Tag: Black comedy

BAD SISTERS EP 7 (STORY ANALYSIS)BAD SISTERS EP 7 (STORY ANALYSIS)

Bad Sisters Ep 7

Bad Sisters Ep 7 is the seventh instalment of an Irish family crime drama cum black comedy streaming TV miniseries created by Sharon Horgen for AppleTV+. Set in Dublin, the miniseries is based on the Flemish series Clan, which was created by Malin-Sarah Gozin.

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Plot
Entitled “Rest in Peace”, Bad Sisters Ep 7 is a bit of a mixed bag as the Garvey sisters pick up the pieces of yet another failed murder attempt (in the past, of course). In the present, Thomas and Matt, the insurance company owners out to prove John Paul’s death was not caused by natural causes and therefore not claimable under the life insurance policy, finally get what they want – the exhumation of John Paul’s body for an post mortem. What will they find there?

READ OUR ANALYSES OF BAD SISTERS.

Bad Sisters Ep 7 also provides a plot twist (from the past) which was probably needed as the flashback narrative had hit the wall somewhat. And it’s a dum zinger! Becka snoops around John Paul’s mother’s basement and finds a freezer with John Paul’s dead father George preserved inside! What could all that possible mean? Is John Paul a murderer? Is his mother? So many questions!

Bad Sisters Ep 7

Characters
John Paul continues to be the biggest douche bag but that characterisation is wearing thin so Becka’s discovery is priceless in adding another dimension to John Paul’s toxic masculinity. Thomas and Matt have a reconciliation but that impacts negatively on his relationship with Becka. Ursula is confront by her husband about her missing family time and of course, her adultery weighs heavy on her mind but she seems unable to do anything about this, making her quite unlikable.

Bad Sisters Ep 7

The Final Analysis
Bad Sisters Ep 7 is a middling episode but considering the high bar set in the series still makes the episode very watchable. Still recommended!

Now streaming on AppleTV+.

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THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES SEASON 2 (ANALYSIS)THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES SEASON 2 (ANALYSIS)

The Righteous Gemstones Season 2 Analysis

The Righteous Gemstones Season 2 is the second season of an American black comedy television drama series created by Danny McBride. The series follows a famous yet dysfunctional family of televangelists and megachurch pastors led by widowed patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman). Eli and his immature children, Jesse (Danny McBride), Judy (Edi Patterson) and Kelvin (Adam DeVine), lead opulent lives funded by church donations.

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THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES SEASON 1 (REVIEW)THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES SEASON 1 (REVIEW)

The Righteous Gemstones Season 1 Review

The Righteous Gemstones is an American black comedy television drama series created by Danny McBride. The series follows a famous yet dysfunctional family of televangelists and megachurch pastors led by widowed patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman). Eli and his immature children, Jesse (Danny McBride), Judy (Edi Patterson) and Kelvin (Adam DeVine), lead opulent lives funded by church donations.

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DON’T LOOK UP (MOVIE REVIEW)DON’T LOOK UP (MOVIE REVIEW)

Don't Look Up Movie Review

Don’t Look Up is a 2021 American satirical science fiction black comedy film written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two low-level astronomers attempting to warn mankind, via a media tour, about an approaching comet that will destroy Earth.

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HACKS SEASON 1 (ANALYSIS)HACKS SEASON 1 (ANALYSIS)

Hacks Season 1 Analysis

Hacks Season 1 is the first season of a streaming black comedy drama TV series. The series explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and Ava (Hannah Einbinder), an entitled, outcast 25-year-old writer. Created by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, Hacks premiered on May 13, 2021 on HBO Max. Analysis follows …

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THE GREAT SEASON 1 (ANALYSIS)THE GREAT SEASON 1 (ANALYSIS)

The Great Season 1

The Great is a 10-episode historical drama cum black comedy series loosely based on the life of Catherine the Great, Empress of All Russia from 1762 until 1796. And when we say ‘loosely based’ it’s probably more accurate to state that apart from the names of the characters The Great does not depict any true historical events whatsoever, except superficially.

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REEL TO REAL: BIRDMAN SOARS ABOVE THE COMPETITION & LIVES UP TO THE HYPEREEL TO REAL: BIRDMAN SOARS ABOVE THE COMPETITION & LIVES UP TO THE HYPE

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Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr & Armando Bo.
Starring  Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts.

Nominated for a total of nine Oscars, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is surrealist black comedy at its best. Mocking the artifice of celebrity and the entertainment industry, Birdman is a fascinating inside look into the absurd insanity of entertainment world as perceived by its protagonist, Riggan Thomson.

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REEL TO REAL: FRANK – A WITHERING COMMENTARY ON CONTEMPORARY POP CULTUREREEL TO REAL: FRANK – A WITHERING COMMENTARY ON CONTEMPORARY POP CULTURE

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Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Written by Jon Ronson & Peter Straughan
Starring  Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scott McNairy and Michael Fassbender. 

What is music? A business? Yes, certainly but what about art? Of course, but sometimes music is life and there’s nothing more. For Jon (Gleeson), music is the ticket out of his mundanity as he dreams of becoming a professional pop songwriter.

Then rather serendipitously Jon ends up playing keyboards in the experimental outfit Soronprfbs, fronted by the enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) who wears a papier-mâché head 24/7. Despite his seemingly best intentions, Jon attempts to use the Soronprfbs – and especially Frank – to further his own agenda to be a successful musician.

Along the way, manager Don (Scott McNairy) and band colleague Clara (Gyllenhaal) try to dissuade Jon from setting Frank down the road to public acceptance but Jon is undaunted, with predictably disastrous consequences.

Taking inspiration from real life quirky musical geniuses like Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston and most of all, Chris Sievey’s Frank Sidebottom persona, Frank is a superbly dark comic take on contemporary pop culture’s need to flatten any unique idiosyncrasy into compliant uniformity.

For everyone who believes that pop music needs to remain strange and magical, this one’s for you.