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The Hilarious and Official Comedy Challege
Topic Started: Aug 1 2016, 05:16:58 PM (3,929 Views)
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The Hilarious Comedy Challenge

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Laugh yourself to tears, enjoy the fun, let the smiles roll...

Goal:
Watch as many comedies as you can (or want to).

Quote of the day :
"Dana Barrett: That's the bedroom, but nothing ever happened in there.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What a crime. "
― Ghostbusters

Rules:
- A feature film (anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- Rewatches are allowed and good for the soul
- Challenge runs from August 1st till August 31st 2016

Lists:
IMDb Top 50 comedies
Film Comedy
AFI's 100 years...100 laughs
AFI's 100 years...100 laughs - The nominations
Writers' Guild of America 101 Funniest Screenplays
Time Out London: 100 best comedy movies
Empire's 50 Funniest Comedies Ever
The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies: The Comedy Canon

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Participants:
PeacefulAnarchy 100 (including hard-to-get Depardieu silly flicks)
flavo5000 77 (including a stuck-in-the hospital comedy binge)
weirdboy 44 (including a very dark comedy by Roy Andersson, which still counts anyway)
allisoncm 38 (including dramedies, as they call it these days)
cinephage 26
PUNQ 23 (including a batch of not-so-funny pre-1940 movies)
albajos 25 (certified 100% centipede-free watchlist)
sheikofhyrule 20 (including strange dream sequences)
45MinuteZoom 19 (including many shorts)
frbrown 15 (including annoying Betty Hutton appearances)
monclivie 15
Carmel98 17 (including masterpieces of good escapism)
3eyes 12 (including Alec Guiness instant-favorites)
te18 11
ororama 12
jgwr 10 (including ghosts of 3eye's childhood)
VincentPrice 6
Cippenham 6 (not including turkish comedies best left unseen...)
tarr 3
SeVKiTT 3
connordenney 3
treadwaynathan 2
sebby 2
Knaldskalle 2 (including an unzany film in which zingers don't zing)
Edited by cinephage, Aug 25 2016, 02:12:37 PM.
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I'm in, modestly (tee-hee).
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I'll try this one out.
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I'm in. Can't wait to check out that comedy classic Yojimbo
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- Challenge runs from August 1st till August 3 2016st
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I'm in.. Goals: Finish the AFI list and 501 Must See Films; Comedy sublist

Other than that, who knows? I'll let the journey take me where it will.

1. The Egg and I
2. No Time for Love

Finishing up a Claudette Colbert set that I have from the library before returning it.
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We'll see if I get around to any comedies this month.
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I'm in.

My goals are:
A.) 2006 comedies on my list - 7
B.) Get above 400 checks on AFI's Laugh Nomination List https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/afis+100+years++100+laughs+the+nominations/moviedearest/ - Currently at 383/500
C.) TiVo/CG/KG films

Edit: Change goals from numbers to letters just in case in automatically counted them as films.
Edited by sheikofhyrule, Aug 1 2016, 08:09:33 PM.
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The world is not funny, but let's put a smile on that face. I'm in. But will I be happy?

#1 American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) (5th+ viewing) 9

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Ok count me in, watching a few from the Film Comedy list
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I'll watch a few.
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Okay, I'll get the ball rolling. Not sure how many comedies are coming my way the next week or two. Judging by the titles on my catch-up-to-1940 lists it's mostly dramas and stuff like that, but some comedies should pop up. By chance I saw mainly comic films today, so a decent start.

Edit: I've seen people add pics with their writing, which I love as it gives better idea about the film. I'll give that a try the times I have the time to do it.


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1. Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016, Tim Divar)
--- "What in the name of Gorgeous George is going on around here?"

Scooby Doo and WWE wrestlers in a.... MUSCLE MOTO RACE??! A follow-up to the two franchises tag team effort in Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014), and surprisingly not a bad way to combine the two. Cheesy for sure and a little too long for a singular Scooby Doo mystery, but the number of WWE cameos help. So if you love Scooby Doo and are a fan of the WWE, Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016) will be a good reason to skip Raw.
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2. Pierrot, Pierrette (1924, Louis Feuillade)
--- Louis Feuillade follows a formula that was very successful for him through the 1910s. The charm of a child. Back in the old days he made success with the Bout-de-Zan series starring René Poyen, which basically predates what Chaplin did with the kid in The Kid (1921). Now that Poyen is grown up he plays more the mentor role for a female version of Bout-de-Zan in a little girl called Bouboule, a spitting image of how Poyet himself looked as a child.

