Tag Archives: Comedies

Capsule Movie Review – My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)

by HELEN GEIB

Gerard Depardieu reminds how good he can be in My Afternoons with Margueritte, a comedy-drama set in small town France. Germain (Depardieu) is a goodhearted but simpleminded man who gets by doing odd jobs and selling produce out of his kitchen garden. Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus) is a nonagenarian bibliophile. They meet by chance in the park when they sit at the same bench to watch the pigeons. Soon they’re meeting every day; they talk and she reads to him from Camus. His mother is a harridan who’s been verbally abusing him his whole life and her only family is an uncaring nephew, and their odd couple friendship becomes something each has longed for. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Four Baseball Movies for Baseball Fans

by HELEN GEIB

Some baseball movies transcend their genre to reach beyond their natural fanbase. Some baseball movies are just plain bad movies. This post is given to four that occupy the middle ground of good baseball movies made for baseball fans.

Rhubarb (1951)

Ray Milland plays the press agent for a major league baseball team whose new owner is the recently deceased prior owner’s pet cat in this charming family comedy. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1971)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Based on the Joe Orton play of the same name, this film deals with a handsome young stranger named Sloane (Peter McEnery) who becomes a lodger at an isolated household in the English countryside. He is on the run from a murder he committed and feels this will be a safe haven due to the only other inhabitants being a quirky old lady name Katherine (Beryl Reid) and her equally quirky father Kemp (Alan Webb). Katherine, or Kath, takes a sexual interest in Sloane despite their wide age difference, which Sloane doesn’t mind as he uses this to manipulate her. When Kath’s brother Ed (Harry Andrews) arrives and takes an amorous interest in Sloane as well, he does the same thing to him. Then Kemp recognizes Sloane as the killer and Sloane is forced to kill him, which culminates with ironic results. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of You Kill Me (2007)

by NIR SHALEV

Frank Falenczyk (Sir Ben Kingsley) is a hitman for the Polish mob, if ever there was such a thing. Problem is he has a terrible alcohol problem. One night while on duty but drunk, he falls asleep in his car while his boss’s competition boards a train that he “wasn’t supposed to.” Frank is picked up in the morning by his peers and his boss Roman (veteran character actor Philip Baker Hall) sends him to San Francisco to sober up. That’s where the film picks up its humor and never lets up. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Midnight Run (1988)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is a bounty hunter who is looking to get into a less stressful business. He is offered $100,000 to find bail jumper Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin), who worked as an accountant for the mob and skimmed $15 million from them. Jack thinks he can use the money to open up a coffee shop, but finds that the FBI is in hot pursuit of Mardukas as well. What is worse is that rival bounty hunter Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton) also wants his hands on Mardukas and the money. Jack even finds himself chased by the mob, who want to silence Mardukas before he can turn state’s evidence. Continue reading

Film Buff Movie of the Month: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

by HELEN GEIB

Short posts on my film club’s “movie of the month” series.

This post is a week late. It didn’t go up last week because I had writer’s block. I still have writer’s block, and the only thing I can think of to write is the reasons I can’t write about Singin’ in the Rain. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Back to School with the Classics

by HELEN GEIB

To mark back to school season, here are three films adapted from literary or cinematic classics. These movies are not just entertaining and educational, but instructive too: how-to guides to navigating the social pitfalls of high school.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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Movie Review – 30 Minutes or Less (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

The custom in my movie group, when we go out for coffee or a meal after a movie, is to go around the table and have everyone say one thing they liked and one thing they didn’t like about it. The reaction to 30 Minutes or Less was pretty uniform. Some were a little more forgiving than others, but overall we called out the same points. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Bye Bye Brazil (1980)

by RICHARD WINTERS

This movie is a slightly surreal comedy-drama detailing a caravan of five entertainers who travel the Brazilian countryside putting on vaudeville-like shows under a makeshift tent. The film works in a vignette style as it analyzes the many scenarios and difficulties that the group encounters, as well as making a very strong statement about the poverty and hardships endured by the townspeople that they meet. In fact, if there is one lasting impression that the film leaves it is that one. Continue reading

Movie Review – The Change-Up (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

When critics say a movie is review-proof, they mean it will do well at the box office no matter how bad the reviews are. I have my own personal definition of review-proof that operates independently of the standard definition: movies I don’t have anything particular to say about. The current flavor of mainstream Hollywood comedy neatly fits both definitions. Continue reading