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31 October, 2023
10 Things I Hate About You | The Evolution of High School Comedy
The teen comedy that became a cult classic: How Gil Junger's 10 Things I Hate About You reinvented high school on the big screen.
09 November, 2021
A Horse Walks into a Bar | A dark comedy night
Published in 2014, A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman is about a comedy show that is neither funny nor easy.
24 May, 2021
Doré and the horror vacui in Dante's Divine Comedy
Doré's artistic fortune focused on the illustrations of classical or contemporary texts. He shows the horror vacui in Dante's Divine Comedy.
17 May, 2021
Dorohedoro characters mix dark fantasy and comedy
Dorohedoro displays a vast amount of characters and storylines entangled in a horror/dark fantasy setting with comedy nuances.
03 February, 2022
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | A social commentary in the shape of a comedy
Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down and I’d like to tell you the story of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
23 September, 2021
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | It's comedy time
Midge Maisel is a young jewish girl living in New York. Her life is perfect until it's not. Her husband leaves her for his secretary. She is alone, but with a talent that comes out of nowhere: she's a brilliant comedian.
29 October, 2020
The Office | Pure comedy in the workplace
The Office is the American adaptation of a 2001 BBC series of the same name, and it’s just pure comedy under a mockumentary disguise.
23 September, 2020
Wag the Dog | When comedy looks like reality
Wag the Dog is a 1997 movie by Barry Levinson, a comedy that tells the fictional story of a scandal in the White House, just months before the Lewinski affair.
02 December, 2023
Sunset Boulevard | The Dark Side of Hollywood
Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard was released in 1950. The movie is about a former silent film actress who lives in regret of the past.
28 October, 2023
What We Do In The Shadows is not in the shadows anymore
Four vampires (and their familiar) are the subject of a documentary about their lifestyle. They want to join society, but it isn't so simple.
25 August, 2022
The Boys Presents: Diabolical | An animated human self-reflection
Garth Ennis and other 17 producers and writers try to imagine how regular people would react to gaining powers. This is the animated anthology series of The Boys Present: Diabolical.
01 April, 2021
American Psycho | The Darkest Side of Society
Published in 1991 by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho portrays the darkest side of society through the disturbing story of Patrick Bateman.
18 September, 2023
Nimona | An ode to monster girls in a graphic novel
In the graphic novel Nimona, ND Stevenson explores gender identity and issues through the lens of a shapeshifter.
14 January, 2021
The Rules of the Game | A war movie without a war
The Rules of the Game is a war movie without a war that tells about the precariousness of French aristocratic society in the late 1930s.
08 July, 2021
Sex Education | How hard being normal can be
Created in 2019 by Laurie Nunn, Sex Education speaks about teenagers and sexuality and shows how hard being a normal young adult can be.
24 June, 2021
Clichés & the City with Emily in Paris
There’s a characteristic that struck the viewer since the first episode: Darren Star, in writing it, chose to use a huge amount of clichés. And if their casual dropping usually tends to be annoying, in this case, the result ends up being quite different.
17 July, 2023
Scott Pilgrim | When comics meet video games
Scott Pilgrim takes the reader through an hilarious coming of age story where video game rules apply and love must be earnt via boss fights.
08 December, 2023
Young Frankenstein, by Mel Brooks | It Could Work!
Directed by Mel Brooks and co-written with Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein (1974) became a staple in the history of parody cinema.
19 October, 2023
Roman Holiday | Re-watching a classic romance, 70 years later
Hailed as one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, William Wyler's Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, celebrates its 70th anniversary and impressive international legacy.
20 September, 2023
Severance TV Show | Identity without memory
"Who are you?" This seemingly straightforward question sums up the focal existential issue of this TV show. It's there from from the get-go in Severance, Dan Erikson's acclaimed new offering,…
05 June, 2023
Gegege no Kitaro | The popularization of yokai
Shigeru Mizuki's manga Gegege no Kitaro is the unique horror comedy tale behind the popularity of Japanese folklore in modern media.
31 May, 2023
Knives Out | Detective Fiction in Trump's America
Rian Johnson's Knives Out reinvents the Whodunit tropes, proposing an unconventional detective figure and reflecting on classism and immigration themes.
