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.45 is an independent 2006 dark comedy/thriller starring Milla Jovovich, Angus Macfadyen, Aisha Tyler and Stephen Dorff. Gary Lennon, whose last feature was 1995's Drunks, wrote and directed the film. Variety describes the film as a "doublecross pic set in the underworld of Hell's Kitchen." .45 was released theatrically in Greece, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and Mexico.
Set in New York's Hell's Kitchen during the 1970s, the film revolves around a couple involved in small-time crime. After Big Al (Macfadyen), a gun and drug-dealer, abuses his girlfriend, Kate (Jovovich), one too many times, she uses her beauty to seduce her friends into framing him for murder.
The Big White is a 2005 black comedy picture directed by Mark Mylod starring Robin Williams, Holly Hunter and Woody Harrelson.
Paul Barnell (Robin Williams), a travel agent, is in trouble. Saddled with a wife Margaret (Hunter) who claims to be struggling with Tourette syndrome and unable to convince ambitious insurance company agent Ted (Giovanni Ribisi) to pay off the one-million-dollar claim on his brother, who has been missing for five years, Paul's debts are mounting as fast as his life is crumbling. When Paul discovers the corpse of a nameless man who ended up on the wrong side of the mob, desperation drives him to stage a grisly death scene and make it look as if his brother has suffered a horrible fate. Though the local police force is easily taken by Paul's elaborate ruse, it's going to take a little more convincing before Ted is willing to sign off on the hefty insurance payment. Add in two bumbling hitmen (Tim Blake Nelson and W. Earl Brown) whose boss demands proof of death...,
A Dog's Breakfast is a Canadian black comedy independent film produced in 2006. It was the first film to be written and directed by David Hewlett, who is best known for his role in the TV series Stargate Atlantis. Hewlett created the film as a private off-season project and stars alongside his real-life sister Kate Hewlett and Atlantis actor Paul McGillion. The film was produced by John Lenic and Hewlett's then-girlfriend (now-fiancée) Jane Loughman.Due to its strong affiliation with the Stargate franchise, the film generated considerable buzz within the Stargate fandom. It had several screenings in selected major towns in the USA and the UK in late 2006 and 2007. MGM picked up worldwide television and home video rights to the film in early December 2006. The film is scheduled to be released on DVD on September 18, 2007 in The United States and Canada.When Marylin brings home her new sci-fi-soap star fiancé Ryan, her big brother Patrick first tries to drive a wedge between the happy...,
The Matador is a 2005 dark comedy film written and directed by Richard Shepard and starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.
As of February 12, 2006, the film grossed a total of $10.5 million in the domestic box office.
The film was released on DVD on July 4, 2006 and on HD DVD on December 18, 2006An encounter in a Mexican hotel bar, between tired traveling salesman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) and jaded assassin Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan), leads both men into an awkward friendship. Noble faces the morality of his profession and goes through a mid life crisis, one that causes him to freeze on a job. His bosses request him dead, so Julian flees and visits Danny at his home on Christmas, looking for a place to stay. That night he shares the real reason that he came to his new friend: he needed help with one last job.
The last job just so happens to be Noble's old boss, of which, after much internal struggling and Danny talking him through it, is assassinated by Noble's efforts at a...,
Keeping Mum is a 2005 British black comedy film starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith.
In the opening scene a pregnant young lady called Rosie Jones (Emilia Fox) is traveling by train, and her very large case starts leaking blood. When questioned by the police she reveals that the two dismembered bodies inside are her unfaithful husband and his mistress. She is then sentenced by the judge (Roger Hammond) to a secure unit for the criminally insane.
Forty-three years later, in the village of Little Wallop, a vicar (Rowan Atkinson) is very busy writing the perfect sermon for a conference, and does not fulfill the sexual needs of his wife Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas). Gloria has an affair with her golf instructor, Lance (Patrick Swayze), who also practices voyeurism: video-taping her daughter Holly undressing from outside. Holly (Tamsin Egerton) frequently has a new boyfriend, with one of whom she noticeably makes love in a minibus in front of the house. Son...,
The Chumscrubber is a 2005 dark comedy film directed by Arie Posin and written by Posin and Zac Stanford, starring an ensemble cast. The film focuses on the lack of communication between teenagers and their parents, and the prevalence of prescription drugs in American society. The title of the film refers to a popular video game omnipresent in the teenagers' lives, in which a post-apocalyptic hero carries his severed head in his hand as he fights the forces of evil.
The high school scenes were filmed on location in the Santa Clarita, California junior high middle school, with special effects work completed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The film won the Audience Award for best film in Main Competition at the Moscow Film Festival.
