Film

One of the reasons so many actors’ careers seem like disappointments after winning an Oscar is that the award often bumps them into another pay grade, and suddenly character actors or former B-listers are receiving offers just as lucratively terrible as the biggest names in town. This goes double for women—or is it half? Great, mainstream roles for women over a certain age are still so rare, even with an Oscar, that a fair...
Do you ever have the thought, as you binge-watch a TV show, or listen to a song, or see a film, that, really, there’s something familiar about everything? That no matter how creative a melody, line, or surprise ending is, you’ve encountered some variation of it already—and yet, when done right, it feels like something special and new? That was my experience with the The Incredible Jessica James. On the surface, we’ve seen it before:...
At this point, most people are probably familiar—or at the very least, becoming familiar—with Kumail Nanjiani, the writer/star of The Big Sick, a movie seemingly destined to rule the summer, filling theaters around the country with a tailor-made whirlwind of laughs and tears. Everyone definitely knows Judd Apatow, the producer who directly worked with Nanjiani to put the film together, and also one of the most prolific and beloved comedy minds of the last...
Last Wednesday, BAMcinemaFest hosted a screening and panel discussion of The Big Sick, the romantic comedy written by husband and wife duo Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon. Collecting stellar reviews from all corners, the film is shaping up to be an unlikely summer blockbuster, and deservedly so. The Big Sick follows a stand-in for Nanjiani (played by and also named Kumail) trying to break into a career in comedy while balancing a new relationship...

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