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The Official Comedy Challenge - september 2018

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The Official Comedy Challenge - september 2018

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Post by albajos » August 29th, 2018, 9:26 am

The Comedy Challenge 2018

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

Definition:
Virtually all scenes should contain characters participating in humorous or comedic experiences. The comedy can be exclusively for the viewer, at the expense of the characters in the title, or be shared with them. Subjective. (from imdb)

A comedy do not have to be funny to you, but the intension from the filmmakers is that it is funny to them. As is subjective, I'll allow anything classified as comedy on imdb (unless it's clearly a mistake) and everything on the four official comedy lists. If you find something that is neither, ask. Movies that are "so bad that they're good" are not comedies unless that was the original intent.

Rules:
- A feature film (anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For mini-series, an episode over 40 minutes counts as one entry, or else they have to be added up to 60 minutes.
- For TV series, you will only get one - 1 - point for watching a complete series from start to finish, yes, every single episode.
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(Long lived sitcoms are, in other words, not the way to go in this challenge, so hopefully this will lead to more diversity)
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- Rewatches are allowed and good for the soul.
- Challenge runs from September 1st till September 30th 2018 (your local time)

Please post original title (and aka if you want) and year. That makes it easier for me to create bonus stats during the challenge.
Also if you're in the top 3, please post regularly (at least every second day). So that the competiton stays fair.
Finally, you have 72 hours to post the final results in this thread. So when I post my standings October 4th those will be final.

Official Lists:
AFI's 100 years...100 laughs
Film Comedy
IMDb Top 50 comedies
The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time (BBC Culture)

Other notable lists:
AFI's 100 years...100 laughs - The nominations
Empire's 50 Funniest Comedies Ever
Paste's 50 Best Romantic Comedies
The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies: The Comedy Canon
Time Out London: 100 best comedy movies
Writers' Guild of America 101 Funniest Screenplays

iCM Forum's Favourite Comedies (2016)
iCM - All comedies sorted by off. lists

Personal lists:
Classic British Comedy
Foreign-language comedies

Record:
The comedy challenge has been held once before, back in 2016. PeacefulAnarchy has the current high score with 123. The full standings can be found here: viewtopic.php?p=527153#p527153

Rank Participant Count PB
1 flavo5000 139 139
2 albajos 86 86
3 psychotronicbeatnik 78 FT
4 sol 72 FT
5 RogerTheMovieManiac88 60 FT
5 72allinncallme 60 FT
7 allisoncm 57 57
8 maxwelldeux 55 FT
9 blueboybob 49 FT
10 jdidaco 43 FT
11 jeroeno 40 FT
12 vortexsurfer 35 FT
13 VincentPrice 34 34
14 hurluberlu 30 FT
14 nimimerkillinen 30 FT
14 OldAle1 30 FT
17 Fergenaprido 25 FT
17 ororama 25 25
17 sebby 25 25
20 Tarris1 24 FT
21 Hunziker 23 FT
21 shugs 23 FT
23 India Istanbul 19 FT
24 frbrown 15 21
24 3eyes 15 16
26 Mate_cosido 12 FT
26 zzzorf 1 12 FT
28 ChrisReynolds 11 FT
29 Knaldskalle 9 9
30 tommy_leazaq 8 FT
31 Nopros 6 FT
32 weirdboy 5 57
33 Hippiemans 4 FT
34 cinephage 3 29
35 mathiasa 2 FT
35 vendetta 2 FT
37 blocho 1 FT


37 users - 1167 watches - 31,54 average
(2016: 24 users - 657 watches - 27,37 average)
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Post by blueboybob » August 29th, 2018, 11:30 am

If you've seen my watches for this month I am all over this. I'm ready!!!!!

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What do episodes of things like "comedy central presents" count as? TV Episode or standup?

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Post by albajos » August 29th, 2018, 12:00 pm

Comedy Central Presents are a TV-series, just like Live at the Apollo or Latter Live.