24 May, 2023
The Big Lebowski | Everyman's Man
In 1998, after the big success of Fargo (1996), directing brothers Joel and Ethan Coen brought to the screen The Big Lebowski, a crime comedy that draws on the noir and Western genres. Despite a lackluster box office and critical reception, the movie has since become the first cult movie of the Internet Era.
23 May, 2023
GTO - Great Teacher Onizuka is a cheeky critique of Japanese society
GTO is an hilarious social commentary about the shenanigans of Onizuka, former gang member with a pure heart, on his way to become a teacher.
30 March, 2023
Feel Good | When feeling bad is easier
Feel Good is a romantic comedy-drama written by comedian Mae Martin with a simple setting that explores many controversial themes.
06 March, 2023
Turning Red | A Gift for Your Younger Self
Girls and women are the heart and soul of Pixar's 2022 fantasy adventure comedy Turning Red. Protagonist Meilin Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), affectionately known as "Mei" to her quirky group of friends, immediately introduces viewers to the colorful life of a pre-teen girl in early 2000s Toronto. Juggling tradition and modernity, Mei goes from fangirling over boy bands to lecturing tourists about her family's heritage. But when that balance begins to unravel, Mei is forced to choose sides.
06 December, 2022
The Banshees of Inisherin or the tragedy of a troubled friendship
The latest movie from Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin is a sharp, fun black comedy about the simplest of matters: men's friendship.
23 November, 2022
Up | An Inter-Generational Story To Rise Above Grief
Up tells the story of a man's journey into his senior years. The movie mixes various themes that give depth to the adventure and make it relatable for the viewer.
02 November, 2022
The Goonies | A Nostalgic Throwback to Youth
The Goonies (1985) follows the adventures of a group of outcast kids, providing a timeless essay on the power of friendship and imagination.
29 September, 2022
Encanto | Breaking the Circle of Trauma
Between upbeat songs and colorful settings, Encanto discusses generational trauma and the pressure of expectations in a Colombian family.
31 July, 2022
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck | The American Dream
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is a series of twelve stories featuring Scrooge McDuck, the famous uncle of Donald Duck. It bears strong reference to Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
20 July, 2022
Tokyo Godfathers | A Christmas Movie Full of Depth
Beneath its simple story, Tokyo Godfathers is a movie full of depth. Its narrative presents a complex and realistic depiction of Tokyo and its inhabitants.
29 June, 2022
Some Like It Hot | Challenging Stereotypes Through Laughter
Some like it hot by Billy Wilder was released in 1959. The movie tells the story of two musicians who disguise themselves as women to escape malefactors.
11 April, 2022
Yotsuba &! | The manga where every day is the best day ever
In the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma, the five-year-old girl Yotsuba teaches to live one's emotions fully.
10 March, 2022
Only Murders in the Building | Three strangers, a crime scene, and a podcast
An unusual trio decides to investigate about the murder in their building and turn it into a crime podcast: this is Only Murders in the Building.
28 February, 2022
Cinzia by Leo Ortolani is an ironic look into the struggles of a transgender woman
Published in 2018, Cinzia by Leo Ortolani is the first graphic novel that tells with its humor a story about acceptance and identity.
16 February, 2022
Force Majeure | The shame of surviving unfulfilled expectations
Force Majeure by Ruben Östlund enquires the shame of surviving unfulfilled expectations, while diving into gender stereotypes.
28 January, 2022
The Politician | An ironic and extra political satire
The Politician is a satirical melodrama, which analyzes the ugliness of "making politics" and, more broadly, of "being a politician".
20 December, 2021
Saint Young Men | God's human side
Saint Young Men Gods Jesus and Buddha enjoy a relaxing holiday living as two normal human beings in contemporary Japan
08 December, 2021
City Lights | The time Charlie Chaplin risked it all
City lights (1931) by Charlie Chaplin is a silent movie realized in the period of sound cinema that conquered public and critics.
29 November, 2021
Monster Allergy | Zick, Elena and the contrast in life
In Monster Allergy Zick and Elena live adventures between two worlds, the usual human society and the extravagant monster civilization.
