Notebook Reviews: USED CARS

Robert Zemeckis – 1981. Used Cars is a zany and energetic comedy from director Robert Zemeckis (it’s also produced by Bob Gale, John Milius and Steven Spielberg!). Kurt Russell is as watchable as always – showing off his [...]

July 21, 2024

Notebook Reviews: DEATH BECOMES HER

Robert Zemeckis – 1992 Director Robert Zemeckis delivers a delicious black comedy with Death Becomes Her. The lead trifecta – Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis have a great old time. Streep and Hawn chew the scenery, but Willis [...]

July 13, 2024

Notebook Reviews: STRIPES

Ivan Reitman – 1981 Stripes is an enjoyable enough comedy from director Ivan Reitman. There’s a great turn from Bill Murray (is there ever a bad one?) and Harold Ramis is wonderful – but this has dated somewhat. It doesn’t [...]

July 8, 2024

Notebook Reviews: WORKING GIRL

Mike Nichols – 1988 Working Girl is an incredibly entertaining – and very eighties romantic comedy. Everyone in the cast – Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith and Joan Cusack delivers a great performance. He might [...]

July 5, 2024

Notebook Reviews: IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD

W. S. Van Dyke – 1939 It’s A Wonderful World is an enjoyable enough (and very short) screwball chase comedy with Claudette Colbert and James Stewart. Despite it’s pedigree – written by Ben Hecht and Herman J. Mankiewicz and [...]

June 30, 2024

Remembering Sam Raimi’s CRIMEWAVE

Long before Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, Sam Raimi followed-up the success of 1981’s The Evil Dead with Crimewave. Co-written by Raimi along with Joel and Ethan Coen, the 1985 release mixes slapstick, noir and horror to deliver a film which [...]

May 3, 2022

Notebook Reviews: YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Nora Ephron – 1998. You’ve Got Mail is an enjoyable romantic comedy from director (and co-writer) Nora Ephron. This hit comedy is light and breezy and there’s no denying that there’s plenty of fun to be had. The film [...]

January 20, 2022

Notebook Reviews: ONE FINE DAY

Michael Hoffman – 1996. One Fine Day is an excellent romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer. There’s a real old-school charm to Michael Hoffman’s movie and aside from the updated technology, it feels like it [...]

January 7, 2022

Uncovering Curiosities: Bruce Robinson’s WITHNAIL AND I

  Writer-director Bruce Robinson’s brilliant 1987 black comedy, Withnail And I has become a cult classic, the perennial piece that students can watch as they imbibe large quantities of alcohol during daylight hours. The great Richard [...]

December 21, 2021

Review: Kung Fu Comedy THE PAPER TIGERS Is An Absolute Joy

  There’s a serious amount of fun to be had with Tran Quoc Bao’s The Paper Tigers. The writer/director/editor delivers a hugely energetic and entertaining comedy which is a joy to watch from beginning to end. The film transcends its low [...]

September 8, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Fred Dekker’s NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

Fred Dekker’s 1986 directorial debut, Night Of The Creeps is a gloriously bonkers horror-comedy which blends 1950s B-movie/sci-fi with 1980s frat-boy comedy. You’d think the whole thing would buckle under the silliness of it all, but Dekker [...]

September 5, 2021

Notebook Reviews: GUNG HO

Ron Howard – 1986. Director Ron Howard‘s Gung Ho is an excellent culture clash comedy which sees blue collar Pennsylvania colliding with Japanese business culture.  The always excellent Michael Keaton is great as the car factor foreman [...]

September 4, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Benjamin Barfoot’s DOUBLE DATE

Director Benjamin Barfoot’s 2017 film, Double Date, a hugely satisfying comedic thrill-ride. Danny Morgan and Michael Socha share great chemistry as two friends eager to get laid – but they get more than they bargained for from two murderous [...]

September 2, 2021

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