Chapter 6 – Writing Assignment – The Comedy (April 1)

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Due April 1 (11:59 pm) – Blog Journal Assignment (two choices).

*When you complete your assignment, post your link at the bottom of the Chapter 6 assignment page or email/message me your link by the deadline.

Comic Talent Option – Writing prompt 1: “The best comic talent I’ve ever seen on film.”

Using your understanding of the lesson on comedy (including the understanding of the “Humor Styles Survey,” “Comedy Subgenres,” and the other elements offered in the chapter) offer a “best comic talent” post on your film journal with defense (and examples) of “why.” You must support your reasons with critical understanding and observations (or with research). Is the acting more of a slapstick comedy act, linguistic based (dialogue-driven), dark comedy, etc. Remember, it should be more than “I just like …” Defend your selection. Questions for consideration: Why is this talent funny? What are some of the films they’ve starred in? What types of reactions does this talent get from box office, critics and audiences? When/how did they get started in comedy? Who were their comedy influences? Do they always perform comedy, or do they stretch their acting chops? Remember to ID your sources using APA format.

 

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Comedy Film Option – Writing prompt 1: “This is one of the best comedy films I’ve ever seen.”

Using your understanding of the lesson on comedy (including the understanding of the “Humor Styles Survey,” “Comedy Subgenres,” and the other elements offered in the chapter) offer a “best film comedy” post on your journal with defense (and examples) of “why.” You must support your reasons with critical understanding and observations (and/or with research).  Remember, it should be more than “I just like …” Defend your selection.Based on your understanding of subgenres, you should also identify what type of comedy this is (parody, dark comedy, situational comedy, slapstick, parody, etc.) with defense and examples. Questions for consideration: Why is this film considered funny? Who is the director, writer or cast? Are there elements of cinematography, music, sound design or editing that influence and support the comedy? What types of reactions did this film get from box office, critics and audiences? When was the film released? Was this a standalone film, or was it a part of a franchise (if so, was the franchise successful)? Remember to ID your sources using APA format.

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Zach – Based on our comedy lesson -would you describe this film more in the “slapstick” or “Dark Comedy” route. I encourage you to examine the lesson for a clear understanding. How was editing, camera work and score/sound design used in this film to enhance the comedy? NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Lucy – I’ve always been a fan of Rowan Atkinson. His style (especially with Mr. Bean) is a direct tribute to the silent, slapstick comedy of early silent cinema. NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Caitlyn Hamrick – It really wasn’t until his regular SNL (Saturday Night Live) appearances that he began to capture the attention of Hollywood studio execs and ultimately paved the way for feature films and Sandler’s very own production company. – NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Dylan, What other types of comedy did you find in this film? Parody? Slapstick? Dark comedy? – NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Dylan S – Deadpool 2 definitely explores dark comedy – did you find others like parody or slapstick elements within this as well? You may want to reexamine the differences between sound design and score. – NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Peter, Some of his film and TV roles would border parody or satire. You may also find some slapstick (think about the Office and the Parkour scene) and even dark humor in some of his work. Check your post for spelling and the first film you mentioned was Curly Sue. Thanks – NTMII – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NMv_LIvAts

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Looking at the comedy categories here: https://thefilmcritic.blog/2019/03/24/ch-6-comedy-cinema/ which ones do you feel he finds his best work? NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Mr. Powell – Great work on diving into his history as well here. NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Great understanding and examples of parody and slapstick – NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Josh -Good understandings of the styles of humor (that you mentioned) used in this film. I’d also say (based on your examples) that there were elements of “dark Humor” as well. You mentioned that the “Dinner scene” offered tons of laughs … what were some examples from that scene that you found humorous? – NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Jada -Great understanding of the use of comedy styles and the impact your positive “baggage”and history brings to your enjoyment of the film. I love how you examined the make-up and the cinematography (and the weaknesses there). I appreciate the link to the soundtrack as well. Nicely done here. NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Nathanael -Great understanding of the slapstick/fish out of water aspects of this film. Sandler is known for doing Fish out of Water comedy films. You’d mentioned examples of the editing and cinematography (but didn’t describe them) – can you offer more details there? NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Marleny Martinez – Great understandings of the types of humor (Fish out of water and dry wit) of Hart. I think you’ll also find slapstick as well (from your example from Night School). Wonderful research and links to “examples of influence.” NTMII

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Katie – She definitely has the dry-wit and sarcasm (which leans towards a British-style of humor). I also loved her supporting role in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. While I didn’t see “Isn’t it Romantic” (I loved the film’s concept). NTMII

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