Category Comedy

Body Bags (1993)

The cinematic equivalent of a short story collection, horror anthologies are great because they bottle midnight-genre thrills into compact running times, cutting out the filler. Body Bags is a Tales from the Crypt-esque affair – John Carpenter, who also directs the first two of three episodes, plays our comically macabre host, telling bad joke after […]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. or, alternately, writer/director Guy Ritchie’s audition to helm the next James Bond picture, and a damn good one at that – similar to the Bond films of the early 1960s, U.N.C.L.E. favors atmosphere, a sense of place, intrigue, and clever banter over the bombastic set-piece spectacle of most modern day action […]

Deadpool (2016)

Fans of the character will be more than happy with Deadpool‘s no-nonsense, you-get-what-you-get onslaught of crude comedy and violence (enhanced, of course, by CGI gore). This is absolutely the “Merc with a Mouth” – a very active mouth – leading man Ryan Reynolds snaps off vulgar one-liners and inane arrangements of various swear words relentlessly. […]

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Hail, Caesar! is a Coen Brothers’ picture, through and through, continuing their trend of ridiculing and embracing the absurdity of life, the world, and the people in it doing the things they do. This time it’s the big Hollywood system, set in 1950, following studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) as he wanders from set […]

Playtime (1967)

Playtime is a film about alienation that simultaneously alienates its audience quite often – although we do, occasionally, focus in on the aimless wanderings of Mr. Hulot (played by director Jacques Tati), there is no plot. Although the label is reductive, it often feels like Brave New World by way of The Pink Panther – […]

Anomalisa (2015)

Writer/co-director Charlie Kaufman and his team put stop-motion animation to great use, both in utilizing its natural awkwardness for visual humor and creating a perfect stylistic match for Anomalisa‘s perpetual sense of discordance and disconnect. Even the main character, a middle-aged, despondent, motivational speaker, says to an ex-lover, “something is wrong.” Something is wrong indeed, […]

Inside Out (2015)

Pixar’s films have always, truly, been more for adults than children, and Inside Out, if not the studio’s best, is certainly one of their most insightful pictures. The premise itself is genius (the movie alternates between 11-year-old Riley’s inner emotions and her outer life seamlessly). Pete Doctor and his team turn these abstract thoughts and […]