Tag Archives: Black Comedy

My Review of ‘Knives Out’ (2019)

It’s good to see a contemporary film that embraces the old mystery movie tropes, while bending them ever-so-slightly. And one that features a bevy of A-list actors. Knives Out has many of the standard whodunit elements: all the characters gather … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Los Angeles Overnight’ (2018)

There’s so much I could say about this film that it’s hard to know where to start. But here’s what I’ve got. The opening scenes evoke classic “We’re in La La Land” imagery. However, before we’re treated to a flowing … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Birdman’ (2014)

It’s hard to know how to categorize this movie. Wikipedia calls it a “black comedy”, which I suppose it is. Along with parody, drama, fantasy, and satire. But then you’d expect something a bit different from a film with a … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Elizabeth Taylor is the kind of actress that could easily qualify as the number one representative of classic Hollywood stardom and financial success. Along with her considerable attributes as a businesswoman and humanitarian, Elizabeth Taylor was a stunning beauty. Taylor … Continue reading

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10 Hitchcock Films Everyone Should See (Part Three of Three)

From the Master of Suspense, here are the Final Four of the 10 Hitchcock films people ought to know about. If you’d like to know the others, please click here. 7. Marnie (1964) Tippi Hedren returns (post-The Birds) in the … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994)

I almost didn’t see this film, because I’d heard that Tarantino was incredibly violent. And, as I may have mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of gore. But I was urged to see it by a friend and am glad … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Fargo’ (1996)

This film is yet another black comedy-cum-neo-noir movie written and directed by the Brothers Coen. In what may be the dumbest blackmail scheme ever concocted, Minneapolis car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (played with relentlessly Midwestern charm by William H. Macy) gets … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Miller’s Crossing’ (1990)

In a cheeky nod to old gangster movies and films noir, the Brothers Coen once again employ their twisted sense of humor in Miller’s Crossing. Our hero, Tom Reagan (played by the always awesome Gabriel Byrne) works as right hand … Continue reading

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My Review of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

As black comedies go, this film is surely among the blackest. It’s a work of satirical genius that expresses the anxieties of the time. I must tell you that if you haven’t seen this awesome movie, 1) you need to do so … Continue reading

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