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Game Night (2018)

American comedy film Game Night (2018) starring Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler among others.

Rachel McAdams saves the movie, she is beautiful, vibrant, svelte, hot & sexy. Jason Bateman does characters which are irritating to the extreme, like he did in Horrible Bosses, keeps talking non stop puerile jokes which vexes the viewer. Kyle Chandler is okay after his role as a FBI officer in “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

There are some oddball characters in the movie, one who keeps asking his wife whether she has slept with a celebrity actor kind of a creepy one. a police officer who wears his uniform all the time, even inside his house.

Its a plot gone wrong horribly for some amateur gamers getting mixed up with real criminals and how they resurrect the situation with the on the button decision making which is incredible to say the least. Good laughs towards the end though. IMDB 2/10 (for Rachel McAdams)

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Genevieve

Uproarious British comedy film “Genevieve” (1953) starring John Gregson, Dinah Sheridan, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall.

The movie is about veteran cars and the love of the owners for them. Alan McKim (John Gregson) and his wife Wendy (Dinah Sheridan) are just about making ends meet. Alan is crazy about his 1904 Darracq. They have an annual London to Brighton rally to take part in the next day.

Their friend Ambrose (Kenneth More) also has a veteran car but he is brash and upstart and always challenging Alan to his old car. He has his latest girlfriend Rosalind (Kay Kendall) joining the rally. On the way to Brighton, Alan’s car breaks down several times and he barely makes it to the finish point.

The previous day Alan and Wendy had an argument and he therefore canceled their hotel booking at Brighton, and were forced to say in a run down dinghy hotel. There was something going on between Wendy and Ambrose in the past so Alan is upset about that.

On the way back, Alan bets Ambrose 100 pounds although they are not officially allowed to race on public roads. Both of them have several altercations, which delays both of them including instances of cheating by both drivers. They almost come to blows near the London bridge.

All four of them have acted reasonably well. It won the best British film at the Bafta.

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Chashme Buddoor

Had a chance to revisit this delightful rip roaring comedy from Sai Paranjpe made in 1981 starring Farooque Shaikh, Ravi Baswani, Rakesh Bedi, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey among others.

They don’t make movies like these any more. This, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Chupke Chupke, Padosan are all genres mostly forgotten by today’s film makers. This is super light hearted comedy. Three friends share a room, one is studious, the other two are mostly interested in chasing girls and seeing dramas. Two of them Omi (Rakesh Bedi) and Jomo (Ravi Baswani) spy a girl in the neighbourhood, both chase her with shameful results.

Later Neha (Deepti Naval in a beautiful role) knocks on Sidharth (Farooque Shaikh) door to sell washing powder. They fall in love unknown to both Omi and Jomo. Meanwhile spate of kidnappings is taking place in the city for which the police have no clue whatsoever. Sidharth gets a job in a firm.

Misunderstanding strikes between the friends and the man loses his love only to regain it at the end in a enthralling climax. Lovely movie to watch with family any time and many times. Superb acting by all the stars – late Farooque, Rakesh Bedi, late Ravi Baswani and Saeed Jaffrey and most beautiful acting by Deepti Naval. She is such a fine actor, Sai Paranjape has pulled a miracle out of her hat. This is a timeless classic.

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Bale Pandiya

An old Tamil classic, rip roaring comedy of sorts. Bale Pandiya has Shivaji Ganesan in 3 roles and M.R. Radha in double roles and plenty of laughs and gags.

Shivaji’s comic timing is quite good and so is the acting of both Shivaji and M.R. Radha. There are a couple of female interests in the movie but its all about comedy of errors, impersonation, somewhat like an older version of Andaz Apna Apna.

All the three roles of Shivaji have their own sub plots but there are not boring, except for the length of the movie at 2.24 hours which used to be flavour back in those days. Good movie to revisit, the gags are contemporary. The ladies Devika & Vasanthi have overacted terribly, so nothing much to comment on that. Even Shivaji who has a propensity to overact most of the times, has done a masterful performance as three characters.

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My Man Godfrey

What a rip roaring comedy this movie “My Man Godfrey” (1936) directed by Gregory La Cava and starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick among others. Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard in an adorable role for which she was nominated to the Oscars) and Cornelia Bullock (Gail Patrick) are sisters and they are playing a rich man’s game scavenger’s hunt, where they have to find somebody or something which nobody has seen before, like the forgotten man. Both of them stumble upon Godfrey (William Powell) living in a city dump with others. Godfrey pushes Cornelia into an ash pile but Irene cottons onto him as per prize.

