Tag Archives: Comedy

Juno (2007)

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Juno is a weirdo. Yes, the film’s protagonist is a bit of an oddball and stripper turned screenwriter Diablo Cody lays down some funky lingo but that’s not what I’m talking about. The film is a strange anomaly in the industry. It’s a comedy with liberal media sensibilities and conservative ideologies. “Say what? You mean that beautiful indie darling of that glorious year 2007 is actually a hideous propaganda piece written by a robot programmed at Fox News?” “That whole movie is about a one night stand anyway so it’s tawdry trash for all those evil atheists in the world.”  But before we get into all that fun political stuff let us look at the merits of the film. Continue reading Juno (2007)

500 Days of Summer (2009)

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If you really must fit 500 Days of Summer into a genre the most logical label is the Romantic Comedy. The film centers around a romance and a lot of the film is played for comedic effect. Yet calling a film of a romantic comedy presupposes that the lead couple, while initially hating each other, will get together in the end. 500 Days of Summer is not about the getting together bit, but the messy breaking up that happens afterwards. Continue reading 500 Days of Summer (2009)

Mon oncle (1958)

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The primary goal of the average joke in the average comedy is to make you laugh.  Sometimes there are secondary goals, such as fleshing out a character or pushing along the plot, but most of the times the jokes are just for kicks. There’s nothing wrong with humor for humor’s sake, but the great comedies are the ones that have something both beyond and within the jokes. Continue reading Mon oncle (1958)

Crank: High Voltage (2009)

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To fully understand Crank: High Voltage a film history lesson is in order. Arguably, the most influential film movement is The French New Wave and its greatest director is Jean-Luc Godard. While he created a number of critically and commercially popular films, one of his most controversial films, “Week End,” is a film that intentionally tries to incite the rage of its audience. Crank: High Voltage takes on the same mentality. Continue reading Crank: High Voltage (2009)