We Watch A Bunch Of “Adult” Comedy Movies That Are Worth Seeing Amazon Prime Video including At loggerheads, Inglourious Basterds, and Parasite.
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Writer-director Rian Johnson evokes memories of the absurd brilliantly The Bloom Brothers in his return to quirky, idiosyncratic comedy. Knives out follows lucrative alliances with science fiction in looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and sees the south dragging Daniel Craig – an aptly named Tennessee Poirot Benoit Blanc – attempting to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Thrombey family patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plumer).
Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri
It is the writer-director’s third and easily the best film ever. Martin McDonagh after Seven Psychopaths and In Brugge; two very good movies. Predictably, the script is sharp, witty, full of humor, but it’s also an exploration of loss, grief, and revenge that takes many unexpected directions. It’s a very good film that deserves all the awards available to it. There’s a careful injection of funny moments in some of the darkest and most heartbreaking scenes you’ll ever see. The more the shine Frances McDormand is once again exceptional.
It is by Quentin Tarantino unique vision of the war film genre and as brad pitt said in his closing segment “This might just be my masterpiece”. Set in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan forms to assassinate Nazi leaders, including Hitler, by a group of American soldiers coinciding with similar plans by a theater owner. The film also includes one of the great character introductions of any Tarantino film as SS Colonel Hans Landa, played with a sadistic wit by Christopher Waltz, draws his bow.
Stan and Ollie
Reinforced by absolutely authentic interpretations of the title’s emblematic characters (thanks to the brilliance of Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly) director Jon S. Baird’s the lovingly crafted film is a heartwarming and perfectly funny celebration of the comedic double act Laurel and Hardy. The melancholy of fading fame for two Hollywood stars combines with the pressures of performing and selling tickets to test the comedic couple’s friendship as they endure a grueling tour of British and Irish music halls. Without a doubt, one of the best British comedies of the 2010s.
Salmon fishing in Yemen
Written by famous screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty), Emily Blunt plays well-meaning financial adviser Harriet Chetwode-Talbot who enlists fishing expert Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) to fulfill the dream of his client – a wealthy Yemeni sheikh – of bringing fly fishing to the deserts of Yemen. Sweet-natured and easily digestible, Blunt and McGregor, through their attractive couple, add seriousness and humor to all the artifice evident in the story.
Fortunate could be dismissed as a film of episodic chapters punctuated with anecdotes if it weren’t for the almost celebratory sensibility of its love for character actors. In the center of which is the brilliant Harry Dean Stanton. Written by his longtime close friend, Logan Sparks, the film is completed by its semi-autobiographical nature which strikes the right balance between a raw and intimate study of the characters and a poignant but heartwarming nostalgia. It is visibly staged by the writer and the director as a swan song and by the actor as its own denouement.
24 hour party people
Michael Winterbottom travels back in time and points his camera lens at an important period for British music, including the city of Manchester in northern England. Told from the perspective of an influential real-life music guru Tony Wilson (played here by I am Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan), the film charts the rise and fall of Madchester – a punk and post-punk era categorized by bands such as Joy Division, new order and Happy Mondays. The film intercuts archival footage into the film’s narrative and breaks the fourth wall with Wilson often speaking to the camera. It’s richly detailed, fun, and features great music and performances.
Guy Richie is in lock, reserve and two smoking barrels atmosphere in this violent gangster comedy set in London. The writer-director ends up adding too many twists and turns, the film bulging at the seams with the sheer amount of characters and plot fat, but that doesn’t take away from a sparkling performance, including Matthew McConaughey as an American marijuana kingpin trying to go straight and by Hugh Grant delightfully private detective camp.
Parasite, South Korea’s dark satirical thriller Bong Joon Ho, became the first non-English language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. The film’s plot follows the journey of two families at opposite ends of the social and economic spectrum, whose lives become intertwined when members of the Kim family infiltrate the wealthy Park family to find work. The film explores how the two families act as parasites, with the Kims benefiting from the Parks’ wealth, while the Parks exploit the Kims for cheap labor.
This Ocean’s Eleven for Red Necks feels familiar, contains countless personality quirks, and a cast of pedigree. This Steven Soderbergh can gather actors of this quality in one place and make things easy is a measure of its influence. Beyond by Daniel Craig peroxide blonde bank robber Lucky Logan is revealing for other reasons. Adam Driver and Channing Tatum not only delivering a dry, silly wit with panache, but ensuring that this thick-headed heist flick never lacks charisma on the big screen.
Contributions from Dan Stephens, Lyndon Wells, Amilia Totten, Rutger Bruining and Rory Fish.
*The Amazon Prime Video movie library changes frequently. These recommendations were available to Prime customers at the time of writing (January 9, 2021)