This movie is a criticism of modern suburban life in America and its effect on the family structure. Strong emphasis is placed on social alienation and artificial happiness, usually achieved through medication. Each character is alone in his world and...,
Pretty Persuasion is a 2005 black comedy/satirical film focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools, and attitudes about females in media and society. It was directed by Marcos Siega and written by Skander Halim, and stars Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods and Ron Livingston amongst others. The film's tagline is: "Revenge knows no mercy." The film received comparisons to Election (1999), Heathers (1989) and To Die For (1995).
Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is a high school student at Roxbury, a Beverly Hills school for the wealthy. She and her best friend Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) take Randa (Adi Schnall), a new student from the Middle East, under their wings. When Kimberly decides to accuse her drama teacher (Ron Livingston) of sexual harassment, she gets everyone - including her friends, her family and the media (Jane Krakowski) - involved in her seductive and manipulative ways.
The film was not received very well by film critics. Roger Ebert called it ...,
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse is a film spin-off from the popular British television comedy series The League of Gentlemen. Starring Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, the film was written by the cast with Jeremy Dyson, and directed by Steve Bendelack. Also featuring in guest roles are Victoria Wood, David Warner, Bruno Langley, Bernard Hill, Simon Pegg and Peter Kay.
The film was due for a UK release on 22 April 2005, but the release date was moved back to 3 June. Over 20 minutes of footage was deleted in the final cut.
The film has a somewhat postmodern storyline in which the characters of the television series discover that they are fictional and are called upon to find a way into the 'real' world in order to confront their writers.
Nearly all of the action involves the characters Herr Lipp, Hilary Briss and Geoff Tipps, played by Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith respectively. Other characters such as Mr Chinnery, Pauline Campbell-Jones,...,
The Stepford Wives is a 2004 black comedy and science fiction film based on the Ira Levin novel The Stepford Wives. It was released in North America on June 11, 2004.The film was directed by Frank Oz with a screenplay by Paul Rudnick and stars Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Roger Bart, Faith Hill, Glenn Close and Jon Lovitz.
After a derranged fan nearly kills her live on air, an ambitous T.V executive (Nicole Kidman) loses her job and suffers a nervous breakdown. As a means of recuperating, she and her husband (Matthew Broderick) move to Stepford: a small, introverted community where the wives are brainless, impossibly beautiful domestic godesses, who live to serve their shady, oafish husbands. Realising there's something sinister going on behind closed doors, she resolves to find the truth, no matter how disturbing...
This film is notorious for the numerous production problems that occurred throughout its shooting schedule. The tension started...,
Employee of the Month is a 2004 black comedy starring Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate.
Employee of the Month features David Walsh (Dillon), a bank employee whose day begins badly when he gets fired from his dream job and dumped by his fiancee Sara Goodwin (Applegate) soon after.
Bad Santa is a 2003 film directed by Terry Zwigoff, produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Billy Bob Thornton as the title character and Tony Cox as his partner-in-crime. Bernie Mac, John Ritter (in his final live-action film), Lauren Graham, Lauren Tom, Ethan Phillips, Brett Kelly and Cloris Leachman are also featured.The unrated version of the film was released on DVD in 2004 as Badder Santa. A director's cut DVD has been released in November 2006. It features director Terry Zwigoff's cut of the film (including an audio commentary with him and the film's editor), but is three minutes shorter than the theatrical cut and ten minutes shorter than the unrated version.Bad Santa was Terry Zwigoff's fourth film and was by far his most mainstream, following the very limited releases of Crumb and Ghost World. The original screenplay was written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who had previously been known for the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs". They would later go on to,...,
Gigli (IPA[dʒiːli] or [ʒiːli]) is a film released in 2003 which was written and directed by Martin Brest, starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Lainie Kazan.
Originally, the film was intended to be a very dark comedy with no romantic subplot, but the producers demanded script rewrites throughout filming.Larry Gigli (Affleck) is a low ranking mobster who is commanded to kidnap the disabled, Baywatch-obsessed younger brother (Justin Bartha) of a powerful federal prosecutor, to save his mobster boss from prison.
Gigli successfully convinces the man, Brian, to go off with him by promising to take him "to the Baywatch". However, Gigli's boss does not trust him; he hires a woman calling herself Ricki (Jennifer Lopez) to take over the job.
Although Gigli is attracted to Ricki, he resents the fact that Louis (Lenny Venito), his boss, does not have faith in him and that he has to take orders from Ricki. He is also frustrated by...,
Party Monster (2003) is a drama/dark comedy that details the rise and fall of infamous New York party promoter Michael Alig. The movie stars former child star Macaulay Culkin as the drug addled "King of the Club Kids". Also in the film are Seth Green as the flamboyant and slightly smarter James St. James, Dylan McDermott as Alig's boss/father figure Peter Gatien, Chloë Sevigny as Alig's girlfriend/fag hag Gitsie, Wilmer Valderrama as his onetime boyfriend DJ Keoki, Wilson Cruz as drug dealer/Club Kid wannabe Angel Melendez, and Marilyn Manson as Christina, a transsexual member of Alig's entourage. A number of real life club kids appeared as extras, including fashion designer Richie Rich and David LaChapelle's transsexual muse Amanda Lepore.
