Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

Fighting With My Family – **

Posted: October 10, 2019 in 2019, Dramedy, UK, USA, XX

Quite an enjoyable 99 cent rental for on a long train journey. Nothing too heavy, nothing too serious. Nothing annoying.

It’s the story of the WWE wrestler Paige, who grew up in a wrestling family in Norwich, England and made it all the way to the top. It’s a fun British dramedy, like only the Brits can make them.

The acting is quite good, especially by the main actress (Florence Pugh) and her on screen mom (Lena Headey, Cersei from GoT). But also by Vince Vaughn as the coach. The jokes are funny. So, as a comedy it works. As a drama it only rarely does. Sure, it’s a great zero to hero story. It’s well told, classical and very predictable, but well told. But any scene of conflict feels extremely forced. Which is strange for a movie that is set in the conflict driven wrestling scene. The tale of a brother and sister sharing a same dream and only one achieving it, is quite compelling. But it’s shown in an non-compelling way. Which is sad.

Still. worth the watch.

www.imdb.com/title/tt6513120

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Classic: City Lights – ***

Posted: September 4, 2019 in 1931, romcom, Silent Movie, USA, XXX

More Chaplin!

This time without annoying voice overs. A silent movie. With a typical silent movie soundtrack and typical silent movie sound effects.

It’s great!

Charlie Chaplin’s character meets a beautiful blind flower selling girl, who has no idea that he’s just a tramp. In the meantime, he saves an alcoholic millionaire from committing suicide and gets invited to the man’s fancy mansion and party lifestyle. Once sober, the rich man has no idea who this tramp is …

No extraordinary acting this time, but the pantomime play of Chaplin is charming and some of the choreography, especially in the boxing club, is excellent. There is real humor too and it’s not just slapstick. Some scenes are too long, but it doesn’t annoy.

More !

www.imdb.com/title/tt0021749

Back in 1942, Charlie Chaplin re-edited his favorite movie: The Gold Rush, a silent movie box office hit form 1925 ! He left out the script boards, added a voice over (done by himself) and had a orchestra perform a new score to it.

Having visited Chaplin’s World in Vyvey, which features lots of references to this classic, it’s time to finally watch it.

But… it’s not that special. The orchestra and the voice over make the whole experience more annoying than fun. It would have been better to watch the remastered original version from 1925.

Still, There are a few good scenes in it. Especially the ones with actress Georgia Hale, who – contrary to the men – does not overact at all and is perfect in her role as saloon dancer. Oh, there’s also the short but charming roll dance by Chaplin, two forks and two pieces of bread rolls. (see below)

www.imdb.com/title/tt0015864

 

There’s a new Tarantino movie out!

One friend messages: go see it, it’s great, you’ll love it. 

Another friend messages: didn’t give a rat’s ass about it. it’s slow and doesn’t have a story. but go see it anyways

So… off to the theatre!

And……

Well…..

It’s a cinematic marvel with great shots, brilliant settings, a killer soundtrack and great performances by especially Leonardo DiCaprio.

But there isn’t a story!  For almost three hours long. And it stars Brad Pitt, who still, after all these years, cannot act. At all.

However,

It’s a great trip back to the Hollywood of 1969 when Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski are the it couple and hippies roam the planet. It focuses on an almost has-been actor and his unemployed stunt double. It’s very entertaining. There’s all kinds of things going on, of which none matter. But it’s filmed in the most perfect way. The camerawork is outstanding. And keeps you glued to the screen. But the plot is weird and the dialogue is weak. It’s better than The Hateful Eight or Kill Bill, but nothing close to Django Unchained or Pulp Fiction. 

People say the same about Roma. It’s slow and has no story, but it’s great cinema. So this is Tarantino’s kind of Roma. 

Yet, Roma didn’t have Brad Pitt. And had a flawless editing. And had some kind of message. This one doesn’t.

www.imdb.com/title/tt7131622

 

 

American guests have no idea who Sissi is when they visit Bavaria/Austria for the very first time. Much to the (somewhat acted) shock of local guides, who refer to her quite a lot and then dramatically shout: “You mean: you don’t know Sissiiiiii ?”

The classic Sissy trilogy is not known to American audiences. There’s an abbreviated English dubbed version which is terrible. So never – ever – watch Sissi: Forever My Love. Just watch the original trilogy, in German, with subtitles.

