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The retort – one of the most-difficult artforms to master. A brilliant comeback requires perfect timing, unrivalled wit and adequate context – and it must at least match, if not preferably out do, the original comment made.
Comedians are naturally expected to be quick-witted and able to think-up a rapid yet amusing riposte, but any profession that involves debating and arguing – for example politics – also requires a certain retaliatory skill.
Although shouting “Burn!”, “Owned!” or “Clamped!” when someone is put down by a rapid and brilliant retort may seem like a 21st-Century phenomenon, the skill of offering up a witty and amusing comeback has been around since the beginning of time.
There are those from history who are renowned for their quick responses – including Sir Winston Churchill, who loved nothing better than to get the final word, and American comedian Wc Fields – and then there are those who surprised from time to »
- Chris Waugh
An bona fide bastard, Ronnie is a heartless, violent debt collector who, after getting a taste of his own medicine during a near-death experience, begins to question the meaning of his life—all while retaining his blood-thirst for revenge. "The Resurrection of a Bastard" world-premiered way back in 2013 at the Rotterdam Film Festival before touring Fantasia Fest and Fantastic Fest, where Yorick van Wageningen (who starred in Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") picked up the Best Actor prize. The film was well-reviewed on the festival circuit, with THR writing: "Reminiscent in theme of such Euro-sourced art house hits as 'Sexy Beast' and 'In Bruges,' this debut trades their showy virtuosity for introspection." Now, the film is finally in theaters from Syndicado and hits VOD on Tuesday, April 7. Check out an enticing exclusive clip (and the trailer) below, in which Ronnie's employer, a mystery man named James Joyce, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Dublin Film Festival is gearing up for its kick-off next week with a slew of stars and special anniversary screenings. The Sound of Music will close this year’s Dublin International Film Festival at the end of the month, 50 years after its first release. Julie Andrews is set to attend the event, giving a public interview before the film’s closing night screening on March 29. Andrews will also receive the festival’s Volta lifetime achievement award, named after Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, opened in 1909 by James Joyce. Read More 'The Sound of Music': Julie Andrews Hilariously Talks Production
- Alex Ritman
Directed by Guy Maddin
Since its release in 2007, a good deal of the conversation surrounding Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg has been how exactly to define the film. Is it, as Maddin himself has dubbed the picture, a “docu-fantasia,” or is that not even accurate? During an interview between Maddin and critic Robert Enright, as part of the newly released Criterion Blu-ray, the two evoke a number of references in hopes of situating the film: Werner Herzog, melodrama, Chris Marker, city symphonies of the silent era, Fellini’s I Vitelloni. Yes, it is like these, but also not quite. An essay by Wayne Koestenbaum, also included with the disc, likewise alludes to everything from Hitchcock and James Joyce to Andy Warhol’s Blow Job and Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. So what does it say about a film that can draw such parallels, »
- Jeremy Carr
4 items from 2015
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