• Hybrids

    Hybrids

    ★★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=acnWy-tl3ng

    The aquatic food chain, as told through the plight of sea creatures whose designs meld with litter usually dumped in the ocean (oil tanks, bottle caps, etc.). A very good short with excellent computer animation.

  • Jim Carrey: Unnatural Act

    Jim Carrey: Unnatural Act

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbpciGnQnOA

    A good stand-up set enhanced by Carrey's insane physical comedy. In this special - made during his "In Living Color" tenure but before his big jump to superstar status - it's easy to see the pure talent Jim possesses. He goes all in with his gesticulations, pratfalls, psych-outs and facial gymnastics. The special also has amusing on-location interludes and a goofy animated bit animated by "Ed, Edd n' Eddy" creator Danny Antonucci.

  • Bagboy

    Bagboy

    ★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqRVIAfIhMQ

    A "lost" unaired pilot created, written, (poorly) directed, and starring Steve Brule (John C. Reilly), the weird host of "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule". Here, Brule plays a bagboy at a local supermarket on high alert for suspicious shoplifters.

    As usual with Tim & Eric's comedy, there's plenty of their brand of humor here. It has intentionally misread dialogue, lingering camera shots, goofy faces, gross-out jokes, odd-looking people, some slapstick, and sheer awkwardness/absurdity. Die-hard fans will love it; I found it hit-and-miss, but got enough laughs to recommend it.

    Your laughter may vary.

  • Agent 327: Operation Barbershop

    Agent 327: Operation Barbershop

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHioWLdgnMI

    A fun and clever short. It ends on a cliffhanger, as it's a setup for an feature-length film. After watching this, my interest has peaked. Can't wait!

  • Twin Dragons

    Twin Dragons

    ★★★★

    (Watched dubbed US version.)

    Fun twin hijinks with Jackie Chan playing a tough mechanic and a well-renowned conductor. The blend of action and slapstick led to some very funny set-pieces (i.e. a car chase-concert combo). Despite a few iffy spots, the split-screen effects worked pretty well. The Weinstein-added dubbing and dialogue was cheesy as expected, but it didn't hurt the film too much.

  • Tribes

    Tribes

    ★★★★★

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7nEYtgz6vk

    A clever and very funny short. Great acting, writing, and directing.

  • Safety Last!

    Safety Last!

    ★★★★★

    Now I know why this is a classic.

    The film is a great assembly of physical comedy and sight gags throughout, but that famous building climb sealed the deal. That whole sequence was simultaneously funny and suspenseful! Props to Harold Lloyd and the filmmakers for pulling that off, which had to be no easy feat.

  • The Legend of Willie Brown

    The Legend of Willie Brown

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojeI64guqrw

    Very funny mockumentary of an unsung jazz legend, written and directed by Louis CK. He does a great job with the vintage visual aesthetic here. Worth a watch.

  • Un Conte

    Un Conte

    ★★★½

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZaJ-1QL9dc

    Um...wow. Quite the unique way to interpret the subject matter. It definitely shocks you at the end, although I think it cuts off too soon. See it for yourself.

  • Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given

    Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given

    ★★★

    He returns for a new stand-up set inside his house (with masked audience) for another round of jokes about COVID, family time, boxing, and pizza among other things.

    Not as funny as his earlier specials*, but Hart still made me laugh as it went along. The second half is definitely funnier.

    * - I think Hart needs more time to better craft his material. I've noticed with this and his Irresponsible special, there's a bit too much focus on him talking about his fame as a "Comedic Rock Star." If he dials that down, it would benefit him better.

  • Ghosts

    Ghosts

    ★★★★

    Viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrbJvNkJ7oc

    I've actually never seen this video before. While not as classic as Thriller, it's still a decent song and the music video is really well done (though it runs a bit too long with an excess of crowd reaction shots). Makeup and effects work is impressive as well as the awesome dance choreography. Props to MJ, director Stan Winston and his crew.

    Highlight for me was Michael Jackson as the town mayor dancing with the ghosts. Mos Def as the scaredy-cat was pretty funny as well.

    Check it out!

  • Room Tone

    Room Tone

    ★★★★

    Watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbaJlF44E5k

    A nice "follow your dreams and do what makes you happy" short.

    A sound mixer enjoys his work on numerous TV and film projects, but he soon craves to pursue his true passion in playing the keyboard.

    Great acting, editing, cinematography and music. Definitely worth a watch.