Tag Archives: Judd Apatow

The Loss of a TV Giant

In the clip above, an interview for the Archive of American Television, Steven Bochco talks about the casting of L.A. Law, one of the seminal TV shows of the 1980s, and one of my personal favorites. Bochco was also the revolutionary guy behind Hill Street Blues, one of my earliest TV memories. He was probably the first … Continue reading The Loss of a TV Giant

The Disaster Artist

San Francisco, the late 1990s; 19-year-old Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is trying to become an actor and is awestruck by the take-no-prisoners approach of the mysterious Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). The story behind The Room (2003), the cult item that’s often called the most unintentionally hilarious bad movie ever made, is pretty straightforward, as we … Continue reading The Disaster Artist

Sandy Wexler

In 1994, fledgling Hollywood agent Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) finally finds a talent worth promoting, singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson)… but his lack of skills is a constant roadblock. A comedy loosely based on Sandler’s own colorful agent, Sandy Wernick, that plays out over several years. That’s one explanation for the massively bloated running time, … Continue reading Sandy Wexler

Trainwreck

ALL ABOARD.  Twentysomething Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer), who wouldn’t dream of having a relationship, is assigned to write an article on a sports doctor (Bill Hader). Comedian Schumer’s first movie script is a treat in the hands of Judd Apatow who’s shown a knack for creating films that are funny, heartfelt and has roles for … Continue reading Trainwreck

This Is 40

THE SORT-OF-SEQUEL TO ‘KNOCKED UP’. As Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann) are both turning 40, their marriage is challenged by trouble with money, the hardships of raising two daughters and confusion regarding their future together. This sequel to Knocked Up (2007) uses some of that movie’s characters to mirror the joys and angst, … Continue reading This Is 40

Zookeeper

DON’T TALK TO THE ANIMALS… UNLESS THEY TALK TO YOU FIRST! When the animals at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo find out that the best man on the staff, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James), is thinking about quitting, they decide to help him change his mind. Another film that benefits from James’s all-around likability and physical comedy; … Continue reading Zookeeper

The 40 Year Old Virgin

A COMEDY ABOUT THE MOMENTS THAT TOUCH US IN WAYS WE’VE NEVER BEEN TOUCHED BEFORE.  40-year-old Andy Stitzer’s (Steve Carell) workmates discover that he’s never had sex and decide to help him meet a woman. Director Judd Apatow’s feature debut is overlong and occasionally makes the mistake of thinking coarse language is enough to generate real … Continue reading The 40 Year Old Virgin