It’s a Disaster

Writer/director Todd Berger’s witty and insightful comedy captures four hip Angelino couples who come together for their regular Sunday brunch and get so involved in their messy relationship issues, betrayals and personality meltdowns that they hardly notice the apocalypse is knocking on the front door.

Invoking Woody Allen’s cerebral comedies while presenting a fresh perspective on the disaster film, It’s A Disaster showcases its expert comic ensemble — featuring David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera — who are clearly enjoying themselves sending up self-absorbed characters who are more bothered by their non-functioning cell phones than by the dead bodies accumulating on the front steps. [Synopsis courtesy of Los Angeles Film Festival]

500 Days of Summer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb’s wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn’t believe in love. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss’ beautiful new secretary, Summer (Deschanel), Tom discovers that the pair have plenty in common despite the fact that she’s seemingly out of his league; for starters, they both love the Smiths, and they’re both fans of surrealist artist Magritte. Before long Tom is smitten. All he can think about is Summer. Tom believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he’s finally found his. Unfortunately for Tom, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn’t looking for romance. Undaunted and undeterred by his breezy lover’s casual stance on relationships, Tom summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real.