Thay are basically consepts where they invite different comedians to their show.

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Post by 3eyes » August 29th, 2018, 12:46 pm

In.

Will you add this? https://www.imdb.com/list/ls024242542/


I made it for this challenge, but need some help translating it to ICM list. Have got as far as the link:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/fore ... een/3eyes/

but don't know where to go from there.

While compiling it I found a number of films that I wouldn't consider comedies and have included a few that aren't labeled as such. Of course, in the case of comedies from a different culture the humor is not always evident to outsiders. (Does IMDb always know the filmmaker's intent? Case in point: 111 girls, which is certainly serious but involves the Kurds getting the better of the big shot from Tehran at every turn - I found it hilarious.)
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Post by blueboybob » August 29th, 2018, 1:50 pm

albajos wrote:
August 29th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Comedy Central Presents are a TV-series, just like Live at the Apollo or Latter Live.

Thay are basically consepts where they invite different comedians to their show.
So doesn't count for points?

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Post by 3eyes » August 29th, 2018, 1:55 pm

:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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Post by VincentPrice » August 29th, 2018, 2:11 pm

In, probably quite a few rewatches.


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Post by albajos » August 30th, 2018, 2:20 pm

blueboybob wrote:
August 29th, 2018, 1:50 pm
So doesn't count for points?
Just the one for all episodes.

There will be a TV challenge next year, ether official or unofficial, so it's better to just save the longest TV series you want to see for that one.


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Post by 72allinncallme » August 31st, 2018, 6:46 pm

In! Only ten checks away from getting bronze on that awful comedy list and there is a few comedies on the 1001MYMSBYD list left for me to work on :)

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Post by flavo5000 » September 1st, 2018, 3:16 am

In. I love to laugh!

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Post by sol » September 1st, 2018, 3:45 am

72allinncallme wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 6:46 pm
In! Only ten checks away from getting bronze on that awful comedy list
I'm only 58 away from a Silver on the Film Comedy list myself, so that's something that I *could* achieve this month... if I wanted to. :unsure: Maybe I'll just aim for getting inside the top 100 users for the list. I'm currently ranked at #124.
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Post by weirdboy » September 1st, 2018, 3:56 am

Seems like early Ernst Lubitsch may be the way to get some good triples in this month.

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Post by sol » September 1st, 2018, 7:12 am

It starts!

1. In the Company of Men (1997)

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This is a difficult film to warm to at first since both male protagonists come off as arrogant and insensitive jerks, spurting lots of hateful slurs. As the project wears on though, it becomes increasingly apparent that the unpleasantness is a dig at corporate ladder climbing and the business world in general. The "because I could" revelation near the end is very hard-hitting and the silent ending is appropriately haunting. And yet, since neither protagonist is ever really likeable, I thought that the film concluded on more of an 'oh' rather than an emotional blow.
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Post by hurluberlu » September 1st, 2018, 7:51 am

1. Platinum Blonde (Frank Capra, 1931) 7-
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Post by albajos » September 1st, 2018, 8:55 am

As i am hosting this I will edit my first post every day rather than post several. So if anyone else rather would post that way, just go ahead. I always check by username, not by posts when I'm tallying anyway. Just do what's best for you.

01. Bugsy Malone (1976) UK 2 official lists 3 295 checks
Jodie Foster completly outplays the other kids. They are just parodies of the older selfs. I don't really see the point of the film either. The cream doesn't kill them, so they quit of embarrasment?

Funny? Not really. It's just a parody of children doing adult stuff.

02. Black Shampoo (1976) USA 1 official list 95 checks
Black version of the Beatty vehicle Shampoo. Just with more sex and violence. Seen with 2018 eyes there is a lot of non-consentual actions here. Mostly the costumers taking advantage of him, but in those days men were always willing.

Funny? Not really. All jokes are based on bad pick up lines. So without the sex this movie wouldn't have jokes either.

