Patton Oswalt Profile
Oswalt's programming picks cover a variety of film genres and countries, ranging from the comic to the serious and from the well-known to the more obscure. His evening begins with a pair of classics. Oswalt describes the British comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) as "a hilarious predecessor" to the BBC sitcom Blackadder, and considers that the American Western 3:10 to Yuma (1957) contains "one of Glenn Ford's greatest performances as the villainous yet not unsympathetic cattle rustler." Then come two "road movies" as unexpected as they are intriguing. The Spanish-language The Wind Journeys (2009) concerns a man who "believes he owns the Devil's accordion, and must return it to its owner," while the Belgian/French black comedy Aaltra (2004) has two paraplegics who set off on an adventure that manages to be "offensive, hilarious and oddly beautiful."