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DVD of the Week: Kaboom

And now for some sexy silliness. Director Gregg Araki created the brilliant and searing Mysterious Skin, but here he’s just having fun.  In the first hour of Kaboom, I lost track of how many characters had sex with each other … Continue reading

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Bridesmaids: funny, but incomplete

Bridesmaids is a funny movie, but one that could have been much better.  In a role that she wrote for herself, Kristen Wiig plays a woman whose insecurities keep her from seeing the good and the possible in her life.  … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Hail! The Conquering Hero

This brilliantly funny movie is one of Preston Sturges’ less well known great comedies.  Eddie Bracken plays a would-be soldier discharged for hay fever – but his hometown mistakenly think that he is sent home a war hero.  Hilarity ensues.  … Continue reading

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Coming up on TV: An Anti-war Masterpiece

Turner Classic Movies is broadcasting the 1964 The Americanization of Emily on April 7.    Set in England just before the D-Day invasion, The Americanization of Emily is a biting satire and one of the great anti-war movies. James Garner … Continue reading

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Potiche: Funny French Farce

This delightful French farce of feminist self-discovery is the funniest movie in over a year, and another showcase for Catherine Deneuve (as if she needs one).   DeNeuve plays a 1977 potiche, French for “trophy housewife”, married to a guy who … Continue reading

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Blogging from Cinequest: Here’s the Kicker

The biggest surprise at San Jose’s Cinequest film festival so far is the indie comedy Here’s the Kicker, written by its star, Ian Michaels.  The relationship of a prematurely retired football player and his girlfriend is being battered by their … Continue reading

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Kaboom: A trippy sex comedy

Director Gregg Araki created the brilliant and searing Mysterious Skin, but here he’s just having fun.  In the first hour of Kaboom, I lost track of how many characters had sex with each other – it’s just about non-stop and … Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is surprisingly winning comedy about a guy (Ed Helm) whose life is so boring that an insurance agent conference in Cedar Rapids is a revelatory experience.   Helm plays a character whose sincerity and decency elevate his guileless … Continue reading

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2010 in Review: The Year of Lousy Comedies

It’s not that weren’t ANY good comedies in 2010 – just not many.  And none made my list of the best films of the year.  The funniest movie was Iron Man 2, a comedy masquerading as a super hero movie. … Continue reading

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Please Give

Please Give:  This is another smart comedy from Nicole Holofcener (Love, Actually) starring the irreplaceable Catherine Keener.   Keener and husband Oliver Platt are waiting for the demise of the detestable neighboring nonagenarian so they can expand their Manhattan apartment.  Holofcener, … Continue reading

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