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Old 11-01-11, 08:21 PM   #36
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I'm in. No goal though; I watch what I watch.

1. Treasure Inn (2011) - DVD - First Time Viewing - Two bumbling constables travel to Treasure Inn with their lady loves to recover a priceless white jade statue. I don't know if anyone will be uttering it's name in the same breath as Dragon Gate Inn in 20 years, but it was alright, especially considering it's a comedy.

2. Blondie (1938) - DVD - Dagwood stumbles and bumbles through work and domestic crises in the first Blondie movie. They made these movies for 12 years and had pretty much everything nailed from the beginning. Penny Singleton is a sight to behold.

3. The Last Boy Scout (1991) - DVD - Early Shane Black buddy action/comedy involving murder, mayhem, professional football and sports gambling. Bruce Willis back when he had hair or at least he was pretending he had hair. Just a fun movie if you don't mind the often brutal violence.

4. Orders are Orders (1954) - DVD - First Time Viewing - An Hollywood film crew descends on an unsuspecting British Military base. Military comedy, with a baby faced Peter Sellers in a small role and a blink and you miss him scene featuring young 'Donald Plesance'. Sid James does a very passable American (East Coast, I think) accent. A pleasant way to spend 74 minutes.

5. Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) - DVD - A cowboy drifting towards Australia takes the job of sheriff for a lawless frontier town. A great, great Western comedy with James Garner, Jack Elam and Joan Hackett.

6. A Slight Case of Murder (1938) - DVD - Marco (Edward G. Robinson), a bootlegger gone legit after the repeal of prohibition, sees his first day in his summer home turned upside down as his daughter's state trooper fiancée, former 'associates' and bank creditors all descend on him. Based on a play by Damon Runyon. They knew how to make comedies in the Thirties.

7. Black Sheep (1996) - DVD - A lovable dufus makes life complicated for his politician brother. I liked some parts of it better than others.

8. Lover Come Back (1961) - DVD - It's Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randal in a sly Sixties romantic comedy. Consider it one of the templates for Mad Men.

9. Hue and Cry (1946) - DVD - First Time Viewing - A group of kids foils the plot of a criminal mastermind. Early-ish Ealing comedy, very much a boys adventure tale.

10. Over the Hedge (2006) - DVD - A raccoon under a deadly deadline suckers a bunch of innocent foragers into helping him amass a red wagon full of junk food. A few good belly-laughs, but mostly full of hearty chuckles. The sound track by Ben Folds is good.

11. Genevieve (1953) - DVD - The adventures of two couples during the London to Bristol vintage car rally. Classic British comedy. Kay Kendall was great.

12. Doctor Detroit (1983) - DVD - An English professor must rescue four 'damsels' in distress from by the evil Mom by assuming the identity of Doctor Detroit. It's alright, but you see glimpses of what it could have been. It would have been cool if they had made The Wrath of Mom.

13. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976) - DVD - First Time Viewing - Asterix and Obelix must perform twelve tasks set by Cesar to win the Roman Empire for the Gauls. Really fun story with some good old school animation.

14. Balls of Fury (2007) - DVD - A washed-up ping-pong champion is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the mysterious Feng's organization by means of a secret ping-pong tournament.
Amusing parody of Enter the Dragon, mixed in with a few sports cliches.

15. Trick Shinsaku Special 2 (2010) - DVD - A magician and scientist visit a small Japanese village during a Love Festival and end up in the middle of a handful of mysterious murders. Another screwball murder mystery with Yamada and Ueda.

16. Winners and Sinners (1983) - First Time Viewing - DVD - A group of ex-cons go into business together and stumble into a counterfeiting plot. HK comedy gold; they really don't make them like this anymore.

17. The Libeled Lady (1936) - First Time Viewing - DVD - When a heiress sues a newspaper for libel, the newspaper tries to arrange for a scandal to derail the suit. High wattage star power, with plenty of laughs.

18. Who Was That Lady? (1960) - DVD - A husband caught in a compromising position by his wife creates an alibi with a friend that quickly spirals out of control. Could view this movie has a bridge comedy between they styles of the Fifties and Sixties.

19. Mom and Dad Save the World (1991) - Mom and Dad are kidnapped while on a vacation by Dim-witted evil Emperor Todd of the planet Spengo and save the world. Amusing bit of nonsense.

Community - 'Advanced Gay' (2011) - Hulu
Community - 'Studies in Modern Movement' (2011) - Hulu
Community - 'Documentary Filmmaking: Redux' (2011) - Hulu
The Goodies - 'Goodies Rule - OK?' (1975) - DVD

21. Goomer (1999) - DVD - First Time Viewing - Interstellar loser/slob Goomer crash lands on an inhabited alien planet that he hopes will be his meal ticket. Would make a good double feature with Wizards or Heavy Metal.

22. 48 Hrs. (1982) - DVD - A prisoner is furloughed by a cop that needs him to track down a suspect. Eddie Murphy's first movie, still a lot of fun.

