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South Park Skewers The Cove and Avatar

South Park Skewers The Cove and Avatar

Thompson on Hollywood

Bad news: the dolphin-killing expose The Cove did not land an International Documentary Association best feature nomination.

Good news: A Tokyo Film Festival screening made a significant impact in Japan, where dolphin hunting has dropped dramatically, from 20,000 last fall season to 75 this time, says Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen. Comedy Central’s South Park made fun of Japanese dolphin-killers in a recent episode which has been making the rounds (on the jump).

This week South Park‘s “Dances with Smurfs” episode targets James Cameron’s Avatar, which doesn’t open until December 18.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is hilariously funny. But Werner Herzog and Nic Cage are as serious as a heart attack. This reminds me of other straight-on movies that played like comedies: Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan and Alan Rudolph’s Choose Me.

Here’s the trailer mash-up as Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans meets Yosemite Sam:

And here’s the South Park The Cove clip:

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The Cove is a great film, and it’s awesome to see how successful it has been in achieving its goals so far. I fully expect to see an Oscar nomination


I’m confused. Are you’re saying Metropolitan didn’t know it was a comedy? The characters were earnest and serious, yes, but Stillman knew he was writing a satire.

Tony Torn

For me Polanski’s Bitter Moon will always be the ultimate “they didn’t know it was a comedy” movie…

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