Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

A satire about Jezus returning home after having wandered in the desert for 40 days is making headlines all over the world, because there is a big debate in Brazil wether the movie should be banned or not. A judge in Rio decided it should be banned. The higher court of justice decided against the ban…

Why the fuzz? Jezus comes back from the desert with his boyfriend Orlando…

It’s strange, because that is just a very trivial part of the comedy and the depiction of God is much more offensive (and funnier). Those who petitioned for the ban clearly didn’t see the movie (yet).

The set up is great though. It starts with the three wise men being invited to a surprise welcome home party for Jezus who turns 30 and they have lost their way and didn’t bring presents. Most of the jokes fall flat, but the idea has potential. Then we get to meet Mary and Joseph and God, known to Jezus as Uncle Vittorio. They feel it’s the right moment to tell Jezus the truth about who his dad is and what his purpose in life will be. The jealousy of poor Joseph towards pimp-looking Vittorio is hilarious. Especially the moment when the carpenter gives a self-made pan flute to his son and God tops it with a synthesizer that sounds much cooler. That absurdity is great, but it’s not consistent. Oh, Orlando turns out to be Lucifer. So the lgbt community could see this episode as homophobic as well.

Much better is the satire about Jezus’ last dinner from the same creators. That is really funny. Also not consistent, but it has a lot of absurd ideas that are executed well. The morning after the last supper, the apostles wake up with a huge hangover and can’t find Jezus, so they have to try and figure out Hangover-style, what has happened. You do need to know the biblical story to get the jokes, but some are just really cool. Like the scene with spin the bottle where they ask Petrus which other apostle he would like to have sex with. When he says Thadeus, the others get upset as Thadeus is relatively new to the posse and hasn’t really been important at all. The turn the other cheek slapping round is also fun.

www.imdb.com/title/tt3013322

 

F.C. De Kampioenen was (and still is) the most popular sitcom in Flanders. It ran for 22 seasons (some 280 episodes in total) and then stopped, much to the regret of the many fans. It’s a terrible show, with stereotypical characters and lame humor, based on ‘misunderstandings’ and full of slapstick.  Yet, somehow, it’s incredibly popular with several generations of kids and seniors (and all the adults who started watching it as a kid). It’s an iconic series that has spouted many one-liners that became part of our cultural patrimonium. It’s about an amateur soccer team who constantly has trouble with the owner of the garage next door.

Because of its popularity, they started with feature movies that get a theatrical release around Christmas every other year. The fourth one became the most successful Flemish (and thus Belgian) movie of 2019 (within one week of its release). So, something must appeal to a large audience, right?

Kampioenen Forever is the third installment, shown on tv tonight. If you have never seen the tv show, don’t watch it. You really need to know the characters to appreciate it at least a little bit. To be honest, I never thought I would be able to finish this movie, but I did. And I even laughed. Twice. Hooray! I feel a champion myself! (*) for me!

www.imdb.com/title/tt5331532

This came on tv this afternoon. Decided to watch a bit of it. Ended up finishing it. Hey, it’s been more than 30 years !

What a silly movie. Those special effects are BAD. And the acting isn’t particularly good either. Neither is the story. In fact, this is really quite terrible.

But it’s nostalgic… And Bill Murray is great being Bill Murray.

However, this did not pass the test of time. I used to LOVE this movie.

Ray Parker Jr’s title track is still cool though. (it was the first 7″ inch single I ever bought).

www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332

 

Mon dieu! My god! Why ????

Watched this sequel with my mom, who really enjoyed the first movie and was interested in what happens next to the catholic French family whose four daughters have each married interculturally.

There’s NO use watching this ‘comedy’ if you haven’t seen the first one. And there is NO use watching this ‘comedy’ if you want to laugh at all.

The set up is kind of okay. Once all four daughters got married, the parents decide to visit the countries of each of their sons-in-laws. Now, this would have been a fun movie maybe. But no, they return after 5 minutes in the movie and learn that each of their kids want to leave France! So, they want to make sure they can convince their kids of staying in their beloved country.

It’s simplistic patriotic bullshit. Sugarcoated as being tolerant towards other cultures. Irony and Sarcasm just aren’t a French thing. And, just like in the first movie, every jokes is EXPLAINED! How unfunny is that????????

The title says: whatever did we do (again) to God (to deserve this)…. exactly.

The first movie made 150 million euro worldwide. (without a release in the US!)  This one made 70 million or so. Like my mom says: they can continue making movies of this family.

My God! Mon Dieu!

www.imdb.com/title/tt6556670

The Two Popes – **(*)

Posted: December 20, 2019 in 2019, biopic, Dramedy, USA, XX1/2

What a surprise! This dialogue movie between two popes is actually really entertaining. The use of gentle humor is a great way of making it accessible and the flashbacks of current Pope Francis’ life are interesting. The use of real footage now and then add to the precision of the storytelling (even though – just like with The Crown – the actual conversations between the protagonists are only known to those who had them). It all starts off with an intriguing look into the mysterious conclave. Very well edited. Short, but explanatory with detailed images. Then you meet the two popes, who are very different in almost everything. Yet somehow this turns into a buddy movie and by the end you kind of get emotional when you see the real popes hug.

The movie focuses much more on Pope Francis, which is a bit odd when the title says ‘two popes’. Pope Ratzinger has a much smaller part and that’s a bit sad. His past is also worth investigating. But there are no flashbacks to when he was a teenager under Nazi regime. We do get a lot of information about the Argentinean Junta and the controversial behavior of Jorge Bergoglio, the then head of the Jesuit order.

Also disappointing is Anthony Hopkin’s accent. He’s speaking British English with an Anthony Hopkins accent, when he’s playing a Bavarian character! Surely, he could have tried to sound a bit more authentic. Jonathan Pryce on the other hand speaks English like an international Argentinean would and he even speaks Spanish!

Good movie!

www.imdb.com/title/tt8404614/

This movie takes its title from a funny book on the curiosities of the Dutch language. The main character is an editor for a superficial women’s magazine who is obsessed with language and would love to write a book about it and constantly makes remarks on certain things people say that don’t really make sense linguistically.

But that’s the only link between the book and the movie.

It’s also a movie about a single woman who seems to be the only one in her family accepting the fact that her dad, a bookstore owner, is suffering from dementia. She has the perfect possible boyfriend sitting in front of her in the editorial office, but he’s just a ‘friend’ and when she gets the change to work with a hot photographer, she goes for that adventure.

It’s a kind of Dutch Bridget Jones with lots of linguistic references and it sucks. And ironically enough, the pronunciation of the language spoken is SO terrible that the title (originally: Language, as we speak, is a bit my thing) should be called Uitspraak Is Helemaal Niet Zo Mijn Ding (Pronunciation is definitely not my thing at all).

To skip. Especially if you don’t understand Dutch. But nice images of Amsterdam though.

www.imdb.com/title/tt6867650/

 

It took me nearly 30 years to watch this show. By the time it was aired on tv here, I was in college and didn’t watch tv. My then indie/alternative music mindset did not appreciate Summertime or Boom Boom Shake The Room either. So, Will Smith was just not someone cool enough to follow.

Yet, watching this first season was fun! It’s good. Not every episode is great. The overal concept is still weird and badly exploited, but by the end of the series you start to appreciate Will Smith’s remarks and some of the other characters’ traits. The show also isn’t that outdated. Intrigued what the next seasons will offer. Personal favorite: Jazz!

www.imdb.com/title/tt0098800