The story in Pierrot, Pierrette (1924) is a little thin and relies totally on the youthful duos cute antics as street entertainers and what they experience out there. There are some more sentimental bits involving their grandfather, but it was always the charming stuff they did that was the important focus for Feuillade.
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3. Quei due (1935, Gennaro Righelli)
---They talk-a funny, but nothing they say is funny. They act funny, but nothing they do is funny. Brothers Eduardo & Peppino De Filippo are funny, but Quei due (1935) is a waste of their comic talent.
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4. It Happened in Paris (1935, Robert Wyler)
--- Nothing really wrong with It Happened in Paris (1935). It's a sweet and easy romance, but a little too light for my tastes. That, and I didn't really go for the lady that John Loder was chasing around in Paris while pretending to be a broke painter. Something about Nancy Burne's eyes that didn't do it for me.
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Edited by PUNQ, Aug 2 2016, 12:25:06 AM.
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I'm in. I need something to make me laugh after a month of grindhouse nastiness.
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BTW Cinephage, I'd suggest taking the AFI...100 Cheers list out of the OP. There are almost no comedies in that list. The cheers are more referring to triumphs of the human spirit. Stuff like A Color Purple and Schindler's List are on there for example.
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#2 Burn After Reading (2008, Coen brothers) (3rd viewing) 8++
Jesus fucking Christ. This is beyond amazing. Perfectly paints this completely true picture of people being selfish and moronic beings having only a limited understanding of others and the whole violent goddamn situation that doesn't even make any sense in the first place, so that the most sensible person of the bunch can only say: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UArBkfROhY and the only reality is that which one finds in the law books of Kafka's masterpiece, which is not even half a decent pornographic picture - this is a great film about love, dating and sex too I might add, but these 'qualities' are hardly satisfactory, as even though for a few people relationships perhaps can last for a little while thanks to artifice, fake identities and lies in general, they quickly disintegrate if one party is now fully exploited, ones own insecurities become alert or when a better partner can be found. Even information in its most abstract sense is always incomplete and not valuable as one might think (even for the Russians), George Clooney says that soon enough it's possible to know where everyone is exactly, but that's only useful in the sense that it's easier to kill someone and burn his body, since people are nothing but trouble and make a mess out of everything, with our inadequacies, self-esteems, need for revenge, will to success, addictions, loves and all kind of other personal, public or genetic shit...
Anyway, burn this after reading my dear, my pessimistic worldview isn't probably a very successful thing to put on my online dating profile.

heh, i'm just a happy camper, heh - rockin-n-a-rolling
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1. Munster, Go Home! (1966)
2. Artists and Models (1955)

Make 'Em Laugh!
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I'm in, will probably be quite a few rewatches.
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01. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) 8/10 The love triangle could have been ditched, but it was amazing the reproductions of 1910s airplanes they built for this film.
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I'm in. I need something to get me back into film watching and this seems ideal.
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1. Yoyo (1965) 3/10
Not a single laugh, or even a chuckle. Every "joke" seems to be either a setup with no punchline or a punchline with no setup. The film has no flow, sometimes lingering forever on a scene, sometimes only popping in for a joke, but none of it hits. The characters are uninteresting, and so is the story. It's a tedious bore, but at least it's not grating in any way. It's not bad looking either, though nothing special.

2. Silk Stockings (1957) 6/10
Musical remake of Ninotchka with rather mediocre songs and little chemistry between the characters. Charisse just isn't a good enough actress to capture the complexities of Ninotchka either. But it does have a decent number of laughs and is fun if you can stop thinking about how much better it could be.

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1. Elvis & Nixon (2016)
2. Detektiv Downs (2013)
3. Space Cop (2015)
Edited by albajos, Aug 2 2016, 11:40:07 AM.
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1. Detektiv Downs (Bård Breien, 2013)
What did you think of it? I was quite pleasantly surprised when I watched it last year.
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1. Detektiv Downs (Bård Breien, 2013)
What did you think of it? I was quite pleasantly surprised when I watched it last year.
Well, I think I expected to much. Also, by crediting an actor in the opening credits, you know he's not dead in the movie. So it spoiled itself.
The idea of the movie is fun, the locations work well (even if it's clearly not Norway), but the movie itself can't choose if it's a comedy or drama and fall between two chairs. The cringeworthy scenes should be there for comedy, but they are basically just cringy.