The film is based on St. James' novel Disco Bloodbath, and details his friendship with Alig, which fell apart as Alig's drug addiction worsened, and ended after he murdered Melendez and went to prison. A 1998 documentary on the murder, also called ...,
My Wrongs 8245 - 8249 and 117 is the first film by Chris Morris, starring Paddy Considine as a mentally disturbed man taking care of a friend's Doberman Pinscher (named Rothko, and voiced by Morris) while she's away. The dog talks to him and convinces the nameless protagonist that he is on trial for everything he's done wrong in his life, and the dog is his lawyer. Unfortunately, the dog tends to make things worse for him, and the man's life falls further into disrepair.
This was the first film by Warp Films, an imprint of popular British record label Warp Records. It was released on DVD in 2003, on a region 0, PAL disc. The disc featured a false commentary track, among other bonuses. The packaging included a handwritten list of various wrongs committed by the protagonist, although one would have to destroy the case to read them all. The title comes from this tendency of the protagonist to record his sins: the film depicts numbers 8245-8249 in the timeline, and number 117, which...,
Death to Smoochy is a 2002 dark comedy film starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Catherine Keener. It also features Jon Stewart and Danny DeVito, who is also the film's director. Death to Smoochy is known for its mostly vulgar humor, particularly Williams' occasional cursing outbursts. This film also shows him playing a role very against type, as a corrupted, nearly psychopathic children's TV host.
Rainbow Randolph (Williams) enjoys his life and career as a happy, although corrupt, children's television show host, but after being caught by a federal sting for accepting bribes from a mother who wants her child to appear on the show, he is fired in disgrace. His timeslot is filled by squeaky clean, but sappy, Sheldon Mopes, and his character, Smoochy the Rhino (Norton). Randolph finds himself unemployed and homeless, virtually outcast from television by his two-faced associate Marion Stokes (Stewart), a slimy TV executive. In an effort to return to his life in the spotlight,...,
Teknolust is a 2002 movie produced, written, and directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson who, at the time of production, was working in the art department at University of California, Davis. It stars Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Davies.
The film is about the scientist Rosetta Stone (Swinton) who puts her DNA into three Self Replicating Automatons (S.R.A.s). These cyborg clones must habitually go into the real world in order to obtain a supply of Y chromosome in the form of semen to keep them alive. Unfortunately, their periodic treks into the world seem to leave the men they obtain the chromosome from with a strange virus that overtakes both their bodies and their computers.
Novocaine is a 2001 film written and directed by David Atkins and starring Steve Martin, Laura Dern, Helena Bonham Carter, Lynne Thigpen and Elias Koteas.The film was shot in the Chicago, Illinois area, during a limited 32-day schedule. The film received extra publicity during production and as its release approached because of an off-the-screen romance between Martin and Carter. According to the director:The movie starts out fairly weirdly with shots of "jaws in action" (talking, eating etc.). Frank Sangster (Steve Martin) is a prosperous dentist with a loving hygenist-fianceé, Jean (Laura Dern). After an exhibit of his life running smoothly, Susan Ivey (Helena Bonham Carter) shows up with a tooth in need of a root canal. He gives her some Ibuprofen for the pain but she claims that she is allergic. She asks for a prescription for the addictive pain-killer, Demerol and surprisingly, she gets a prescription for 5 tablets and an appointment for 7:30 A.M.
Later in the day, a pharmacist...,
Scotland, Pa. is a 2001 film, directed and written by Billy Morrissette based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth starring James LeGros, Maura Tierney and Christopher Walken. Shakespeare's tragedy, originally set in Dunsinane Castle in 11th Century Scotland is reworked as a dark comedy set in 1975, based around "Duncan's Cafe", a fast-food restaurant in the small town of Scotland, Pennsylvania. The choice of Pennsylvania was arbitrary, though coincides with a real town, southwest of Harrisburg, on the outskirts of Chambersburg.
Macbeth is presented as "Joe 'Mac' McBeth" (James LeGros), Lady Macbeth as "Pat McBeth" (Maura Tierney), Duncan as "Norm Duncan" (James Rebhorn), Macduff as "Lieutenant McDuff" (Christopher Walken), and Banquo as "Anthony 'Banko' Banconi" (Kevin Corrigan). The three witches are presented as a trio of bohemians (Amy Smart, Timothy "Speed" Levitch, Andy Dick).
The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
American Psycho is a 2000 film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel American Psycho which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on April 14, 2000. The film stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, with Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe and Samantha Mathis.
