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Revived and Derived: “Freaks and Geeks” Ep. 17, “The Little Things” (photo)

Revived and Derived: “Freaks and Geeks” Ep. 17, “The Little Things”

“Freaks and Geeks” is now airing on IFC, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night’s episode. Episode 17 The Little Things Teleplay by Jon Kasdan Story by Jon Kasdan & […]

The “Greenberg” DVD cover promises a cheery rom com that’s not, you know, misanthropic at all. (photo)

The “Greenberg” DVD cover promises a cheery rom com that’s not, you know, misanthropic at all.

Late last year, there was a kerfuffle over the “degaying” of the “Humpday” DVD cover. The theatrical poster featured a shirtless Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard looking at each other in front of pink floral wallpaper. The DVD went instead for a blue backdrop and inserted Alycia Delmore between the two guys, apparently to convey […]

Tom Cruise’s celebrity rehab, by way of the MTV Movie Awards. (photo)

Tom Cruise’s celebrity rehab, by way of the MTV Movie Awards.

Normally, celebrity rehab is reserved for MTV’s sister network VH1. In the case of Tom Cruise, it’s taken on a literal meaning in a series of ads for this year’s MTV Movie Awards. You’ve probably already seen Cruise resurrect his stocky, foul-mouthed “Tropic Thunder” studio chief Les Grossman to berate his younger self in “Risky […]

“Greenberg,” a W.C. Fields for our time. (photo)

“Greenberg,” a W.C. Fields for our time.

He called himself “The Great Man,” and — especially in the ’30s — W.C. Fields was just that. In a series of misanthropic comedies, Fields repeatedly professed his dislike of children and wives and his love of booze. There was more to him than that, of course — 1934’s “The Old Fashioned Way” is a […]

What Lies Beneath (photo)

What Lies Beneath

With its embrace of genre and slick production values, “Chloe” represents director Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”) and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson’s (“Secretary” and “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus”) most mainstream efforts to date. Cue the “not there’s anything wrong with that.” In fact, in many ways this chilly romantic thriller does provide […]

Ben Stiller, ’90s survivor.  (photo)

Ben Stiller, ’90s survivor.

If you look at the two big peaks of Ben Stiller’s early ’90s career — Fox’s “The Ben Stiller Show” and 1994’s “Reality Bites,” the two projects over which he exercised the most control up to that point — and didn’t know any better, you might not have expected him to stick around. Back then, […]

How Apatow’s actors have fared after “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared.” (photo)

How Apatow’s actors have fared after “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared.”

Judd Apatow veteran Jay Baruchel arrives to yank us out of the post-Oscar hysteria, addressing the rigors of time-filler filmmaking. Discussing his low-concept vehicle “She’s Out Of My League” in the LA Times, he notes, “there were some days when I [was…] having a dog lick pâté off my crotch for 12 hours. When I […]

Five Rules for Great DVD Commentaries (photo)

Five Rules for Great DVD Commentaries

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite DVD special feature is, I always pick audio commentary. But from talking with other cinephiles and casual film fans alike, I’ve begun to feel like I’m in the minority. I hear the same complaints, over and over, about filmmaker tracks: they’re boring, they’re uninformative, and so on. To […]

What made “Sammy” stop running and other never-were adaptations. (photo)

What made “Sammy” stop running and other never-were adaptations.

In what’s easily the best thing he’s done since, uh, guest star on “Undeclared,” Ben Stiller took time out from mugging, shrieking and frittering away his talent to pay affectionate tribute to the late Budd Schulberg, who died August 5th. For the past few years, Stiller’s evident frustration with Hollywood has been erupting in odd […]

The “Marc Pease” predicament. (photo)

The “Marc Pease” predicament.

As someone who spends plenty of time trolling the coming soon calendar for our seasonal previews, I’ll see many films that look intriguing, but are pulled at the last minute by their distributor. Or worse — they end up like “The Marc Pease Experience,” a Ben Stiller-Jason Schwartzman comedy that has seen release dates come […]