Lists

6 Essential Comedies

Forget about family friendly comedies and anything starring Adam Sandler post-90s. I like the best of the best, so that means comedies that aren’t afraid to push the envelope. I’m talking about films with ballsy humour and those that can make unfunny subjects funny. Say goodbye to PG-rated comedies and watch these instead… This is […]

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World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Robin Williams is a legend, having left behind a lasting impact. He could do anything, given the right material and platform. I always enjoyed watching his comedies as a kid and his life-affirming dramas as I grew older. While Williams has starred in many beloved […]

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Bernie (2011)

  Pitch-black comedy To my mind, comedy is the toughest genre to make work, especially when you’re dealing with the darker side of the genre. Everyone has their own sense of humour and own level of tolerance, but I always find myself drawn to black comedies, like Bernie.  Richard Linklater’s film is based on a real-life […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

  In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled adventure. This sequel is everything I could have hoped for – it’s funny, entertaining, visually sharp and it’s a joy finding out what these characters, now middle-aged, have been up to. […]

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British Films, Reviews

Filth (2013)

  It’s a filthy job getting to the top, especially for corrupt Edinburgh cop, Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), who’s determined to secure a promotion to detective inspector. Drug-abusing and hard-drinking, he’s willing to do whatever means necessary to get what he wants. I’m always a sucker for any film starring James McAvoy. In comedy-drama Filth, adapted […]

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British Films, Reviews

Sightseers (2012): Killer Road Trip Movie 

Why are British directors so good at making gritty and brutally comical films? That’s what we get in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. It’s a horror-comedy about a couple, Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe), who go on a cross-country road trip, and unleash their homicidal rage on anyone who rubs them up the wrong way. […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

The Lobster (2016): An Absurdist Love Story

The Lobster is exactly the type of film that would never get made in Hollywood. It’s disturbingly funny and totally off-beat. I’ve always been drawn to obscure films and I’m more than happy to sit through their head-scratching weirdness. And The Lobster is very strange from start to finish. It’s an absurdist comedy-drama set in an alternative future, or […]

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Super (2010)

No film has tackled superheroes as bluntly and as practically, as James Gunn’s Super. It’s nowhere near as entertaining as Kick-Ass, but I admire Gunn for creating a film that is in some respects, a middle finger to the audience. There’s really no point to it, but perhaps that’s the point… This dark comedy follows Frank D’Arbo […]

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British Films, Cult Classics, Reviews

Trainspotting (1996)

Over twenty years on and Trainspotting is still a timeless classic. Seriously, how can anyone not like it? Little compares to the glorious adventures of heroin addict Renton (Ewen McGreggor), and his five friends: Spud (Ewen Bremmer), Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). They are Scottish youths living in Edinburgh, deeply immersed […]

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British Films, Reviews

Four Lions (2010)

Who would have thought a film about jihad terrorists would be funny? Four Lions is a fearlessly brilliant political satire. It follows the mishaps of a group of British extremist Muslim men, who aspire to be suicide bombers. The film presents the terrorists not as sinister enemies to be feared, but as clumsy and idiotic, completely […]

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The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015)

Director: Robert Carlyle Stars: Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone. Robert Carlyle’s directional debut is a macabre comedy set in Glasgow. It depicts the story of socially inept barber, Barney Thomson who becomes an accidental killer. As a result, his life turns into chaos as he tries to cover up his deeds. Although the film doesn’t quite […]

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