Articles tagged satire

Nutty Professors? The Case for Scientist-Humorists in the Culture Wars

It's time for the personalities of the science community to emerge from their labs and to get into the ring.

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‘The Executioner’ Forges the Missing Link Between Preston Sturges and Robert Altman

This excellent satire is shot in long, elaborately staged takes where the camera alternately basks in claustrophobia or wanders all over the landscape.

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The Comedy Gift That Keeps on Giving: Late Night Hosts Respond to the Trump Tapes

The comedy gods bestowed on late night television the Trump tapes; all stepped up and answered the challenge.

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Russ Meyer, the Auteur of Superfluity

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls shows Meyer editing his films in the manner of a coked-up, horny 17-year-old with ADD and a perverse obsession with Sergei Eisenstein.

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A 50th Anniversary Reflection on the Greatness of Lenny Bruce

Chief among Bruce’s peeves is hypocrisy of any stripe, and chief among his virtues is his constant willingness to cop to his own sordid contradictions.

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All a Put-On, Man: Six Weird Things About ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’

This story's milieu is a special mythical corner of The Establishment, and yet it's weird as hell.

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19 Years on, ‘South Park’ Is Serialized, Fully Realized, Never Homogenized SoDoSoPa

Who better to mock and satirize our world than our ever-evolving South Park characters?

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How Mature Can You Get? ‘Wild in the Streets’

Barry Shear's film is a jaundiced look at politics, youth culture, and everything in the air of 1968.

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Garry Trudeau Knows Words—He Has the Best Words

Television merely gives us “Trump l'oeil”: Doonsbury's 30-year coverage of Trump gives us (gasp!) the "real deal".

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Can Satire Bring Down Donald Trump?

Michael Moore calls for humorists everywhere to satirize Donald Trump, but what if our best satire simply cannot (yes, we'll say it) "trump" reality?

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Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’ Is Art—Now More than Ever

Robert Altman's multi-layered sarcastic skewering of Hollywood culture still has to be seen to be believed, from the first moment to the last.

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Who’s Better Than Mark Twain at Bible-bashing?

Sounding more like Christopher Hitchens than a lapsed Presbyterian from the 19th century, Mark Twain rips apart Testaments Old and New.

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Tolstoy, Rasputin, and Teffi, One of Russia’s Greatest Woman Writers

Teffi’s genius lies in applying a light, ironic and at times satirical flair of humour to deeply serious subjects

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: ‘High-Rise’

High-Rise may not reach the heights it aspires to, but the chaos of trying to get there makes for a good time.

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You’re All Just Meat in Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’

In Ben Wheatley’s overly obvious take on J.G. Ballard’s 1975 satirical novel, a luxury condo tower degenerates into a capitalist abattoir.

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What’s So Funny? Stewart/Colbert and the Short Shelf Life of Satire

The spot-on satire of series such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show is their longevity's worst enemy.

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23 Mar 2016 // 12:59 AM

Gracie Allen for President!

The Comedian's 1940 Surprise Party brought America much needed unwise wisdom and foggy acuity.

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What’s So Offensive About ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’?

With its thoroughly unlikeable characters, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia helps us highlight and acknowledge our own prejudices and blind spots.

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The Most Unintentionally Terrifying “Love Songs” Ever Written

From Van Halen to Dean Martin, some of the world's most beloved "love" songs are actually hideously sinister when you dig just below the surface.

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What Does Randy Newman Say When He Talks With God?

One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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