Topic “comedy”

Rated: 4/5

500 Days of Summer

Tom has found "the one", the girl he's destined to be with for the rest of his life, he's found Summer. Unfortunately Summer doesn't believe in either destiny or long term relationships. 500 Days of Summer chronicles their time together, but as the opening narration warns, this is not a love story (actually it is, just not a typical love story). 500 Days of Summer is an emotionally resonant portrayal of a couple with mismatched expectations that manages to stay light-hearted while dealing with the worst part of love gone wrong.

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Rated: 1.5/5

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno chronicles the misadventures of Zack and Miri, they're so desperately in need of money they decide to make an adult film to pay the bills. Zack and Miri have been friends since childhood, but never intimate. Most of the movie's humour comes out of the inherent awkwardness of amateurs putting together a porno production and Zack and Miri's verbal dancing in anticipation of "doing the nasty" together. In spite of a great cast and some funny moments I was mostly bored.

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Thud!

Thud! is a Discworld story involving the venerable Sam Vimes and the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. Amidst an old racial conflict between Dwarves and Trolls threatening to boil over into the streets of Ankh-Morpork, Vimes must deal with racial tensions in the Watch, an outside audit, the death of a leading dwarf citizen at the possible hands of a troll, and trying to be a good Dad at home.

Thud! is classic Pratchett comedic fantasy. Though it seemed light his the hallmark footnotes, we get lines like only Pratchett can write:

"The smells of old cabbage, acne ointment and non-malignant skin disease became transmuted, in Corporal Nobbs, into a strange odor that lay across the nose like a saw blade on a harp."
We also get the riffs on classic horror with vampires who belong to a Vampire temperance league with their motto of "Not one drop" (That would be of human blood); and the b-movie Igor who is actually one of a guild of Igors, thus explaining how the Igor character shows up in so many places and times. Modern times aren't exempt either, with the "Gooseberry", an imp powered, technomancy state-of-the-Craft Dis-Organizer Mark Five.

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Not a stand out in the Diskworld series but it's a solid story and great read.

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