I have seen Le huitième jour (1996) . It is possible to find actors with Downs that is amazing actors. In this movie, not so much. Actually it's only the dad to the detective, and the mother of the kidnapped I would give thumbs up for their performance.
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I'll watch a few, I'm sure.
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1. MASH (Robert Altman, 1970)
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Out of interest, since I intend to watch a number of short films for this challenge, how does the auto-update thing work with them? How do I list them?
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Aug 2 2016, 01:34:27 PM
Out of interest, since I intend to watch a number of short films for this challenge, how does the auto-update thing work with them? How do I list them?
I'll do it by listing the shorts with their runtimes:
(short - 9min) Rejected
(short - 10min) Rejected 2
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and when I'll see I've got a total of 60min worth of short films I'll add that as an extra entry:
2. 60 min worth of short films (Rejected, Rejected 2, ...)
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I think that should work, but maybe cinephage or the auto-update thing have an official way/preference of doing it
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My chants and prayers still do not seem to affect the auto-update thing... In the meantime, I recommend you do as Carmel98 suggests : use one "slot" each time you add up to 60 minutes' worth of short films.
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1. Shorts - Laurel and Hardy shorts

Big Business (1929)
You're Darn Tootin' (1928)
Wrong Again (1929)

Amusing but nothing worth laughing at.



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1. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Some laughs. It's funny, but not as well done as Marguerite, another recent film on very similar subject matter (Catherine Frot surpasses Meryl Streep? Yes.). 6/10
2. För att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor/All These Women - 4/10 Ingmar Bergman was a great genius when it came to drama. When it came to comedy… ??????
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Aug 2 2016, 08:34:45 AM
1. Detektiv Downs (Bård Breien, 2013)
What did you think of it? I was quite pleasantly surprised when I watched it last year.
Well, I think I expected to much. Also, by crediting an actor in the opening credits, you know he's not dead in the movie. So it spoiled itself.
The idea of the movie is fun, the locations work well (even if it's clearly not Norway), but the movie itself can't choose if it's a comedy or drama and fall between two chairs. The cringeworthy scenes should be there for comedy, but they are basically just cringy.

I have seen Le huitième jour (1996) . It is possible to find actors with Downs that is amazing actors. In this movie, not so much. Actually it's only the dad to the detective, and the mother of the kidnapped I would give thumbs up for their performance.
Ahh, I don't speak Norwegian, so I didn't notice some of those things. I do agree it doesn't quite get the balance between comedy and drama quite right but still enjoyed it. I have Le huitième jour on my watchlist for the month, so we'll see how that compares.
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(short - 9min) Rejected (2000, Don Hertzfeldt) (3rd viewing) 8 (from 7)

#3 The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005, Judd Apatow) 6

heh, i'm just a happy camper, heh - rockin-n-a-rolling

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I would like a ruling on Sånger från andra våningen (Songs from the Second Floor). Is this a comedy? IMDB and ICM seem to think so, but after having seen it I'm not so sure.
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All of Roy Andersson's movies are pretty dark comedies. There are more laughs in those than in your average Sandler movie, anyway.
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I would like a ruling on Sånger från andra våningen (Songs from the Second Floor). Is this a comedy? IMDB and ICM seem to think so, but after having seen it I'm not so sure.
Definitely a black comedy.
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I've now watched this at least a dozen times and it never gets old.
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3. Pootie Tang (2001) 6/10
This is funny, but wears itself a little thin with some repetitive jokes.

4. Green Card (1990) 4/10
Ugh, I don't get Depardieu's appeal at all. A few funny lines here and there, but it's all really stupid.

5. All of Me (1984) 6/10
Steve Martin's pretty good at balancing the physical comedy, the witty repartee and the slightly poignant aspects of his character. Too bad the rest of the films is just a pretty bland 80s comedy. Some laughs but nothing more.

6. Anchors Aweigh (1945) 7/10
Fun enough musical comedy, Kelly and Sinatra are pretty fun together, though I think they'd be better if their roles were switched. Kelly's solo dance numbers are just too much though. Ten minutes of wordless dancing with cartoon Tom and Jerry just brings the whole film to a halt.



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Um, maybe you have to be Finnish. Seriously, I did get into it as it went along. (Was glad I can sort of read Swedish, as the English subs are kind of strange and don't always fit in the frame.)
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OK, then...


1. Sånger från andra våningen (Songs from the Second Floor)




Very, very dark.
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4. Green Card (1990) 4/10
Ugh, I don't get Depardieu's appeal at all. A few funny lines here and there, but it's all really stupid.
I rated it 5/10, but I also do not get Depardieu's appeal. I think the only movie that I liked him in was The Return of Martin Guerre.
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