comedy

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

Notebook Reviews: GROUNDHOG DAY

Harold Ramis – 1993. Director Harold Ramis‘ Groundhog Day is a true comedy classic. The great Bill Murray is on peak form as the grouchy weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over. It might just be Murray’s most [...]

September 2, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD II

Director Sam Raimi’s 1987 film, Evil Dead 2 is a rollercoaster of cinematic energy. It’s a live action Looney Tunes adventure, a balls-out crazy physical comedy extravaganza which just happens to be a horror sequel.  Raimi’s follow-up to [...]

August 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ADDICTED TO LOVE

Griffin Dunne – 1997 Addicted To Love is a so-so romantic comedy from actor turned director Griffin Dune. The premise is solid enough and the cast is good –  Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston and Tchéky Karyo – but [...]

August 6, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE WHOLE NINE YARDS

Jonathan Lynn – 2000 The Whole Nine Yards is fun comedy featuring Matthew Perry‘s finest big screen performance (it’s really his film). Bruce Willis plays the tough guy (and he plays it a little too straight) but he seems to be [...]

August 5, 2021

Notebook Reviews: TIN CUP

Ron Shelton – 1996 Director Ron Shelton delivers a great sporting comedy with Tin Cup. The film features a wonderful turn by Kevin Costner – who is at his most likeable and charismatic. Shelton’s film has an incredible supporting [...]

July 21, 2021

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