Mary Harron, who had previously directed I Shot Andy Warhol based on the story of Valerie Solanas, directed the film and co-wrote its screenplay with Guinevere Turner. This screenplay was selected over three others, including one by Ellis himself; according to Turner, Ellis' script ended with a giant musical number. When she asked Ellis about this, she says he admitted he had been unable to think of a good way to end his script. Turner claims Ellis' only complaint with the movie was Bateman's moonwalk before killing Paul Allen. Although the movie doesn't fully depict all of Bateman's goings on that occurred in the novel, the film accurately depicts the...,
Drowning Mona is a 2000U.S.crime comedy starring Danny DeVito as Wyatt Rash, a local police chief from Verplanck, New York, who investigates the mysterious death of Mona Dearly (played by Bette Midler), a spiteful, loud-mouthed, cruel and around the town highly unpopular woman, who drove her son's Yugo off the cliff and drowned in the river. "Drowning Mona" should also be called a black comedy, perhaps in the tradition of "Fargo," though really more endearing/charming overall.
Many of the movie's scenes are flashbacks. Most or all of them depict what somebody tells somebody else and are therefore not necessarily representative of what really happened. In fact, some of them directly contradict each other.
The movie's first scene shows Mona Dearly leaving her home and trying in vain to unlock her car. Her keys fit her son's car, so she takes that and drives off. In a bend, the brakes fail completely and she drives off a cliff into the Hudson River. This is observed by Clarence, who is...,
Chain of Fools (also known by its production title Shiny New Enemies) is a 2000 heist comedy/romance film about a hapless barber named Kresk (Steve Zahn).
Kresk is a loser -- he isn't good at his job, he's been tossed out of his home, and his wife just dumped him for the marriage counselor. Now he's depressed, and contemplating suicide. And yes, things get worse: a criminal named Avnet (Jeff Goldblum) has stolen three priceless coins, and decided to blackmail Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), his billionaire partner in crime. After Kresk overhears this, he almost gets shot -- and Avnet ends up impaled on a pair of barbers' scissors.
Now Kresk is in a considerably nastier situation, so he steals the gun and the coins. But things take a sharp turn when he hires a hit man named Mikey (Elijah Wood), and discovers that the hit man is only seventeen and emotionally traumatized by his parents' suicide. And that Kresk is falling for the cop/Playboy model Sgt. Meredith Kolko (Salma Hayek), and...,
Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a 2000 Swedish surrealistic drama/dark comedy film directed by Roy Andersson. The film is tied together of different stories of people’s lives, with clear political criticism from the left against a cold capitalist society.
Snatch is a 2000 film by British writer-director Guy Ritchie. It features an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the movie contains two intertwined plots — one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter named Turkish (Statham) who finds himself under the thumb of a psychotic gangster named Brick Top (Ford).
The film is characterised by an assortment of colourful characters, including the "pikey" Irish Traveller Mickey O'Neill (Pitt), Uzbek ex-KGB agent and arms-dealer Boris 'the Blade' Yurinov (or Boris the Bullet-Dodger) (Šerbedžija), professional thief-gambling addict Frankie 'Four-Fingers' (del Toro) and bounty-hunter Bullet-Tooth Tony (Jones), who can "find you Moses and the burning bush if you pay him enough". It is also distinguished by a kinetic direction and editing style, a circular plot featuring numerous ironic twists of chance and causality, and a fast pace.
The movie shares similar themes, ideas and...,
The Woman Chaser is a 1999 film by director Robinson Devor, starring Patrick Warburton. The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford.Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Richard Hudson (Warburton) is a shrewd car dealer who moves from San Francisco and sets up a used-car dealership. Tiring of this job, he turns the lot over to an assistant and starts writing his first movie, The Man Who Got Away. It turns out to be an uncommercial picture chronicling the story of a truck driver who goes berserk, runs over a little girl and dies fending off a platoon of police officers.In making his film, Richard enlists the help of his father-in-law, Leo (Paul Malevich), a washed-up former film director whose notable possession is a Rouault painting of a clown that. Through Leo, Richard pitches his idea to the Man (Ernie Vincent), the chief executive of Mammoth Pictures who green-lights the project. Conflict inevitably arises when Richard's obsession for making the movie his way...,
Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a 1999 black comedy film and the directorial debut of screenwriter Kevin Williamson. The film stars Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Barry Watson and Jeffrey Tambor and was released on August 20 1999. It was originally titled Killing Mrs. Tingle, but delayed and retitled due to the uproar over teen violence in films after the Columbine High School massacre.Leigh Ann, played by Holmes, is a high school student who wants to achieve high enough grades to become valedictorian. However, her grade in History is threatened by the cruel teacher Mrs. Tingle, played by Mirren. Mrs. Tingle has an especial dislike for Leigh Ann, and thus Mrs. Tingle grades down her well-designed project. The teacher also stumbles upon Leigh Ann with the final exam, which had been stolen and planted in Leigh Ann's backpack without her knowledge.Leigh Ann and her two friends head to Mrs. Tingle's house that night and try to convince the teacher that Leigh Ann is innocent. This is to save Leigh...,
Drop Dead Gorgeous is an American film released in 1999. The film is considered a Black comedy. Even though it was not initially a hit with audiences or critics it is now revered as a Cult classic.