22 September, 2021
Gilmore Girls | An everlasting flavor of friendship
The relationship that moves the show is quite ordinary: the one between a mother and a daughter. But they’re best friends, and this element is the topic.
26 August, 2021
Galavant | A different happily ever after
Produced by ABC network in 2015, Galavant is a disrespectful musical comedy that shows a different way to live happily ever after.
22 July, 2021
Trying | An amusing glimpse into adoption
The comedy Trying shows the difficult and emotional journey that needs to be accomplished to become foster parents.
30 June, 2021
Grand Budapest Hotel | A romantic adventure in a fairy tale world
Written and directed by Wes Anderson in 2015, Grand Budapest Hotel is surreal crime story set in a fairy tale world.
24 June, 2021
Community | The best college to attend
They made people believe that in the United States there are only Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton. Community has (finally) told a side of America that no one tells, community colleges. Although in reality, this series tells much more.
23 June, 2021
Jojo Rabbit | The best Nazi in the world
Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit tells the story of a boy whose best imaginary friend is Hitler and dreams of becoming the best Nazi in the world.
03 June, 2021
Schitt's Creek | Not a regular family
Imagine having it all, a big house, a lot of money, a lot of friends, and then, lost it all. This is Schitt's Creek.
14 May, 2021
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet | It's not only about gaming
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet tries to make the video games world more accessible to everyone, by offering a sharp and intelligent comedy.
05 May, 2021
Brooklyn Nine-Nine | The good cops do exist
The strength of this series is first and foremost the basic idea: a parody of all the American crime TV series, often excessively serious.
30 March, 2021
VEEP | A female vice-president? Not fiction anymore
2020. Joe Biden chooses Kamala Harris, making her the first female in the white house. Finally, is no longer fiction, as it is in VEEP.
18 March, 2021
The Good Place could be a better place
The very core of The Good Place is actually a philosophical dilemma: is it possible to teach how to be good?
04 February, 2021
Rick and Morty | The absurd balance between tragedy and miracle of life
The series revolves around the adventures of an American family, the Smith family.; but unlike all other animated TV series, the focus is shifted to the toxic and hilarious relationship between grandfather and grandson.
11 January, 2021
Seinfeld | The Sitcom Grandma
Originally broadcast on NBC, this series violated all TV rules until then, this is the show about nothing: Seinfeld.
22 October, 2020
Mystery and domestic struggles in Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives combines comedy, drama, and mystery, creating created a cultural phenomenon that eventually went beyond the screen.
17 September, 2020
Fleabag challenges the viewer in many ways
Fleabag is an adaptation from Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman show of the same name, staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013.
23 July, 2020
Dear White People | An exploration of racial identity
Samantha White lives the daily struggle of being a black student in a predominantly white school, and calls out the bias on her radio podcast called ‘Dear White People’.
02 May, 2020
Selfie | Meaning (and connection) cravings
Selfie is a French anthology film comprising five different tales by five different directors, about the influence of new media on good people.
07 November, 2022
Sensational She-Hulk | Attorney at Parody
She-Hulk attorney and superhero, breaks bones and the fourth wall in the legendary action-comedy by John Byrne.
11 August, 2022
The Nanny | Between style and identity
As the star of the sitcom The Nanny, Fran Fine tries in every way to win the love of her employer always remaining herself. Because uniqueness is never for sale.
30 June, 2022
How I Met Your Mother | No time for regret
Aired by CBS from 2005 to 2014, How I Met Your Mother is a sitcom about friendship, past regrets and the search for real love.
19 May, 2022
Dickinson | The great American poet, revised
Dickinson is a greatly revised and stylized version of the real poet's youth and art. The result is a wacky and explosive half history drama, half teen comedy - with a 21st century soundtrack accompanying a 19th century setting.
28 April, 2022
The Big Bang Theory | How nerds and geeks conquered the world
In The Big Bang Theory, a group of geek scientist friends learn to improve themselves by expanding their social sphere.
04 November, 2021
It's a Sin | The AIDS invasion in 1980s' London
It’s a Sin touches deep chords in the history of gay men. Focusing on the personal stories of a group of friends living in London, it unravels the AIDS most tragic decade.
