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    100 Years Of Comedy

    100 Years Of Comedy

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    Released 1997
    100 Years of Comedy takes a look back at the film genre as old as film itself, from the silent performances of Charlie Chaplin to the blockbuster films created by the stars of Saturday Night Live. This informative documentary foregoes providing a strict chronology of comedy past and present in favor of connecting comedic films over the years through similarities in theme, production, and cultural significance. Features hundreds of clips from vast collections of archived footage and contemporary movies, 100 Years of Comedy includes selections from films by Laurel & Hardy, Gene Wilder, The Three Stooges, Bob Hope, Eddie Murphy, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and many, many more. This comprehensive review of comedic cinema provides insightful perspective on the evolution of film 100 Years of Comedy proves that while times change, and tastes change, the laughter goes on.moreless
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    GO

    GO

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    Released 1999
    GO is the 1999 heavily stylized dark comedy now available on Crackle.com and features an all star cast including Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, and a fresh Katie Holmes while still in her Dawson's Creek years. The style is similar to that of then new and wildly popular "Pulp Fiction" as the film has three separate story lines linked by one common occurrence - in this case, a drug deal gone bad. On an LA Christmas Eve, deadbeat and local 24 hour grocery store Simon asks young and pretty small time drug dealer Ronna to cover his shift while he takes off for a Vegas roadtrip. That night, two under-the-radar and closeted gay soap stars, Adam and Zack, ask Ronna to hook them up with some dope, though unbeknownst to her, the whole thing is a sting set up by narcotics agent Burke to get the pair off drug charges of their own. In vegas, Simon's trip takes a bad turn when he accidentally shoots a known maffioso at a strip club. All the story lines meet and are resolved at a secret rave that ends up much more than the young party seekers can handle. The film was received with mixed critical acclaims and was Doug Liman's answer to his smash indie hit "Swingers"moreless
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    The Last Dragon

    The Last Dragon

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    Released 1985
    The action takes place in New York City, where young Leroy Green dreams of becoming a martial artist master. Leroy's goal is to reach "The Final Level," allowing him to possess "The Glow". "The Glow" is a mystical energy that transforms any ordinary fighter into the most powerful martial artist alive. But first, Leroy must contend with the bad guys. Eddie Arkadian, a corrupt arcade mogul who threatens the life of Leroy's true love Laura Charles. Even more nefarious is the villainous Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem who will stop at nothing to destroy Leroy and prove himself the ultimate master.moreless
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    Tommy

    Tommy

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    Released 1975
    Tommy is a musical from 1975 directed by Ken Russell and based on The Who's 1969 album of the same name. As a young child, Tommy Walker (Barry Winch and later Roger Daltrey) witnesses his mother's boyfriend killing Tommy's lost father (Robert Powell). His mother, Nora Walker (Ann-Margret) worries that the authorities will find out, and she tells Tommy that he didn't see or hear anything and that he cannot tell anyone what happened. This traumatic experience causes Tommy to retreat into his own mind; to the outside world he appears to be deaf, dumb, and blind. Although his mother attempts to cure Tommy by sending him to a religious cult run by The Preacher (Eric Clapton) and The Acid Queen (Tina Turner), a LSD selling prostitute, she mostly ignores his existence. She often leaves him in the care of his abusive Cousin Kevin (Paul Nicholas) and Uncle Ernie (Keith Moon). Retreating from his family life, Tommy finds himself in a junkyard and beings playing a pinball machine. Showing incredible skill, he begins a rise to fame by defeating the local pinball champion (Elton John). When a specialist (Jack Nicholson) tells Nora that Tommy's problems are only psychosomatic, she panics and violently throws Tommy into a mirror, awakening Tommy from his slumber. Tommy begins to share his self-awareness with the world, lecturing and preaching to anyone who will listen. Has Tommy really learned anything throughout his difficult childhood, or is his self-awareness misleading? Tommy is one of the first rock operas to make it's way to the big screen and, unlike The Who's album, the soundtrack to the film version of Tommy is sung by the various actors themselves. The Who's other rock opera, 1973's Quadrophenia, was also adapted into a film in 1979.moreless
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    Phat Beach

