tribute to the late comedian with The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. It’s an emotional retrospective full of clips but just as importantly, Shandling’s colleagues reminisce about in a documentary airing two years after his passing. It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over two years since we lost Shandling. It feels just like yesterday. Apatow’s documentary, which airs over the course of two nights on HBO, is one of…"The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling: A Fitting Tribute"
The Big Sick is one of the best films to come out so far in 2017. Directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, and Kurt Braunohler. Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel produce. To say that this film is a laugh riot would not be an understatement. …"The Big Sick is One of 2017’s Best Films"