Things (Really) Wrong With Comedy Sitcoms

Featured image So, I just realized that I am not talking about sitcoms as much as I want to on my blog. Also, I noticed that most of the movies that I have reviewed on the blog have received a 9 plus rating which may have given the wrong message that I love every movie that I watch. Believe me, I don’t. If you want proof, go check out my Flightplan review in which I bashed that horrible flick which still gives me nightmares. The thing is that those movies deserve it. The ratings that I give is sort of a promise that I publish, that I stand by this movie/sitcom and will never change my views about it. So, to bring in some negativity in here, I thought I could point out the flaws that has embedded itself deep in the heart of my favourite genre comedy.

1. THE DIALOGUES Featured image Has anyone of you watched the sitcom ‘Exes’ ? I hope you haven’t because it is horrible. It is just hell bent on cliches. One thing that makes comedy the most artistic of all is it capacity to expand beyond the infinities. Come on, we see a hundred comic things happening all around us. Yet, a sitcom like Exes just tries to reproduce what all the previous sitcoms has done. There is absolutely no originality in dialogues. These are the same jokes being repeated again and again and again. There is no fun in them anymore.

2. THE CHARACTERS Featured image A womanizer, a weird guy, a over the top dumb girl. Haven’t we seen that in Friends and The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls already ? And there is always this goddamned couple who you know are gonna come together in the end. Just burn them at stake. We have these same characters that we see in every sitcom. The character development is horrible. For eg. take Friends. It sort of takes some time for Rachel to fit in the group. There is no originality in the characters. And heck with the to be together couple, there is in every sitcom a guy who is facing financial problems. Kramer in Friends, then it was Joey in Friends, like how is Kramer able to afford a hot tub machine and how is Joey able to pay the monthly rent even though he is work less almost every time in the sitcom ? Well, the first thing to do is treat it like a drama too. These are characters that the audience wants to connect or relate with, and not just get a few laughs. Sheldon Cooper has become God for nerds, Rachel Greene has become God for fashionistas and Holly Brooks has become…………. technically nothing. Wait, do you even know who is Holly Brooks? Exactly my point. (And really we don’t need a teenager who is on the phone always)

3. THE ACTIONS Featured image Let’s all stand up and clap for Louie C.K. The man has brought back the actions that made us laugh every time. That feeling of distress and ambigiousity on his face whenever his character unleash their weirdness onto him is unforgettable and gets the biggest laughs. Everything can be used to make you laugh. Especially there is a scene in Season 3 of Louie when he auditions for The Tonight Show and is given a prep performance the manager and Louie is looking on the man on the stage and the shot tape simultaneously and it is so hilarious. We have all seen the characters dive into a break dance in between their chores, so just stop.

4. LAUGHING TRACK Featured image Woody Allen’s Annie Hall had a scene which touches upon this matter hilariously. Why do we need a laughing track in a comedy sitcom ? See a one like Sports Night needs it. It is a drama series and people do need a sort of reminder to appreciate the comic moments because they are juggling in the dramatic elements. But, we do we need it in Seinfeld ? It sort of feels like the makers think that the audience is so dumb that they need to understand when to laugh and when to not. It also feels as if we have a moral obligation to laugh even though we don’t feel like it just because the maker felt it was funny. A new wave has fortunately arrived with shows like The Goldbergs, The Middle and Modern Family not opting for it. Thank God ! So, I just hope somebody reads this and makes a sitcom which doesn’t have any of the before mentioned elements. I hope this post has acted as a sort of a medium of your views as well. If it hasn’t please let me know and if you have any counterpoints please inform me of that too. You can also post any other points against comedy sitcoms and if you want me write about any such topic regarding movie or sitcoms, please say so because I will be happy to so. Signing off !

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Moneyball Review

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How can you not get romantic about baseball ? – Billy Beane

Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is about Billy Beane (Brad Pit) who is the general manager of the Oakland A’s who after losing three of his prime players of the team desperately tries to find the replacements. He later meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) and with him he puts an end to conventional methods of selection, by opting for statistical analysis over performances as he changes the history of baseball forever.

