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Rusty James
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it's funny cause it's real.

lee
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Nice, whatever it takes to get them through the door.

Kurt
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I hope everyone in these parts has seen IN THE LOOP at this point, the film is bloody brilliant.

Rusty James
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Sorry to disappoint Kurt but I really am kind of dismissive of brit cinema in general. They have some of the blandest films around and I really don't think they're humor is funny.

I like the Office, I like Holy Grail but not the other MP's, I think Edgar Wright is okay. I dont even like Catch 22. It's a whole island of unfunny people.

There were just too many films that took precedence over In The Loop… like GI JOE.

Rusty James
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actually I haven't seen GI Joe.

Henrik
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What does it mean that the british GI JOE is in the loop? I don't get the joke, but I think it's because it's not funny.

rot
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I did catch In The Loop, and gotta say Kurt your hyperbole about it being on par with Dr. Strangelove, uh… no.

It was very funny but I didn't like how it paced its jokes, or the kind of jokes, there was A LOT of repetition in the film of just coming up with different things to call somebody (and fans of Lost have already been enjoying this novelty for awhile now in the character of Sawyer). I was just expecting a bit more, but on the whole, expectations aside, I did enjoy it.

Andrew James
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I believe those were my sentiments as well on the cinecast. Liked it. Would watch again one day, but not funny enough to watch a million times. Not even close to being in the same league as Lebowski or Strangelove. But I did find a lot of the humor funny.

60% of jokes = "harrumph"
30% of jokes = "chuckle"
10% of jokes = "lol"

But again, another one of those movies with just a bunch of assholes.

Henrik
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"Not even close to being in the same league as Lebowski or Strangelove."

Huh?

rot
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On the Cinecast I specifically remember you bringing up Dr Strangelove, and Andrew, doing the right and just thing, tried to say you were crazy, and you had your chance to take it back, but nope, you layered the hyperbole even deeper saying Absolutely it was like Strangelove. Now, maybe you were just saying on the levels of laughs, but it didn't seem like that was what you were saying.

rot
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I knew visually it would be nothing like Strangelove but from what you were implying I held open the possibility the script was as tight as Strangelove, and its not even close. This is much more BBC The Office, which I love.

Kurt
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@Rusty,

My own personal tastes say that pound for dollar, the Brits are waaaaaaaay better at comedy than the Americans.

And most of the successful (not necessarily 'good') American comedians are actually Canadian imports.

Rusty James
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@ And most of the successful (not necessarily ‘good’) American comedians are actually Canadian imports.

If I wanted to have a discussion about film predicated on what's successful I'd go over to TMB (I love how this has become our go to insult. Like comparing someone to Hitler)

which of these are canadian imports?

Seth McFarlane – Family Guy

Parker / Stone – South Park

Coens – Lebowski

Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Matt Groening – Simpsons, Futurama

McBride, Jody Hill – Observe & Report, East Bound & Down

Will Ferrel / Adam McKay – Anchorman / Taledega / Step Brothers

Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Doc Hammer – Venture Brothers

I'm afraid I haven't seen trailer park boys so I don't know about that one.

Rusty James
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Leslie Nielson?! How'd I ever forget him? Eugene Levy and

Catherine O’Hara might be canadian but Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer are USA.

I have to say, my list buries yours with a shovel. I do like Seth Rogens work in both Pineapple Express and Superbad.

Kurt
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Your list is definitely 'newer' time will tell if all of these will be 'better.'

Still for a population of more than 10x Canada's that is a lot of 'foreign' comedy talent in the American workforce. That was my point, belaboured as it may be.

Rusty James
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I don't see how my list is any newer than yours. Both are historically shallow.

charlie
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>>Sorry to disappoint Kurt but I really am kind of dismissive of brit cinema in general. They >>have some of the blandest films around and I really don’t think they’re humor is funny.

I'm not with you on this.

From some of the older things: Monty Python (holy grail, life of brian etc), Carry On etc, through much more modern, 4 Weddings and a funeral, Shaun of the Dead, Run fat boy Run

British cinema is full of quality comedy

Goon
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Dear lord is In the Loop incredible. There's nothing bad I could say about it at all, completely lived up to the hype within and outside R3. Will definitely be in my top 10, if not the top 3.

kurt
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The Best part Goon is that it is compulsively re-watchable. Now go check out the 1 and a half seasons of "The Thick of It"

Goon
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going to have to be busy with some torrents to catch on those, unless theres some website i can plow through them on like I did with the IT Crowd and Mighty Boosh.

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