81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

81 Days With Oscar And Me header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Comedy'

Shakespeare in Love

October 29th, 2009 · No Comments · 1998, Ben Affleck, Christopher Marlowe, Colin Firth, Comedy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Mid-Point, Miramax, Nudity, Original Screenplay, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Romeo and Juliet, Screenplay Structure, Sex, Shakespeare in Love, Stuttering, Swearing, Tom Wilkinson

“Can a play show us the very truth and nature of love?” is a question posed by Queen Elizabeth to Viola De Lesseps.
I have a question of my own to pose: “Can a movie show us what perfect screenwriting looks like?”
Yes, it can – if that movie is Shakespeare in Love.
Shakespeare in Love is brilliant.
Brilliant.
Brilliant.
Once [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Terms of Endearment

October 14th, 2009 · No Comments · 1983, Adaptation, Color, Comedy, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, James L Brookes, Paramount Pictures, Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment

Finally! A nice, light comedy.
Or is it?
True, James L. Brooks, who directed and wrote this movie, is known for his remarkable pedigree in television – everything from Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Lou Grant, Room 222, and Taxi, to The Simpsons (Woo-hoo!). Heck, James L. Brooks even wrote two episodes of my favorite sitcom: The [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Annie Hall

October 8th, 2009 · No Comments · 1977, Annie Hall, Color, Comedy, Diane Keaton, Original Screenplay, Out Of Print, United Artists, Woody Allen

Ah! Look at all the lonely people!
Paul McCartney and Woody Allen have something in common. Both are able to express, quite eloquently, life’s ironies – the chief of which is the irony that love is both pleasure and pain, something that cuts as well as cures. In short, life isn’t always negative. And it [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Sting, The

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments · 1973, Color, Comedy, Composer: Marvin Hamlisch, Original Screenplay, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Sting, Universal Pictures

I was 13 when The Sting came out.
I wasn’t old enough to drive, and neither was my friend. But my friend’s sister drove us to the theater.
That theater, on Alpine Avenue, is no longer there. Too bad. A lot of memories were hatched there. In addition to The Sting I also saw American Graffiti [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Tom Jones

September 24th, 2009 · No Comments · 1963, Adaptation, Color, Comedy, Henry Fielding, Hugh Griffith, Not Released In United States, Tom Jones, United Artists

After the grandeur of Lawrence of Arabia, Tom Jones looks like the work of a film-school student who didn’t graduate. This is sloppy, virtually unwatchable stuff. In fact, this may hold the distinction of being the worst Oscar-winning movie ever made. (To this point, at least.)
The direction and cinematography are amateurish and off-putting. The [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Apartment, The

September 21st, 2009 · No Comments · 1960, Apartment, Billy Wilder, Black and White, Comedy, Inciting Incident, Jack Lemmon, M-G-M Studios, Mid-Point, Original Screenplay, Panavision (Widescreen), Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Shirley MacLaine, Swearing

Ah, Billy Wilder. After the length, depth, and heaviness of Ben-Hur a good Billy Wilder film is just what the doctor ordered.
As nuts as I am about Gene Kelly, I’m equally as passionate about Billy Wilder, a writer/director I’ve come to respect above all others.
Hallmarks of a Billy Wilder film include incredibly clever writing, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Around the World In 80 Days

September 17th, 2009 · No Comments · 1956, Adaptation, Around the World in 80 Days, Cinemascope (Wide Screen), Color, Comedy, Composer: Victor Young, John Gielgud, Michael Todd, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Around the World In 80 Days isn’t a movie to be analyzed. It’s a movie to be experienced.
So that’s precisely what we’re doing – me with my St. Pauli Girl and pizza (albeit Sam’s Club pizza), she with her Quenchers White Grape soda and pizza.
The story behind the making of this movie is as interesting [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Marty

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments · 1955, Adaptation, Black and White, Comedy, Ernest Borgnine, Inciting Incident, Jerry Paris, Marty, Mid-Point, Paddy Chayefsky, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, United Artists

What a sweet, kind-hearted movie!
Marty is the story of an overweight, average-looking, 34-year-old man who lives with his Italian mother, a lady who means well but who constantly harps on Marty to meet a girl and get married. Even Marty’s customers (he’s a butcher) tell him he should be married.
Inciting Incident: At around 14 [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

You Can’t Take It With You

August 30th, 2009 · No Comments · 1938, Black and White, Charles Lane, Columbia Pictures, Comedy, Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Original Screenplay, Robert Riskin, You Can't Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You is a screwball comedy revolving around a house full of quirky family members and hangers-on lead by Grandpa Martin Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore), who dispenses aphorisms like candy machines dispense candy. Stuff like this: “You can’t take it with you, Mr. Kirby. So what good is it? As near [...]

[Read more →]

Tags:

It Happened One Night

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments · 1934, Adaptation, Alan Hale, Black and White, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Columbia Pictures, Comedy, Frank Capra, It Happened One Night, Robert Riskin

The difference between It Happened One Night, the seventh Oscar-winning movie, and the one that preceded it, Cavalcade, is the difference between night and day (no pun intended).
While John and Lionel Barrymore may have been considered better actors in the early 1930s, when Clark Gable hits the screen it’s movie magic.
I mean, this guy [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: