Tag: black comedy

FICTION: Key Wonderment and Shit by V. P. Poom

Each new door opening was a fuck-off heroin hit of excitement. It never got old, but the first was the best. He’ll never beat the first time. Each lift of the key to the keyhole was a fresh needle to skin. The metal on metal slide into the door. A soft, dull click and an

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FICTION: Stick Man by Rich Rose

When I was four, I drew a stick man. A long figure in black crayon, with spider-like hands and a featureless round head, he stood on jagged grass like the blade of a saw, while behind him a yellow ball shone bright lines into the sky. Mum was thrilled when I gave her the picture.

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FILM REVIEW: Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds appears to have come out of nowhere, with little in the way of advance publicity. The truth is this barbed black comedy has been sitting on a shelf for a year, out of respect to co-star Anton Yelchin – better known as Chekhov in the Star Trek films – who tragically died in a

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FILM REVIEW: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sometimes the tone of a film is simple. Bright. Playful. Dark. Brooding. Dark. Nolan-Batman-Dark. Gritty. Dark. But it is usually consistent. Usually. Inconsistent tone can be the downfall of otherwise successful films. Leaping from playful to harrowing is usually jarring for an audience. It can leave you feeling unsure of what the film is trying

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FILM REVIEW: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold…or in the case of ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ it’s best served with pitch black humour and chilling horror in equal amounts.  As with 2015’s ‘The Lobster,’ Yorgos Lanthimos excels in using insufferable situations to illustrate relatable human fears. And very much like his

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