Kidding is a capital-E earnest drama that just so happens to star comedians.
There’s a lot of sexual violence in the film, but it scans as unimaginatively repulsive and blatantly misogynistic.
The film is about the idea of Andy Kaufman, about how artists channel their influences and keep the dead alive.
In The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour reduces politically loaded signifiers to a battle of the cliques.
When it’s working, SNL captures something about our shared cultural consciousness, reshapes it, and then telegraphs it back into pop currency.
There’s much more plot floating around during the sequel, all leading up to a climax at the “KEN Conference” that suffers in comparison to Silicon Valley’s mockery of the same milieu.
One of my favorite things about recalling my movie-watching past is considering the ways I viewed certain films through younger eyes.
It doubles down on the first film’s love-hate relationship with ultra-violence, but A History of Violence this is not.
The Dead Pool plays like a greatest-hits collection of Dirty Harry movie elements.
The film is overtly suspicious and critical of the new and only serviceably romantic about the old.
The once boundlessly energetic Jim Carrey is no longer trying so hard to impress viewers with his hyper brand of slapstick.
Sometimes an inner demon can be silenced with a single dirty joke.