I think our local film industry is fast approaching maturity when it makes room for send-ups
like 'Septic Tank' that poke fun at the most commercial and predictable, indeed formulaic approaches to filmmaking that nonetheless sends audiences swooning and trooping to theaters.
The current abundance of original series ensures that everything old will be new again, including send-ups
of TV's most venerable forms.
Readers will have no trouble believing in these characters, and despite the author's honed satirical instincts--she works in some wickedly funny send-ups
of racism, campus feminism and modern poetry--Mislaid carries a large-hearted message.
The wonderfully-irreverent, foul-mouthed and fantastic Mrs Crown's Boys, featuring the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh and some delightfullyjuvenile lines about the Duke and Duchess of Kent, was very similar in feel to Spitting Image's right royal send-ups
, while William, Kate and baby George were also mercilessly parodied.
How does Caland manage to make these appear both as elegant abstractions demonstrating a mastery of color (the visual jolt of a purple/red cohabitation was a personal favorite) and as clever send-ups
of physical metaphors about composition, and even about the psychoanalytic part-object?
There are send-ups
of horror greats from Frankenstein to Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde 1966 ***
Slavin has a knack for conveying emotion and humour in the facial expressions of the animal characters but his send-ups
of the human characters resemble caricatures from MAD Magazine.
LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department) teamed with Dutch group Wunderbaum to create Hospital, in which disturbing realities of health care are treated via send-ups
of TV drama.
The latest film in the franchise has the usual send-ups
, this time including "Mama", "Sinister," and "Black Swan".
But he's always going to be a poet first and foremost to local audiences, who well-remember his hilarious send-ups
of office life and karaoke bars, as well as his sparer, more delicate writings.
A lesser painter would, with this approach, produce ironic "modernist" send-ups
or archly clever designs.
The rest are Britten's sly send-ups
of classic English-village types, including the harrumphing Police Superintendent Budd (Giles Tomkins).