“‘Shaun Of The Dead’ And Other Comedy-Horror Films”

Before he became known as a ‘serious filmmaker’, Woody Allen produced many comedies that have stood the test of time. Here are five of his best:

“Bananas” (1971) … If this story of a New York nebbish becoming leader of a South American banana republic sounds improbable, it is. Thanks to Allen’s surreal take on the subject matter, it works. Packed with gags (verbal and visual), the film is a compendium of inspired comedy material. Howard Cosell’s bizarre appearance providing commentary in the boudoir is [...]

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“Woody Allen’s Shift From Comedy Films To Drama”

That New York City-representing, self-depreciating, fire-haired screenwriter/director/actor in black frame spectacles – Woody Allen – began his unparalleled entertainment career as a teen-aged comic writer. But after brilliant comedy concoctions like “Sleeper” and “Annie Hall,” Woody’s wit also made the transformation into stories of drama and tragedy as well. But which Woody Allen movies best express his trajectory into serious storytelling?

“Interiors (1978)

Woody Allen’s frequent collaborator Diane Keaton starred in his very first completely serious motion picture. This somber tale of three distant sisters dealing with their [...]

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“The Best Film Comedies Of The 1980s”

The Best Film Comedies Of The 1980s

Below is a sampling of great 1980s film comedies – a hard list to compile, as the decade was rife with them.

In 1982, Dustin Hoffman donned a dress in “Tootsie.” The film, about an actor so obnoxious he must disguise himself as a woman to land a soap opera role, boasted terrific satire of workplace sexism.

Harold Ramis and Bill Murray teamed up for a number of eighties comedies – films that [...]

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“The 5 Best Foreign Language Comedy Films”

There is something to be said about how a great film can arouse feelings in you. They can make you cry, feel anger, or laugh. Some of the most outstanding films to tickle your funny bone were made overseas. Here are five of the best.

1. Cinema Paradiso (Italy- 1988)

This beautiful story tells the tale of a filmaker’s childhood. When growing up in a tiny Italian village, he feel in love with the movies he saw at the local theater. He also developed a close friendship with the Cinema’s theater projectionist. It is truly beautiful.

2. [...]

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Who’s a Comic Genius?

We’ve been having a behind-the-scenes debate here about who’s the most influential comedic actor of our time – readers, help! If you’ve watched more than your fair share of comedies on your www.directtelevisionpackages.com channels leave us your picks in the comments! This is who we’ve narrowed it down to so far:
Jim Carey: People here are split about whether Carey’s a comedic genius or a slapstick fool – he’s certainly got the film list to prove he’s popular and he’s definitely got his own style, that you can say for him.
Vince Vaughn: He only gained prominence in the last decade or so but Vaughn is quickly becoming one of the most sought out comedians of our era. His sharp wit and deadpan delivery mean he’s perfect for playing it straight and his one liners are quotable to the end.
Will Farrell: Another man who we can’t decide about – is Will Ferrell a master improvisationist or just another silly comedy guy? He’s been in tons of million dollar films to prove otherwise and he’s developed nothing short of a cult following

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“Why Silent Film Comedies Are Still Funny”

The era of silent film was one of test, trial and hard headed fortitude. In the first days of film making there was no looking back to see what works. Each film company, director, writer, actor and stunt person made it up as they went and kept at it until it was perfect. Many of the funniest stunts had been worked out for vaudeville acts. Comedians new what audiences liked and looked forward to seeing. Finding a [...]

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“How Charlie Chaplin Influenced Comedy Films’

Charles Chaplin, born in London in 1889 became one of film’s first and most influential actor directors. Although he did take on drama and wrote much of the music in his films, he is best known for comedy.

As his most famous character, the Tramp, Chaplin could easily bring out slapstick and pathos just as easily in one film and one character. His tramp was the epitome of comedy, whether the house in “The Gold Rush” was about to fall, [...]

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“Saturday Night Live Actors Who Became Movie Stars’

Saturday Night Live has been the birthing ground for some of our greatest comedic movie stars. Their talent was tested and formed in the show’s weekly hilarity.

Steve Martin is one of the show’s classic stars who went on to star in such films as “Roxanne,” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “The Jerk” and more. His antics and humor have kept audiences rolling. Another film favorite has been Eddie Murphy, who spent several years with the show. He went on to blockbuster films such as “Coming to America,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “The Nutty Professor” and several others. John Belushi helped [...]

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“Judd Apatow’s Influence On Modern Film Comedies”

When the name Judd Apatow comes up a lot of people think, hilarious. He has certainly demonstrated his humor well on the big screen. Take “Superbad,” for instance: a movie about two seniors in high school trying to score before going off to college. Well, there is a little more to it than that. You have the classic not so slim kid and the classic skinny, awkward guy, along with the hot chick, the nerd and the stupid cops. This movie is [...]

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