Archive for the ‘comedy’ Category

The Dictator.

26May12

Reviewing The Dictator in the New Yorker, David Denby writes that if Sacha Baron Cohen could only fine-tune his craft he could be the Groucho Marx of our time. If we were to judge him on the basis of Borat and Brüno, that daring duo of mockumentaries which duped people into thinking they were talking to someone as bigoted, […]


Charlize Theron (Mavis Gary), Patton Oswalt (Matt Freehauf), Patrick Wilson (Buddy Slade), Elizabeth Reaser (Beth Slade). Screenplay by Diablo Cody. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rating: 15. Running time: 94 minutes. Jason Reitman is back for the first time since Up In The Air with another sharp-hip comedy-drama, and it’s no surprise to discover that Young Adult is […]


Charles Chaplin (A Tramp). Directed by Charles Chaplin. Rating: U. Running time: 87 minutes. City Lights is the first Chaplin film I’ve returned to since I’ve discovered, fallen in love with and grown to idolise Keaton. And it is, alas, not better than most of Buster’s brilliantly humorous work. In the debate in The Dreamers as […]


Cary Grant (Nickie Ferrante), Deborah Kerr (Terry McKay). Screenplay by Delmer Daves et al. Directed by Leo McCarey. Rating: U. Running time: 119 minutes. Textbooks on classic cinema, encyclopedia entries on the history of romance in film and dictionary definitions of ‘charming’ all exclude An Affair to Remember at their peril. That’s the consensus, and with only minor […]


This isn’t a review per se. I’ve done that before, and looking back it is strange to feel so distant from my former self of merely 18 months ago. Oddly, I think I got it completely right whilst missing the point entirely. I was right to find it furiously imaginative, and second only to Empire. […]


Faye Dunaway (Diana Christensen), William Holden (Max Schumacher), Peter Finch (Howard Beale), Robert Duvall (Frank Hackett). Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Rating: 15. Running time: 121 minutes. There’s an old debate in Plato’s Republic (‘old’ is putting it mildly; we’re talking BC here) on the question of whether the function of a craft is […]


Jean Dujardin (George Valentin), Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller). Directed by Michael Hazanavicius. Rating: PG. Running time: 100 minutes. Fresh off formidable reviews and awards-season success, The Artist comes to our multiplexes against all odds. The trailer cleverly disguises the fact that by going to see it, you will be swapping dialogue for silence. That move has resulted in an […]