Enter Laughing

Steven Spielberg's The Fablemans might be the latest in a long legacy of artists making thinly-veiled autobio pics about their humble beginnings, but it's worth noting the great works that came before (and are mostly forgotten.) First and foremost is the late, great Carl Reiner's debut feature comedy, Enter Laughing- a sweet and hilarious look … Continue reading Enter Laughing

Animal Crackers

A century after Groucho, Chico and Harpo gave American Comedy some legitimate teeth with their anarchic blend of wordplay and eternal flaunting of authority, their films remain just as funny- and just as edgy- as ever. Animal Crackers, their second sound feature, is about as great as any entry point into that oeuvre. Full of … Continue reading Animal Crackers

Purlie Victorious (aka Gone are the Days!)

It's hard to deny the accusation of systemic racism in Hollywood when you watch a film like Purlie Victorious- it's such a sharp criticism of America, done in such a hilarious way, and so clearly still-relevant today that the only answer to the question why have I never heard of this great movie? is so … Continue reading Purlie Victorious (aka Gone are the Days!)