03. Don's Party (1976) Australia 1 official list 148 checks
No set up, just a party.

Funny? Maybe if I was an australian in 1976, this would be funny. Now it's just cringeworthy.

04. Carwash (1976) USA 1 official list 482 checks
I wouldn't call it blaxplotation, but it's pretty close. Anyway with The Pointer Sisters and Richard Pryor in the cast this is mainstream (but just tiny roles - not deserving of cover). And the title song is still recognizable today. (But played 4 times, I think, during the film)

Funny? Yes. But maybe a bit on the stereotypical side. The music is the big thing of this one, not the humor.

05. Up! (1976) USA 1 official list 424 checks
Russ Meyer always made weird movies, but before 1967 he had other ways to interest the public than titilation. This is an antholgy and the tonal shifts are odd. From Hitler parody in one to straight up rape and sexual harassment in the next one.

Funny? If you can handle the nudity soms of the segments are funny, but if you want to keep as fun possible just watch Hitler (first 15 minutes)
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Post by 3eyes » September 1st, 2018, 9:52 am

1. Murder Ahoy (UK 1964)
The fourth & last of Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple outings. I can see why Agatha Christie hated these. I'm a fan of Rutherford but not of Christie, so I like them better as they get farther away from Christie. This one has less ageism-based slapstick, too.
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Post by sol » September 1st, 2018, 10:47 am

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1. In the Company of Men (1997)

2. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

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Shot in black and white just like his seminal Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch demonstrates as key an eye as ever for visuals. Of particular note are the shots against glowing white snow blizzards, and an extended shot of the protagonists in a theatre (without a single cutaway) as madcap kung fu sound effects blare over them. Stylish as it may be, the film falls short as a narrative. The characters barely change, everything is episodic and watching bored folk meander about is just as unexciting as it sounds. Probably my least favourite Jarmusch outing so far (I've seen 7).
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Post by blueboybob » September 1st, 2018, 12:01 pm

1. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7689966/
2. Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6264596/
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Post by VincentPrice » September 1st, 2018, 12:31 pm

1. Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly-2018: 8/10

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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2018, 1:34 pm

In for at least 10 as usual, no idea what I'll watch actually. Maybe a bunch of Charley Chase shorts since I've got an unopened box set sitting in front of me.


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Post by sol » September 1st, 2018, 2:07 pm

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1. In the Company of Men (1997)
2. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

3. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

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Some of the ideas here are interesting and there is some dark humour too, but the film takes too long to establish its premise with over a third of the duration elapsing before the boxer protagonist assumes a murdered millionaire's body. This is never an especially funny film either as too much time is dedicated to fleshing out a dull romance. James Gleason comes off best as Montgomery's sole confidant from his prior life, hilariously trying to talk to invisible men and getting confused over the body switching, but this is ultimately sentimental rather than hysterical.
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Post by VincentPrice » September 1st, 2018, 4:50 pm

2. SLC Punk!-1998: 9/10 (rewatch)
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Post by allisoncm » September 1st, 2018, 8:58 pm

1. Misleading Lady (1932)

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Post by zzzorf » September 1st, 2018, 10:41 pm

weirdboy wrote:
September 1st, 2018, 3:56 am
Seems like early Ernst Lubitsch may be the way to get some good triples in this month.
I would be in for that. Have only watched two so far and Die Puppe is the top of my (albeit short) silent comedy list, only second best silent to Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.


Anyway my challenge has started for the month.

1. Colossal (2016) - 8/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 1st, 2018, 11:06 pm

1. Stripes (1981)

Bill Murray et al. join the military and get sent on a mission. Some pretty funny bits to it, but I've never LOL'ed at Bill Murray humor, so it was a little underwhelming to me. The plot was simple and somewhat tangential to the film, so that didn't hold it together either.

2. Felipe Esparza: They're Not Going to Laugh At You (2012)
3. Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (2018)

Felipe Esparza was funny enough, but just didn't click for me - I think a lot of it was just that it wasn't all that unique. Bert Kreischer suprised me - I didn't think I'd like him as much as I did. He told a lot of funny stories, and it was the storytelling that really kept my attention.