The acting in this movie is fantastic. Huh, who Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill? I saw Billy Beane and Peter Brand on the screen. They transform into these characters that you can’t get for even one second that they are acting. Philip Seymour Hoffman is also awesome. Chris Pratt is top notch in his role and so are the numerous actors.

The direction is stupendous. How Bennett Miller transformed a sort of a over-made type of subject mater and transformed it into so much fun is unbelievable. The way these characters move and talk and just the way they even sit is magic. This not a sports movie, not at all. This is an emotional drama about a man trying to change something which cannot be easily changed, like Jerry Maguire. The sports aspect is just a canvas to paint this heartfelt movie. The cinematography is superb. That opening scene with Billy Beane sitting in an empty stadium just took my breath away. The movie has very smart editing and juggles easily with its timelines.

The score is superb and The Show brought tears to my eyes in the climax. I don’t know how Micheal Lewis gets all his book adaptations right. The Blind Side, and now this ! I have no knowledge baseball because cricket is the religion of us Indians and quite honestly for the movie, I don’t think you need to.

What is it about Brad Pitt ? He does all this horrible movies and comes out with ones like this. Jonah Hill gives his 100 % to everything he is in and I was amazed by the fact that he gave such a controlled performance. He is usually the energy of every movie he has been in but he is so serene.

And most attractive is the father-daughter relationship of Billy and his daughter. It never gets over he top, like for eg. his daughter doesn’t cry and beg while he leaves and all that crap. And the movie has superb dialogues which is more of an exposure to the characters than their actions.

Moneyball ain’t a sports movie it is a beautiful engrossing mesmerizing drama. With actors getting an A in their quota, the movie ends up breaking all the shackles of the genre cliches just like its protagonist. (And The Show song was just a cherry on top)

Rating : 9.4 / 10

Age : 10

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Death Note Manga Review

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He who attacks first always wins – L

Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga ‘Death Note’ is about Light Yagami, an intelligent teen who is fed up with the evilness of the world. So one day, he discovers a supernatural notebook which enables the writer to kill anyone in this world just by writing the name of the person who they want to kill in the book. So, Light wages a war against crime by killing all major criminals and terrorists to pave the way for a righteous future but it turns into a battle of brains when L, an equally intelligent Interpol secret agent gets behind the tail of Kira, the name used by Light to finish off the scums.

So, I was in a dilemma whether to kick off my manga reviews with Death Note or Detective Conan. But I have chosen Death Note because if you, my friend, do not watch manga and want to begin now, Death Note constitutes of only 37 30-min under run time episodes.

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But beware, if you start watching this series you might fail in your next math test or get fired from your job because this series defines addictive.

Never have I seen or read or experienced something this powerful and engrossing. Does something move faster than light ? Well, Death Note does. Imagine the tension and thrill of The Silence of the Lambs, Zodiac, Se7en, Jaws and Argo put together, that’s the pace that this series advances. This is pure unadulterated thrill ride from the beginning to the end. This is the art form of Manga at its purest form.

Compared to manga, American animation’s image is puerile and moronic. Don’t get me wrong friend, I love How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me movies. I just love Rise of The Guardians, which is one of the most underrated movies ever. The LEGO movie was just awesome. But, there is something missing. What is it ? I think it it is the lack of material for adults to enjoy. I am 14. I don’t really give a crap about Kung Fu Panda, Cars or Wall-E. They are unappealing to me. I have sort of reached a stage when I have started to care about the depth of the story.

And believe me, Death Note has the most layered script of all time. What do you need to make a great thriller? You need tension. Never judge people by their outward appearances. Light’s first shot makes us think that he is a normal teenage boy who is good in studies, hits it with gals because of his good looks and will be caught with his pants down masturbating on a Kate Hudson poster at night. But, he is none of that. He is a philosophical genius who is tired of the evilness prevailing in the world and wants to show the world light towards the good path. But, that’s literally Star Wars or something but what separates him from the others is that he may show you the light towards the good path, but if you do not follow it at once, he will dim it forever. And then comes L. The carbon copy of Light except for the fact that he doesn’t like competition for the spot of the best criminal genius in the world that he holds. And there is this sort of bond woven between them throughout the series but the moment they get out of that vibe, this psychological battle begins that makes us feel as if this friendship is just an act to drown us in false perception.

