Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A unique western black-comedy with a tragic end.
2) Smart fast-paced direction and unpredictable plot.
3) Grand shoot-out finale.
4) Mythical “Lord Baltimore” and relentless lawman Joe Lefors.
5) “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”

 

Cons –
N/A

Quote –
Butch Cassidy: Kid, there’s something I ought to tell you. I never shot anybody before.
Sundance Kid: One hell of a time to tell me!

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Barry (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Finally, a show where Bill Hader is the lead central character.
2) Excellent supporting cast especially Stephen Root, and D’Arcy Carden.
3) Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau
4) Breaking Bad of black-comedy; gruesome
5) Superb finale

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Barry : “My Lord, the Queen is dead”

Game Night (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Fresh, crisp and fast-paced black comedy
2) Tilt Shift cinematography
3) Denzel Washington plot
4) Gary’s game plot twist
5) End credits

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Man, glass tables are acting weird tonight.”

Attack the Block (2011)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Alien black-comedy with British humour. Joe Cornish successfully pulled an average plot with an unknown cast.
2) Probs & Mayhem
3) Music: “Sound of da Police”
4) It’s a surprise treat for fans of “Cornetto trilogy”
5) Full of sharp-witted pop-culture quotes.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Sam: What’s Ron’s weed room?
Brewis: It’s a big room! Full of weed. And it’s Ron’s.

Bad Santa (2003)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Bernie Mac and Tony Cox cussing & eyeballing each other is the highlight of this movie.
2) John Ritter as Bob

 

 

Cons –
1) Mickey & Kramer from Seinfeld
2) The “Thurman” subplot is unsettling. Neither funny nor cute.

 

 

Quote –
Gin: You got some lip on you midget.
Marcus: Yeah? Well, these lips were on your wife’s pussy last night.

The Death of Stalin (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Text-book example of a good political black comedy. One of the best black comedy I’ve watched since Dr. Strangelove
2) Seasoned actors with witty one-liners
3) When you’re watching a good comedy, it hardly matters if it is historically correct
4) Slow-motion introduction of all major characters
5) Simon Russell Beale as Lavrentiy Beria: A significant historical character who almost led the Soviet Union after Stalin.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Nikita Khrushchev: This is how people get killed, when your story don’t fit.