Funny People In a recent interview, Matthew Perry said of his stint on the short-lived TV show Studio 60, "I don't think it delved highly enough into how broken people are who `put on` a comedy show." Judd Apatow's love letter to comedians, Funny People, was not afraid to jump headfirst into the waters of broken souls. As the aging, cancer-ridden comedy star at the center, Adam Sandler dares to play a villain — someone so needy and, at the same time, such a heartless user of people. Yet amidst all that pain, Funny People somehow retains its own heart and sense of humor, as if, like Seth Rogen's abused understudy character, its own soul depends on it. (R)
The Headless Woman This eerily poignant exploration of one woman's (the redoubtable Marîa Onetto) zombie-like existence in a loveless (possibly deadly) marriage is a kind of feminist version of middle-class guilt. The plot concerns her fears that she may have hit a child with her car, though she cannot locate the putative body. Argentinian auteur Lucrecia Martel may be too on-the-nose when she suggests Onetto's mental fog renders the lower-class day laborers invisible to her and others (and maybe that's who she hit!), but the mystery of both the car accident and who this woman is deep inside is involving enough to merit a concentrated viewing. (NR)viewing. (NR)
Walt Disney Treasures: Zorro Riding high on decidedly un-PC cowboys-and-Indians swordplay and bad accents, Disney's version of the Spanish swashbuckler lasted 82 episodes with Italian-American model Guy Williams wearing the hero's mask. Now, Don Diego de la Vega gets his due with the release of the first two seasons of the late-1950s show as part of the excellent Walt Disney Treasures series. Digitally mastered in the original aspect ratio and featuring introductions by Leonard Maltin, as well as behind-the-scenes snippets, these sets are a great addition to the library of any fan of old-school action television. (NR)
World's Greatest Dad Bobcat Goldthwait directs Robin Williams as a single dad who lives for his son's happiness, but hates that he does. When the kid meets an untimely end, Dad seizes the opportunity to speak for the boy, vindicating the deceased's antisocial behavior and his own failed parenting. Sometime thereafter, this grim character study shifts into grotesque high satire and attempts to make a point with a capital "P," leading to a fantastic climax. The DVD includes a Goldthwait commentary. (R)firstname.lastname@example.org
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