50/50, cancer, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Autumn in New York, The Bucket List, Al Pacino

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  1. Jack

    My dad died of cancer a couple of years ago. And it was very sad, and when everyone left me alone at his burial site before he went into the ground I bawled my eyes out.

    Then I went and gave my eulogy, which is by far the funniest thing I’ve ever written. And more than one person said to me that out of everyone who spoke, I was the one who best captured my dad’s spirit.

    Cancer is sad; life is funny.

    • Tom

      Perfectly surmised.

      I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing that.

  2. Relaxing Dragon
    Relaxing Dragon

    I feel pretty much the same way about cancer movies. They’re basically the same as Holocaust movies these day, made more as awards-bait than anything else (even the sincere ones seem this way, which just makes me feel all the more cynical inside). 50/50 really does a good job of making light of the situation in just the right way, and as a result the more serious parts of the movie actually feel more real (helps that it’s basically the story of what happened to the writer when he got cancer in his 20s). It’s a very funny movie and also a very good one, so I do hope you manage to see it soon.

    Meanwhile, I need to debate whether or not to get the 10 Bucks strip in print form (I considered the one where Tom is eaten by Ebert, but that seems almost in bad taste (hah!) these days).

    Also, wow it’s been a while since I posted.

  3. David

    There have been two films in the last 6 months that I went to see that I strongly desire to watch again. The first was Crazy, Stupid, Love. The 2nd is 50/50. Tom, you understand exactly what 50/50 is, without having seen it. I hadn’t read reviews I just saw it on a friends recommendation, and what it turned out to be was a movie that was very funny while still being respectful of the subject matter, without falling into too many cliches. The few cliches used felt genuine and real, and I generally didn’t see them coming. See 50/50 Tom, it’s worth the price of admission.

  4. From the chemo center
    From the chemo center

    Reading this from the chemo center. I have seen 50/50 and it is great. I saw it at a special screening for young adults with cancer. We had some quibbles– mostly stuff we thought they left out (Reiser was there and told us that there had been more that had been cut for length)- but it was the best cancer movie we “experts” had seen.

    • Tom

      That’s really cool that you were at a screening with Reiser.

      Best wishes to you during treatment. Give ’em hell!

  5. OneNuttyTanuki

    As a Cancer survior (stage 3 Testicular), I found this movie great and relatable. Although I got some dirty looks from people as they left at the end of the movie. Since there were a few spots where I was the only one in theater laughing or it would be dead quiet, I’d laugh then a few other people would join in. Since some of the moments were you’d have to have gone through it to find humor in it.
    Also, From the Chemo Center, Hang in there and stay strong. Yeah, there were a few spots, to I found annoying like I think he should have gotten the “port” sooner than right before his surgery.

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