It stars Denise Richards and Kirsten Dunst as contestants in a beauty pageant called the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant, held in the small town of Mount Rose, Minnesota. The film is a fictitious documentary covering the pageant.
The motion picture was directed by Michael Patrick Jann and produced by Judy Hofflund and Gavin Pollone.
Many Mount Rose girls compete in the pageant simply to have something to do. Other contestants, like Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) want to win the scholarship money so they can leave Mount Rose - in Amber's case, so she can become more like her idol, Diane Sawyer. Rebecca Leeman (Denise Richards) is the daughter of the richest man in town, and her mother Gladys Leeman (Kirstie Alley) - the head of the pageant organising committee...,
Election is a 1999 film adapted from a critically acclaimed 1998 novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. The plot revolves around a three-way election race in high school that satirizes high school life and politics. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Witherspoon in the Best Actress category.
It stars Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein and is set in suburban Omaha, Nebraska and is the story of Jim McAllister (Broderick) and Tracy Flick (Witherspoon). McAllister is a high school teacher whose enthusiastic involvement with various school-related functions masks his frustration with other aspects of his life. Tracy is an overachiever whose obsession with getting into a good college masks both a vindictive, manipulative and sexual side. When Tracy obtains a nomination for class president in the school election, McAllister believes she does not deserve the title, and tries his best to stop...,
Cookie's Fortune is a 1999 comedy film directed by Robert Altman and starring an ensemble cast, including Patricia Neal, Charles S. Dutton, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Liv Tyler and Chris O'Donnell. It portrays small town Southern life in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The script was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. When a small Mississippi town's wealthy dowager Jewel-Mae "Cookie" Orcutt tires of her widowed life, she decides to take one of her late husband Buck's pistols from the closet and kill herself. She is discovered by her pretentious playwright niece, Camille (Glenn Close), and Camille's eccentrically odd and adorably shy younger sister, Cora (played by Julianne Moore), who plot to set the suicide up as a murder to preserve the family's reputation and ensconce themselves in the family mansion. The family of eccentrics is rounded out by Cora's wayward outlaw of a daughter, Emma (Liv Tyler). Chris O'Donnell plays Emma's love interest and erstwile ...,
Jawbreaker is a 1999 comedy-drama directed by Darren Stein. Although targeted towards a teen audience, the film's darker elements set it apart from others in the teen film genre. It was released February 19, 1999. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer as girls in a clique that is at the top of the feeding order in their local high school.
There's a wicked clique in Reagan High School, Los Angeles. Cursed with beauty, dark wit and cold charisma, the girls in the pack are making their way up the social ladder, leaving casualties in their path. That is, until a mindless birthday prank leaves Liz Purr choked to death with a jawbreaker, still in her bra and panties, in the trunk of a car. The girls responsible for the grisly (yet accidental) murder are Courtney (Rose McGowan), the cold hearted leader; Marcie (Julie Benz), the adoring follower; and Julie (Rebecca Gayheart). Courtney insists on covering up the murder, making it look as if Liz had died at...,
Happiness is a 1998 black comedy motion picture, written and directed by Todd Solondz, that shows the lives of three sisters and their families.The film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for "its bold tracking of controversial contemporary themes, richly-layered subtext, and remarkable fluidity of visual style," and the cast received the National Board of Review award for best ensemble performance.Happiness is an episodic movie, like Robert Altman's film Short Cuts. The episodes show parts of the lives of three New Jersey sisters as well as their parents. It is a movie which breaks with "normal" Hollywood conventions at every opportunity.This becomes first apparent in the opening sequence, where one of the sisters tells a suitor (Jon Lovitz), who was just about to present her with a personalized gift, that she does not wish to be with him. The suitor, through tears, tells her that she insulted him throughout their relationship.The rest of the movie is no...,
Clay Pigeons is a 1998 film written by Matt Healy and directed by David Dobkin. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Clay Bidwell, Vince Vaughn as the Lester Long, and Janeane Garofalo as Agent Shelby.Clay (Phoenix) is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend, Earl (Gregory Sporleder) kill himself because of the ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife, Amanda (Georgina Cates). Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow when she presses him to continue with their sexual affairs.Clay's problems worsen when he inadvertently befriends a serial killer named Lester Long (Vaughn), who murders the nagging widow in an attempt to "help" his "fishing buddy." Clay is horrified, but does not go to the police for fear of his role in his friend's suicide coming to light. But that doesn't matter for the police, as well as for a savvy female FBI agent (Garofalo) and her partner (Phil Morris), who see Clay as their prime suspect. Yet Clay doesn't tell them of his "friend," who admits...,
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 English violent Mafia comedy film directed and written by Guy Ritchie. The story is a heist film involving a self-confident young card shark who loses £500,000 to a powerful crimelord in a rigged game of three card brag. In order to pay off his debts, he and his friends decide to rob a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door. The film garnered Guy Ritchie international acclaim, and introduced actors Vinnie Jones, a former English football player, and Jason Statham, to worldwide audiences.
