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(500) Days of Summer

Given the much-remarked on uncertain condition of the motion picture romantic comedy, Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer would seem to be a natural result. It’s what would probably be called “offbeat” by industry flacks, and by all the movie journalists who often sound like them.

Funny People

What is it with Judd Apatow and penises?

Lemon Tree

One of the most memorable foreign films I’ve seen in the last decade was The Syrian Bride (2004), a funny, sad and involving look at the myriad daily difficulties faced by Middle Easterners who need to cross borders.

The Hurt Locker

Given the commercial failure of just about every film made about the Iraq war, it seems that the best way to encourage an audience to see The Hurt Locker might be by not mentioning its setting.

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