Tag Archives: Comedy

Review in Brief: Another Round (2020)

Alcohol: the great social liberator and the great destroyer, or as Homer Simpson famously put it “the cause of, and solution to all of life’s problems”. ANOTHER ROUND follows a group of middle-class friends and teachers in Denmark who experiment … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Bo Burnham: Inside (2021)

INSIDE is a feature film, no question. At the very least it’s a musical, with elements of documentary and insightful monologue mixed in. Comedy musician Bo Burnham spent over a year crafting a unique special for Netflix and decided to … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Psycho Goreman (2020)

If it wasn’t for all the splattery gore, this would be a great feelgood Amblin-style kids adventure movie. As it is, PSYCHO GOREMAN is an unholy union between FLASH GORDON and the TOXIC AVENGER, which is admittedly odd but works … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Baby Done (2020/21)

A lot of New Zealand comedies have a very distinct feel, and BABY DONE from writer-director team Curtis Vowell and Sophie Henderson echoes the voice of its producer Taika Waititi. This is deadpan-funny, heartfelt and unafraid to make its protagonist … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Scare Me (2020)

SCARE ME is an absolute joy, full of mischief and creativity and completely different to every other horror anthology film out there. A simple enough premise – an aspiring horror writer waits out a power cut in an isolated cabin … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Borat is the hero we all deserve right now. The world is in a tailspin and needs to take a long, hard look at itself. Now Borat is a known quantity, Sacha Baron Cohen needs help in throwing a spotlight … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Emma. (2020)

Rarely has Jane Austen’s work been funnier on film. OK, her work as presented in LOVE & FRIENDSHIP was funnier, but that was mostly because Tom Bennett plays the perfect idiot. EMMA, the film and the character (Anya Taylor-Joy) is … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Jesus Rolls (2019)

I’m not sure who was asking for a spin-off movie for everyone’s favourite sex offender from THE BIG LEBOWSKI, but we’ve got one. John Turturro clearly saw enough in this to write, direct and star, but aside from a certain … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP is so much better than you might expect. The first film worked so well almost by accident, but there’s enough wit and splatter here to make this return journey fly by. It’s just great to spend another … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Eighth Grade (2018)

Bo Burnham’s EIGHTH GRADE was one of the surprise highlights of last decade. Achingly truthful, deceptively insightful and connected to its teenage characters, it was the best coming-of-age movie in a decade of great coming-of-age movies like THE EDGE OF … Continue reading

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