Now you need intrigue. Good guy always gets the battle in his hands like in literally every goddamn movie but no no no, this is Death Note we are talking about. This series will make you hold onto your seats and will instill a chip inside you which will won’t let you blink for a second in the fear of missing something. The plot changes and changes and changes and has literally millions of twists. That look in the eyes of the victims of Kira just before they die will give you the chills.

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Now you need character development and some other stuff. Our hero’s not a dark vigilante, he is a crooked genius, but in this horrible town, isn’t everyone? The city Light lives in is worse than Somerset’s city in Se7en. From a confused and frustrated teenager, Light becomes a cruel criminal supremo who eyes for a better world. But is he our hero ? The thing about many good movies/sitcoms is having multiple choices to root with. And we can choose Light as well as L. I chose Light.

This series questions humanity in ways I have never seen before. These philosophical discussions and memories touching upon various human elements question the situation of the world we live in and ask to choose a way : either shut up or do something. Light chooses to do something and begins finishing evil. I say if he is finishing the bad guys, then why does anyone else has any qualms about it ? If killing bad guys makes you a bad guy just because of that shitty idea that only God, or in this case Shinigami has the right to take a life, is Batman a bad guy ? No he is not, but right now I am not going to bolster this argument because this post will surely take a philosophical turn if I do so.

But let’s focus on the mind blowing script. Heck with all other thrillers ! (No offense Frances, a joke that you will only understand if you watch ‘The Middle’) Don’t worry I am not going to spoil it for you, but there is an idea that Light uses to give him the advantage in the cat and mouse game that he plays with L and this deeply involves his girlfriend Misa Amane and the two Shinigamis. When the truth of it dawned upon me, my jaw dropped. Believe me, that idea makes even Inception look like a UNO game and that is saying something !

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This is like Game of Thrones. Every action in this thriller has a consequence and everything connects in the end. I was not satisfied with the end but I am sure friend that you will be, but the climax scene of Light and Ryuk brings tears into your eyes. It all came back to where it began.

Death Note is not a series my friend, it is an experience which should be lived. Meant for the age group of teenagers, Death Note bombards psychological battles upon you and its sagacious philosophical ideas as well as its sophisticated and layered script makes it one of the best thrillers I have ever seen and undoubtedly the best 1100 hours long thriller ever made. Seriously, my friend, this is a work of art and should be appreciated and popularized as much as possible.

Rating : 9.9 / 10

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Best James Patterson Jokes Ever!

Just too hilarious. Had a moral obligation to reblog

Dysfunctional Literacy

If James Patterson doesn’t like these James Patterson jokes, he can hire some co-authors to write new ones. (image via wikimedia If James Patterson doesn’t like these James Patterson jokes, he can hire some co-authors to write new ones. (image via wikimedia)

Wow, James Patterson has written a lot of books! Even without his co-authors, James Patterson has written more best-sellers than the average writer.  It takes a lot of talent (and other traits) to “write” around 12 books a year.  Since very few authors have matched James Patterson’s achievements (I wasn’t sure whether or not to put quotation marks around “achievements”), no other author deserves to be honored with humor (or good-natured mockery) like James Patterson .

The following James Patterson jokes might not be funny, but they are the only James Patterson jokes around (that I know of).  So by default, these are the BEST JAMES PATTERSON JOKES EVER!!!

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JAMES PATTERSON’S LOYAL READERS

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The Godfather Review

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                         I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuseVito Corleone

Francis Coppola’s The Godfather is about Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) an aging patriarch of the Corleone mob family who transfers his power to his reluctant son Micheal Corleone (Al Pacino). Although Micheal has always despised his family’s mob history, he finds himself drawn irresistibly towards the mob hierarchy.