In 2000, Ritchie won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. In 2004, the magazine Total Film named Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels the 38th greatest British film of all time.
A television series, Lock, Stock...The Series, followed in 2000.
There are four criminal gangs involved in the plot. The first (in order of appearance) is not really a gang at the outset as it consists...,
Dead Man on Campus is a 1998 comedy starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tom Everett Scott. It centers on the urban legend that you get straight A's if your roommate commits suicide (see: Pass by catastrophe). Two friends attempt to find a depressed roommate in order to push him over the edge and receive A's. It is not to be confused with the film The Curve — originally titled Dead Man's Curve — which came out in the same year and revolves around the same central idea.
In the movie Josh and Cooper find an obscure rule that if their roommate commits suicide then they get perfect GPA's, so they set out to find the most suicidal people. Their first suspect is Cliff, a clingy psycho, who is more likely to get himself (and any one with him) killed than commit suicide. After Josh and Cooper get him to move in, they just want him out. Next they try Buckley Schrank, a computer geek who thinks Bill Gates wants his brain. After they move Buckley in to "keep him safe" they try to help...,
Very Bad Things is a 1998 black comedy feature film, directed by Peter Berg. It stars Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz, and Jeremy Piven, with co-stars Daniel Stern, Christian Slater, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and writer/director Berg.Kyle Fisher (played by Favreau) is days away from his wedding and welcomes his stag party weekend as a chance to break free from the pressure from his Bridezilla fiancée, Laura (played by Diaz). Things are as chaotic as expected in their hotel in Las Vegas—drink, drugs and a stripper.However, trouble begins when Kyle's friend Michael (played by Piven) has sex with the stripper (played by real-life porn star Kobe Tai) in the hotel bathroom. While having sex with her, he slips, slams her head against a towel hook in the wall, and kills her. When a security guard finds the dead stripper's body, he threatens to call the police, only to be silenced when he is stabbed to death with a corkscrew. They bury the two in the desert, but soon guilt and nerves begin to destroy the...,
The Addams Family Reunion was the third movie of The Addams Family series, released in 1998. However, most members of the cast did not return to this direct-to-video installment; Raul Julia had died, Angelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd declined,and Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman at the ages of 18 were considered too old to play the children. In the end only Carel Struycken and Christopher Hart reprised their roles. Ed Begley, Jr stars as the villain of the story, Dr. Philip Adams, a mean doctor who tries to poison his father (Ray Walston) and steal his fortune. In one of the film's most memorable scenes, Dr. Philip challenges Gomez in, darts, pingpong, and Tennis. Of course, Gomez proves to be unbeatable in all sports.
Discovering his grandparents have developed "Waltzhiemer's Disease", Gomez, knowing his family tree is enormous, organises a family reunion in the hope of finding a cure from unknown relatives. Unfortunately, the company who arranged the reunion misspells his ...,
Divorcing Jack is a 1998 satiric dark comedy. The plot is set around the Northern Irish reporter Dan Starkey who gets entangled into a web of political intrigue and Irish terrorism, at the same time as Northern Ireland is set to elect a new Prime Minister. Writer Colin Bateman adapted his own book as the screenplay.
At the beginning of the film, Northern Irish columnist Dan Starkey (David Thewlis) and American journalist Charles Parker (Richard Gant) are sent out to cover the upcoming elections, in which the charismatic, former victim of terrorism, Michael Brinn (Robert Lindsay) seems the obvious winner, campaigning on a platform of disarmament and peace between the warring factions in Northern Ireland. Starkey, however, is not impressed with Brinn's promises, believing he has heard it from politicians before.
Before this, however, Starkey is caught cheating on his wife Patricia (Laine Megaw) with a young art student named Margaret (Laura Fraser). Patricia goes to her parents'...,
Lolita is a 1997 film directed by Adrian Lyne and was the second screen adaptation of the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The film stars Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert and Dominique Swain (then seventeen years old) as Dolores "Lolita" Haze. Supporting roles are Melanie Griffith, playing Charlotte Haze, and Frank Langella as Clare Quilty.The screenplay was written by Stephen Schiff, and the film has a score by Ennio Morricone. Schiff was commissioned to write the screenplay after scripts by James Dearden, David Mamet and Harold Pinter had been rejected by the producers.The first adaptation of Lolita was the 1962 version directed by Stanley Kubrick. Stephen Schiff, screenwriter of the 1997 version, has commented that, “Right from the beginning, it was clear to all of us that this movie was not a 'remake' of Kubrick's film. Rather, we were out to make a new adaptation of a very great novel”. He added that, “Some of the filmmakers involved actually looked upon the Kubrick version as a kind of...,
Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane is a 1998 independent action comedy film (with elements of dark humor) written and directed by Joe Carnahan. The film stars Joe Carnahan and Dan Leis as two salesman of a failing used car dealership who are paid $250,000 to allow a 1963 Pontiac LeMans convertible onto the dealership lot for two days.
