TRAINWRECK

Directed by Judd Apatow

In Trainwreck, Judd Apatow once again lets his actors do what they do best, and Amy Schumer proves just how ready she is to lead a film. The supporting cast is chock-full of comedy heavy-hitters: Mike Birbiglia, Bill Hader, and Colin Quinn to name a few, and from the opening scene, the jokes come in hard, and they come in fast. The film isn’t without it’s dramatic merits though: you could probably take the B-story with the fantastic Brie Larson and her son and see it working as it’s own little independent drama. Sometimes these two opposite extremes creates a conflict in tone, but nevertheless, the film is hugely entertaining, and it’s always exciting to see what Apatow and co. are doing with comedy in cinema, something they do so damn well.

B+

THE SKELETON TWINS

Directed by Craig Johnson

Nine times out of ten, we want to see our main characters succeed. We want them to be happy, to find love and themselves, just as we’d hope the same for us. It doesn’t hurt that the two main characters of Skeleton Twins¬†are Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, two of the most loveable people in the entire world. What they and the filmmakers give us however, are two people who couldn’t possibly feel more isolated and unhappy. It’s in the moments when these characters find a glimpse of connection and joy when the film utterly triumphs. They aren’t extraordinary human beings, but they feel extreme highs and lows, just as we do. This is a film that reaches out to us, and I was more than happy to reach back.

B+