Lina Wertmüller became the first ever female director nominated for Best Picture for a movie that, to my surprise, turned out to be about an amoral hatchet murderer trying to seduce his way out of a concentration camp.
Category Archives: Satire
ACE IN THE HOLE (1951)
An ultra-cynical satire of the news media and America in general, this is a movie that very much feels like it could have come out in 2021.
THE BAND WAGON (1953)
A big fun colorful 1950s musical that actually, for once, bothers to have characters and arcs and things, and also Fred Astaire dance-fights a bunch of guys.
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954)
A Hollywood satire decades ahead of its time, but also in my opinion a total mess as an actual movie.
HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987)
Somewhere between a social satire and sketch comedy resides this weird late-80s time capsule that I thought was funny but not necessarily notable.
TOM JONES (1963)
A movie set in the 1700s, released in the early 1960s, that still feels startlingly modern today. I absolutely loved it. Why did no one tell me this movie was so good? He said about the Oscar winner.
A war movie for the anti-war crowd, and a comedy that inadvertently launched the biggest TV series of all time.
REPO MAN (1984)
Sort of a punk rock apocalypse. Or a comedy about some sort of alien invasion. Or a cautionary tale about the Neutron Bomb. Or…
DUCK SOUP (1933)
The Marx Brothers got the most freedom of their careers and used it to skewer patriotism, fascism, and war as bum deals for suckers.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)
A spectacular, hilarious comedy about the end of the world.