Please Like Me‘s Finale is Painfully Raw But Kind Of Perfect

Last month, Josh Thomas confirmed that the recently aired Season 4 would be the final outing for Australian comedy Please Like Me, which Thomas both wrote and starred in. I only discovered the show last week and it took me only a week to finish. Similar to shows like You’re the Worst and Bojack Horseman, Please Like Me managed to be both hilarious as well as a devastating drama.…
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The Good Place: One Of The Smartest Comedies Of The Season

Despite an inherently challenging premise, The Good Place somehow managed to become one of this season’s biggest and most welcome surprises, absurd, hilarious and genius at the same time. (Mild spoilers to follow) The Good Place is set where the title suggests and features Kristen Bell’s Eleanor Shellstrop discovering that she has died and ended up on the right side of the afterlife.…
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There’s Something About Mary (1998) – Failure, Feminism and Film Theory

After the box-office failure of Kingpin the Farrelly Brothers thought that their next film might be their last, and so made the most outrageous gross-out film possible, while still remaining a commercially viable almost-rom-com. The result was the surprisingly sweet There’s Something About Mary, after which they never needed to worry about being out of work again.…
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Evil Dead II (1987) – Film-a-Day 114

Who is the best slapstick comedy actor in film history? Charlie Chaplin? Buster Keaton? Jim Carrey? Jackie Chan? If you thought it was any of the above then you’re wrong. Whilst all of them are great at what they do and succeed in making the audience laugh using just their body language they all have two things holding them back.…
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Look Who’s Back (2015) – 2016 Film-a-Day 111

A German comedy about Adolf Hitler waking up in modern-day Berlin, Look Who’s Back is bound to attract the attention of many people and so it should. It is a wonderfully ironic and often silly film that raises valid points about modern society. How long do you have to wait before you can make a comedy about an extremely serious subject?…
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Rain Man (1988)

Barry Levinson’s Rain Man is an oddity. Especially when compared to the rest of the Best Picture winners of the 1980s. It is not a grandiose historical epic akin to Gandhi, The Last Emperor or Amadeus, nor a weepy similar to Terms of Endearment or Ordinary People. While it is obviously deals with sensitive subject matter, it is nowhere near as limp as Driving Miss Daisy.…
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Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall is the moment that Woody Allen stopped being the wacky comedy guy, and became something more. The usual assigned name for the films that Allen made previous to Annie Hall is “the early funny ones”, but that implies that his 1977 masterpiece has a lessened humour content. This is very much not the case.…
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Heathers (1988)

Previously on this blog I mentioned that The Breakfast Club is the definitive 80s teen film. Very much a product of its era (trapped in the fashions, hairstyles and slang of the decade) while transcending time and place by focusing on the universal timeless themes of not belonging and their own personal identity.…
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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Out of sheer nostalgia, Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory gains its place in my top 100 films. Others might debate that Stuart’s film is not accurate to Roald Dahl’s original text, or that Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with eccentric Johnny Depp performance, is superior. Personally I do not care.…
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008): Revisited – 2016 Film-A-Day 16

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a hilarious male rom-com, that achieves a balance between genuine jokes, good characters and an entertaining story. This is the first film that I am revisiting this year, having already seen the film before many years ago. In fact the only other time I watched this film was when I was a fourteen year old sneaking into a fifteen certificate film… and as you’d expect I have grown up and my tastes have changed majorly over that period of time – for the better I hope!…
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