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Dark Comedy Films or What the Heck Did I Just Watch? from Eric

Posted on in Hoopla, Kanopy, Movie.

All of these titles and more are available through Hoopla

Housebound: A young woman is placed under house arrest in her childhood home. A series of uncanny experiences lead her to believe the house is haunted by a great evil. The truth is perhaps more disturbing.

John Dies at the End: After experimenting with a strange new drug known as Soy Sauce, college drop-outs Dave and John find themselves in the unlikely roles of heroes trying to save the world from an otherworldly invasion. This film is filled with bewildering twists and distressing developments right up until the end.

What We Do in the Shadows: Mockumentary style tale about a group of vampires who have lived together for hundreds of years trying to fit into the modern world. Daylight and crucifixes are one thing, but rent and the chore wheel might be as bad. Or worse. (Also available on Kanopy)

Brazil: If you love the antics and offbeat humor of Monty Python but wish there was more dystopian tragi-comedy, appalling characters, and unsettling visuals then you will appreciate this 1985 film from Python alum Terry Gilliam. Terrorism, a bureaucratic police state, mistaken identity, and a love story of sorts will keep you guessing and unnerved throughout.

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Female Directors from Matt

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All of these titles and more are available Kanopy

The Fits – A slow-building, indie film about a tween girl finding her way socially and emotionally. Uses a supernatural plot device to express the potential horrors of coming-of-age.

Wendy and Lucy – A quiet movie about the everyday hardships one can experience when you are traveling with so little. A great performance by Michelle Williams that helped establish her as a leading lady.

Leave No Trace – A look at how doing the “right thing” and living “normally” may not always be correct for everyone. How our societal expectations can affect those with trauma. At the heart of this though is a story of family in all of its capabilities for heartbreak.

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Criterion Movies from Matt

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The 400 Blows – One of the best early French New Wave films and a great look at troubled youths. Truffaut uses careful and thoughtful direction to show minor events and how they can shape Antoine’s life.

Seven Samurai – My pick for the greatest film ever made by the greatest film director who ever lived. Everything about this epic film is masterful from the nuanced and well developed characters to the superbly acted performances of the cast. The ingenuity of the action scenes and frantic pace hold up even by today’s standards.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – A beautiful French musical where every line of the movie is sung. Demy’s movies are wonderfully saturated in color and Deneuve is so beautiful in this movie that your heart will break right along with Guy’s.

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