When we’re kids, we hang at our friends’ houses. When we’re teenagers and young adults, we date. When you end up married, be-kidded, mortgaged, and shackled to a cubicle all day, you live for game nights. Humans need to play. It’s part of who we are. Game Night takes suburban warfare via board games, which happens in homes everywhere on a regular basis, and gives it a brilliant, absurd kick into the stratosphere. The result is one of the best comedies in recent memory, not just for its constantly hysterical script, but for the ingenuity and deftness of the plot in which its mayhem takes place. Continue reading Movie Review: Game Night (2018) *Best Comedy in YEARS*
I don’t end up reviewing a lot of comedies on the site, and that’s frankly because the genre as a whole has really never been at a lower ebb. Comedies are also harder than any genre to review, because, as I’ve said before, something either makes you laugh or it doesn’t and that usually ends up being incredibly person-specific. However, it appears that Trainwreck is going to end up being the year’s most successful comedy so I’m going to try to wrap my head around the force of ….something that is Amy Schumer and the oddity that is Judd Apatow. Continue reading Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015) *Amy Schumer Makes Me Like LeBron James*
A few weeks ago we looked at TV dramas, which are in somewhat of a Golden Age. At the other end of the quality spectrum, the TV comedy is in-what might charitably be termed-a slump. NBC’s once-vaunted comedy factory has sputtered to a halt and, after a few gems at the top, it is slim pickings for good comedies. That’s not to say there aren’t classics on right now. I think the top 3 right now are all shows that rank well in the comedic pantheon, but this list was a whole lot easier to make than the dramas list. I had to weed out excellent shows for honorable mention. That’s not a problem here. It should be noted that 30 Rock just finished its seven season run of awesomeness, depriving me of an entrant. Additionally, despite that it will no doubt make (if not top) the list, Arrested Development is not back for another month so I can’t utilize it. Scan the list, debate, tell me if I’m missing something crucial. Mirth is at a high premium for me right now so if you’ve got candidates I need to see, tell me!
1. Modern Family (ABC)
2. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. Community (NBC)
5. Archer (FX)
* I think of them as talk shows, but if we count The Daily Show and Colbert Report, they’re 3 & 4 and everything slides accordingly.
** Yes, I am aware of Louie and I can’t get into it or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.