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Using Shock and Violence for Comedy’s Sake in ‘Wild Tales’

How ‘Parks and Rec’ Transcended its Mockumentary Roots

Looking at the Comedy-ish Movies That Premiered at Sundance This Year

How Chris Rock Made the Personal Impersonal in ‘Top Five’

‘High Maintenance’ and the Art of the Audience Surrogate

How Adam McKay Directs at the Top of His Intelligence

The Subtle Brilliance of Jill Soloway’s ‘Transparent’

What Does it Mean to Direct an Adam Sandler Movie?

Is ‘Modern Family’ Really the Best-Directed Comedy on TV?

How Richard Linklater Uses Naturalism to Find Comedy

How ‘Nathan for You’ Brilliantly Blows Up Reality TV

‘Annie Hall’ and Woody Allen’s Experimental Visual Film Style

David Wain and His Parodies of Exuberance

How the Visual Direction of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton Inform Today’s Comedies

How Nicholas Stoller Grounds ‘Neighbors’, ‘Get Him to the Greek’, and His Other Comedies in Real Life

David Gordon Green and the Serious Foundations of His Comedies

Does FX’s ‘Fargo’ Keep the Original’s Darkness While Losing the Comedy?

The Duplass Brothers and Bringing the Lo-Fi Mumblecore Aesthetic to Mainstream Hollywood

Applying the Auteur Theory to Kevin Smith

How ‘The Lego Movie’ Manages to Keep a Bunch of Plates Spinning All at Once