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Post by Hunziker » September 1st, 2018, 11:08 pm

Would you accept Spider-Man 3 as Comedy?
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Post by VincentPrice » September 1st, 2018, 11:55 pm

3. Elf-2003: 9/10 (rewatch)
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1. Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly-2018: 8/10
2. SLC Punk!-1998: 9/10 (rewatch)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » September 2nd, 2018, 12:24 am

1.Meyer From Berlin (1919 / Ernst Lubitsch) FTV 6+/10

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Post by frbrown » September 2nd, 2018, 2:48 am

1. Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)


2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Which got me Silver on IMDb's Comedy list

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Post by flavo5000 » September 2nd, 2018, 3:44 am

I'll be using a laugh-o-meter to gauge how funny I thought each movie was this month from 1 to 10, 1 being akin to a Friedberg/Seltzer movie and 10 being an Idiocracy level of funny. And of course, this is all highly subjective and not indicative of the overall quality of the movie, just how much it made me laugh. I mean, just because I find Epic Movie a black hole of humor doesn't mean somebody else thinks it's the bee's knees.

1. Crash Pad (2017)
:lol: :lol: :lol: / 10
Domhall Gleeson just seemed to be trying way too hard. Thomas Hayden Church has a few good moments though.

2. My Favorite Blonde (1942)
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: / 10
Not bad. Hope's quippy one-liners are near constant. Something's bound to stick.

3. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: / 10
Not what I'd call hilarious but a very breezy, amusing flick in a very similar vein to Linklater's earlier Dazed & Confused.

4. Cha no aji (2004) a.k.a. The Taste of Tea
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: / 10
Most of the giggles in this one were coping with WTF reactions to the bizarre nonsense unfolding. If you've seen the director Ishii's earlier Funky Forest, you'd have a general idea what to expect here (although I liked Funky Forest more).
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1. Crash Pad (2017)
2. My Favorite Blonde (1942)
3. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
4. Cha no aji (2004)

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Post by VincentPrice » September 2nd, 2018, 3:46 am

4. The Package-2018: 8/10

Further proof that getting drunk, fucking with a switchblade and taking a piss at the same time never turns out very well.

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1. Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly-2018: 8/10
2. SLC Punk!-1998: 9/10 (rewatch)
3. Elf-2003: 9/10 (rewatch)

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Post by albajos » September 2nd, 2018, 5:34 am

Hunziker wrote:
September 1st, 2018, 11:08 pm
Would you accept Spider-Man 3 as Comedy?
No

The comic books about Spider-Man are very light-hearted, but that hasn't been adapted well into the movies.

i might consider Homecoming if someone wants to see that one, though.
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Post by albajos » September 2nd, 2018, 6:30 am

06. Family Plot (1976) USA 1 official list 2 251 checks
Con artists, jewel thieves and hijinx.

Funny? Most of the jokes comes from throw away lines and some physical comedy. But I wouldn't call it a comedy. After all it's Hitchcock, the Thriller comes first.

07. The Front (1976) USA 1 official list 659 checks
A man poses as a writer instead of his blacklisted friends.

Funny? It's Woody Allen without him taking director's chair. More focused. The most jokes are in Allen's dialogue as the fish out of water.

08. Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976) USA 1 official list 100 checks
Where's the plot? The plot the subplot to a collection of skits. Just some cheerleaders behaving like sex maniacs until they get fired. Which results in nothing.

Funny? It's all about sex (and one scene with drugs) so if that type of jokes is not in your alley, this is not for you.

s1a. The Street (1976) Canada 1 official list 416 checks
Animated short about how a family deals with having a dying grandmother in their house.

Funny? Personal observations are a bit tongue-in-cheek because of his young age even on such a serious topic.

09. Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976) USA 4 checks
Navy privates do have by coincidence some evidence towards a public figure. It's actually a fight for their life.

