Good Comedy Movies

One of the best ways to unwind and revitalize is to watch good comedy movies. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a bad day or a good one. Comedy movies always help you take the stress off. But – wait! Are all comedy movies as good as they are marketed by the media? Obviously no, as some of them are a big waste of money and you quit watching them after some time. However, good movies will turn your boring day into a hoot. Here’s a list of some great movies that you can sit back and enjoy with your family and kids. Some of them require parental guidance.

  1. Elf
  2. Shrek
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Hancock
  5. The Mask
  6. Toy Story
  7. Ice Age
  8. Megamind
  9. Kung Fu Panda
  10. Monster vs Aliens
  11. The Incredibles
  12. The Pink Panther
  13. Austin Powers
  14. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  15. The Green Hornet

These are some of the most fantastic comedy movies you can ever watch.

Movies are not only a source of entertainment, but they are also a source of education. All movies have a theme around which the story is woven. Apart from that “laughter is the best medicine”.

Parents generally feel that by watching movies, the kids waste time and don’t concentrate on their studies. While this may be true is extreme cases, whereby children are watching movies for over 3 hours a day, it will not hurt if you watch one small one-hour movie during weekends. Everyone wants to relax and have fun – even kids. So, why not be a part of their fun? You don’t know what great, innocent remarks kids make when they watch a movie. Some of them have even dedicated a Facebook page for movies like Twilight (which most of the kids haven’t liked).

You should remember that as a caregiver, it is important that you monitor your children and make sure that they watch comedy movies, which are appropriate for their ages, and so that they remain out of trouble. Also, they would not enjoy a movie, which they cannot understand.

One of the best places to access such movies is Internet. There are many websites, which have relevant information, and as you conduct your search you will find several websites that offer genuine reviews. You can ask your family and friends for referrals on the best comedy movies.

It is OK to go to a theater, but there is nothing like enjoying a good comedy movie in the comforts of your home.

Movie Review – Zombieland

ZOMBIELAND – REVIEW

10 out of 10

What can I say? Zombieland is the perfect zombie movie. A potent mix of horror, gore, action, comedy and buddy movies, the film works on all levels and is seriously the most fun you can possibly have at the movies. It made me jump, made me laugh and also made me genuinely care about the characters. The film is a visually arresting, highly stylized treat that entertains all the way through and will leave you wanting more. The premise of the film is relatively simple. The world has been overrun by zombies and the few survivors of the human race are constantly on the move trying to find someplace safe to lay their heads at night. The movie starts out brilliantly with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) telling us about his rules for survival in post-apocalyptic zombie filled America.

The opening credits ensue and we are shown various scenes of people running from zombies in the slow motion technique popularized by Watchmen. From there we are introduced to Columbus who explains what has happened to the world and why he has managed to survive so long. Being an introvert by nature, Columbus has managed to stay alive by sticking to his self created rules such as cardio good, avoid bathrooms and the double tap (always shoot twice). More rules are introduced as the film plays and the gag never grows old. Columbus decides to head towards Ohio in hopes that he will find his parents alive and well. On the way he hooks up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), the most bad ass zombie killer you can imagine. Just to clarify, the characters call each other by their destinations, not by their actual names. Tallahassee explains that it’s easier not to grow attached to each other that way.

The pair are complete opposites which allows for some great buddy movie comedy and from here on in Zombieland plays like a road trip comedy on acid. Attacked by zombies at every turn, the two soon meet up with two sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) who have managed to survive and after a few false starts; the foursome begins to trust and like one another.

Woody Harrelson as tough guy zombie slayer Tallahassee is ideally cast and it is the best role of his career. Harrelson is hilarious in the film, displaying his impeccable comic timing while also showcasing his tough guy swagger. Watching him kill zombies is as pleasurable for the audience as it is for the character. Harrelson shares great chemistry with Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, in effect portraying the Odd Couple as zombie killers. Eisenberg is solid, perfecting the nerdy, wimpy guy and he reminds me more than a little bit of king of the dweebs, Michael Cera. In fact Cera must be kicking himself for turning down this role (I’m assuming he was offered it). Emma Stone as tough older sister, Wichita, is quite good and I believe she has a bright future on the silver screen. Abigail Breslin as her little sister, Little Rock, is one tough little cookie and proves that she is much more than Little Miss Sunshine. There is also a side-splitting cameo from… I don’t want to ruin it… let’s just say it is a brilliant cameo from a comedy god.

