Ever since Arrested Development disappeared, many have been seeking another comedy that hit those same notes of off-beat notes. Now Arrested Development showed up again on NetFlix people have had that craving sated.
Yet there was a show that flew in under the radar and then flew off again with hardly anybody paying attention: Better Off Ted.
In the hectic, crazy world of journalism, ace reporter Hildy Johnson has decided to call it quits so that she can get married to a dull insurance salesman and live the quiet life of a housewife. There’s only one problem: her ex-husband and newspaper editor Walter Burns doesn’t want her to go.
Their relationship is always a hilariously sparring one, with neither side willing to back down. First Burns tries to convince her to stay because he wants to win her back, then maintains it’s because he doesn’t want to lose his best reporter, and finally tries to make the case it’s for her own good because her fiancé Bruce is the dullest man on Earth.
Cartoons are better than live-action movies. Okay, that’s a lie, they’re not. They each have their merits. Movies are real, or at least it’s more believable seeing an actor walking across the surface of an alien world than some animated person.
We have trust that what we’re seeing is true, no matter how unbelievable it is. But cartoons are shorter, which requires tighter scripts, and the action and special effects don’t cost any more to draw than a scene in which nothing special happens at all.
Off the back of the sometimes awesome, sometimes average V/H/S comes V/H/S 2. A brand new bunch of horror shorts that are on the whole, better than their predecessor with a better framing story around the short films. Everyone remembers the anthology films of the past and kudos to the people behind the V/H/S series for bringing this format back into view.
The film starts with a framing story of two private investigators working on a missing student case. The P.I’s break into the students house and they find a stack of VHS tapes, which one of them starts to watch as the other searches the house.
The short films inside of the framing story are
Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak are an unlikely pair. Holly is a socialite without money, part call-girl and part restless free spirit, everyone she meets falls in love with her and receives nothing back. Paul is a struggling writer, exchanging sex for cash from his wealthy patroness, but who desperately needs respect.
They live in the same apartment building and become friends, although their friendship is one of two lost souls who nobody else can truly understand. Holly throws her wild parties and naively takes coded messages to locked-up mob boss Sally Tomato. She also helps Paul by buying him a typewriter ribbon. It’s the kindest thing anybody’s done for him in a long time.
We’ve had our fair share of cartoonish caricatures when it comes to pirates in recent years, with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow and in a literal sense Aardman’s family friendly film devoted to such swashbuckling. With such figures now becoming a legitimate threat in the nether regions of our world, it was only a matter of time before we were provided a painstaking depiction.
Already proving his credibility when dissecting controversial issues with his script for The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen last year, Tobias Lindholm returns to the directorial hotseat inspired by ‘real events’ and an eagerness to put his audience through the emotional wringer.
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