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October 22nd, 2010

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02:00 pm - Inappropriately hilarious moments in movies
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1) Keanu Reeves in Speed. When he's in the convertible trying to tell the bus that there's a bomb on board. He writes on a sheet of paper and tries holding it up as a sign. The paper slips out of his hand and plasters itself on the bus windshield which dramatically tells everyone "BOMB ON BUS".

But in the background, you're treated to this wonderful moment of Keanu Reeves falling flat on his face. I couldn't help but laugh.

2) Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory. He has a moment where he hallucinates while driving a cab. He's snapped back to reality when he realizes he's driving on the wrong side of the street.

But in the background, there's this poor bastard in the back seat, pounding on the glass, yelling "LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!"

3) Mel Gibson in Signs. Yep -- he makes the list twice! There's a moment where they know aliens have made it to Earth. They see the saucers hanging overhead, but there's no action. Just a tense ennui. At one point, one of the characters is staring at a cornfield and he picks up a rock to throw it into the cornfield in frustration at the standoff.

I couldn't help but yell "OW!" as the rock flew into the cornfield. In the theater, there were these lovely bubbles of laughter where a couple of people would laugh, but the people around them were too serious to get a good laugh out of it.

4) Hugo Weaving in Fellowship of the Ring. When he says the line "Welcome to Rivendell".

Or, if you're me, you heard "Welcome to Rivendell...Mr. Anderson!"

5) Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea. SLJ once again demonstrates his badassery by telling the crew of survivors that they're going to pull together and find a way out.

6) "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in They Live.

I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum.

6.5) Matt Damon in the trailer for The Green Zone -- I came here to find weapons and save lives. at 0:28

But if you're zetshia_gudani or me, you hear him saying "I came here to find weapons and save lives. And I'm all out of lives..."

7) Madonna in her death scene in Evita. Her voice cracks and it just utterly destroyed the gravity of the moment for me.

That movie, in general, is hilarious to me. It's a movie by a British director with an American actress about an Argentinian woman.

8) The beginning sequence of Dead Alive.

I really struggled with including this one. The movie seems like it might have been made to be funny. It was Peter Jackson. But the very beginning of it at least starts off like a serious movie. And somewhere in dismembering the explorer, there's a change of complexion in the whole film where you can almost hear the script writer in the background, saying "I'm tired of writing horror! I can do better than that! I'm going to make this...A COMEDY!"

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Date:October 22nd, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
You forgot Ben Affleck. Just... whenever he has to say or do anything, in any scenario.
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Date:October 22nd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I hold that Ben Affleck was in one good thing: Mallrats.

Anyway, he doesn't crack me up when he tries to be serious. He makes me wish I could punch him through the screen.

I feel the same way about Michael Cera, come to think on it.
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Date:October 24th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I wondered how long it would take for you to notice that I'd posted it. ; ) Sounds like you had a busy weekend though.

I think I am going to make a list of movies that are supposed to be funny but aren't funny AT ALL. Want to join in?

Do you mean the bait-and-switch comedies like Dude, Where's My Car? which promises to be a stoner flick, but ends up being sci-fi?

Or do you mean blights-on-digital-film-stock like Forgetting Sarah Marshall which was wholly forgettable to me, except that they actually had really funny stuff in the deleted scenes?

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! I have muttered something like this in my day :D

That phrase is my favorite snowclone by far. The funny thing is that zetshia_gudani had never seen They Live! at that point, so she only knew the line by reputation, but we both looked at each other and said, "AND I'M ALL OUT OF LIVES!"

(It annoys the inner curmudgeon in me that we should have said "AND I'M ALL OUT OF WEAPONS!", but it pleases my inner comedian by being funnier that way)

When reading though this list I was trying to pinpoint the scenes and I realized that I need to go and rewatch some of them.

Ooh, which ones?! I hope Dead Alive is on that list. That movie needs to be remembered forever and ever for a scene that I imagine went like this:

Producer: Hey, I want to make Lord of the Rings as a trilogy. It'll be epic and, because of the devoted fanbase, we're going to have to make sure we do it right.

Hollywood Film Exec: That sounds like a great idea. Three films won't be an easy sell, but there's lots of merchandising opportunities. We could make a killing by re-covering and reselling the books, not to mention the DVDs. Who were you thinking of directing it?

P: I'm not really sure. Someone who has proven they can handle those epic army battles the right way.

HFE: Hmm. It's a tough one. Have you considered Peter Jackson?

P: You mean the guy that did Dead Alive?!?!

HFE: Well, uhh, ha ha ha, about that....

P: That's fantastic! Dead Alive was totally something Tolkien would have written! It was an epic, moving work. Let's do it!

At least, I hope it went something like that.

In other fun casting trivia, Ridley Scott specifically mentioned Tim Curry's work in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as part of the reason he thought he was perfect for the role of Darkness in Legend.
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Date:October 25th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Conspiracy Theory should have been so much better. Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts. Gibson was even playing a semi-crazy person, so it's not like it was a stretch for him.

I haven't actually seen The Green Zone. I just saw the trailer I linked to.

I'm with you on the stupid humor thing. I recall the guy who wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall had written some unfortunate flicks before that too. philled2thebrim is usually a pretty good barometer for me. He warned me away from The Hangover, for example.

I think that just about everything Steve Carell was in fits in the category of pseudo-comedy.

(And seriously -- no need to apologize. You're allowed to not constantly refresh your LJ friends page.)
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Date:October 25th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm in complete agreement. Will Ferrell's rotten. I can't believe he remade Land of the Lost. I want to know who gave him permission to rape my childhood and curb-stomp them.

I think I've succeeded in never seeing anything that Ben Stiller's done. Or Rob Schneider, for that matter.

Adam Sandler strikes me as another likely suspect, but he treads the line between "funny" and "not funny" pretty closely.
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Date:October 25th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
So here's a good litmus test. What do you think of the Austin Powers movies?

I used to think I was more of a British humor kind of person. I definitely enjoy Black Adder, Red Dwarf, Yes, Minister, and some of Monty Python.

But the latter bit is a sticking point. It seems like there's a lot of really crappy Monty Python out there.
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Date:October 26th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I almost agree with you. I agree about the first and the third one.

I was generally disappointed by the second one. I could've done without most of the Fat Bastard jokes, for example. But I also derived a great deal of enjoyment from the tent scene.

I also loved the shot-for-shot details from Bond films.

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