Funny? The trouble with focusing on 1976 is that many of the comedies at the time are based on sex. This isn't as extreme as some of the others I've seen so far, but the occasional catfight and pervy doctor do unfocus the plot. As with Benny Hill, Carry on series and all the sex comedies of the 80s these were funnier at the time.

I think I'm done with 1976. Let's try some more serious comedy.

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02. Black Shampoo (1976)
01. Bugsy Malone (1976)
04. Car Wash (1976)
09. Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976)
03. Don's Party (1976)
06. Family Plot (1976)
07. The Front (1976)
08. Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976)
s1a. The Street (1976)
05. Up! (1976)

By year
02. Black Shampoo (1976)
01. Bugsy Malone (1976)
04. Car Wash (1976)
09. Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976)
03. Don's Party (1976)
06. Family Plot (1976)
07. The Front (1976)
08. Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976)
s1a. The Street (1976)
05. Up! (1976)

Official lists
01. Bugsy Malone (1976) 2
02. Black Shampoo (1976) 1
04. Car Wash (1976) 1
03. Don's Party (1976) 1
06. Family Plot (1976) 1
07. The Front (1976) 1
08. Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976) 1
s1a. The Street (1976) 1
05. Up! (1976) 1

Checks
01. Bugsy Malone (1976) 3 295
06. Family Plot (1976) 2 251
07. The Front (1976) 659
04. Car Wash (1976) 482
05. Up! (1976) 424
s1a. The Street (1976) 416
03. Don's Party (1976) 148
08. Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976) 100
02. Black Shampoo (1976) 95
09. Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976) 4

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Post by Tarris1 » September 2nd, 2018, 7:51 am

1. Passport to Pimlico (1949) 7/10
2. Bananas (1971) 7/10
3. The Freshman (1925) 7.5/10

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Post by sol » September 2nd, 2018, 11:48 am

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1. In the Company of Men (1997)
2. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
3. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

4. Heaven Can Wait (1943)

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The Technicolor art deco Hell sets here are great and the film begins well as lead actor Don Ameche wittily converses with a Satanly Laird Cregar. This is, however, merely a framing device with the majority of screen time dedicated to Ameche's life. Despite his claims of being a Casanova, Ameche's skirt-chasing is actually pretty tame. He also comes off as a bit too much of a cad (especially in a certain bookstore scene) and he is ultimately dislikeable. The makeup by the 'other' Guy Pearce is another story though, with Ameche ageing credibly throughout.

5. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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One of those rare remakes that totally outclasses the original, this updating of Here Comes Mr. Jordan to the 1970s works well thanks to writers Elaine May and Warren Beatty altering the humour. The supporting cast are in excellent form. Especially funny are Dyan Cannon and Charles Grodin as the two would-be murderers, playing characters rewritten as paranoid and neurotic; in fact, the film is equally about living with guilt and suspicion as it is about Beatty's protagonist making good. The training scenes are pretty dull, but I liked this a lot overall.

6. Palookaville (1995)

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Loosely based on a trio of short stories, this is easy to spot as the film assumes a highly episodic structure, jumping from routine domestic drama incident to incident in between all the failed robbery attempts. The film also plays its best card too early as the opening bakery heist (where they steal desserts in desperation) is far funnier than anything else to come. And yet, this is a relatively pleasant affair with a very solid ending. The chemistry between the three leads always rings true and their intense watching of Richard Fleischer's Armored Car Robbery is amusing.
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Post by 3eyes » September 2nd, 2018, 11:56 am

2. Meyer aus Berlin (Ger 1919) - Triple
I did not like this, or find it very funny. Guess I'll leave it at that.
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Post by VincentPrice » September 2nd, 2018, 12:42 pm

5. Wayne's World-1992: 9/10 (rewatch)

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1. Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly-2018: 8/10
2. SLC Punk!-1998: 9/10 (rewatch)
3. Elf-2003: 9/10 (rewatch)
4. The Package-2018: 8/10

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