2018 Was a Strange Year for Comedy Movies
On this episode of Be Reel, Chance and Noah look at major studios, small indies, and streaming services to figure out just what audiences responded to (and didn’t) from comedies in 2018 and what filmmakers did to stand out in a genre plagued by cliches. (Spoiler: It’s not by making “I Feel Pretty,” which Noah reviews for extra credit.) By focusing on Universal’s ensemble comedy “Blockers,” YouTube-star-turned-filmmaker Bo Burnham’s highly acclaimed “Eighth Grade” and Netflix’s take on Nora Ephron, “Set It Up,” the guys size up the state of comedy filmmaking.
Then just past the hour mark, they give their picks for Best Comedy Performances of 2018, touching on films like “Game Night,” Sorry To Bother You,” and “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
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Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, we select three movies based around a genre and call up guests ranging from submarine captains to Oscar winners. Then, we rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
Noah and Chance are old friends who mostly respect each other’s opinions. Even though Chance is a fool and a traitor. Find their show presented at ThePlaylist.Net and follow them on Twitter for the latest on Noah’s literary agenting and Chance’s work in the Portland arts scene.