Category Archives: comedy

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore – Macon Blair (2017)

Ruth is a nurse in a nursing home. In her boring life she becomes more and more annoyed by the selfishness of our time.

One day Ruth comes home and finds a burglar in her house. The police go about their routine, but do not really seem to want to try to help Ruth finding her belongings back. With a neighbour, Ruth starts her own investigation.

Ruth and Tony first encounter petty crime, but as their investigations continue, they move up in the chain. A bit of a “Fargo” type story unfolds. Anything that can go wrong…

“I Don’t Feel” is an amusing drama / comedy with some very black jokes.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls – Eli Roth (2018)

This film with an odd name starts a bit like a surrealist children’s film such as Big Fish. Lewis’ parents died in a car crash and Lewis is sent to his strange uncle Jonathan. Jonathan lives in some sort of Adams Family house and proves to be a “warlock” and so the story gets a Harry Potter turn.

So we have a quirky film with silly humor, strange situations and odd characters. These odd characters are played by no less actors as Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan.

The result is a bit ‘kiddy’, but a pretty amusing comedy. If you like films of Terry Gilliam, Michael Gondry or Tim Burton, this could be a title to put on your list somewhere.

Lilyhammer (series)

Some time ago I was looking for a somewhat lighter series to watch and I ran into “Lilyhammer” on Netflix.

The main character is played by Steven van Zandt whom “Sopranos” watchers (which I am not) will know. He plays the Brooklyn mafioso Frank Tagliano who testifies against his former associates and moves to Lillehammer, Norway and takes the name Johnny Hendrickson, because he was impressed by the winter Olympics held in that place. Another main actor in the series is Trond Fausa who we have met before in “The Bothersome Man“.

Johnny is used to getting his way and he has got several ways of persuasion. Norway is a whole different game though, but Johnny manages to blend his old nature with his new.

The series are made by mostly Norwegians and is largely spoken in Norwegian too. It makes fun of the Norwegian way of life with its extremely social system, men in healthcare, immigration policies, etc. Then there is the blunt approach of Johnny who is a heartily man to the people he likes, but you do not want him as your enemy.

Johnny opens a club which allows the creators to put in quite some music in the series. Besides his club, Johnny puts his fingers in about every pudding that comes by. These situation make fairly thin (and usually short) story-lines which are only to make a couple of jokes in a few episodes.

The series are amusing. Van Zandt is a funny guy and the enlarged differences between American and Norwegian ways of handling things is amusing too.

Not a high-flyer, but if you are looking for something light. Three seasons was quite on the edge for me though.

Bubba Ho-Tep – Don Coscarelli (2002)

Elvis is not dead, but old, fragile and has lived in a nursing home for many years after an accident. The film explains how that all came to be.

Another inhabitant of the nursing home is Jack Kennedy who turned black.

The nursing home is haunted by the remains of a mummy that was stolen and crashed nearby and so we get a horror comedy that is not really horror or slapstick. The film is mostly a drama with somewhat black humour and a story-element that is horror.

Horror comedy, not really my genre, but this looked funny enough to try. Not sure how this ended on my watch list though. The film is good for a few chuckles, but certainly not a must-see.

Smokey And The Bandit – Hal Needham (1977)

A classic on Netflix. This film is about as old as myself. Of course I saw it some time, probably decades ago. There is one scene that I remembered.

The main character is “Bandit” played by Burt Reynolds. “Smokey” is his buddy, or partner in crime perhaps.

Reynold’s character is a truck driver, or was he a stuntman, who takes an illegal job to pick up a load of beer in a neighboring state. Not only that, he has less time than anybody has managed to make that tour in the first place. Apparently he has done the same before, because he puts his buddy in his truck and he gets a fast car for himself to distract the police so they will not investigate the truck.

So the whole film we see wild boy Bandit being chased by the police, raising his problems by picking up a girl along the way. His hero status comes in handy will all kinds of help.

The film is still very amusing.

Hudson Hawk – Michael Lehmann (1991)

I was looking for something light to watch on Netflix and ran into this classic action comedy with Bruce Willis. Well, this is light entertainment.

Willis is Hudson Hawk, a master thief who immediately when he comes out of 10 years imprisonment is forced into new jobs. The film is a bit screwball, but the promising trailer seems to contain all the jokes.

There is a bit of a Da Vinci Code twist to the story as Leonardo da Vinci hid three parts of a diamond that combined he used for his gold making machine and of course the bad guys are after these parts and Hudson Hawk is forced to steal them in elaborate ways.

Amusing, but not great.

Young Offenders – Peter Foott (2016)

Two low-life Irish youth have an idea to became rich (well, one of them does) and leave their shitty lives. And off they go on stolen bicycles for a 100 mile trip followed by a kid they always have problems with.

Indeed, “Young Offenders” is a teen comedy of not too high standard. It does have some amusing jokes and fun situations, so it is good for a laugh here and there.

To The Wolves – Thomas Nöla (2007)

Old Europa Cafe proved to have more films of Nöla. Here we have a prequel to “The Doctor”.

This time no narrating Douglas P., but the film does have to DIJ songs.

The film is mostly about Bruno Helden, a philosophical man who meets The Doctor (because the latter pricks in his eye!). The Doctor was raised by wolves and blood thirst has stuck to him. The two set out to travel together in which way they meet strange people and strange situations.

Just as in “The Doctor” the film mostly revolves around interesting-sounding monologues and witty replies. The acting and camera work have improved somewhat since “The Doctor”, the staging and props are still… well, I suppose there was no big budget.

Just as with Nöla’s other film, it is amusing to see what ‘an underground film’ can be like, but do not expect a masterpiece.

Get your copy from Old Europa Café.

Spenser Confidential – Peter Berg (2020)

Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) has too much sense for morality, so he beats up his boss and is sent to prison for five years. As soon as he gets out, he bumps into another quest for which he has to go against the police force, his former colleagues.

“Spenser” is a standard but entertaining Hollywood action film with some humour woven in.

Holmes & Watson – Etan Cohen (2018)

Another failed attempt to find something funny.

As you can guess, this is a persiflage to Sherlock Holmes films. Holmes is a brilliant and popular but clumsy investigator and Watson tries to live up to Holmes’ expectations (or his own).

The men have to solve a plot to kill the queen so the film starts to pile up jokes that usually do not work for me. Here and there there is something good for a chuckle, but basically the overdone jokes are not of my liking.