The film has since been negotiated to be developed by Carnahan and producer Bob Levy as a prime time series on NBC.
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is a 1997 American black comedy film starring Joe Pesci and David Spade. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Tom Schulman. In 1998 the film won the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film's Silver Raven award.
Pesci plays Tommy, a wiseguy hired by a pair of dimwitted hitmen to transport a duffel bag full of decapitated heads to a crime boss (as proof of the deaths), but the bag gets switched with an identical bag belonging to Charlie, an American tourist flying to Mexico to meet his fiancee's parents. The bags are switched on the plane after landing. George Hamilton plays Dick, the father of Charlie's fiancee, who later is arrested for the possesion of the heads.
One memorable scene in the film is a dream sequence featuring Tommy being awakened by the eight heads who begin singing a revised version of "Mr. Sandman" as headless zombies crash through the walls and try to attack him.
Twin Town is a 1997 black comedy film made and set in Swansea, South Wales, although some parts were filmed in Port Talbot. It was directed by Kevin Allen and was originally intended to be called Hot Dog, a hot dog van was featured in a number of scenes in the film. It stars real-life brothers Rhys Ifans and Llŷr Ifans and also features Dougray Scott. In typical Hitchcock style the director appears on screen, briefly seen as a show host on a TV set in the static caravan home of the twins.
The Lewis "twins" of the title are not twins but brothers. They spend their lives stealing cars and sniffing glue. Fatty Lewis, their father, falls from a ladder whilst doing roofing work for Bryn Cartwright. The twins attempt to demand compensation for the accident. Bryn refuses. The twins take revenge by ruining a local karaoke competition in which Bryn's daughter is singing by urinating on her during the performance. Bryn and Terry Walsh, a corrupt police detective beat up the twins. As...,
In the Company of Men is a 1997 film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards.It originally premiered as a play at Brigham Young University in 1993, where it received an award from the Association for Mormon Letters. The success of the play, convinced LaBute to adapt it into a film. The film was shot on location entirely in Fort Wayne, Indiana, over a period of two weeks at the cost of $25,000.A commentary on modern misogyny and corporate culture, the film revolves around two male coworkers, "Chad," played by Eckhart, and "Howard," played by Malloy. Angry and frustrated with women, in general, the men plot to maliciously toy with the emotions of a deaf female subordinate.In the Company of Men •Your Friends & Neighbors •Nurse Betty •Possession •The Shape of Things •The Wicker Man •Lakeview Terrace,
Fargo is a 1996 American crime-comedy-drama film written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers.
Set in the Upper Midwest United States (the opening and closing scenes are set in North Dakota and the rest in Minnesota), it is the tale of a car salesman (William H. Macy), who has hired two men (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife for a ransom of US$1,000,000. The crime sets off a chain of murders, which are in turn investigated by pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand).
At the 69th Academy Awards, Fargo won two Oscars, for best original screenplay and for best actress in a leading role for Frances McDormand. The film also won the British BAFTA Award and several other international film awards, including the Award for Best Director (Joel Coen) at the Cannes Film Festival of 1996.
The film was ranked #84 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movies" list, although it was removed from the 2007 version, and #93 on its "100 Years...100...,
Template:DISPLAYTITLE:subUrbia (film)subUrbia is a 1996 dark comedy film based on the play subUrbia by Eric Bogosian and directed by Richard Linklater. The movie follows the relationships between a few young adults as they while away their time standing on "the corner" outside a local convenience store. The original soundtrack of the film was written and performed by Sonic Youth.
Set in "Burnfield", (A fictonal suburb of Austin, TX) the film follows five young people as they stand around at "the corner" one night. This night, Pony (Jayce Bartok), the only person from the group who has "made it" is returning to visit his old stomping ground. Various revelations are made by the characters as they waste away the time by discussing the inane topics that surround urban youth. Much talk is given to the dream of escaping Burnfield, but few do.
The play and movie are based on growing up in Woburn, MA (Burnfield in the movie), a suburb of Boston (Austin in the movie). The writer grew up in...,
Intimate Relations is a 1996 British film. It was the first movie by writer and director Philip Goodhew and starred Rupert Graves and Julie Walters. It also starred a fifteen-year-old Laura Sadler, the first and only feature film in her short career.
It is a drama and black comedy about a young man who has an affair with the middle-aged housewife he is lodging with. Matters are soon complicated when the housewife's teenage daughter gets involved after developing a crush on the young lodger.
