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Topic: Comedy

The Perfect Family

Even if her movie does not, Kathleen Turner shines as a moralistic matriarch.


Drama

Rod Lott
The joke of The Perfect Family, of course, is that no such thing exists. Yet in the film, just as in real life, some people put on airs that suggest otherwise. The situation at the The joke of The Perfect Family, of course, is that no such thing exists. Yet in the film, just as in real life, some people put on airs that suggest otherwise. The situation at the heart of this dramedy is timely, if also a bit made-for-TV.
 
Friday, June 15, 2012

The Lowbrow Reader Reader

Deals a royal flush of smart humor.


Nonfiction

Rod Lott
Zines were the blogs of their day, but you could read them in the bathroom. In the early 1990s, I was heavily plugged into the zine culture, sending stamps and dollar bills away in exchange for these indie pubs. Soon, during a short period of boredom and unemployment, I started one of my own.
 
Friday, June 15, 2012

The FP

Dayum!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Those initials of The FP stand for Frazier Park, a small town in California riddled with gangs — 248 rules the north; 245, the south. These aren't the Boyz N the Hood gangs you're thinking of; these guys are interested only in Beat-offs. That's not the X-rated activity you're thinking of, either; it's the named for competitions of the Beat Beat Revelation video game — this creative film's don't-sue-us equivalent of Dance Dance Revolution.
 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Disco Exorcist

Beelzeboobs.


Comedy

Rod Lott

A title like The Disco Exorcist just screams, “Why wasn’t this part of Grindhouse?"

 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

God Bless America

‘God Bless’ Bobcat Goldthwait for making this savage satire.


Comedy

Rod Lott
With God Bless America, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait slices a wound on our country's collective stupidity, then wrings a lemon wedge into its opening. Too bad his targets aren't likely to watch it on purpose. And if they did, they're less likely to get the joke. Their loss.
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

Sound of Noise

Breaking the law never sounded so sweet.


Comedy

Rod Lott
One man's symphony is another's pollution, and to police inspector Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson), head of the department's anti-terrorism unit, no music is good music. Although coming from a family of musicians, he's tone-deaf. Notes make his ears bleed, literally.
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

New York Stories

One outta three ain’t bad, when that one is Scorsese.


Drama

Rod Lott
I have fond memories of seeing John Ritter in Blake Edwards’ 1989 sex comedy, Skin Deep, in theaters ... because right after it was over, two friends and I snuck into the movie we really wanted to see: another newcomer, New York Stories.
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Freak Dance


Comedy

Rod Lott
It pains me to say that Freak Dance, a film from the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, isn't much better than the Wayans brothers' dreadful 2009 Dance Flick. Both parody dance-off movies (duh), but only one earned a nationwide theatrical release. Freak Dance's DVD debut comes two years after its completion; it's not that bad, but yeah, it's bad.
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ted

A cuddly teddy bear is at the center of 'Ted,' but its raunchy comedy isn't for kids.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Ted is a foul-mouthed, hooker-loving pothead prone to comments of racism, homophobia and misogyny. Ted is also a stuffed teddy bear.
 
Friday, June 29, 2012

American Animal

If he were my roomie, I’d be on trial for murder now.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Here now, a list of things that the protagonist (antagonist?) of American Animal does over the course of the film:
 
Friday, June 29, 2012
 
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