Release: Friday, February 22, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Mark Duplass; Alex Lehmann Directed by: Alex Lehmann It's not often that the Duplass brothers make a heavy movie. Darting in and out of the so-called mumblecore scene and playing with time in pleasantly nostalgic trips down memory lane (Blue Jay) or lurching ahead into the future with spirited … Continue reading Paddleton
Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited) →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film -- a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree -- was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But who … Continue reading The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Charlie Kaufman Directed by: Charlie Kaufman; Duke Johnson Someone please give Michael Stone a hug. I'm starting an online petition to see if we can get Michael Stone just one good hug, because he really, really, really, really, really needs one. Either him or writer-director Charlie Kaufman, I'm not sure … Continue reading Anomalisa
Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Rob Burnett Directed by: Rob Burnett A long time ago I made some comment to the effect of being frustrated by how easily I'm tricked into watching movies starring Paul Rudd. This knee-jerk reaction was inspired by a viewing of the terrible 2012 comedy Wanderlust which paired him with Jennifer Aniston. … Continue reading The Fundamentals of Caring
Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos; Efthymis Filippou Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Outré black comedy The Lobster might be likened to a religious experience for those looking for their fix of anti-Valentine's Day sentiments. If you look hard enough you could even find enough evidence to validate its romance label as well, but it's so weird and so … Continue reading The Lobster
Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Bryan Sipe Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée Jake Gyllenhaal has played a variety of oddballs in his time. He's navigated his way carefully through a maze of mental illness -- including, but certainly not limited to, sociopathy, obsession and depression -- and often bravely inhabited characters who we're almost dared to embrace at … Continue reading Demolition
Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino isn't softening in his old(er) age. The Hateful Eight might be one of his most vicious pieces yet, an ode to the frankness of life on the frontier as filtered through the perspectives of some of the meanest, nastiest sumbitches this side … Continue reading The Hateful Eight
Release: Friday, April 10, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: James McFarland Directed by: Kriv Stenders Simon Pegg embraces his inner baddie and Kill Me Three Times is somewhat better because of it. 'Somewhat' is the operative word here as Pegg, even in a killer role (e-hem), isn't enough to make the film worth watching. Too choppily paced to be considered an intentional … Continue reading Kill Me Three Times
Get the heck out of here, August. Take all your bad vibes with you. Not that this month has been a particularly bad one for watching movies, new and old alike. But, sheesh, would you just please get out of the way so the fall season can begin? And I'm looking forward to more than … Continue reading TBT: Fargo (1996)
I participated once again in MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur for July, where the theme was Dark Comedy. A great focus for me, as I knew the perfect movie to talk about. Head on over now to check it out!
For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Dark Comedies, here’s a review of Bad Santa (2003) by Tom of Digital Shortbread
Thanks again to Reut of Sweet Archives. for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Steven of Past Present Future TV and Film We will be reviewing our favorite B&W films prior to 1990. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of August by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Steven!
Let’s see what Tom thought of this movie:
Number of times seen: countless (theater, TV, DVD)
Brief Synopsis: A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
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