Death at a Funeral (2007) — Comedy (8/10)

February 20, 2009 at 7:24 pm (Movies) (, , )

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So, listen. This movie is a British comedy starring this man:

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Yeah, that’s Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice! He is the mopey, underappreciated and less-talented brother who got stuck with putting together the funeral for his father. There is a whole slew of characters represented here (don’t forget your gay dwarves!), including Steve the Pirate from Dodgeball… and he was in the TV show Firefly. One of the characters is the really dorky I-want-sex-with-American-girls from the film Love Actually.

Anyway, Death at a Funeral is a really funny British movie. There is a lot irony and laughter over hallucinogens. One character spends a good third of the film completely naked and confused. There is no place for respect and courtesy in this film–it all gets a stab here and there.

The performances are good, but the script sometimes just meanders out of control as things just fall apart. I’m sure that most people won’t mind this at all, but it just kind of exploded into chaos. No worries, though, there are plenty of hearty laughs all along.

And Mr. Darcy is just so darn cute.

8/10

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Yes Man (2008) — Comedy (7/10)

January 8, 2009 at 7:39 am (Movies) (, , )

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Jim Carrey
really is very good at what he does. I enjoy mostly his modern, more recent body of work, but I suppose I don’t have a problem with most anything he does. I suppose he works best on The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I give him mad props for those.

Don’t expect anything spectacular or mind-boggling about this film. This just throws in a few laughs, and you will feel good about yourself after viewing this movie. It does help you make sure to stay motivated and progressive with your life, and that is a good message, no doubt. SO. I enjoyed certain things about this movie a good deal. I think Jim Carrey really shows that he has great comedic instincts, but this film just isn’t meant to house any sort of “greatness”, if you know what I mean. This is a simple, short-lived film about finding what you love, embracing it and saying “Yes!” to your life. I do think many a recluse could stand to hear this message.

On to Zooey Deschanel. There is almost no one as beautiful as her. She has this gentile and human quality you can almost never feel from just seeing someone on the big screen. She is a musician and her voice is low-key and subtle. She had beautiful eyes and beautiful brown hair. I don’t think you know what it means for her to have brown hair. That is the biggest turn-on for me you’ll probably never understand.

I wish I could hang out with her. I think she’d like me and I know I’d like her, it’s just that simple… haha! 🙂

Anyway, this movie is average. It’ll generate a few good laughs, and certain things about the “comedic timing” ofmost jokes really made me chuckle (a mild laugh, no less). Something about the scene where Jim Carrey is drunk and rambling to the big tough guy about God knows what… well, that scene just made me laugh. I can’t quite explain it, but I can call it out when I feel it.

7/10

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Pineapple Express (2008) — Comedy (8/10)

January 7, 2009 at 7:00 am (Movies) (, , )

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This is one of those “most ridiculous films you’ve ever seen” kind of films. Pineapple Express is about a drug deal (James Franco) and a druggie (Seth Rogen) on the run. The druggie witnesses a murder, and his life is turned upside down as he is hunted down.

Everything is ridiculous. The action, drugs, dialogue, everything. There is no reason to take any of this movie any bit seriously. The movie pretty much glorifies the usage of drugs, but it’s most prevalent theme is loyalty and friendship.

There is a lot of this “pity talking” where the characters break down all sensitive and talk to each other weepily. Sometimes it’s funny, but after a while it wears thin with its comedic timing.

The editing in this film is terrible. The director and editor have no sense of comedic timing, and if the individual scenes weren’t so funny, this film might have fallen flat on its face. The action scenes were full of discontinuity, and there was no attention to the detail. It’s too bad that they really, really slacked off in this department.

This is a vulgar, violent and absurd film. It has many, many funny moments, but it’s not the very best.

8/10

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) — Comedy (9/10)

January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm (Movies) (, , )

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This is a nice film. This is a very good comedy, too, and there are so many quotable and iconic moments: killing the car, Ferris singing Twist and Shout on the float, anything with Cameron, etc.

This is also a subtle film in many parts. So often there is a comedic part, and the camera quickly cuts away to something else, and the moment is dry and quiet, but, to me, that makes it all the more funny and memorable.

I’m not just saying this because I look like Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye in this film (I have Cameron’s 2 shirts in this film!). I think Cameron is the best depressed, anti-hero I have ever seen.

“When Cameron was in Egypt land… Let my Cameron go.”

It’s very random and oh-so-lovely. The film is genuinely upbeat, and even if it is mostly outrageous, there is a sense of optimism, growth and exuberance that isn’t prevalent in most comedies. I don’t like 80s cinema for the most part, but this film belongs in the hall of fame for 80s comedies (way better than The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc.).

9/10

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