    Phat Beach

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    Released 1952
    Phat Beach is a comedy that was directed and written by Doug Ellin. In the film, Benny King (Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins) lives in Southern California and has great plans with his friends for his summer vacation. His father, however, has other plans and Benny is forced to work at the local fast food restaurant flipping burgers. When the family goes on vacation and leaves Benny at home, his good buddy Durrell Jackson (Brian Hooks) comes over with an alternative plan to working. Durrell wants them to go to the beach and sell cheap sunglasses to tourists. Of course Benny finds this a better plan too and both of them hop in his dad's Mercedes and head off to the beach. Their plan to sell sunglasses goes out the door when they discover how much fun they could be having on the beach. They put the sunglasses back in the car and head for the beach, where the meet a couple of girls. Benny's summer gets a lot better, at least until the family comes home from vacation.moreless
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    Hera Pheri

    Hera Pheri

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    Released 2009
    Hera Pheri is a 2000 Bollywood musical/comedy/thriller about three friends, Raju (Akshay Kumar), Shyam (Sunil Shetty), and Anu (Tabu), all unemployed and desperate for money. When a local gangster named Kabira (Gulshan Grover) kidnaps the grandson of a wealthy local businessman, he inadvertently calls Raju and Shyman's residence demanding the ransom. The three friends face a moral dilemma as they struggle to decide whether to profit from the misunderstanding, considering how desperately poor the three are, or attempt to save the kid. They eventually decide to go for the money, but trouble and danger ensues as greed starts to overtake the three's loyalty to each other. Songs in Hera Pheri include "Main Ladki Pom Pom Pom," "Mujhse Milti Hai," and "Jab Bhi Koi Haseena." The musical centerpiece is "Tun Tunak Tun," a sexy dance number by Bally Sagoo, the Bhangra pop music pioneer. Heri Pheri was produced by A.G. Nadiadwala, and directed by Priyadarshan.moreless
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    Thank You, Mr. Moto

    Thank You, Mr. Moto

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    Released 1937
    Thank You, Mr. Moto is the second in the Mr. Moto series of films, released in 1937 and directed by Norman Foster. It is loosely based on the book of the same name by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John P. Marquand, and stars Peter Lorre as the Japanese detective Kentaro Moto. The film opens in the Gobi Desert, with Moto and his traveling companions settling down to sleep. After Moto kills a man who attempts to steal a scroll from him, it is revealed that this is one of seven scrolls which give directions to the hidden grave of Genghis Khan. A deadly and murderous race is soon on between Moto and a number of other treasure hunters including Colonel Tchernov (Sig Ruman), Herr Koerger (Sidney Blackmer) and Eleanor Joyce (Jayne Regan) to be the first to find the grave and the treasure it contains. The hunters must also compete with the Chung family, who seek to safeguard the tomb.moreless
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    Eddie Murphy Raw

    Eddie Murphy Raw

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    Released 1987
    After achieving fame with Saturday Night Live and Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy released a film version of one of his live stand-up performances. He mainly focuses on the topics of divorce and relations between the sexes, but also goes into some of the problems he's encountered because of fame, including offended listeners and fans who continually greet him with his unprintable catch phrases.moreless
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    Hair

    Hair

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    Released 1979
    Hair is the 1979 film adaptation of the wildly popular Broadway musical about the 1960s counterculture. Claude (John Savage), a reserved young man from Oklahoma, meets a carefree group of hippies in New York's Central Park led by the politically fervent, Berger (Treat Williams). Although Claude was going to enlist in the Army, Bergen convinces him that the free love lifestyle and protest marches are a better alternative. Claude falls in love with Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo), a society girl who has joined "the tribe." The story segues through the trademark conflicts of the era, race relations, long-haired hippies and resistance to the Vietnam War. The familiar songs like "Age of Aquarius" and "Frank Mills" resonate against the New York City landmarks, with beautifully realized choreography by Twyla Tharp. Directed by the Oscar-winning director Milos Forman ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"), the film faithfully captures the beloved music and free-spirit of the Gerome Ragni and James Rado original.moreless
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    Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

    Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

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    Released 2007
    Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project is an Emmy Award winning, amusing and delightful portrait of the famous American comedian, Don Rickles. The project produced by the director of "Animal House" John Landis consists of numerous interviews by contemporaries (Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Steve Lawrence), notable comedians (Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Rosanna Barr, Jay Leno and Chris Rock), directors, actors and many others who have played a part in Don Rickles' life. The project also contains clips which portray Mr. Warmth's performance in stand-up routines, appearances on "The Tonight Show", various movies and from "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts". Mr. Warmth is best known for his cutting remarks and sarcastic nightclub performances and humorous television appearances. Viewers can experience Mr. Warmth's off-beat humor, quick comebacks and putdowns as revealed in this award winning project. The compilation gives the viewer an entertaining look at the legendary comedian, sarcastically known as "Mr. Warmth".moreless
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    Sexy Beast

    Sexy Beast

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    Released 2001
    Sexy Beast is a 2000 crime drama from director Jonathan Glazer that mixes a fascinating character study with humor and brutal violence. Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone) retires from his life of crime along with his beloved wife, Deedee (Amanda Redman). They have found a blissful spot in rural Spain that they share with their friends Aitch (Cavan Kendall) and Jackie (Julianne White). Their lives are a relaxing series of barbeques until a former criminal associate Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) arrives. Logan has a plan to rob a British bank and expects Gal to participate as part of his hand-picked crew. Gal wants to leave the past behind but clearly fears the volatile Logan, who will not take no for an answer. Eventually, Gal agrees to travel with Logan back to London, and joins up with the rest of the criminal crew, including the frightening Teddy Bass (Ian McShane). Kingsley received an Academy Award nomination for his chilling portrayal of a criminal sociopath.moreless
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    Broken Flowers

    Broken Flowers

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    Released 2005
    Broken Flowers is a comedy-drama about a lifelong bachelor trying to figure out if he actually has a son. Don Johnston (Bill Murray) has lived a life of leisure, earning plenty of money and taking on a string of lovers. One day, he receives a letter in the mail from an anonymous ex-lover telling him that he has a 19 year-old son. Initially, Don intends to do nothing about it, but his neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright) convinces him that he should try to find the boy. After some investigation, the two men decide that there are four likely candidates who may have sent the letter, and Don sets out to meet all of them. Each encounter with an ex-lover is different, but all are fraught with some degree of anger or emotional instability. Throughout his journey, however, Don is never able to get a definitive answer from any of the women with whom he once had a relationship. After a lifetime of being a cad, is there any redemption for a man who never truly loved anyone other than himself?moreless
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    The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes

    The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes

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    Released 1970
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a 1970 film starring Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely in an unconventional but highly satisfying Sherlock Holmes adventure which falls into two parts. Holmes may be the greatest detective in the history of mankind, but why is he so aloof from women? While he can piece together the most obscure clues and decipher the toughest mysteries, his personal life remains a secret. This lavish film, directed by Billy Wilder, was initially a box-office flop, but has deservedly attained classic status.moreless
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    The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

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    Released 1991
    This buddy-action comedy mocks its genre. Actor Michael J. Fox needs to get under a cop's skin to research an upcoming role, and he picks an irritable New York City hard case (James Woods) as his source material. As if dealing with Fox weren't enough, the cop has a serial killer to catch. Fox soon learns that in the real world, you can't say "Cut."moreless
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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    Released 1998
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 dark comedy about a sportswriter and his lawyer who go on a drug-fueled trip to Las Vegas. Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) is assigned to cover the Mint 400 motorcycle race in Las Vegas. He rents a convertible and drives there with his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro). On the way, the two men begin to consume a massive quantity of hallucinogenic drugs. They pick up a hitchhiker (Tobey Maguire) on the way, but end up terrifying him so badly that he begs to be let go. Afraid that the boy will call the police, Duke and Gonzo speed on to Vegas where they have considerable difficulty maintaining a grip on reality. Though assigned to cover the motorcycle race, the two men spend far more time visiting casinos and consuming increasingly larger quantities of drugs. They eventually split up and must struggle to stay alive and coherent as they careen through the dangerous underbelly of Las Vegas.moreless
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    High School High

