Jonathan Levine, writer-director of 50/50 and The Wackness, turns the zombie movie sub-genre on its head to successful, heartwarming and humorous results with Warm Bodies, an adaptation of Isaac Marion’s best-selling post-apocalyptic novel. In a world ravaged by an unknown plague that’s left most of the population as undead, brainless corpses, R (Nicholas Hoult) is a unique specimen: a zombie who maintains a peculiar sense of humanity. R’s new-found existence, which mostly includes pacing and grunting, is overturned when he meets survivor Julie (Teresa Palmer) – and consequently falls for her. Continue reading “Review: Warm Bodies (2013)”
Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 27-year-old radio employee, is abruptly diagnosed with a very rare, life-threatening form of spinal cancer. Unable to turn to his self-obsessed girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) or domineering mother (Anjelica Huston) for help, he instead finds resolution with his oafish best friend (Seth Rogen) and novice therapist (Anna Kendrick).
It’s a rare feat for a film about cancer to be both funny and deeply moving in equal measure, but that’s exactly what makes 50/50 so distinctive. It’s Continue reading “Review: 50/50 (2011)”