Emmanuel Carrère’s novel powerfully satirizes intellectual pretension but at the expense of engaging storytelling.
Sorry to Bother You is a doozy — vividly shot, morally vigorous, and consistently funny.
If you want to see what courageous political satire really looks like, see Sara Taksler’s engaging new documentary about Bassem Youssef.
The improved viewing experience of the 1931 version of The Front Page enhances the stature of director Lewis Milestone as an early-talkie innovator and shows off the crack ensemble cast.
The writing in this novel depends on winks and nods. You’re invited to be in on a big joke, assuming it is one.
It is Kristen Wiig’s committed performance, along with director Shira Piven’s skill at comic timing, that grounds the satiric comedy’s absurd premise.
Each John Oliver monologue takes a different weighty and urgent political issue and deconstructs it with wit, clarity and moral purpose.
Bierce proffers a satiric temperament gone wild and woolly, partly propelled by a revulsion at the criminal vulgarity of the Gilded Age. Given the current triumph of the 1%, his fury at power mad corporations is worth an admiring look.
There is no way that The Arts Fuse was going to miss celebrating the 100th birthday of one of the greatest satirists of the 20th century — Irish genius Flann O’Brien.
Both of these novels about social corruption should be in every Occupy Wall Street library in the country: inequality is not a matter of fate but the result of an exhausted acquiescence to subterfuge.