Irene brings Godfrey to the stage with a promise of $5 but he is insulted there by the managers. Irene feels bad about it and offers Godfrey a job as her butler. Godfrey enters into a madcap house where everybody seems to be strange – their mother Angelica Bullock (Alice Brady) is one character straight out of the comic book, whereas their father Alexander Bullock (Eugene Pallette) is alarmed at his daughters’ propensity to spend enormous amounts of money, while he is going bankrupt.

Irene falls in love with Godfrey but he is the reticent proper butler, quite decent and not interested in her. The Bullocks throw a tea party, where Tommy Gray (Alan Mowbray) recognizes Godfrey as his friend from Harvard. Godfrey fends him off at the party, but meets him next day at lunch to reveal his true story.

Its an uproariously comic movie with some lovely dialogues, adorable characters in Carole Lombard, her mother Alice Brady and William Powell himself the archetypal English butler. Even Gail Patrick and Eugene Pallette and Alan Mowbray have played their parts delectably. Made way back in 1936 but still produces some really good laughs. It got nominated for a whole host of awards at the Oscars. Production values are outstanding for a movie made in that era.

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The Goat

Rip roaring Buster Keaton comedy The Goat made in 1921. Silent comedy featuring Buster Keaton and Virginia Fox among others. Buster is walking by a grille window where inside the notorious gangster “Dead Shot Dan” picture is being taken by the police photographer. Dan maneuvers so that Buster’s picture is taken instead of Dan as Wanted Dead or Alive. What follows is one rip roaring comic scene after another. Buster’s timing is fantastic almost like that of Charlie Chaplin. In fact he is just another Chaplin without the Chaplinisque mime. Buster enters into a fracas involving a woman with a dog and a bystander haranguing her. Buster manages to beat him down. In the meanwhile the police chief is looking for him and following him everywhere.

Buster Keaton is brilliant his production values for a 1920 movie is quite exemplary. Worth watching any time.

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A Burlesque on Carmen

A Burlesque on Carmen (1915) a kind of a parody on Carmen, the play which was popular in those times. I have never seen this Charlie Chaplin before, so it came as a surprise. Chaplin and his favorite lady Edna Purviance in this short comedy. Carmen (Edna Purviance) is deployed as a seductress to woe Darn Hosiery (Chaplin) an honest police officer but one who falls prey to Carmen’s beauty and forgets about policing. As usual Chaplin’s comedy and his timing are exceptional. Nobody can come near him in that department. His famous back leg kick is very much in action in this movie. Edna looks beautiful in this short movie. Good movie to watch out for in case you have missed it.

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One Week

Brilliant 1920 comedy movie starring Buster Keaton & Sybil Seely. For a movie made in 1920 it is absolutely brilliant even by today’s standards. Buster Keaton has newly married the beautiful looking Sybil Seely and his uncle gives him a plot of land, in which he has construct his own house for which he has given him the wood as well. The challenge is to place the wood by numbers to get it right. But one dejected suitor of Sybil puts all the numbers wrong resulting in a lopsided house. There are lot of comic capers involving the house or ladders in which Buster excels. There is lot of Chaplinesque about him, minus the facial expressions of Chaplin. Then apparently he has constructed his house on a wrong plot no. 66 whereas it should have been at 99. They have to move the house across the railroad, but it gets stuck in the middle of the tracks. Whenever both Sybil and Buster appear on the screen together, it is pure magic. For a movie made in 1920, it is simply outstanding. This is rip-roaring comedy.

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The General

Buster Keaton and his rip roaring comedy in The General (1926) one of the finest silent era comedy films of all time. Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) is a train engineer and loves his engine and his lady love Annabelle (Marion Mack). When war breaks out, time comes to enlist for the Confederates, but he is rejected and his lady love also rejects him without an uniform. In the meanwhile, the Confederates are infiltrated by some spies who steal his train and make off with the supplies. Off goes Johnny after the train and some delightful comic scenes follows. Annabelle is meanwhile kept as captive by the Union soldiers and then Johnny has to rescue her, so some more delectable comic scenes. Buster Keaton’s comic timings were superb in the movie somewhat reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin. Fight ensues between Union and Confederate soldiers much to the relief and joy of the Confederates. Brilliant movie to watch especially for Buster Keaton. The direction and camera work were quite superb for that era, especially shots of the moving trains and the wilderness. Who knew a silent movie would prove to be so powerfully comic. Brilliant. 

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