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  1. elanor

    elanor Member

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    I present you my top 4 of favourite comedies. You might answer with your own list. But it would be nice if you could also recommend me some new comedies based on my preferences.

    1. -4. (ordered by year)
    The Philadelphia Story 1940
    When Harry Met Sally... 1989
    Strictly Ballroom 1992
    Groundhog Day 1993



    next rung (ordered by year), in bold my favourites in this rung:
    The General 1926
    Woman of the Year 1942
    Arsenic and Old Lace 1944
    Christmas in Connecticut 1945
    I Was a Male War Bride 1949
    Adam's Rib 1949
    Sabrina 1954
    The Trouble with Harry 1955
    Do Ankhen Barah Haath 1957
    The Apartment 1960
    One, Two, Three 1961
    The Hallelujah Trail 1965
    Barefoot in the Park 1967
    The Sting 1973
    Hair 1979
    Moonstruck 1987
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989
    The Eagle Shooting Heroes 1993
    Much Ado About Nothing 1993
    Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994
    Babe 1995
    French Kiss 1995
    Zamaana Deewana 1995
    The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996
    Samurai Fiction 1998
    Galaxy Quest 1999
    10 Things I Hate About You 1999
    2002 2001
    Guns & Talks 2001
    The Abduction Club 2002
    Tokyo Godfathers 2003
    Main Hoon Na 2004
    Windstruck 2004
    Arahan 2004
    George and the Dragon 2004
    Duelist 2005
    You Are So Beautiful 2005
    Little Miss Sunshine 2006
    The Perfect Couple 2007
    Jab We Met 2007
    Lars and the Real Girl 2007
    Fine, Totally Fine 2008
    Love Exposure 2008
    Tropic Thunder 2008
    The Good, the Bad, the Weird 2008
    My Girlfriend Is an Agent 2009
    Despicable Me 2010
    Petty Romance 2010
    Little Big Soldier 2010
    Tangled 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon 2010
    You're My Pet 2011
    The Artist 2011
    The Woodsman and the Rain 2011
    All About My Wife 2012
    I Am a King 2012
    Big Hero 6 2014
    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014
    The Boxtrolls 2014
     
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    Comedy is so spongy.

    1984 - This Is Spinal Tap Director: Rob Reiner
    1988 - Punchline Director: David Seltzer
    1990 - Trust Director: Hal Hartley
    1992 - Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer Director: Ted Demme
    1992 - The Larry Sanders Show
    1993 - Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis
    1995 - Living in Oblivion Director: Tom DiCillo
    1996 - Swingers Director: Doug Liman
    1997 - Mr. Jealousy Director: Noah Baumbach
    1998 - The Big Lebowski Director: Joel Coen
    2000 - Snatch Director: Guy Ritchie
    2002 - Punch-Drunk Love Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    2003 - Like Asura Director: Yoshimitsu Morita
    2004 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Director: Wes Anderson
    2004 - Sideways Director: Alexander Payne
    2005 - The 40-Year-Old Virgin Director: Judd Apatow
    2005 - A Stranger of Mine Director: Kenji Uchida
    2006 - Stranger Than Fiction Director: Marc Forster
    2008 - Burn After Reading Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
    2008 - Synecdoche, New York Director: Charlie Kaufman
    2008 - The Grand Director: Zak Penn
    2008 - Crush and Blush Director: Kyoung-mi Lee
    2008 - Good Dick Director: Marianna Palka
    2010 - Greenberg Director: Noah Baumbach
    2010 - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Director: Edgar Wright
    2010 - Let the Bullets Fly Director: Wen Jiang
    2012 - Seven Psychopaths Director: Martin McDonagh
    2014 - My Ordinary Love Story Director: Kwon Lee
    2015 - While We're Young Director: Noah Baumbach
     
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  3. Hux

    Hux Very Active Member

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    You might like the work of Taika Waititi. What we do in the shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople in particular (he's now moved on to directing the next Thor movie).

