The disappearance of the active camera in contemporary mainstream comedy is no laughing matter, though “The Boss” does its scattershot best to find humor in stasis. Melissa McCarthy’s latest movie combines fits of absurdity with a cliché plot that trades empty awareness in for a 99-minute runtime stretched to its breaking point. Combining a resolute…
In a February article that appeared in GQ ominously titled “The Day the Movies Died,” eminent film-writer Mark Harris dubbed 2011 the year of sequels, prequels, reboots, adaptations and endless permutations of the above. Not that any of these are inherently problematic, but when studios repeatedly churn them out instead of coming up with something new to show us, well, it’s frustrating to say the least. Despite Mr. Harris’ dismal movie forecast, 2011 had its share of standouts, with even a few more still to come.
In a year filled with wizards, Kardashians and real fairytale weddings, 2011 was a great year for pop culture. Here are our favorite moments.
At the end of the day, “Bridesmaids” is as funny as any other Apatow bromance, using the traditional formula but evading the sort of been-there-done-that vibe that his movies have been giving off as of late thanks to the female perspective.