Articles tagged satire

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 // 1:59 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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On the Aggressive, Hilarious Theorizing in ‘Censorship Now!!’

Ian F. Svenonius' is a refreshing voice amidst the irony-addled sad-sack defeatism of postmodernity.

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‘The Big Short’ Is a Satire of Gag-inducing Folly

Adam McKay's film is a ragged, jolting, and savagely funny guerrilla agitprop that gives after-the-fact credit to the financial crises Cassandras.

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Blood, Politics, Silliness: ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

A fresh look at the ultimate mock epic, after the Python method has been assimilated into the cultural DNA, reveals the subversive spirit of this bloody and cynical Arthurian deconstruction.

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Satire and Satisfaction Roll off the Tongue in Goddard’s ‘Rollaresque’

Goddard reinvents the Rolling Stones’ tale of fame and infamy with the bawdy wit of an 18th century picaresque.

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Bill Maher and the Perils of the Commentator-Comedian

To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.

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Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.

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Michel Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’ Tackles Motives for Conversion

Houellebecq's latest satire has a core of deep humanism running through it.

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‘Muse’ Is a Story Not About Love, but About Worship

Johnathan Galassi's send-up to the publishing industry and his own past offers nothing to the tradition it so lionizes.

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30 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

‘Loving Day’ Is a Biting Commentary on Race, Otherness

This is a comic but incisive social commentary on blackness, whiteness and otherness -- as well as love, family and the repercussions of allowing others to define us.

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Paul Verhoeven’s Authenticity Came to Light at Chicago’s Logan Arcade

Some works by Paul Verhoeven, a director known for satire, were shown in an ironic setting this summer. The result was an earnestness soaked in blood.

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‘While We’re Young’ Satirically Skews Gen Xers and Millennial Hipsters

While We’re Young is less about "acting your age" and more about embracing your authentic self.

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The Glow Lives on in Taimak's 'The Last Dragon'

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"The actor's memoir is a backtracking through a life under scrutiny and a life eventually left to chance.

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