You needn't know anything about the late '70s music scene in Manchester, England, to enjoy 24 Hour Party People. The real engine driving this romp is Steve Coogan, the Brit standup comic who makes an indelible impression.
The Straight Story is a glorious aberration. At a time when movies tend to dazzle with speed and style, it rolls along at a snail's pace, allowing us plenty of time to observe the changing sky and the flora in the roadside ditches.
Badlands is about two teenagers on a cross-country murder spree. Yet it's terribly funny. As a comedy of middle-American blandness mutating into indifferent homicide, it's no less satirical than Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.