Tag Archives: Comedy

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

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