Satire is one thing, but funny is another. And “Cold Turkey” is funny! The comedy team of Bob and Ray are utilized to play all the various national journalists who descend upon the town to exploit the story and it is entirely possible to watch the movie without even realizing all those reporters are played by the same two guys.
While Elia “Rat Bastard” Kazan was winning awards for corny soap operas shot in black and white that have and had almost nothing to do with reality, Douglas Sirk was making films that look less grittily realistic, but in fact tell the kind of truths that Elia Kazan was far too cowardly to tell.
Nobody could manage a comedic putdown quite like Rodney Dangerfield. To paraphrase a putdown from another movie, Rodney was a cookie filled with arsenic. He seemed like everybody’s favorite cool uncle and even the mightiest of insults tripped off his tongue as if the cookie was filled with whipped cream.
The problem with cheering on Charles Bronson on “Death Wish” is that you only need to replace the rape of his wife with another act deemed criminal by the state and suddenly you are cheering on the authoritarian governments of Mao, Pinochet or Saddam Hussein.
The history of Hollywood drama is dependent to a large extent upon the leading actors of each generation. Montgomery Clift was the first in line of a handful of actors who changed everything in the 1950’s.
King Kong the original can be read as a treatise on the fear of the white man that black men would take away their women and their power.
Don’t call me Keaton, buster! I didn’t call you Buster Keaton!
No one single element must be present to create a memorable fight scene in a movie. Fights that stick out in our memory can be the result of various qualities.
The long chase sequence when Cage’s character is just trying to get a package of diapers is one of the funniest in movie history. You can’t but have your spirits lifted when watching “Raising Arizona.”
Comedy films that bomb at the box office should be easy enough to spot: when there is no laughter in the theater, they are bombs. But is that true? And are all comedy movies that lose money at the box office necessarily deserving of the word bomb?