films

A Salute to the Guys Who Get Dumped in Romantic Comedies

In 2005, writer-director Michael Showalter (who recently directed the Oscar-nominated The Big Sick) hit upon a clever idea for an anti-romantic comedy. He would play Elliot,…

M. Night Shyamalan Blows His Second Chance

It’s funny, and utterly arbitrary, which filmmakers and actors we hope have a second chance. I’m not talking about people like Kevin Spacey, whose alleged…

The Best Superhero Movies That Aren’t From Marvel or DC

In the realm of comic-book films, there are two titans battling for world domination: Marvel (which gave us Iron Man, Captain America and the rest…

The Wrinkly, Decrepit History of the Geezer Buddy Comedy

In the early 1970s, Neil Simon was revisiting several ideas for plays that he had started only to abandon. One of them seemed to have…