Tag Archives: Marc Webb

(500) Days of Summer

17 Apr

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Writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber create an original romantic comedy that is not a love story, but a story about love. The familiar tale of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, and girl breaks up with boy for no reason and boy loses it. The indie hit (500) Days of Summer employs a nonlinear approach to capture those moments we want to remember and the others we cannot forget. The film jumps from Day 108 to Day 7 seamlessly because it doesn’t need to show us everyday; just the important ones. Director Marc Webb has a knack for the letting the story unfold while watching the relationship soar only to unravel at the same time.

The levity generated from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel’s performances is a match made in heaven. Their chemistry together makes them one of the iconic couples of the 21st century. I would love to see a 500 Days of Autumn.

WORD COUNT: 156

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A

The Amazing Spiderman

21 Aug

Why reboot a movie we just saw ten years ago?  That question was answered early on this film with the director’s fresh approach to the old story of  Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), as opposed to the familiar, Mary Jane.  Parker finds a picture from the past with his father and Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans), a one-armed scientist working at Oscorp. Soon Peter gets bitten by a radioactive Spider and receives Spider like abilities and after the death of his Uncle, he dawns his Spiderman suit to fight against crime. Not to be outdone, Dr. Connors turns himself into a giant lizard during a botched experiment and wreaks havoc on New York City.

The action sequences fall flat compared to Sam Raimi’s versions and the plot does get a little murky, but the emotional journey Parker goes through is what works in the film. This is where director Mark Webb’s script and his actors really shine.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: B