Recent comedies that have really satisfied were: Role Models – solid piece of work, it had a good heart without getting scmaltzy like most comedies that try to pull the strings; Pineapple Express – it has its problems but overall I thought it was a ridiculously fun romp made by one of the more interesting young directors working in America today, and Danny McBride was awesome; Observe and Report – it was fairly solid, weakened in the last twenty minutes but Michael Pena’s performance was f—-ing terrific as Rogen’s sidekick. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – a surprise when I saw it, I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. Bruno – not as good as Borat, but still insane and insightful, SBC might be a genius…of sorts.
As far as comedies from the last 6-7 years I would have to say that Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle and Dodgeball, still draw me back as consistently funny movies.
I would also like to give a shout out to Real Genius and Valley Girl, as two comedies from the eighties that hold up extremely well. Of course, that might be nostalgia talking, but I don’t think so.
As far as serious comedies go, we all know who they are. I would like to mention a film from the seventies I recently watched, Little Murders. This is a great piece of black comedy starring Elliot Gould and a bunch of other crazy f-cks, all directed by first-timer Alan Arkin. Which reminds me of Catch-22, for what its worth a very good adaptation of an impossible-to-adapt-book.
I love you, man
Land of the lost
The Brothers Bloom
The great Buck Howard
This past weekend I watched Kusturica’s Black Cat,White Cat. A masterpiece!!!
Zombieland and The Informant are two recent films that made me laugh.
BrunoI Love You, ManIn the Loop
The only thing funny about In Bruges was Colin Farrell’s pathetic excuse for a performance. Man, that guy has about as much talent as a bowl of Lucky Charms.
Lots of these comedies got a direct to video release in Argentina. I can’t undertstand why if they were huge hits in the US. They’re smart and funny films that deserve a better treatment by distributors. Last year’s Stepbrothers, The Promotion, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Baby Mama, Drillbit Taylor, Semi-Pro and many more were also released direct to video. There are big fans of these films here and movie critics include them in a new subgenre: “New American Comedy”. Politically incorrect, anarchist, and profoundly humanist, these film are being revered by a whole new generation of cinephiles down here. Unfortunately we can’t watch them in the big screen.
DOWN BY LAW
The best comedy I’ve seen this year.
The Producers (1968) is one of those movies that was released on Criterion on Laserdisc that should be on released on Criterion’s DVD catalog. It is without a doubt, one of the funniest movies ever made. There is not one single unfunny scene, line, or frame in the entire film and it’ll be quoted and imitated until the end of time.
It’s a crime that they permitted a musical and Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Will Ferrell all deserve a special seat in hell for the remake.
But that’s just me.
The Hangover and Role Models were good too.
I recently watched Roy Andersson’s You, The Living which I thought was very funny.
The Hangover was lame, please stop promoting that film as funny. The only funny thing about that film was the credits.
i can recommend Be kind Rewind, it’s not a masterpiece, but hell it has some good moments and a good point about legal issues with piracy. see it, enjoy it and rewind.
Oh lighten up Berjuan, anytime you get a former heavyweight champion to sing along to Phil Collins and then punch an overweight, bearded man-child over a tiger in a bathroom, it’s funny.
i’ve seen a film called Kaminey its thriller but has lots of funny elemenst and funny twist.
Skip the theatre for laughs. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Hulu.
Joseph, you are a wise man.
Martin and Orloff
Finishing The Game
World’s Greatest Dad (“I was cumming, you fag!”)
haha honestly i enjoyed “imagine that” also i am slightly ashamed to admit it
other good comedies:
“the fisher king”
if you want some great korean comedies i recommand:
“my sassy girl”
“save the green planet”
if you want a great splatter/comedy total over the top movie: “tokyo gore police”
but be warned it is very very graphical
I recently saw Tropic Thunder for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also liked Zombieland a lot. Surprisingly, I didn’t find Bruno very funny. That’s saying a lot, considering I watched it stoned out of my mind. :\
imagine that? you´re obviously retarded Rokurota…
Just watched The Invention of Lying. Pretty funny.
I’ ve watched a few that deserved to be seen by a moviegoer. Movies like Humpday, I Love you Man, Away We Go, Rudo y Cursi are pretty good.
Others like The Brothers Bloom, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Hangover, Funny People aren’t thaaat funny. For me obviously.
Step Brothers almost caused my sides to split.
@watchman everybody has its dirty pleasure movies….and i am not ashamed to admit that i had a great time in the cinema watching that movie…
and i saw that you rated “big” only 2 stars…that is saying already enough about your comedy taste
Recently took in Ozu’s Ohayô (Good Morning, 1959) and gee golly did I have a blast. I normally find child actors deathly annoying, but Ozu controlled these kids like a shepherd does his sheep. They’re comedic timing was spot on, and the dialogue felt natural, though at times contrived.
Every time the little boy said “I love you” it brought a shit eating grin to my face, and not my natural eye roll that usually occurs when children inhabit my screen. A great vehicle for my soon to come Ozu Marathon.
I thought A Serious Man was a wonderful bitter-sweet comedy and one of the best Coen Bros’ films. It was very funny as well as poignant.