     
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  4. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    Forgive me for not including years, message me if you need them (I'll go find them so I'm ready)
    Also.... love, love, love that you go old-school studio days! Hopefully you'll find things on my list
    that you haven't already seen. There are a number of them I genuinely wish I could watch for the
    "first time" all over again. But I did put it together in the hope you'll find new treasures in my list
    that you can add to yours. Many got no marketing and are under-appreciated gems.

    Bringing Up Baby (Hepburn & Grant)
    Nothing Sacred (Lombard)
    My Man Godfrey (Lombard & William Powell)
    Libeled Lady (Harlow, Powell, Tracey & Myrna Loy)
    Death at a Funeral 2007 (Make sure it's the Brit version! The remake is worse than Uncle Alfie's poo!)
    Noises Off (C. Burnett, M. Caine, J. Ritter, N. Sheridan, M. Linn-Baker, M. Henner, C. Reeve, et. al...)
    I have to "second" Stranger Than Fiction, it's just that good.
    The entire "Thin Man" series (Loy & Powell)
    Dodgeball (V. Vaughn, J. Long et. al... quirky and hysterical)
    Easy A (E. Stone, S. Tucci, P. Clarkson, et. al...)
    Big Trouble (S. Tucci, D. Farina, R. Russo, T. Allen, et. al...)
    Get Shorty (J. Travolta, R. Russo, D. Devito, G. Hackman, D. Lindo, et. al...)
    State & Main (A. Baldwin, P.S. Hoffman, S.J. Parker, W. Macy, et. al...)
    Gun Shy (S. Bullock, L. Neeson brilliant ensemble)
    His Girl Friday (C. Grant, R. Russell)
    Fido (C.A. Moss, B. Connolly) tongue-in-cheek 50's "Zombie Pet" movie
    Shrek (M. Myers, C. Diaz, E. Murphy)
    Very Bad Things (1998 pitch-black comedy by Peter Berg)
    Major League (R. Russo, T. Berenger, D. Haysbert, W. Snipes, et. al...)
    The Incredibles (turns the whole notion of "superhero movies" on it's ear!"

    I really, truly hope you find new things to love somewhere in the list! :emoji_hugging: :emoji_fingers_crossed:
     
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    A few of mine......

    1941
    Used Cars
    Blues Brothers
    MccLintock
    Cat Ballou
    Blazing Saddles
    The Quiet Man
    Son of Flubber
    Spaceballs
    Zombieland
    Tropic Thunder
    Dazed and Confused
     
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    I've been trying to find a copy of this, because it looks great. Have you seen a 2010 Belgian film called VAMPIRES? It's kind of the same, but the humor is more subdued. It gets pretty dark at times, but a pretty good watch.

     
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    I'm boggling so much at the overlap of films I'd say are my all time greats + stuff I've never heard of, in the same lists> Thank you Elanor, for starting this thread.
    My list - for today, maybe not tomorrow though:

    Mellow chuckles: Sense and Sensiblilty, Genevieve, Four Weddings
    Belly laughs: Gregory's Girl, Young Frankenstein, Amelie
    Falling down hooting: Blues Brothers, Princess Bride, Sexy Beast
     
  8. elanor

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    My favourites of these:
    Cat Ballou
    The Quiet Man
    Tropic Thunder
     
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    I will check them out. There are lots of comedies I liked as for instance the Thin Man series, Death at a Funeral 2007, and Bringing Up Baby.
    I'm a Hepburn fan :emoji_wink:.
     
  11. divemaster13

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    In no particular order, my 4.5 or 5-star rated comedies are:

    Airplane!
    Tropic Thunder
    Ruthless People
    The Naked Gun
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Hot Shots!
    The Hudsucker Proxy
    L.A. Story
    Major League
    Flying Dagger
    Top Secret!
    The Wedding Singer
    Beerfest
    The Hangover
    The Kentucky Fried Movie
    Happy Gilmore
    Office Space
    Wayne's World
    A Chinese Torture Chamber Story
    Dr. Strangelove
    Men Suddenly in Black
    My Sassy Girl


    I tried to stick with films that are pretty much comedies through-and-through, rather than other 5-star films that have comedic moments, such as A Christmas Story or Election or The Princess Bride or Scream or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Some of these are a judgment call.
     