28 October, 2021
Adventure Time | Magic, swords and heartbreak
Created in 2010 by Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time is a 10-season-long children show focusing on adventure, romance and growing up.
19 August, 2021
Freaks and Geeks | A genuine portrait of adolescence
In the late 90s Paul Feig, creator, and Judd Apatow, producer, had already understood a secret. The revenge of the nerds would have taken place with the beginning of the new millennium, feeding the imagination of the years to come. The result of their ramblings turned out to be Freaks and Geeks.
18 August, 2021
Soul | Life is not about what you think it is
A movie about life or about death? 2020's animated movie Soul by Disney Pixar can change the way you look at life, for the better.
29 July, 2021
Friends | Suspension of disbelief at Central Perk
Friends: the suspension of disbelief in a coming-of-age story that overcomes the TVs making the spectator laugh and empathize.
27 May, 2021
This is Us | How life is the perfect mix of sweet and sour
This is Us shows how life is a perfect mix of sweet and sour, and we all share the same crazy, hard and exciting journey.
21 April, 2021
Captain Fantastic | Can a family thrive away from society?
In Captain Fantastic the theme of separation from society, usually analyzed from a lone perspective, is analyzed from the point of view of a family
24 March, 2021
Another Round | Awakening to Life
What if humans are born with a blood alcohol content 0.05% too low? It is the central premise of Thomas Vinterberg’s feature "Another Round."
28 April, 2020
Cat In The Wall | A critical look at the loss of tolerance
With Cat In the Wall, Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva transport their documentary style and commitment to realism into the world of fiction.
27 April, 2020
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a tonic for low spirits
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is a comedic science fiction series of books- better, a trilogy in five parts, as Adams and the blurbs declared. The project started as a radio program for BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and was published as a book a year later. The novel owes much to the imaginary built by writers such as Asimov and Bradbury, but it possesses a unique tone. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy nothing is as it appears and having the answers is of no use if the questions aren’t the right ones.
23 September, 2023
Yorgos Lanthimos' Poor Things | It's a Very, Very Mad World
Yorgos Lanthimos is back. Five years after The Favourite (2018), the Greek filmmaker teams up again with Emma Stone and scriptwriter Tony McNamara for his most ambitious film to date. Poor Things is the arthouse counterpart to Greta Gerwig's Barbie. Based on Alasdair Gray's eponymous novel, the movie is a hybrid of genres and tones - to say the least. Everything is held together by the creativity and nerve that always characterized Lanthimos' work. Only this time, thanks to a more upfront feminist attitude, it may finally breach into mainstream audiences.
09 September, 2023
El Conde by Pablo Larraín | Power Runs in the Blood
Pablo Larraín has always found poignant metaphors to describe the darkest years of Chilean history and one of the recurring motifs in his work: Pinochet's military dictatorship. With El Conde (a Netflix production), for the first time he chooses to address the Generalissimo himself, with a metaphor that leaves no room for misinterpretation.
14 October, 2022
EastSiders | Real love is messy
Produced thanks to crowdfunding campaigns, EastSiders tells the story of two young men discovering that real love is a mess.
12 May, 2022
The Woman in The House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window | Playing with clichés
The Woman in The House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window is a dark comedy that plays with mystery's clichés.
05 May, 2022
How Breeders tells the truth about parenting
Breeders is an American-British parental dark comedy that follows two parents who struggle with parenthood.
29 July, 2020
The End of the F***ing World | A psychopathic love story
Similar to shows like Euphoria and Sex Education, The End of the F***ing World continues the trend of mature and gritty shows about teenagers, exploring every aspect of how these characters deal with love, trauma, and societal expectations.
17 November, 2022
Why do people love to hate Succession
Succession, gives us the other side of the coin, the real one: for the first time, we can see that money does not buy you happiness.
10 November, 2022
Pam & Tommy | The unauthorized tale of a sex tape
Pam & Tommy is a fictional tell of the true story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s turbulent love, started with a hasty marriage in 1995.
14 April, 2022
You | A Satire on Toxic Masculinity
You is a cross-genre narrative that tears apart the popular imagery of romantic love, romantic hero, and more with biting satire.
