In a city left torn by war, when a series of murders awaken dormant memories, many fear the worst. Colm Meaney ("Hell On Wheels", "Layer Cake", "Con Air") and Malcolm Sinclair ("Casino Royale", "V for Vendetta") star in a film set between war and peace. Times are changing, car bombs are less common and terrorists find themselves out of work, but old habits die hard. And while most go quietly into the night, one man must find the few who won't comply. A greying assassin has st... (Full plot summary below)
In a city left torn by war, when a series of murders awaken dormant memories, many fear the worst. Colm Meaney ("Hell On Wheels", "Layer Cake", "Con Air") and Malcolm Sinclair ("Casino Royale", "V for Vendetta") star in a film set between war and peace. Times are changing, car bombs are less common and terrorists find themselves out of work, but old habits die hard. And while most go quietly into the night, one man must find the few who won't comply. A greying assassin has stopped walking his son to school. With motives buried deep in the Irish conflict, everyone is about to discover that the past matters to someone...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 10/10 by Brad WheelerDouglas Tirola’s doc does the era and National Lampoon justice. The tone is sharp and freewheeling, the craziness is infectious and the pace is cocaine-quick.
Entertainment Weekly - 10/10 by Chris NashawatyDouglas Tirola’s doc about the satirical bible’s rise and fall is fascinating, funny, smart, juvenile, tragic, and likely to offend just about everyone. It’s a must-see for anyone who cares about comedy.
The New York Times - 9/10 by Stephen HoldenFocusing on the magazine and not its offshoots, the film is uproarious, not for what its many talking heads say but for its astonishing procession of brilliant, boundary-breaching illustrations and captions (augmented by some animation), many of which are as explosively funny today as they were when first published.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Richard RoeperDouglas Tirola’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is a frenetic, rough-edged, unapologetic tribute to the Lampoon, featuring some amazing archival footage, nifty bits of animation and dozens of straightforward talking-head interviews that crackle and pop.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Richard RoeperThe courtroom scenes are unapologetically over-the-top and sometimes excruciatingly exact in the details of the
murder, but you won’t soon forget Franco’s expertly nuanced performance. It’s as good as any work I’ve seen in a film in 2015, and True Story is one of the better movies to come along this year.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 by David LewisFor the most part, though, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead spends its time celebrating an era in which the comedy frontier was distasteful, brutally honest, and innocent at the same time.
The Playlist - 8/10 by Rodrigo PerezComedy enthusiasts will love the look back on the groundbreaking magazine, its talented players, and the way the doc captures its irreverent spirit.
Variety - 8/10 by Ben KenigsbergA generous and briskly entertaining doc.
The Hollywood Reporter - 8/10 by John DeForeEnergetic, laugh-stuffed and very colorful (it would be a feat to make a dull film about these people).
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/10 by Molly EichelWhat makes Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead feel particularly vibrant is how the Lampoon's specific art direction is put to use.
Movie Nation - 8/10 by Roger MooreSatire, parody, racist skewerings of racism, sacred cows slaughtered, silly slides down the slippery slope into Anti-Semitism. And breasts. Lots and lots of breasts!
Tampa Bay Times - 8/10 by Steve PersallTrue Story may someday be used in both acting and journalism classes, the former for what students should do, and the latter for what they shouldn't.