Tag Archives: dark comedy

DVD/Stream of the Week: CHEVALIER – male competitiveness, brilliantly skewered

One of the best films of the year, Chevalier is a sly and pointed exploration of male competitiveness, with the moments of drollness and absurdity that we expect in the best of contemporary Greek cinema. Chevalier is also now the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Weekly Movie Recommendations | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE LOBSTER: the movie disappointment of the year

The Lobster, which is supposed to be a dark comedy, won the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, along with acclaim at the Toronto and Sundance fests, so I had been eagerly awaiting it for just over twelve … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Cinequest: A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SNUFF

The shamelessly low brow comedy A Beginners Guide to Snuff features a very dim pair of would-be actors who seek to win a horror movie contest by simulating a snuff film.  What could possibly go wrong?  To get the most … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday at Cinequest: THE HAMSTERS

Don’t miss the most overlooked nugget at Cinequest 2015. The Hamsters (Los Hamsters) is a delightfully dark social satire about a riotously dysfunctional Tijuana family. The dad, mom and two teenagers are going to such lengths to hide secrets from … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Rants and Ruminations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cinequest: LOS HAMSTERS

The Hamsters (Los Hamsters) is a delightfully dark social satire about a riotously dysfunctional Tijuana family. The dad, mom and two teenagers are going to such lengths to hide secrets from each other that they are completely oblivious to the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DVD/Stream of the Week: A COFFEE IN BERLIN – slacker minus coffee equals plenty of laughs

Ranging from wry to hilarious, the German dark comedy A Coffee in Berlin hits every note perfectly. It’s the debut feature for writer-director Jan Ole Gerster, a talented filmmaker we’ll be hearing from again. We see a slacker moving from … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Weekly Movie Recommendations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LISTEN UP PHILIP: maddening self-absorption can be funny

The dark indie comedy Listen Up Philip features perhaps the most self-involved character in cinema (and that’s really saying something).   The young novelist Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) believes that his writing talent entitles him to simmer in permanent rage … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE ONE I LOVE: a relationship enters the Twilight Zone

Opening tomorrow, The One I Love is one of the year’s most original stories – a romance, dark comedy and sci-fi fable rolled into one successful movie.  Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss play a couple in that place in their … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Coffee in Berlin: slacker minus coffee equals plenty of laughs

Ranging from wry to hilarious, the German dark comedy A Coffee in Berlin hits every note perfectly.  Opening tomorrow, it’s the debut feature for writer-director Jan Ole Gerster, a talented filmmaker we’ll be hearing from again. We see a slacker … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cinequest: Heavenly Shift

The dark Hungarian comedy Heavenly Shift (Isteni mûszak) is deliriously funny.  A rogue ambulance crew gets kickbacks from a shady funeral director if the patient dies en route to the hospital.  Said undertaker also uses his coffin inventory for his … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment