50/50 is the introduction of Jonathan Levine to the main stream and it is quite the coming out party as he has crafted a fine dramedy in this cancer film. [Read more...]
Let’s be honest, cancer is not funny. Even if your worst enemy got cancer tomorrow, you wouldn’t be laughing at all, but trying to comfort him in his worst hour. So when writer Will Reiser was diagnosed with a type of spinal cancer, a part of his healing process, along with his friends Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, was to write about it. And why not write about the bright side of it all (if you can call it bright)? [Read more...]
The adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name is a well made and humorous adventure in the life of a sex addict, but as a reader and lover of the book, I feel like it didn’t quite touch the greatness of the source material.
With that said, Clark Gregg’s adaptation will most certainly shock and awe people with the insane twists and unpredictability to the proceedings and I think the film works probably much better if you do not know what is coming. The absurdity and lunacy of everything that happens in this story is what makes it great, and take away the shock and reveal of it all takes away from it a bit. But moving on…
Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) is a sex addict, he attends sexaholic anonymous (where he usually has sex), and is a historical interpreter at a colonial Williamsburg type of community. Victor is a med school drop out that is now raising money to keep his mother (Anjelica Huston) in residence at a nice adult women’s care facility due to her dementia. Victor visits regularly, though his mom usually thinks that he is a dead lawyer from her past as he struggles to get her to eat in-between his banging of the hospital staff. When his Mothers new doctor, Paige (Kelly Macdonald) comes into his life he tries to sleep with her, obviously, but at first for the wrong reasons and then possibly for the betterment of his mother’s health. [Read more...]