    High School High

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    Released 1996
    High School High is an American comedy film made in 1996 by TriStar Pictures and from the makers of the comedy classic franchise, The Naked Gun. The movie stars Jon Lovitz as Richard Clark, a dorky, out of touch optimist who ends up becoming a teacher at a public school that seems more like a war zone, gang land than a place of learning. There are even reserved parking spots for the SWAT team vehicles. Needless to say, an education isn't exactly these kids' priority. Can Richard save the futures of these dangerous and confused teen thugs from going the way of the gun or pipe? He'll at least get some help from co-worker turned partner, Victoria (played by the sexy Tia Carrere). Spoofing inspirational schooling movies like Dangerous Minds and Dead Poets' Society, High School is a hilarious "fish out of water" movie mixed with classic slap stick and sight gags.moreless
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    The Flying Deuces

    The Flying Deuces

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    Released 1939
    Stan and Ollie are on holiday in Paris where Ollie falls in love with the daughter of a local innkeeper. On discovering she's already married, Ollie decides he and Stan must end it all by jumping into a river. They are talked out of suicide by a French Foreign Legion Officer who convinces them instead to enlist on order to forget. The boys wreak havoc at training camp and are arrested for desertion, but make their escape in a stolen airplane. This crash lands, killing Ollie, but the pair are reunited when Ollie is reincarnated as a horse.moreless
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    The Great Buck Howard

    The Great Buck Howard

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    Released 2008
    The Great Buck Howard is a 2009 road comedy about a long past his prime lounge act and his befuddled assistant. Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) decides to drop out of law school in spite of his father's (Tom Hanks) vast disappointment. Instead, Troy loves show business and takes a job as the personal assistant to "The Great Buck Howard" (John Malkovich). Buck was once a favorite guest on "The Tonight Show," but those days are long gone. He's bitter, demanding and painfully unfunny. Troy's job is to follow Buck on his cross-country bus tour of places likes Hicksville and Akron. While Valerie Brennan (Emily Blunt), Buck's publicist, and his manager, Gil Bellamy (Ricky Jay), try to resuscitate Buck's career, Troy learns the real world of entertainment, from fetching water to carrying bags and enduring the tantrums of a larger-than-life ego. Along the way, many real-life celebrities make cameo appearances as themselves, including Martha Stewart, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno and magician David Blaine.moreless
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    In the Electric Mist

    In the Electric Mist

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    Released 2008
    In the Electric Mist is a 2009 crime drama directed by Bertrand Tavemier based on the novel, In the Electric Mist of the Confederate Dead, by James Lee Burke. Detective Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) lives in Louisanna and wants to bring down a notorious gangster "Baby Feet" Balboa (John Goodman) who is believed to be involved in the murder of several girls in New Orleans. At the same time, Dave sees the ghosts of Confederate soldiers from the Civil War who are long dead and thinks he is losing his mind. He is also haunted by a decades old mystery involving the murder of a black man in a local swamp that went unsolved. Dave begins to suspect that the murders of the black man and the girls may be linked. Together with his partner, Rosie Gomez (Justina Muchado), the two begin to uncover crime and corruption that reaches far back into the past.moreless
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    Steve Harvey: Still Trippin'

    Steve Harvey: Still Trippin'

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    Released 2008
    Steve Harvey: Still Trippin' is a full length comedy special from legendary comedian Steve Harvey. If you got it, you got it, and rest assured, Steve's still got it. Host of the Original Kings Of Comedy, star of The Steve Harvey Show, and the anchor of The Steve Harvey Morning Show, he's doing what he does best in this one, making people laugh. After making the family folks happy in Don't Trip... He Ain't Through with Me Yet, Steve has brought back the cussing, and now the rest of the world gets in on the hour of hilarity he unleashed on the good folks in Newark, New Jersey. As always, nothing is off limits and noone is safe, including Harvey himself. Family, work, entertainment, the funnyman unleashes his best and baddest material, making no apologies along the way. Sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes rude, sometimes inappropriate, but always funny, Steve Harvey: Still Trippin is an hour of comedic gems you'll be happy you spent with one of the most famous stand up performers of all time.moreless
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