23. Another 48 Hrs. (1990) - DVD - Hammond and Cates team up again when the notorious Iceman sends killers after them. Ok sequel to 48 Hrs.

24. Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Attack of the Giant Leeches (1992/1959) - DVD - White trash get sucked dry by giant blood lusting leeches. Not exactly a Turkey Day marathon, but the best I could manage.

25. Yogi Bear (2010) - DVD - First Time Viewing - Yogi's hijinks endanger Jellystone Park after the City's Mayor sets his rapacious sights on it. Anna Faris is wasted and Yogi sounds too much like Dan Akroyd, but Timberlake's Boo Boo is dead-on. Not so much wasted space as squandered opportunity.

26. The Muppets (2011) - Theater - First Time Viewing - A pair of brothers inspires Kermit to re-unite the Muppets to save the Muppet Studio from an evil billionaire. Good to see the Muppets back in something worthy of them.

27. Darkwing Duck (1991) - DVD - 'Darkly Dawns The Duck-Pilot Part One', 'Darkly Dawns The Duck-Pilot Part Two', 'Beauty and the Beet', 'Getting Antsy'

28. Cop Out (2010) - DVD - First Time Viewing - A pair of cops chase after a baseball card worth 80,000 thousand dollars. Uneven, but it had it's moments.

29. The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) - DVD - Inspector Clouseau must save the world from the lunatic Dreyfus. Possibly my favorite Pink Panther movie. Certainly the most outlandish, and yes cartoonish. Plays like a Bond spoof too.

30. Girl Shy (1924) - DVD - First Time Viewing - The Poor Boy meets the Rich Girl and they fall in love but he must stop her from marrying a cad. Great Harold Lloyd film with an incredible chase/race for the climax.


Watch a film from 10 of the 13 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 - Girl Shy
--- 1930 - Blondie
--- 1940 - Hue and Cry
--- 1950 - Orders are Orders
--- 1960 - Lover Come Back
--- 1970 - The Pink Panther Strikes Again
--- 1980 - Doctor Detroit
--- 1990 - The Last Boy Scout
--- 2000 - Balls of Fury
--- 2010 - Treasure Inn (2011)

Watch a film from 5 of the 11 possible ratings:
--- Pre Codes -
--- Hayes approved - A Slight Case of Murder
--- G - Support Your Local Sheriff
--- GP -
--- PG - Over the Hedge
--- PG-13 -
--- M -
--- R -
--- X -
--- NC-17 -
--- Unrated Post-codes -

Watch items in at least three formats (DVD, TV, BD, Laser, streaming, HD-DVD, VHS, theatrical, etc)
--- (dvd), (Trick Shinsaku Special 2)
--- (The Muppets), (Theatrical)
--- (third format), (title)

Watch a short from at least three of these classics: (Stooges, L&H, WC Fields, Little Rascals, Fatty Arbunkle, Harrold Loyd, Max Linder)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least three of these classics: (Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, Hope & Crosby, Abbott & Costello, Marx Brothers, Will Hay, George Formby, Gracie Allen)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least four of these comedians: (Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Cleese, Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, John Candy, John Belushi, Goldie Hawn)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)
--- (fourth performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least four of these modern comedians: (Seth Rogan, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrel, Paul Rudd, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, Danny McBride, Luke Wilson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Steve Carell, Whoopi Goldberg)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)
--- (fourth perfemer), (title)

Watch a film from at least five of these writers, directors, or producers: (Frank Capra, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, John Hughes, Kevin Smith, Ivan Reitman, Farrely Brothers, Judd Apatow, Peter Bogdanovich, Leo McCare, Billy Wilder, Paul Mazursky, Wes Anderson, John Landis)
--- (Kevin Smith), (Cop Out)
--- (Second director/producer), (title)
--- (Third director/producer), (title)
--- (Fourth director/producer), (title)
--- (Fifth director/producer), (title)

Watch at least two films with current/ex cast members of Saturday Night Live
--- (Chris Farley), (Black Sheep)
--- (Dan Akroyd), (Yogi Bear)

Watch a film and it's sequel
--- (48 Hrs.)
--- (Another 48 Hrs.)

--- a National Lampoon film
--- a British film - Genevieve
--- a film with a commentary -
--- a film with a "riff" - Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Attack of the Giant Leeches
--- a special feature -
--- something animated - The Twelve Tasks of Asterix
--- something with a major holiday theme -
--- takes place on a vacation - Mom and Dad Save the World
--- film version of a sitcom or reunion movie -
--- a mockumentary –
Action/Adventure/Crime Challenge1|2|3|4 Quadrennial Leap Day Challenge 1 October Horror Movie Challenge 7|8|9
Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge 4|5|6|7 Drive-In/Exploitation/B-Movie Challenge 2|4|5|6|7 November Comedy Challenge 1|2|3 Animation 3|4|5|7

Last edited by coyoteblue; 12-01-11 at 02:18 PM.
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