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    G-S-T Review…This Is 40

    Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 puts a hysterical spin on the fact that everyone gets old. In fact, the comedy is so refreshing that it must have taken a lesson or two from his 2009 film Funny People; if you’re gonna make a movie with somewhat depressing subject matter, put some humor in it (especially if the word funny is in the title!). Just because you’re dealing with some very heavy emotions and situations doesn’t mean the audience doesn’t need to laugh. You may know this by now but Apatow doesn’t make rom-com fluff. Instead he gets to the heart of the matter and focuses on relatively down-to-earth people (foul-mouthed though they…

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    The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable Series: Writers

    The Hollywood Reporter‘s hour long roundtable series never fails to assemble a diverse group of talented filmmakers. These sessions allow the featured parties time to talk about their craft and share experiences/stories with one another in addition to answering a wide range of questions. The result is one fascinating discussion after another. Last week we featured their Directors session and equally enjoyable is this roundtable with a very eclectic mix of writers. Sometimes the creative individuals who pen the stories we love get overlooked but this video let’s them get their say and it’s really worth the time spent. The line up this year includes journalist and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), Judd Apatow (This…

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    G-S-T Review…The Five-Year Engagement

    By now a Judd Apatow comedy comes with a certain condemnation: they are far too long. That isn’t to say that his films, and the numerous ones he produces, aren’t funny. That’s a knock on the narrative and how it can get long in the tooth, especially in the middle as an important storyline transition is made. I prefaced this review to note that because it applies far too easily to The Five-Year Engagement. This is the second feature film to be directed by Nicholas Stoller and star Jason Segel, who both broke onto the film scene with their hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall, another Apatow production that suffered none of…

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    G-S-T Review…Get Him to the Greek

    In this loose “follow-up” to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek focuses on wild and eccentric Brit rocker Aldous Snow. Weird thing is, although the movie hints at being a continuation of the prior movie (including a cute TV commercial of “Sarah Marshall’s” newest prime-time show) Jonah Hill doesn’t play the infatuated Aldous/Infant Sorrow fan he did in FSM. Weird I know. However, that minor inconsistency didn’t keep me from enjoying the hell out of this movie. While FSM really surprised me, this was equally as entertaining. As this is, in part, a Judd Apatow film, the story came replete with tons of heart. Further, as expected, the raunchy humor was set…

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    G-S-T Top 10 – Favorite High School/College Films

    Let me just say that you’re not going to find any classic John Hughes movies here. I tried to stay away from that simply because John Hughes movies should have their own category. Also the American Pie films will not be found either as I think they really are too exaggerated and therefore stupid so they don’t meet the same level of comic (and also raunchy) genius these films attain. That may be both biased and hypocritical when you take a look at the Top 10 below. That said, here are the films we love to watch whenever we start to miss College or think about how rough of a…