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July 2009

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” George Bernard’s famous quote is turned upside down by Judd Apatow in his return to the director’s chair. After the success of “Knocked Up,” Apatow took some time off to produce a gaggle of films for friends and proteges. Some worked (“Saving Sarah Marshall,” “Super Bad”), and others were […]


If you had to pigeonhole it, you could certainly call “(500) Days of Summer” a romantic comedy. It’s got its fair share of romance and, at times, it can be pretty funny. But it more often than not, the movie does what other romantic comedies can never seem to do convincingly: It celebrates those special […]


Warren J. Cantrell‘s Top 10 lists are becoming a regular feature here at Scene-Stealers. Cantrell’s unique voice has already given us Top 10 Reasons Why “Predator 2” is the Best of the Franchise and Top 10 Movies Ruined by a Female Presence, so it’s only fitting that he follow those man-tastic lists up with a […]


Wow. I’ve been on my fair share of game shows, but this is something special. He may not have won the game, but John certainly made an impression this afternoon on “Jeopardy.” It’s not just his attention-grabbing sparkly new scarf either. Check out the way he wrote his name. Well played, sir. It kind of […]


“The Hurt Locker” is one of those movies where the story arc just kind of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. It’s a lot like the situation that its principal characters find themselves in every day. Bomb defusers must always be alert. A man on a cell phone peeking out from a doorway […]


Top 10 Worst Sequels

by Eric Melin on July 21, 2009

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Our Top 10 list today comes from Will Dawson, whose Top 10 Worst James Bond Flicks list still generates lots of comments. J.D. and I both did a Top 10 list of that rare thing—the successful sequel—a while back (Eric’s Top 10 Best Sequels & J.D.’s Top 10 Best Sequels), and Will is looking at […]


J.D. is back again with Eric to review the sixth Harry Potter movie. This series has been a contentious one in the past, with Eric being consistently disappointed and J.D., who has read all the books, wondering what the hell is wrong with him. But wait, there’s more! For Eric’s more detailed print review of […]


The sixth filmic adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s enormously popular book series arrives in theaters with an inordinate amount of baggage from five movies of myth-building and expectations, so it almost seems set up to fail. While “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is only the second film (along with “Prisoner of Azkaban”) to deliver a […]


It’s a timely week to be writing this because after this past weekend’s domestic box office take, we have a new number-one movie on this list. Comedies are not usually as big a box office draw as an action/adventure or superhero/fantasy film, but due to a minimal amount of money spent on casting, sets and […]


You know, these kinds of sites bug the crap out of me. It is utterly ridiculous to watch a film and count the dirty words, instances of nudity, or whatever little moment trips your moral compass up. It’s even sillier to then print them out on a website, completely free of context, and try to […]


J.D. makes a triumphant return to Scene-Stealers in this review of Sacha Baron Cohen’s button-pushing reality-based prank satire “Brüno.” In the same vein as “Borat,” the surprise comedy smash from 2006, “Brüno” follows a strange foreigner to U.S. soil. Larry Charles directed this rude, obnoxious, and terribly offensive comedy. Is Bruno as funny as Borat? […]


Last night on “Late Show with David Letterman,” Sacha Baron Cohen responded to the host about his reality-based humor being difficult to pull off and dangerous to carry out in public by saying, “I won’t do it again.” It doesn’t surprise me. What’s fascinating is finding out what amount of the shoot was planned, what […]


Warren J. Cantrell is so prolific, I’m beginning to think he keeps writing Top 10s so that no one else will get one in edgewise. So here you go: another Top 10 from the man who brought you Top 10 Reasons “Predator 2” is the Best of the Franchise and Top 10 Movies Ruined by […]


On the surface, Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) would seem like the perfect candidate to step into a Woody Allen movie. After all, he’s a writer-turned-actor who specializes in neurotic behavior just like Allen. He’s also very funny and more than a little mean-spirited, so he should have suited the material in Allen’s newest Manhattan-based […]


“Public Enemies” hits theaters this week, and one of our regular contributors at Scene-Stealers—blogger extraordinaire Whitney Mathews—was reminded that her great aunt witnessed a Murder, Inc. mob hit in 1932, around the same time as the film takes place. The hit itself and having to testify in front of the hitmen who committed the crime […]