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The Satirist - Film Reviews
Blue Jasmine (2013) Woody Allen's Streetcar Named Desire
The Big Lebowski (1998). Lebowski remains the Coen brothers' funniest movie.
Bill Murray. Early on, Bill Murray developed his own unique style as a comic actor: wry, smart, hipper-than-thou, ironic, sarcastic, and easy to underestimate.
Bob Roberts (1992). Tim Robbins' ruthless satire of American politics.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) This funny, sexy comedy shows the limits of sexual freedom.
Burn After Reading (2008) A funny movie about idiotic characters whom we don't care about.
Canadian Bacon (1995). Michael Moore's 1995 comedy about a wag-the-dog war against Canada rings true today.
Citizen Kane (1941). Orson Welles' classic satire about Hearst and media sensationalism is not the greatest movie of all time.
Dr. Strangelove (1964). Landmark satire took on the military establishment.
Fargo (1996). Yes, it is brilliant, but why do people love this movie so much?
This sensationalist satire's goal of serving up sharp social commentary is sometimes at the expense of showing realistic individuals.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Wes Anderson's best movies.
Groundhog Day (1993). Harold Ramis's It's a Wonderful Life.
I'm Not There (2007). I'm Not There will be fun for Dylanologists, but others may find its riffs on Dylan lore slow going.
Inherent Vice (2014) is a long, quirky, uneven comedy; your enjoyment of it depends on your enthusiasm for early 1970s stoner culture, as well as your attitude about Pynchonís usual themes. Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson probably considered using an even sillier touch in his adaptation of Thomas Pynchonís novel. The funniest moments in the film, as in the novel, come during the interactions between Doc and Bigfoot Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), an LAPD Lieutenant with a history of harassing Doc (and kicking his door in, hence his nickname). Bigfootís utter disdain for Docís drug-addled brain and hippie lifestyle is hilarious.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) A Would-Be Bob Dylan Struggles With Anonymity
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). Quentin Tarantino pushes the envelope of violence still further.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004). Tarantino's comic book action/adventure is rivetting, but probably a waste of Tarantino's talent.
Mel Gibson got the sack. Too old. Too racist. Can't have no one who is out saving aborigine kids in the outback being a racist now. Especially with Tina Turner somewhere in the wings waiting to do a cameo.
Pulp Fiction (1994). Pulp Fiction gives us violence in broad daylight, hip dialogue and circular structure.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Love it or hate it, this is a movie where you see more the second time around.
Rushmore (1998). Wes Anderson's breakthrough movie paved the way for The Royal Tenenbaums.
The Social Network (2010). Fast-moving, entertaining movie about the origins of Facebook.
This is 40 (2012) A moderately entertaining Judd Apatow comedy about a married couple facing the difficulties of life as they celebrate their fortieth birthdays.
Why Jake Gyllenhaal is Too Pretty for Oscar
I watch Boston Public and I'm Ashamed reviews the sensationalist high school TV drama.
Disney's latest venture into the Bible.
Disney bravely depicts Old Testament sex and violence.
Disney creates a beautifully animated rendition of the Biblical apocalypse.
Disney's remake of George Orwell's anti-totalitarian masterpiece.
Orwell's satire of communism is presented in a more child-friendly light.
Lawn tools with that magic Disney touch.
Tarantino's familiar cinematic tactics are recycled again.
We review the career of the critically acclaimed movie director of Scent of a Banknote and The Lusitania.