Our Favorite Comedies…That Also Make Us Cry

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Which comedy also makes you cry a whole bunch?”As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with some special guests. This week, we are joined by The Sick co-writer/star Kumail Nanjiani and co-writer Emily V. Gordon.

If there’s a comedy that makes your living room a little dusty whenever you watch it, send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite weepy comedies below!

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The Good Dinosaur

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with a bunch of the creatives behind the film.

After the jump you will find my interview with director Peter Sohn, who I’ve talked to a few times over the years and seems like a great and talented guy. In the interview, Pete talks about some of his favorite movies he recommends to friends, the evolution of the project over the years, how he got involved as a director, his vision behind the stark contrast between the beautiful, almost photo realistic backgrounds and the cartoony characters, a scene from the film that I felt was a homage to Jaws, the 1400 kid search for the main star of this film, how directing the voice actors for the English version of Miyazaki’s Ponyo helped him in making this film, and find out who directs Peter Sohn when he performs in his own film. All this and more in our Peter Sohn Good Dinosaur interview, after the jump.

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Angie Han’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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It only took four and a half years, but /Film has finally, graciously given me the opportunity to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Angie Han. I like movies, and I have for a while. Which movies I like the most changes from year to year, if not day to day (though it’s admittedly been a while since my #1 changed), but these are some of my favorites at this very moment in time.
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Jacob Hall’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hi, /Film. My name is Jacob Hall and my favorite movies are part of me on a molecular level. Cut me open and the films that have defined my life come spilling out in a great, red heap. So when I was asked to introduce myself to you guys, the community, via a list of my favorite movies of all time, I prepared myself for some gritty, Robert-De-Niro-in-Ronin-style surgery. This list is me being cut open for your amusement.

Read on all about my favorite movies after the jump.

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/Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday Movies of All Time

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This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.

Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »

Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan and then disappeared, primarily because she was pregnant and had her first child. Mama is making her first major public appearance since then tonight at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, for Jason Reitman‘s staged reading of Billy Wilder‘s 1960 masterpiece, The Apartment. Portman will read the role of Fran, made famous by Shirley McClane. She’ll star alongside JK Simmons as Jeff, the role Fred MacMurray originated, as well as Collette Wolfe, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson in the other roles.

Oh, and the lead role of CC Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon, will be played by a little up and coming actor named Steve Carell. Read more after the jump. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Movie Playlist: Garth Jennings

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Filmmaker Playlist is a new feature on /Film where we ask writers, directors, and stars to tell us their favorite movies of the moment. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business became involved after discovering their love of films. And I always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.

First up in the series is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow writer/director Garth Jennings.

The Apartment

“You tend to have a top five that shifts around over the years and certain films go up and down. I definitely come back to a lot of Billy Wilder‘s films very often. I could watch those again and again and again. Certainly The Apartment is one of my favorite, favorite FAVORITE movies.”

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude I think is a terrific film.”

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark I think is a perfect film. Because I loved Star Wars. Star Wars was the very first film I saw but Raiders of the Lost Ark, oh, whenever I see it, I can’t not watch it. It’s just perfect and it has such a terrific sense of wonder, and it just has everything I want in a film. And it’s got a great sense of humor, and you travel the world… there isn’t anything wrong with that film. Those selections are very different, I know. But they’re all just big hearted.”

Garth later talked a bit about films that terrified him:

Pink Floyd's Another Brick in The Wall

“My first real horror film where I remember being absolutely terrified, it was a music video for Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Do you remember that? I remember sitting up watching that and there is a shot – Gerald Scarfe’s drawings were really macabre and brutal. And he pushes all these children through a mincer. I remember being up for weeks after that. I always had terrible nightmares as a kid anyway. And I remember seeing a clip from the Elephant Man and I didn’t know what it was. He just had a bag over his head and a hole for his eye. And he turned around for the camera and that was it. That was another week of sleepless nights.”

“But then by the time I got to horror films, I had left it so late because I was clearly not so good at watching them that I got to a point where I couldn’t tolerate it. And I haven’t gone back because Horror has become more gruesome – more about torture and less about creeping up on someone or creating frightening tense moments. Although I heard The Orphanage is good, and it sounds like I would actually quite like it.”

Garth Jennings’ Son of Rambow expands to a theater (hopefully) near you on May 9th 2008.