Category Archives: comedy

Defendor – 2009 – Peter Stebbings

An under the radar superhero film starring Woody Harrelson as a deranged but hopeful vigilante. Armed with a jar of angry wasps and a trench club, he takes to the streets and encounters crooked cops, whores, and the mob. A solid flick but not as good as the similar but better Special starring Michael Rapaport. Bill Hill

Airplane! – 1980 – J. Abrahams and D. Zucker

Never saw it till Leslie Nielson died. Before this movie, Leslie was an unsuccessful dramatic actor but this role redefined his career. I assumed the humor would be dated. Wrong! There are too many great one-liners to list. If you’re a diehard comedy-fan, then you should love this one. Bill Hill

Kick-Ass – 2010 – Matthew Vaughn

This is the under-the-radar comedy of the year. Even Nicolas Cage couldn’t sully this gem. Einstein said genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. A lonely high-school student takes similar logic in reasoning why can’t he be a superhero. Before long he finds out that he isn’t alone. Bill Hill

The Fantastic Mr. Fox – 2009 – Wes Anderson

Some screamed blasphemy over this Roald Dahl adaptation but having never read the book I can only sing praise for this stop-animation masterpiece. Anderson nails everything about this – pacing, script, dialogue, and even the voices: Clooney, Streep, Schwartzman and Murray. I watched and re-watched…my favourite from 2009.  Bill Hill

The Kids Are Alright – 2010 – Lisa Cholodenko

The kids are alright but the adults are screwed up. A lesbian couple and their teenage kids’ become entangled with the kids sperm donor father in a frank and funny depiction of 21st century family life. Messy and triumphant, just like any family. One to watch. JJ

Exit Through the Gift Shop – 2010 – Banksy?

For his latest piece Banksy has created an ‘artist’. And he’s shit, but that’s hardly the point. As maddening as this film might be for an artist with something worth painting, it’s worth looking at for shits, giggles and post-modern moans. JJ

Toy Story 3 – 2010 – Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 was my first introduction to Woody et al. and it confirms what I always suspected; toys, penguins, pigs, they are all pretend people. The existential, but unanswered, question implicit in TS3 is, “Is it okay to bring toys to college?” Despite not crying, good story and great animation. JJ