Tag Archives: Black Comedy

Review in Brief: Black Bear (2020/21)

There have been plenty of meta, reality-bending films about writing a screenplay, many from this century made by Charlie Kaufman. BLACK BEAR boasts a wonderful performance from Aubrey Plaza as an actor turned-writer-director looking for inspiration, but asks you to … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: I Care a Lot (2020/21)

You can easily see why I CARE A LOT has been a divisive film. One ever-reliable truism to fall back on when talking about what makes a compelling film is that a protagonist doesn’t have to be likeable but they … Continue reading

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Fargo at 25 – Review

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Memories of Murder (2003) Review

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Review: The Lighthouse (2019)

THE LIGHTHOUSE is an experience, and no mistake, but it’s an experience I’d struggle to sell. Much like director Robert Eggers’ previous film THE WITCH, it’s fascinating, but it’s an acquired taste. Two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) … Continue reading

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Review: Parasite (2019)

I fell in love with the genre-hopping, tonally-tromboning work of South Korean firebrand Bong Joon-ho at university and ended up writing my dissertation on how his films represent fractured families and Korean culture. I’ve been waiting for PARASITE for what … Continue reading

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Border (2018) Review

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Review: Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (2019)

The release of a new Quentin Tarantino film is an event. Even if it’s not his 9th. It’s really not his 9th – by my count it’s either 10th or 11th. You generally know what to expect from QT, so … Continue reading

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60s Review: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

When author Terry Pratchett wrote about his time working as a publicist for a nuclear plant, he described how he came to realise that there’s no funnier phrase than “two completely independent failsafe systems”. The extent to which everything goes … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t

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