Tag: comedy

Neighbors

Neighbors

| September 23, 2014

One of the most concentrated cinematic sources of secondhand embarrassment I’ve ever known is John G. Avildsen’s Neighbors (1981), which is now available on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment. Teeth-gratingly awkward from beginning to end, I can’t say that Neighbors makes me laugh per se. And normally that would be a pretty damning statement to […]

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

| August 19, 2014

The latest Blu-ray releases from Flicker Alley easily rank among the best releases to hit the market from any distributor in 2014 to date. An incredible pair of collections, Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies and The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One celebrate two of cinema’s most iconic early funnymen with a combined 62 films ranging from silents […]

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Favorites of the Moon: 30th Anniversary

Favorites of the Moon: 30th Anniversary

| August 12, 2014

Thirty years ago, a gem of a film called Favorites of the Moon was released to wide international acclaim. The Cohen Film Collection has released the debut of this fairly obscure film on DVD and Blu-ray, finally allowing citizens of the United States to see a remastered version of Otar Iosseliani’s unique, impressive, ambitious, sprawling […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

| July 27, 2014

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series ended in 1996, and my copy of Microsoft Word still doesn’t recognize cowabunga as a real word.  Personally, I blame Michael Bay for this.  The series, which defined my childhood is no stranger to modern audiences, who have seen the mutant turtles adapted into various live-action, animated, video […]

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

| July 15, 2014

A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a good family film that not only shows family at its strength, led by the mother Whoopi Goldberg, but it also shows all the dysfunction, such as sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction, that could be experienced in any regular run-of-the-mill family. But in this […]

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Duck Dynasty – Season 5

Duck Dynasty – Season 5

| June 24, 2014

Mostly I want to take this opportunity to weigh in on this series, which has become a cultural phenomenon over the last couple of years.  I have been sporadically exposed to the series recently because I have friends who watch it and my parents are fans, and while I do find the show to be […]

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Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| June 24, 2014

Thanks to Gofobo.com and Alamo Drafthouse, I was able to catch an advanced screening of Gillian Robespierre’s debut film.  Serving as both writer and director, Robespierre’s first film is a heartfelt and daring comedy about a stand-up comedienne’s (Jenny Slate; House of Lies) unplanned pregnancy and subsequent decision to get an abortion. Tonally, the film […]

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Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine

| June 17, 2014

The Oscar nominated French animated film, Ernest and Celestine, gets major points for sweetness. This delicate, uniquely drawn work is endearing, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Functioning as a rather tired paean for tolerance, the story feels thinly sketched and unsubstantial, with critical components of the film’s world possessing an arbitrary quality. Additionally, the English […]

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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

| June 11, 2014

Co-writer, co-producer, and star Steve Coogan brings his beloved character back for another chapter in the ongoing saga of media personality Alan Partridge in Alan Partridge (the US title, as opposed to the original UK title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa—though it could’ve been called Alan Partridge: Siege Face).  A satire on fame, selling out, corporate […]

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The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman (2014)

| May 16, 2014

Ladies, grab your girls and get to the theater to see The Other Woman.  This is a must see for all women as it demonstrates how we should treat each other.  Women need to be respectful of one another regardless if they’ve met or not.  In the case of this film, it’s shown both ways. […]

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