57 posts categorized "Black Comedy"

January 25, 2023

THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

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ColeSmithey.comMartin McDonagh's '20s era Irish chamber piece is a highly polished prize of social commentary.

So exquisitely crafted, "The Banshees of Inisherin" could work well as a Broadway play.

Martin McDonagh has usurped Lars von Trier at his own game. You want Dogme 95; here it is.

The work has a Shakespearean quality to it.

Personal, private, and communal forces drive McDonagh's thoughtful characters.

There is nothing flashy here, no fat on the bone.

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Colin Farrell's and Brendan Gleeson's welcome return to working with Martin McDonagh, since doing "In Bruges" together in 2008, is something to savor.

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Farrell and Gleeson deserve their reputations as two of the finest actors working today.

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The tale of a break up between two close male buddies living on a tiny [fictitious] island, proves to be a great jumping off point for contemplating who we choose to spend our time with, and why.

Mental illness, it seems, might be contagious.

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"The Banshees of Inisherin" brutally connects to the heart, mind, and soul of its viewer.

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Confucius comes into play. "Seek revenge and you should dig two graves, one for yourself."

Hala-feckin-luya.

Rated R. 114 mins.

5 Stars“ColeSmithey.com“

Cozy Cole

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March 23, 2022

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

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ColeSmithey.comPeople ain't no good.

Writer/director Emerald Fennell makes quite a splash with this steely black comedy.

Predatory guys and the people who protect them get the business end from Carey Mulligan's diabolical mistress of revenge.

Red kisses.

Get back cupid.

These arrows kill.

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Cassie (Mulligan) is a martyr through and through.

Fennell's pitch perfect dialogue stings as much as the clever plotting in this indy gem.

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You'll squirm, you'll laugh, and you'll feel messed up at the end.

Frat boy mentality goes straight to hell.

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Ice is the only thing in the world that is what it's cracked up to be.

Romance this.

Rated R. 113 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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March 04, 2022

DEATH AT A FUNERAL

ColeSmithey.comBlackmail, drugs, familial duties, and slapstick make for a hilarious recipe in this British comedy classic.

A who's who cast of comic greats milk every second for comedic punch.

Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Rupert Graves, and Alan Tudyk make the funny stuff stick.

Ewwww.

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If only all funerals could be this silly, over the top, and liberating.

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Sleep when you're dead, laugh while you're alive.

Rated R. 90 mins. 

4 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

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