Growing up in Europe, this trilogy is shown almost every year on several tv channels around christmas. Its success is a bit like The Sound Of Music, which was never popular in Austria and Bavaria by the way. Maybe a new generation has never seen the movies, but if you’re over forty, you must have at least seen parts of it.

The first movie: Sissi *** is still a great joy to watch. Camp isn’t the correct term. It’s more cheesy and corny. It’s a idealized portrait of the future Austrian empress from the moment she first meets Franz Joseph to her wedding. It’s a romcom that still works well 7 decades later. There is some efficient slapstick humor, the acting is deliberately over the top, Romy Schneider looks gorgeous and it has all the elements of a fairytale: the bold and adventurous princess, the charming prince (well…) and the evil stepmother. It’s really not a bad movie at all.

In Sissi, die junge Kaiserin **(*), there’s less comedy (although there are attempts) and more drama. Sissi is empress now and has a hard time with the strict life at court. When her first-born is taken away from her, she flees home. Time for Franz Joseph to gain her back. No wedding at the end, no divorce either. But the (very long) crowning of the couple as king and queen of Hungary. Lots of patriotism in this episode. Lots of postcard settings in cities and nature. Lots of Romy looking exactly how everyone wants to remember the empress.

Sissi, Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin ** is the third installment and the worst. Even though the first two movies were also not historically correct, they weren’t so historically incorrect as this one. This is pure fiction at times. The comic relief is gone and it just basically shows Sissi abroad. First during her lengthy stay in Hungary, then her trips to Madeira and Corfu (to cure from a lung infection) and then her trip home via Milan and Venice. This must have been like watching the Travel Channel back in the fifties, but anno 2019 it’s not really fascinating. Especially since all these nationalities are introduced in the most stereotypical way possible. No. This is not a good one, but Romy Schneider is absolutely gorgeous in every single scene. So. Watch it while doing something else. Like reading online what really happened to Sissi and Franz Joseph.

 

 

Nobody’s Fool

Posted: July 24, 2019 in 2018, Comedy, USA

This is terrible.

How can a movie with Tiffany Haddish, Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Rock be so unfunny. There are NO laughs whatsoever. Not one. Who is this movie made for? Is there an audience for this?

The acting is TER.RI.BLE !

But then again, the dialogue and the story suck.

Ambitious businesswoman and emotional wreck Danica has been online ‘dating’ some dude in an oil rig that she’s never seen before. All they do is call and talk sweet talk. There are two other men in her life, but she only cares for this ‘ghost’. The owner of a coffee shop is a nice flirt, but she refuses to go on a date with him And not so long ago, she was dumped by her long term boyfriend weeks before their marriage.

Enter her sister, who is just released from jail and who will stirs things up. Even calling the guys from Catfish (yes, the MTV show) to do their research on the oil rig guy.

Again, this is TERRIBLE. 

www.imdb.com/title/tt8097306

It’s quite brave to make a comedy about the refugee crisis and how the Germans deal with it. And it’s quite a feat to release this comedy within a year of the big crisis. It’s even more amazing that the movie was successful, becoming the highest grossing movie of 2016. In Germany.

It’s also very weird that this movie didn’t make headlines abroad and wasn’t successful in other countries that deal with the same issues. It’s even weirder when you realize that the main refugee in the movie is played by a guy who lives not even 10 miles from where you live and was the focus of a documentary a few years ago about a struggling black artist in a predominantly white society.

Anyways, this movie is riding on the wave of French box office hits that show how the bourgeoisie deals with the multicultural society. The goal of the movie is good: let’s all just get along and look behind the stereotypes. However, every single character in this movie is a stereotype and you can’t look beyond it. It’s also not so much a comedy about the refugee crisis, but more a comedy about a dysfunctional family and how the arrival of a refugee first stirs up things even more and then  – of course – makes things much better by the end.

Europeans will like this movie. At least the ones who think that by liking this movie they will be classified as not racist and welcoming to (certain) refugees. Non-Europeans may not appreciate the over the top humor so much. There’s a lot of micro-racism in this comedy. But there are also quite a few laughs as well. And in between all the jokes there is some criticism on how people think about the crisis as well.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5500148