Black Comedy

Death to Smoochy

Comedy is probably the most taste-variable of film genres, and never was that fact thrown more sharply into focus than when folks were listing their favorite Robin Williams movies in the wake of his untimely death. So many different titles to choose from! Turns out, Cargill and I share an abiding affinity for one of Williams’ most maligned films: Death to Smoochy. Now that some time has passed, we felt it appropriate to honor the great Robin Williams by delving into all the things we love about this darkly absurd oddity. We also examine the roots of the film’s ice cold reception and the slowly pervading cult appreciation it has since garnered. We can’t necessarily change your mind about Death to Smoochy, but maybe we can make a dent. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #23 Directly

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Why Watch? This Oscar nominated short film features a crazed, angry old woman telling a terrifying twist of a favorite bedtime story to a granddaughter that is frozen with fear. Black comedy at its best, mixed animation styles that look great together, and insight into how pissed off the Metamucil Crowd can get. Watch it before bedtime! (Or right now. Or both.) What will it cost? Only 6 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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Why Watch? How do birthday wishes get granted? Take two minutes out of your day to find out, and you’ll be glad/bothered that you did. This beautifully shot, very short black comedy has the upper hand on being clever, unexpected and inappropriately funny. Just be careful the next time you blow out the candles, and remember – you still have time to vote for your favorite horror short in the ABCs of Death contest where the winner gets to see their work amidst 25 of the most talented horror filmmakers out there. What does it cost? Just 2 minutes of your time. Check out T is for Truck for yourself:

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By all accounts, a movie dealing with assisted suicide has no business being as funny as Kill Me Please. Somehow, director Olias Barco has crafted a side-splitting exploration of people wanting to end their own life. Black and white, Belgian, and yet it defies all expectations to be instantly accessible and shockingly hilarious. At a large facility in the forest, Doctor Krueger (Aurélien Recoing) helps people at the end of their rope. His main goal is to stop them from drinking the poison he applies with dignity, but he isn’t always successful. As a new group of paying customers moves into the building, and the nearby townsfolk plan to carry torches against the place, the good doctor struggles to keep the people who want to die from being killed.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone Episode #6 – “Escape Clause” (airdate 11/06/59) The Plot: A man convinced he’s sick makes a deal with a pitchfork-less Devil for eternal life (with one important caveat). The Goods: There are some interesting ideas at work here embedded in a story that’s as old as first degree murder. Deals with the devil always come with a twist, and this one isn’t anything special, but the episode itself is a mess of Serling attempting comedy. The result is a cartoon of flat characters that takes too long to get to the chase (10 minutes of a 25-minute-long episode) and can’t spend enough time on the truly fascinating questions about living forever.

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