Dark Comedy

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Austin Found

Austin Found is yet another case where the trailer sells the audience on a different kind of movie.  In two-and-a-half minutes, the film is presented as a foolish dark romp featuring incompetent criminals.  At 100 minutes, it’s warped southern goodness that’s tonally confused and ends in irony.

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Shimmer Lake

Shimmer Lake is Coen Brothers-lite, yet it aspires to be a film worthy enough to stand beside those famous quirky noirs from the Academy-Award winners.  That would require Oren Uziel’s movie to be outrageous, which it isn’t.  An unfortunate discovery considering the leads are terrific comedic actors.

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It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway

Alan Thicke, in one of his final roles, is exceptional as self-help guru Patrick Spencer in It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway.  As Spencer, Thicke is expected to peddle encouraging apathy with a smile – using nothing more than charisma to make his pitch.  To think countless hosting gigs and ironic cameos didn’t prepare the entertainer for this movie would be foolish.

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The Legend of Barney Thomson

Robert Carlyle has proven to be an astonishing actor from his memorable work in The Full Monty, Trainspotting, and California Solo.  Though The Legend of Barney Thomson allows the actor to return to his Trainspotting-esque wildness, it’s unfortunate that his first attempt at directing a feature film isn’t quite so flawless.

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The Little Death

By: Addison Wylie You’ve got to hand it to Josh Lawson.  He quickly informs movie goers of his invisible boundaries in his dark comedy The Little Death.  There’s no second guessing.  The problem is he sets the tone with a sour scene starring a belle, her beau, and her rape fantasy proposal. The Little Death prominently displays sexual fetishes – some you’ve heard of, some you haven’t heard of, some you wish you never heard of…

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Welcome to Me

By: Trevor Jeffery Kristen Wiig should keep doing her thing, because it’s definitely working for her, and Welcome to Me shows it. Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me introduces itself masterfully: five minutes in and you know Alice Klieg (Wiig), her recently-unmedicated illness, and you have a good idea of how her life up to now has been.  And, how someone like her winning $86 million can have negative consequences. Alice throws money around like most…

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Life of Crime

By: Addison Wylie In an attempt to be complementary, but at the same time seem unintentionally inconsiderate, I enjoyed Life of Crime because it lacked a notable visionary’s presence.  It didn’t feel the need to impress the audience with any sort of pizazz.  It has a solid story, an array of interesting people ranging from low-lifes to the pompous rich, and a good time period to reference through lavish art direction and a sensational score….

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Filth

By: Addison Wylie “Oh boy. We’re really in ‘it’ now,” I thought as I watched Jon S. Baird’s crackpot dark comedy about decrepit Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson fighting for a promotion and doing anything he can to guarantee the position.  If he has to backstab, manipulate, and cause scenes, he’ll gleefully do so. Baird, who wrote and adapted the screenplay from Irvine Welsh’s book of the same name, is just as game as Robertson when…

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Bad Words

By: Addison Wylie At first, it’s a riddle to figure out what actor Jason Bateman would gain from directing a dark comedy and playing the film’s anti-hero.  After watching Bad Words, it’s clear to me why the film would be an enticing challenge. It’s a chance to go against the grain of Bateman’s nice guy image to whom he’s been typecast for multiple times.  Not to mention a chance for the actor to not conform…