First time director, Ruben Fleischer, does a great job of moving the film along at a breakneck pace while also mining the comedy gold out of every situation the characters find themselves in. He has a wonderful visual style that borrows heavily from Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead remake, Watchmen) and he is certainly a director to watch in the future. It’s not an easy thing to make something fresh out of a zombie flick, but Fleischer takes the genre (sub-genre?) to a whole new level.

To sum it up, Zombieland is a splatteristic, gory, jump out of your seat horror film that also happens to be one of the funniest films of the year. Anchored by terrific performances, Zombieland is a must see horror/comedy delight. Better than Shaun of the Dead or Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, Zombieland is the definitive zombie movie.

Racing at the Movies

Fans of action films love chase scenes, because they generally pack a ton of adrenaline and help make a movie more tense and exciting. Cars have also been used extensively in films as a status symbol. Other films show car racing instead of chases, with several having a plot that is centered on racing and nothing else.

The top-grossing film where racing is a central theme is “Cars,” which would spawn the sequel “Cars 2” because of its great success. The film stars the voices of Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy as Lightning McQueen and Mater, who suffer several setbacks on the way to California. They need to get to Los Angeles in order to race in the finals to win the coveted Piston Cup, but must escape the town of Radiator Springs, where they are stuck. The film also stars the voice of Paul Newman, in one of his final screen roles before his death.

In the non-animated category, “Days of Thunder” is arguably one of the most popular racing films. It was released in 1990 and starred Tom Cruise, who met his future wife Nicole Kidman on the film. The film was an emotional drama made at the height of Cruise’s popularity, so it was naturally a hit at the box office. Though there was talk of a sequel, Cruise’s busy schedule and impending wedding to Kidman made a second film impossible, since executives did not want to recast Cruise’s role.

In 2001, a small film called “The Fast and the Furious” was released without a ton of fanfare. It starred then-unknowns like Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez in a story about a group of street racers who have a system for hijacking tractor trailers for money. They sell the goods for cash, which allows them to continue modifying their cars with expensive parts for racing. Walker plays an undercover cop who tries to infiltrate the ring and finds himself begrudgingly respecting the leader of the group and falling in love with his sister. It spawned the sequels “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” and “Fast and Furious.” All of these films rank in the top eleven all-time top-grossing films about racing.

When MTV started airing episodes of the cult Japanese anime hit “Speed Racer,” it introduced the series to a whole new audience. Those new fans demanded merchandise and were elated when the Wachowski brothers, the duo behind “The Matrix” trilogy, announced plans to make a live-action version of the series. Released in 2008, the film boasted an all-star cast that included Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Matthew Fox, who had just become famous due to the success of “Lost.”

The top racing films of all time are mostly dramatic, though a few, like “Cars,” are comedies as well. Few of the entries are outright comedies like “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” Starring Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby and comedy veteran John C. Reilly, it would become a box office smash hit that continued Ferrell’s reign as the king of movie comedies. The film is a send up of NASCAR and racing culture that is full of sight gags and physical comedy, which are both areas where Ferrell excels.

Another unabashed comedy is “The Cannonball Run,” which is the oldest of the top-grossing racing films, having been released in 1981. It starred Burt Reynolds, Sammy Davis, Jr., Farrah Fawcett, and Jackie Chan in one of his earliest and smallest roles. The story is about an illegal car race that sends several groups of car drivers across the country in a bid to win. Along the way, the racers will go out of their way to sabotage their fellow competitors in order to gain an edge on the pack. It is irreverent fun that would launch “Cannonball Run II” three years later.

Occasionally, a racing film has no script because it is a documentary that focuses on real-life drivers and racers rather than fictional ones. Such is the case with “NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience,” which used the huge screens in IMAX theaters in order to really capture the pulse-pounding action on a real race track. The 3D technology only enhances the action, which could very well make this the most daring and thrilling of all the top racing films. It may not have a love story or a plot, but it is just as entertaining as any of the other top racing films of all time.