Tag Archives: Dark Comedy

Saturday Matinee: Hi, Mom!

“Hi, Mom!” (1970) is a dark comedy directed by Brian De Palma and stars Robert De Niro. It’s a sequel to Greetings (1968) in which De Nero reprises his role of John Rubin who is now a voyeuristic filmmaker. John … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Happiness

“Happiness” (1998) is a bleakly dark comedy written and directed by Todd Solondz. It follows the lives of three sisters and their respective problematic relationships. Joy (Jane Adams), is the youngest sister and is viewed by her family as the … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Bringing Out the Dead

“Bringing Out the Dead” (1999) is the fourth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader (and their most underrated). Based on a novel by Joe Connelly, the plot follows New York paramedic Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage), who’s on … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Britannia Hospital

“Britannia Hospital” (1982) is the third installment of director Lindsay Anderson’s “Mick Travis Trilogy”. Like the other films in the series, it’s a dark comedy following a particularly eventful chapter in the life of Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) as he … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Buffalo Soldiers

“Buffalo Soldiers” (2001) is a dark satire directed by Gregor Jordan based on the 1993 novel by Robert O’Conner. The story centers on U.S. Army soldier Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix), whose drug and black market schemes are disrupted when his … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Mars Attacks!

“Mars Attacks!” (1996) is a satirical alien invasion film directed by Tim Burton and starring a surprisingly large cast of familiar actors. It’s easy to forget that Burton, now a friend of the establishment, once made films with a misanthropic … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Freeway

“Freeway” (1996) is a satisfyingly dark retelling of Little Red Riding Hood written/directed by Matthew Bright and featuring excellent performances by Reese Witherspoon as the protagonist, a seemingly stereotypical “white trash” teen, and Keifer Sutherland as the “wolf”, a secretly … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The Day the Fish Came Out

“The Day the Fish Came Out” (1967) is a Greek/British co-production written and directed by Michael Cacoyannis (who also designed the film’s bizarre costumes). The film is a satirical sci-fi take on an actual incident in which two military aircraft … Continue reading

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