Archive for the Comedy Category

JOJO RABBIT

Taika Waititi is definitely one of the more interesting filmmakers working today. On the surface, his movies seem pretty standard, but he has a certain wit and sarcasm to his material that he competently melds with drama and characterization. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople was one of my favorite films […]

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

The VVitch: A New England Folktale was not only the best horror film of 2016, but I firmly believe it’s the best horror film of the decade, and one of the best of all time. Especially as a debut film, it was masterfully crafted by Robert Eggers, filling us […]

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KNIVES OUT

Oh, Rian Johnson… my man! I have no shame in saying I love this guy. His visual style, his fun ideas, understanding of tone, his interesting stories, excellent casting, his personality, and most of all, his constant subversion of expectations. There’s a very vocal minority of people […]

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FROZEN II

I’m a 28-year-old man who unashamedly loves Frozen. For the first time in forever (sorry), an animated Disney film actually felt fresh and interesting. Were the classic story elements and obligatory songs still there? Of course, but there was this air of snarkiness to how Frozen treated the classic Disney formula. It struck that perfect balance of taking […]

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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

The reason a lot of belated movie sequels fall flat on their face is because they usually lack that spirit and tone of the original film. It could be many reasons. Filmmaking sensibilities and technology has changed since then. Actors have aged and may have stopped really […]

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ABOMINABLE

While there are plenty of quality animated films out there, I’ve grown out of a lot of their tendencies. It usually takes something with a strong script and unique animation to catch my interest, but what I really want is an animated film that respects its target […]

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IT CHAPTER TWO

Adapting a book to film comes with a lot of challenges and that’s simply because they’re two vastly different mediums. There’s a lot more freedom when you’re using just words, giving you the ability to concoct literally anything from your mind and put it into somebody else’s. […]

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READY OR NOT

I adore horror, thriller, and dark comedy films, but it’s not often because of the strengths of their screenplays. Their scripts are definitely good enough to bring the goods, but most of the fun is brought on by the director’s atmosphere and pacing, the composer’s music, and the actors performances. […]

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GOOD BOYS

Comedy films often have some sort of gimmick that creates the comedic situations we’re about to see unfold. Comedy is there to make us laugh and sometimes the things that make us laugh are when things aren’t what they’re supposed to be. A classic comedy gimmick is […]

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

It’s not very often that a collection of short stories gets adapted into a feature length film. Depending on the length, like Stephen King’s “short” stories, you can work a whole feature out of it. However, when your short stories are an average of 5 pages, there’s […]

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