Neglecting Australians as movie producers is not good at all. There is a bunch of native Australians actors who are already famous, and I bet not many knows that they are actually Aussies. What is good and what is wrong with them doesn't matter. What matters is that they're more than talented, they make Australians to be proud without too much fuss. Let's take this amazingly wonderful comedy, as quirky as it is, and say that as far as I\m concerned, it's one of the best comedies I've seen lately. They don't promote the national value, they prove that it existed. They make it with style. Mental is an exceptional comedy, really under evaluated on imdb. 5.8 is much less than this movie deserves. It's written and directed by P.J. Hogan, of whom I already have reviewed the 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic. He did also Peter Pan, in 2003 and Julia Roberts' hit, My Best Friend's Wedding in 1997. I don't want to say much of it, it's a movie to see, not to dissect, it can be a pity to spoil it. It stars Anthony LaPaglia, as a virtually family father who is politically involved in the community life as the city mayor, Liev Schreiber, who is a retired "shark hunter" and has a "shark show" in a sort of an "Aqua Park", Tony Colette, a "hothead" with a mysterious story I'm not … [Read more...]
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It is considered "comedy". It's not a classic one, maybe a black comedy, anyway, it's subtle. It's Will Ferrel's most serious role in his entire acting career, or I consider it so. It's also considered "drama", "fantasy" and "romance". I suppose these genres are more appropriate with this sensitive movie. I've seen it a few years ago, maybe just in the released year, 2006, I'm not sure anymore, and I was extremely pleasant impressed. As Adriana Popovici uses to say about a perfect made film, it is "flawless". I is a fantasy about an IRS agent, quite excessively methodical, played by Ferrell, who started to hear a narrating voice. The interesting fact is that the narration is about himself and it's pretty accurate. And from that, the whole point of the movie, he hears thet he is going to die. He went to his psychiatrist (Linda Hunt), where they figured out as long as his life became a narration, maybe he has not schizophrenia, maybe he needs a Literature specialist. So he meets Dustin Hoffman, a real PhD. In the meantime, at work he has to audit a beautiful and witty cookie baker who act as an anarchist by not paying the taxes completely (she was a Harvard or Yale or something dropout in Law). She deducted the percent which she knows it goes to fund War, and by not paying … [Read more...]
In 2008 I was in some place where I used to be so busy every day, that I couldn't watch too many movies at once. This one, Pineapple Express slipped from the bundle, mostly that I was a fan of nobody from the movie at the time, and thinking that this is the team who brought Superbad to be a "hit" (great words, too great) was not an advantage at all. So, I considered Superbad a bad joke. I like comedies, I always liked them. Anyway, I wasn't a fan of Seth Rogen either, and I profoundly disliked James Franco. In time, I discovered that Rogen isn't so bad after all, he has a standard of playing the obvious "Jewish Guy" all the time, and he can be good at it. James Franco captured my whole attention after Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, when I was extremely impressed with the movie and acting all together. Gary Cole, "Nighthawk" Killian, wasn't a trump for the movie, so the others didn't count. I was inspired and I gave it another try, and it wasn't that bad. In time, there's five years, I think, I became less passionate in judging my dislikes. Not that I'm willing to go over them softly, but when I see a talent, I appreciate it with all my heart. There is a lot of talent in this hemp smokers movie. It is not the first and it is not the last I've seen and it will ever be produced. If … [Read more...]
The following, is yet another list with comedies I liked and I couldn't consider "The Best". They can't be all "The Best". They start with the year of release, the order has nothing to do with my preferences. Of course, I like some of them more than others. All Pics are from www.imdb.com, a site whith an excess of Facebook on it. It's not simpler to connect through Facebook, it's just creepier. Wag the Dog Relesed in 1997 imdb 7.1 97 min. Director: Barry Levinson Writers: Larry Beinhart (book), Hilary Henkin (screenplay), 1 more credit » Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche This is one of my favorite quirk comedies of all times. A parody which felt real. Orgazmo Released in 1997 imdb 6.0 94 min. Director: Trey Parker Writer: Trey Parker Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab, Matt Stone It's an Trey Parker oldie, with the participation of Matt Stone, his South Park's partner. Hilarious. Dogma Released in 1999 imdb 7.3 180 min. Director & Writer: Kevin Smith Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Lee, Alan Rickman, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Alanis Morissette I've seen it recently, have been avoided due … [Read more...]