Truthfully, there’s nothing funny about television news and its awfulness, but there are programs such as “The Daily Show” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” that deliver the news with a great dose of laughter — and often scathingly insightful commentary. In other words, making fun of the ineptitude on television can be utterly hilarious.
As comic books and graphic novels become more ubiquitous as fodder for movie and television adaptations, it seems only reasonable that DC Comics/Vertigo’s “Constantine” would be one. John Constantine (played appropriately by Welsh actor Matt Ryan) is, simply put, an antihero, an archetype television just loves to get in bed with — even if the result is often predictable and disappointing.
Writer-director Justin Simien’s much talked-about satire “Dear White People” comes to Columbus this week with all the stickiness you’d expect from a comedy about race. As the director recently clarified for the white people in the audience, it’s OK to laugh.
I’d like to take a second to publicly thank Jerod Brennen, my friend since high school who first made me watch Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead 2” (on VHS, no less). And I’d like to personally recommend “Dead Snow 2: Dead vs. Red” to Jerod and anyone else who enjoys this sentiment.