17 February, 2022
Fargo | The endless war between Good and Evil, Chance and Inevitability
In the world of Fargo, the characters are transformed by rediscovering their animal instincts, in a perennial struggle between Good and Evil, between Chance and Inevitability.
09 February, 2022
Wild at Heart | A love full of sound in a world full of fury
Wild at Heart is one of David One of David Lynch's most lively works, but also one of the hardest to grasp, Wild at Heart provides (for those who comply) a cinematic trip that has not lost an ounce of its expressive force to the passing of time.
01 July, 2021
The Boys | The dark side of superheroes
A group of common people, The Boys, fight against the most famous superheroes, The Seven, showing the dark side of the so-called heroes but also that of the common people.
04 November, 2020
Parasite | Defying definition and labels
With Parasite, Bong Joon Ho constructs a contemporary domestic gothic, a tale of class warfare that implicates all of its characters, and leaves the audience wondering who the title is really describing.
02 April, 2020
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov's troubled novel
The Master and Margarita is one of the most famous Russian novels. Mikhail Bulgakov continued to amend the novel throughout his life to avoid censorship.
09 March, 2020
Dark humor meets drama in Orange Is the New Black
Orange is the New Black explores sexuality, race, and the prison system in the United States with a mix of dark humor and heavy drama.
09 March, 2020
Breaking Bad | The downward spiral of an ordinary man
Breaking Bad is the journey of an ordinary man into the crazy world of drug dealing - a downward spiral into power, corruption and ultimately, evil.
04 January, 2022
Sherlock | The beloved investigative loner
John Watson is a former military doctor who's looking for a new apartment. When he accepts to live with the detective Sherlock, the real adventures begin. Starting from the logline, the show differs from Doyle's work both in terms of world setting and - although maintaining a background coherence - characters.
30 September, 2021
The Kominsky Method | Laughter and melancholy
Intelligence in recounting the old age - the last stage of life - desecrating and enveloping it with tenderness. This is The Kominsky Method.
01 September, 2021
Fantastic Mr. Fox | A story about animals and humans
Directed by Wes Anderson and based on Roald Dahl's tale, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story of animal and human and how those opposite can coexist.
21 June, 2021
Welcome to the N.H.K. | Paranoia and Hikikomori
Welcome to the NHK! tells the story of the hikikomori Satō, the everyday life rulded by paranoia of a young man secluded from society.
18 February, 2021
BoJack Horseman | A human journey
"The person who taught me to be in the world the most is a horse" quotes the Instagram page of Netflix, and fans around the world can only confirm. Bojack Horseman is more human than us.
13 January, 2021
Killing Eve | Spies and Assassins play their game
Killing Eve is a cat-and-mouse game, based on obsession, spies and witty dialogues, that have the power to subvert genres.
07 October, 2020
The Candidate | American politics before the Watergate
Michael Ritchie’s film was defined as a dark political comedy when it was released, yet its satire pales in comparison to the real-world politics happening on TV screens today. Its humor is a nuanced, philosophical kind, perhaps only possible in the moment the movie was written, before the Watergate scandal, before the heavy-handed political satires of the 90s like Wag the Dog or Canadian Bacon, and certainly before the Trump era.
10 August, 2022
Ratatouille | Revealing the Outsider's Magical Cuisine
Ratatouille is an animated movie directed by Brad Bird and co-directed by Jan Pinkava. It is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released in 2007 by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie's title hints at the main character and his pinnacle achievement. Indeed, it is a pun between the word 'rat' in French and the famous dish of stewed mixed vegetables. The movie is a comedy full of funny and out-of-the-box situations, with brilliant dialogues and charismatic characters. It is an ode to the culinary industry that results in a fairy tale in which rats can walk...and even cook.
20 May, 2021
Ted Lasso | Being good is the new being bad
"Believe" says a hand-written and slightly crooked sign above the door of AFC coach Richmond, and it represents everything that Ted Lasso is. A tireless dreamer that never stops believing.
Milo Manara at Lucca Comics | “The woman’s body is an army deployed to battle”
Posted on 5 November 2023