The film takes place in the 1950s in the suburbs of London. The theme of the movie is exposing the hypocrisy of prudish attitudes, the way the upstanding residents of a seemingly respectable household are, behind closed doors, indulging in the sort of sordid goings on they would publicly sneer at.
The title comes from an old fashioned euphemism of British newspapers for sex, particularly in kiss and tell stories featuring celebrities. Reports often wrote that "...and intimate relations took place...,
The Doom Generation is a film by director Gregg Araki. Released in 1995 it stars Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech and James Duval as two teenagers and a 20-something punk drifter who get involved in a ménage à trois. It is the second of a trilogy of films known as the Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy, the first being Totally Fucked Up and the last Nowhere. It was Araki's first movie to deal with heterosexual relationships.
Punk rock lovers Jordan White (Duval) and Amy Blue (McGowan) pick up a handsome drifter named Xavier Red (Schaech) while driving home from a club. Jordan gives Xavier the nickname "X." A late night stop at a convenience store leaves the three on the run when X accidentally kills the store's owner (Dustin Nguyen). The trio hides in a motel to avoid arrest. While Jordan and Amy have sex in the bath tub, X learns from the local television news program that the store owner's wife disemboweled her children with a machete before taking her own life, thus, he concedes, removing...,
Underground (Serbian: Подземље, Podzemlje) is a 1995 film directed by Emir Kusturica with a screenplay by Dušan Kovačević. It is also known by the subtitle Once Upon a Time There Was a Country (Serbian: Била једном једна земља, Bila jednom jedna zemlja), which was the title of the story shown on Serbian television as a 5-hour mini-series. The film uses the story of two friends to symbolically depict and satirise the history of Yugoslavia since the Second World War. The film was an international co-production between companies in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany and Hungary.
Along with his 1988 film Time of the Gypsies, Underground is widely considered to be one of Kusturica's best films.
Buddies Marko and Blacky (Serbian: Црни, Crni), are hard to take seriously. All they want to do is party their lives away. However, the Nazi bombing of Belgrade changes everything and the resourceful duo comes up with an ingenious plan: one will stay aboveground while the other goes...,
The Last Supper is a 1995 black comedy and satirical thriller. It is the second film to be directed by Stacy Title. It stars Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner and Courtney B. Vance as five left-wing grad school liberals who share a house and discuss social issues over Sunday supper.The movie was written by Dan Rosen.Tagline(s):Eat... drink... and be buried...Love... Sex... Life... Death. In this house it's all on the table.A group of liberal friends have a regular dinner date which they occasionally invite guests to. When a racist, child-molesting, murdering redneck and terrifying dinner guest (played by Bill Paxton) attempts to kill one of them they kill him in self defence. In the wake of these events they are inspired to improve the world through radical means -- by killing those who make the world a worse place to live. The friends invite a variety of people whose political and social agendas they find offensive, from a priest who considers AIDS to be the...,
Prêt-à-Porter (English: Ready to Wear) is a 1994 satirical black comedy written, directed and produced by Robert Altman and shot during the Paris, France, Fashion Week with a host of international stars, models and designers.
Miramax considered that American audiences would not understand a French title, so they released the movie in the US as Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter). In other countries, the original title was used. The US DVD and VHS title was Robert Altman's Ready to Wear.
Spanking the Monkey is a 1994 US independent black comedy written and directed by David O. Russell. The title of the movie is a slang phrase for masturbation and is used in the film by one of the teenage characters. It was filmed in Pawling, New York.
It won the Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
It was produced by Dean Silvers of Teatown Communications GroupSusan Aibelli (Alberta Watson), a married, lonely woman, suffers a leg injury at home just as her husband is about to leave on his job as a travelling salesperson and her son, Raymond (Jeremy Davies), is about to leave for the summer on a medical internship. Her son is forced to stay at home to take care of her as his father is gone. He loses both the internship and his girlfriend. These troublesome events leave him emotionally confused as he and his mother are left alone together, and they develop an incestuous relationship.
The song "In Spite of Me", from Morphine's album Cure for Pain, plays over the end credits...,
Serial Mom is a 1994 film directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character and Sam Waterston as her husband. Despite statements to the contrary in the movie, the story is completely fictional. Patty Hearst, Suzanne Somers, Joan Rivers, Traci Lords and Brigid Berlin make cameo appearances.
Movies by Waters' creative influences, including Russ Meyer, Otto Preminger, William Castle, and Herschell Gordon Lewis, are seen playing on TV sets.
The film begins on Friday, May 14, 1993, just as the Sutphin family -- Matriarch Beverly (Kathleen Turner), dentist father Eugene (Sam Waterston), and teenage siblings Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard) -- is having an idyllic breakfast. Two police detectives, named Gracey and Pike, visit the family to ask questions about a series of vulgar and threatening phone calls and letters being delivered to their neighbor, Dottie Hinkle (Mink Stole). The parents are shown one of said letters, referring to Hinkle as "pussy face....,