Marlon Brando is superb in this role. This is, undoubtedly, one of the best performances in cinematic history and it is a dream to get to play a character like this. Al Pacino is superb in his role and I still can’t understand why he did not win the Oscar for this movie. He is fantastic and so is Robert Duvall and James Caan.

Godfather’s narrative moves at a snail’s pace and there are scenes which make the movie look like it’s going to explode right now, but it never does. The movie takes up numerous interesting scenes and just drops them and moves onto boring conversations. The movie is built on conversations. But, this time it is not interesting such as Se7en. The movie has a bad time juggling between the mob and dramatic elements. See, if you are making a movie that is almost three hours long, you need to have elements such as intrigue and tension, and don’t get me wrong, the movie has that, but in very small proportions. The character development is superb. You can feel the change in Micheal Corleone. But, what of Sonny and Micheal ? He just lets Micheal become the mob boss, a position that he has been preparing himself throughout his life.

Francis Ford Coppola’s direction fails to bring any interest to the subject matter. The character just move here and there and keep on talking and scheming. Unnecessary scenes just linger on and he desperately tries to make it a mob movie by adding violence.

One thing I liked about the flick was that it was completely built on the mobsters. The movie shows no evilness of the mobsters on the people. It distinguishes good and bad within the bad. That proved out be a very interesting aspect.

The scenes just linger on and on. The soundtrack is superb and brings out some intrigue. The cinematography brings out the darkness which the movie requires in ample quantities.

The Godfather is a mob drama that is so controlled that it never unleashes its true potential. It moves at a snail’s pace and has one of the worst movie climaxes that I have ever seen, but the actors and the technical aspects provide the saving grace to an otherwise average movie.

Rating : 6.1 / 10

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Annie Hall Review

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A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark –  Alvy Singer

Woody Allen’s Annie Hall is about neurotic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) trying to figure out what went wrong with his relationship with commercial actress-singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

The script of this movie is fantastic. I actually watched this movie because I heard that this movie was path breaker in cinema and that movies like (500) Days of Summer were possible because of this flick. The acting is superb. Diane Keaton and Woody Allen are awesome in their roles. The movie does have a very non-conventional approach, with subtitles showing what the characters are really thinking, the leads getting transported to the past, Alvy talking to the camera, etc.

The movie tackles questions regarding philosophy, love and shows us that love is a banana peel that we all have to step on and fall. The movie also takes on the discrimination against Nazis and various social issues and believe me, it is very relate-able. The score doesn’t have much effect as it should have in this movie and the editing feels soppy even though the movie is less than 100 minutes long. The cinematographer does a decent job but Wood Allen’s direction is laudable. I always find it difficult to think that someone can go out there and act and still the direct the movie. But, like Ben Affleck, Allen has also got it right.

But was it as good as I expected it to be? No. Let us see where it went wrong. The jokes started falling flat from the beginning itself and that really affected the movie. There are some good jokes, but the bad ones outweigh them. I guess if it could have been more funnier, it could have been more on the lines of (500) Days of Summer. The movie started lagging and sort of began feeling like a philosophical discussion than the popcorn fare. Don’t get me wrong, I love such movies too but there is a desperate attempt by Allen to try to make this movie hilarious which sort of fails.

Even though it is below the 100 minutes run time mark, I still feels like it lagging and the main fault of the movie was that sort of made Annie look like a bitch. Like, Alvy got into singing which made her successful, Alvy made her more intelligent and conscious and Alvy even paid for her goddamned analytical sessions and then she took all the benefits and dumped him. Yeah, the movie makes her look like a complete bitch which (500) Days of Summer, a flick that was inspired and sort of followed along the same lines as that of Annie Hall, successfully averted.So, I guess it wasn’t that great after all.

So folks, Annie Hall is a good movie but not a great one as often presented. Allen and Diane do the best they can but the unsuccessful humor and lagging scenes outweighed their performances and turned this movie into an average fare, although it needs to appreciated for its non-conventionalism and that superb animation scene.

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Rating: 7.8 / 10

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