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Why (500) Days of Summer is the Geekiest Film You’ve Never Seen or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Excited About Spider-Man

By Matt Peters

After much convincing by my friend John Castro, I finally sat down and watched the 2009 movie (500) Days of Summer. I’m not a big fan of romcoms, and I was determined to avoid yet another film that features the typical formula: the guy is a bumbling, macho fool who changes his ways thanks to a strong-willed independent woman who softens her man-hatin’ stance and eventually swoons for the still rough-around-the-edges schlub. Why would I waste my time watching that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun fall in love with a girl with cartoonishly huge eyes?

Mark Webb directed the film who, at the time, didn’t have much feature-length directing experience under his belt. The movie feels a little like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World without all of the game and comic references in the sense that the characters are very well spoken and have depth beyond what’s immediately shown on the surface. Webb’s directing style, combined with various slapstick elements and a witty script make for a comedic experience that may surprise some viewers. He even went so far as to direct a short to accompany one throwaway line featuring the stars in a Sid & Nancy parody. (more…)

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Title: 50/50

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Written by: Will Reiser

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Rating: ★★★★★

Review by: Bill Jones

When I first read about 50/50, I was hesitant to embrace the project, as I’m sure many film fans have been. Tackling the cancer issue with a comedic flair is a dangerous proposition. There is an extremely fine line between success and failure when trying to meld something as serious as a battle against cancer — something I, as I’m sure most filmgoers will find hits close to home, with almost everyone knowing someone who has won, lost or is currently fighting that battle — and buddy comedy.

I was further hesitant knowing that Seth Rogen — who has had a few flubs as of late with Paul and The Green Hornet — was largely responsible for the project, not only as a star but as a driving force behind real-life friend Will Reiser, who battled cancer and then penned the script based largely on their relationship. (more…)