Sergeant Gerry Boyle: The FBI lad, probably hadn’t had this much fun since they burned all those kids up in Waco.
A comedy as dark as black coffee and very much in the same vein as In Bruges (also starring Brenden Gleason and helmed by the director’s brother). Funny, though the humor is perhaps too reliant on inappropriate shock jokes and the lead being an ass, and interesting to watch even when the plot seems a bit predictable.
Annie: This is the first time I’ve seen you look ugly, and that makes me happy!
As a comedy it works pretty well, and it’s very much in the vein of the Apatow films, with the added juxtaposition of fart jokes coming from women in fancy dresses. As a coherent story, it takes a ton of narrative shortcuts and doesn’t really end up being all that compelling.
The Odd Couple
Oscar Madison: Look at this. You’re the only man in the world with clenched hair.
There are very few duos out there with the kind of comedic rapport and chemistry that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have in this film. The humor is fairly outdated if that kind of thing bothers you, but its still a really enjoyable buddy comedy with all around great performances.
It’s October, and that means horror movie reviews!
Shaun of the Dead
Dianne: Just look at the face: it’s vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.
A great subversion of the Romero zombie films, and everyone in the cast pretty much nails their roles. I did find the Ed character to be unlikeable and obnoxious, and I wish they had written in jokes with a greater density, but it’s a solid film.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim: We are Sex Bob-Omb and we are here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.
A film that puts forth a very colorful and slick, fast-paced product, but is ultimately hamstrung by trying to do too much too fast. The quirky hipsters are more entertaining than some of their counterparts in other films, but ultimately the story feels rushed and the payoffs don’t seem earned.
Bob McKenzie: This movie was shot in 3B – three beers – and it looks good, eh?
One of the many movies that illustrate why successful comedy sketches shouldn’t be expanded into 90 minute movies. A very odd beer-based Hamlet adaptation filled with a painful lack of jokes and far more goofy childishness than I could palate.
In the Loop
Malcolm Tucker: Just fucking do it! Otherwise you’ll find yourself in some medieval war zone in the Caucasus with your arse in the air, trying to persuade a group of men in balaclavas that sustained sexual violence is not the fucking way forward!
One of the most impressive and hilarious satirical films I’ve seen in ages. The movie manages to fit in scathing political commentary while turning profanity into an art form.