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01.29.2014 | 81 days ago | Posted at 09:05 AM

A Close Look at the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

By David Luhrssen
  Jason Sperb is not a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s something much better—an intelligent critic trying to discern what’s valuable and what’s not in Anderson’s body of cinematic work. In his close reading of the director, Blossoms & Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson (University of Texas Press), Sperb finds much to admi...
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009

Adam Sandler’s Unhappy Humorist

The inner adult trapped inside Adam Sandler, struggling to be understood as serious or at least sympathetic, has surfaced before in movies as varied as Punch-Drunk Love and The Wedding Singer. In Funny People, Sandler plays George Simmons, a version of himself contemplating the seriousness of his own demise...
08.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The inner adult trapped inside Adam Sandler, struggling to be understood as serious or at least sympathetic, has surfaced before in movies as varied as Punch-Drunk Love and The Wedding Singer. In Funny People, Sandler plays George Simmons, a version of himself contemplating the seriousness of his own demise. Simmons is a top grossing, gross-out comedian, an instantly recognizable celebrit...
Sunday, June 15, 2008

Adam Sandler’s cutting comedy

When a trained-to-kill Israeli commando switches professions and becomes a Manhattan hairdresser, a fish-out-of-water comedy is sure to follow. And when this Israeli hairdresser falls in love with the Palestinian woman who owns the salon, you can bet your last shekel that a socio-political message is struggling to be heard. In Adam Sandler’s comedy You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Sandler plays a sex stud from a crack special forces squad who keeps his dream concealed . . .

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