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Posts tagged ‘Black Comedy’

Bad Santa (2003)

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

2 stars

Starring Billy Bob Thornton, and produced by, amongst others, Harvey Weinstein, and Joel and Ethan Coen – with all that talent, the real Christmas miracle on display here is that Bad Santa is so bad.  It veers between sentimental comedy and feel-bad film, with TV-movie lighting (its colour-palette spans the pastel-pink to muddy-brown gamut of the shopping-mall world in which it is set) and, sadly, generally weak acting.  Read more

Dark Horse (2011)

Directed by: Todd Solondz

3 stars

Overweight thirty-something Abe (Jordan Gelber) lives at home with mom (Mia Farrow) and dad (Christopher Walken), in whose property development business he also works.  At home he is a semi-reclusive collector of action figures, and at work an incompetent time-waster (only rescued from exposure by adoring older colleague Marie, played by Donna Murphy) while in both locations he is an overgrown teenager on a permanently short fuse, resenting everyone else’s success, snapping at every suggestion and externalising every shortcoming. Read more

God Bless America (2011)

Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait

4 stars

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it any more!”  You can almost hear Peter Finch screaming inside the head of mild-mannered middle-aged divorcee Frank (Joel Murray) as he watches decency evaporate in the face of reality-TV and talk-show excess.  When life deals him a couple of extra hammer blows, something snaps, releasing his inner fascist, and he takes to the road blowing away people “people who deserve to die”, accompanied by oddball teenager Roxy (Tara Lynn Barr). Read more