Tag Archives: Comedy

Fighting with My Family

MEET AN OUTSIDER WHO CHANGED THE GAME. 18-year-old Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) comes from a wrestling-crazy working-class family in Norwich, England; when she’s selected, and not her brother (Jack Lowden), by the WWE to train in Miami she’s both thrilled and heartbroken. A film that celebrates the unlikely rise of Knight as a wrestling star, … Continue reading Fighting with My Family

You Can’t Take It With You: Enjoy It Now

YOU’LL LOVE THEM ALL FOR GIVING YOU THE SWELLEST TIME YOU’VE EVER HAD! With It Happened One Night (1934), Frank Capra had already won an Oscar for Best Director. The same honor was bestowed on him after he adapted the popular Broadway play ”You Can’t Take It With You”. The film was a hit and … Continue reading You Can’t Take It With You: Enjoy It Now

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

THE LEGEND HAD IT COMING… Six years after Spaceballs, Mel Brooks returned to his movie spoofs, this time attacking the Robin Hood legend, particularly as seen in the classic Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) is also an obvious target and Brooks finds plenty of material in other cultural phenomena; … Continue reading Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM.  Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

Isle of Dogs

20 years into the future, the mayor of a Japanese city banishes all dogs to an isolated island after an outbreak of canine influenza. Wes Anderson returned to animated films after Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), once again with talking animals in the leads. The director was inspired by Kurosawa films and the Rankin/Bass animation from … Continue reading Isle of Dogs

Smallfoot

YETI OR NOT, HERE THEY COME. High up in the Himalayas, a yeti called Migo accidentally makes contact with a ”smallfoot”, but the leader doesn’t believe him and banishes Migo from the yeti community. A 3D comedy-adventure, slightly reminiscent of The Croods (2013). The meeting between man and yeti has amusing consequences with dark undertones, … Continue reading Smallfoot

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING. Big changes are coming in the Lego universe, as Duplo invaders keep terrorizing Bricksburg; Emmett and Lucy will face the Queen behind it all. An intense 3D sequel that can’t quite deliver the freshness of the original, but still makes an attempt to throw every clever idea and pop culture reference … Continue reading The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Cold Pursuit

MEET NELS COXMAN, CITIZEN OF THE YEAR. When a snowplow driver (Liam Neeson) working somewhere in the Rocky Mountains finds out that his son is dead, he goes after those who killed him… On paper this may look like another one of Neeson’s ”old-man-with-special-skills” revenge movies, but the remake of the Norwegian thriller-comedy In Order … Continue reading Cold Pursuit

In Order of Disappearance

When his son is found dead due to an apparent heroin overdose, snow-plow driver Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård) realizes that he’s actually been killed and exacts revenge. Another darkly comical collaboration between the director and Skarsgård, this one taking excellent advantage of snowy locations in northern Norway. Pretty much a spoof of western movies, featuring … Continue reading In Order of Disappearance