Last night, 47-year-old Judd Apatow finally achieved 25-year-old Judd Apatow’s dream: a stand-up set on The Tonight Show. But he’s still Judd Apatow, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the closing portion of his performance, over a third of the four-minute set, was devoted to skewering Bill Cosby—a middle finger to the sitcom star/accused rapist on the network that ran The Cosby …Read More
There are scenes in Trainwreck that have the feel of standalone sketches from star and screenwriter Amy Schumer’s feminist-inflected Comedy Central show. “Lad Mag Pitch Meeting,” for example, could be a YouTube hit to give “Last Fuckable Day” a run for its money; ditto for “Baby Shower Confessions,” an exchange that in fact bears a striking resemblance to Inside Amy Schumer stalwarts like “I’m So Bad.”
Last night, as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s pre-Trainwreck retrospective “I Found This Funny: The Comedy World of Judd Apatow,” the ubiquitous writer/producer/director sat down on the Lincoln Center stage for a loose, chatty, often hilarious conversation with his frequent collaborator Lena Dunham.
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Amy Schumer’s Judd Apatow-directed film, Trainwreck, hits theaters this Friday, July 17. Apart from being noted for its unprecedented, feature-length dose of Schumer, it’s also LeBron James’ first major film acting stint. (He does, however, play himself in the film.)
There’s a memorable/notorious scene in Judd Apatow’s 2005 breakthrough hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin that finds secondary characters David (Paul Rudd) and Cal (Seth Rogen) playing a video game and riffing on the different ways each man knows the other is “gay.” Their explanations range from stereotypical to obvious, and while the scene can be read as homophobic, I’ve always thought it a little smarter (and funnier) than that; it’s a commentary on stereotypes, but also on the sometimes imperceptibly thin line between admitted sexual attractions and the kind of affectionate “bromances” that populate mainstream comedies by Apatow and his contemporaries. But these things go in cycles, and it feels like we’re in the early moments of a new one, in which the sexual fluidity that was so often subtext in these comedies is finally moving into the foreground.
If you’re lucky, you have no earthly idea who Jeffrey Wells is. Writer of, in his words, “a daily stream-of-Hollywood-consciousness column for Hollywood Elsewhere,” Wells is the kind of fringe gadfly that can seem omnipresent when you live in a particular bubble (in this case, that of online film writing), only surfacing beyond the Twitter conversations of hate-readers and head-shakers when he writes something particularly noxious — which, to be fair, is pretty often. Such was the case last weekend when he penned this little missive, accusing The Village Voice’s Stephanie Zacharek and LA Weekly’s Amy Nicholson of some kind of lady groupthink conspiracy for daring to like Hot Pursuit, surmising that the pair “were guided by the same liberal compassion instinct that led Henry Fonda to vote not guilty for that Puerto Rican kid in 12 Angry Men.” But what’s particularly jaw-dropping/hilarious about Wells’ otherwise (typically) loathsome and sexist post is the idea that he would, this week of all weeks, drop a 12 Angry Men reference, considering that the week’s most-discussed half hour of television was not only a riff on that film but, at its core, a 30-minute middle finger to Mr. Wells.
This Friday, just like the first weekend of every May since 2007, a new movie based on a Marvel comic book will open in thousands of theaters across the country, will make all the money, and will serve as the official starter pistol for summer movie season. And for many a seasoned moviegoer, that’s a cue for despair; after all, summer has become synonymous with big, bloated, stupid blockbusters of the Transformers school. And make no mistake, there’s plenty of those on the runway this season (how ya doin’, Terminator Genisys, it’s pretty funny that you’re actually going with that spelling). But don’t go into cinematic hibernation just yet; there’s also a steady stream of first-rate indie-flick counterprogramming on the runway, and some of the big movies actually sound pretty good. So, as a public service to you, the discerning moviegoer, we’ve assembled a month-by-month look at what might actually be worth your time and …Read More