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  12. Carol

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    Love your list - pretty much an interesting combination of "totally agree" and "never heard of" - so that means I share a lot of your taste and the ones that are new to me should probably work for me too.
    Love that you have LA Story in there, so puzzled that you'd put Princess Bride as a judgement call - my ruie of thumb is that any film that mostly makes you hoot out loud then also makes you cry (a bit - |I'm an as tough-as-parkin Yorkshirewoman) is a winner.
    Lock Stock for me was a once-is-enough fan-fic attempt at The Italian Job, even though I actually worked once with one of the hard nut cockneys in the opening poker game (respect to the late Syd G.- he furthered the cause of fringe theatre in the outskirts of Sarf London by means one could only call Mob-handed...)

    Where are you on Python films? If I'm right all but 2 on your list are American - I think you;d enjoy branching out a bit more! ( I PROMISE the Brits aren't all about Bridget Jones and Love Actually.
     
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    Well, A Fish Called Wanda, while not Python per se, certainly has Python fingerprints on it, and I love this movie. I've seen episodes of MP, and I do like a lot of their sketch comedy. Holy Grail was good, but not quite reaching my rating threshold.

    From my list, Flying Dagger is a Hong Kong wuxia comedy/spoof; and A Chinese Torture Chamber Story is a Hong Kong Category III film that had me rolling. I post a review every Monday in the Asian movie forum. Tell you what--next Monday I'll post a review of it; perhaps you will check it out. Men Suddenly in Black is a Hong Kong comedy (which I will also post a review of at some point); and My Sassy Girl, of course, is a Korean romantic comedy. I could actually list a number of other Korean "comedy" films, but so many are genre amalgams that start off one way and then turn into something quite different (melodrama for instance).
     
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  14. Carol

    Carol Very Active Member

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    Thanks for the heads up - will do my best to catch up with that (heading away from my computer for the Easter hols at the weekend - some call it "digital detox", I say "oh shit - the weeds in the garden need to be oppressed and replaced...."
     
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    My rambling list of favorites:

    -Anything with the Marx Brothers. Even at their worst, they're pretty funny.
    -Clerks
    -The Princess Bride
    -Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    -Life of Brian
    -Office Space
    -Four Weddings and a Funeral
    -Airplane
    -The Naked Gun
    -Dr. Strangelove
    -MASH
    -Blazing Saddles
    -Young Frankenstein
    -The Blues Brothers
    -Animal House
    -Wayne's World
    -Mallrats
    -Trading Places
    -Noises Off
    -Fanboys (this one also makes me cry like a little girl with a skinned knee)
    -Step Brothers
    -South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
    -Team America: World Police
    -Mixed Nuts
    -The Birdcage

    I know there are many others, but I had a bad night at work. My brain is not itself.
     
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    Groundhog Day
    Airplane
    Top Secret
    Office Space
    Erik the Viking
    the Bill and Ted movies
    Bridget Jones's Diary
    Trading Places
    Dr. Strangelove
    Four Wedding and a Funeral
    About a Boy
    Strictly Ballroom
    Eulogy

    Anyway, I have to restart my computer for an update and I can't think of any other movie. I might get back to this.
     
  17. divemaster13

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    As promised, review posted here:

    A Chinese Torture Chamber Story
     
  18. Janine The Barefoot

    Janine The Barefoot Wacky Norwegian Woman

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    Honestly CS, I thought I was the only person on the planet who knew of and loved this movie! If you haven't seen it, check out: Death at a Funeral (UK version came out before the US remake and is far superior).... we laugh till we cry every time we watch it. And since you've listed everything I could think of at the moment I'll only add:

    Libeled Lady (Jean Harlot, Spencer Tracy, William Powell, Myrna Loy) it's worth it for the fishing scene in the river alone!

    :emoji_kiss::emoji_dancer:
     
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    I have been meaning to watch this one. I think it was on Netflix for a while, and I never got a chance to view it. I saw the US version on night on TV, and thought it was decent, then I found out it was a remake, and after looking it up, realized that it had to be better. As always, US producers figure our audiences are too stupid to understand foreign properties, or they honestly believe they can do it better. They can't.
     

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