Tag Archives: Comedy

Murder Mystery

FIRST CLASS PROBLEMS. SECOND CLASS DETECTIVES. New York beat cop Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a trip to Europe where they become suspects in a high-profile murder case. A prominent screenwriter lies behind this very conventional whodunit comedy that has a likable American couple clashing with a colorful bunch of … Continue reading Murder Mystery

Holmes & Watson

THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE.  While attending a surprise birthday party at Buckingham Palace, Sherlock Holmes and dr. Watson (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) find a corpse hidden inside a huge cake, the work of Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes). A spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s perennial detective that borrows from the 2009 Robert Downey, Jr. … Continue reading Holmes & Watson

Manhattan Murder Mystery

When one of their neighbors suddenly dies, the Liptons (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton) begin to suspect that her husband is a killer… This hugely enjoyable but lightweight comedy with Hitchcockian flavors was originally going to be the story for Annie Hall (1977), but Allen found use for it a decade and a half later. Watching … Continue reading Manhattan Murder Mystery

Nothing Sacred

SEE THE BIG FIGHT! LOMBARD VS. MARCH. SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL’S SENSATIONAL TECHNICOLOR COMEDY. Disgraced New York reporter Wally Cook (Fredric March) goes to Vermont to talk to a young woman (Carole Lombard) who’s dying of radium poisoning; he takes her to New York, where she’s a sensation… but she’s not really dying. A classic screwball comedy, … Continue reading Nothing Sacred

Veep: Echoing the Age of Trump

In my review of the fabulous comedy In the Loop (2009), directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci who went on to create Veep for American television, I mentioned how the sadness and anger seep through the concept. That film, along with virtually everything else Iannucci has done, depicts politics as a heartless game where all … Continue reading Veep: Echoing the Age of Trump

My Man Godfrey: A Forgotten Man Gets His Chance

When William Powell, one of MGM’s top stars in the mid-1930s, read the script for My Man Godfrey, he knew that he would do the picture… but he also knew whom he wanted for the part of the ditzy socialite who falls in love with his character. Carole Lombard would be perfect in that role. … Continue reading My Man Godfrey: A Forgotten Man Gets His Chance