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Dave Lightfoot

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  1. ***WARNING: SPOILERS*** Or how about the remaining three Ghostbusters in the new movie? I enjoyed that immensely.
  2. 1. As you carefully watch the scene, what do you learn about the character of Hulot (Jacques Tati) as he walks up to his apartment? We learn that Hulot is a polite and patient man, as he discusses the girl dropping the tomatoes. He doesn't raise a temper, and walks away with a pep in his step. He's a kind man, as he gives the young girl two apples, which her mother takes away. 2. How is the building used to support Tati's physical comedy? As I said before, he is a patient man! I would probably go nuts or invest in a ladder to walk through that building! He tries to make the bird s
  3. I absolutely enjoy a cameo when I'm watching a movie. Especially if they are in a movie just released and you're trying to tell someone what you liked about the movie. It's almost like you're giving hints on why they should go see the movie. I would most likely say my favorite cameos were "Mean" Gene Okurlund and Jesse "The Body" Ventura in the parody movie "Reposessed." Also Hulk Hogan in "Spy Hard." Mostly because I'm a wrestling fan, but it was out of left field how they appeared in the movies. They are both Leslie Neilsen movies as well. Question for discussion. Does the cameo have to
  4. 1. How would you compare Abbott and Costello's style of verbal slapstick in this clip with Groucho and Chico's style from Daily Dose #6? I think the Marx Brothers style is more setting up for a joke rather than Abbott and Costello's style, which feels like it's a conversation leading up to a joke or punchline. 2. Wes Gehring's observation about the "polish" of Abbott and Costello's comedy routines is also a criticism of today's comedians that seem to lack "taste [and] timing." Even though it is a general comment, do you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with Gehring's lament about
  5. 1. Compared to the last two Daily Doses, how does W.C. Fields verbal slapstick compare to and/or differ from Charley Chase and the Marx Brothers? WC Fields comedy seems more verbal than physical (except when he fights the girl and tries to fix the engine). Charley Chase seemed more physical than verbal. The Marx Brothers seemed to have the right amount of both. 2. Based on Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick, what are some of the characteristic verbal "gags" that you noticed in watching this clip? Feel free to share some of your favorite lines from the clip as well. I would
  6. I have to say that I love...LOVE the baseball scenes in the Naked Gun movie. It's perfect. Lt. Drebin's reactions to each pitch, even later in the scenes when we see him uncorking a bat or cleaning the home plate with a vacuum cleaner, it's great. Actually, my old college roommate and I will randomly say movie lines when we hang out (yeah, we're weird) and probably the top one is "Yeahhhhhh strikeeee!"
  7. 1. How well does Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick fit the Marx Brothers? I believe the definition fits very well. Especially in the clip as both Groucho and Chico takes turns playing each other's straight man for every joke. Their banter has a quick back and forth motion that is rarely seen in comedies these days. 2. Can you identify specific "characteristic gags" that Groucho and Chico use in their on-screen performance of this extended verbal slapstick gag? When Chico points out that he didn't like the 1st or 2nd party of the second part, and Groucho says "Well, you sho
  8. 1. How well do the slapstick elements of this clip match up with the five conditions of slapstick proposed in Module 1 (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent)? I believe this clip meets at least 4 of the 5 conditions, unless you count using an old school razor as violent? We see the repetition of the rose water perfume spray hitting Charley's face instead of his mouth (which, if it's perfume, you're not supposed to put any in your mouth, right) I believe the water hit him at least 4-5 times. It was physical as we see him trying to do all he can on the
  9. I loved the Babe Ruth clip. Almost reminded me of the beginning of "Dumb and Dumber" when Lloyd is taking the Mary Swanson to the airport. Wait, Lloyd takes Mary Swanson to the airport in a similar gag that Harold Lloyd took Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium? Coincidence?? Ok, today's questions: 1. In what ways does Lloyd use the settings, amusements, and attractions of Coney Island in pursuit of creating original slapstick gags? Be specific. He uses the crab to "goose" people while he's in line for tickets to the merry-go-round ride. Then the same crab is used to make people slide off t
  10. I agree with Lloyd's enhancement of being hit by the hammer as he goes to the mirrors. The Arbuckle and Keaton scene seems as though after Fatty gets the cigar, the scene is over. Lloyd "milked" the hit to last a while by looking in the mirror. I haven't seen Coney Island or Number, Please, but I feel like the latter might be the better of the two movies.
  11. Before I answer my view of today's topic, I wanted to mention this as well. I watched this movie on archive.org after seeing the last episode of "Breakdown of a Gag," and thought it was pretty funny how they did include the fourth wall in the bath scene. Was this the first time the fourth wall was included? Were there other early movies that broke from the movie and did a fourth wall gag? The only later movie I can think of right now is Blazing Saddles. 1. What elements (set design, costume, prop, camera placement, acting) make this gag effective as visual comedy? Immediately, the prop
  12. 1. Similar to Agee and Youngson's perspective in Daily Dose #1, Canby makes a claim at the end of his analysis that there is something missing into today's visual comedies when compared to the silent classics. Do you agree or disagree with Canby? It makes sense that compared to the silent era, today's comedies are missing the visual comedy. I believe it's likely due to being able to verbally get to the joke instead of the physicality. If the same clip was created in today's moden comedy, the chef could have confronted Charlie instead of the physical ways of trying to catch Charlie in the a
  13. I have never sat down to watch a Buster Keaton movie before, but after watching today's episode, I'm wanting to watch more. It absolutely blows my mind how much risk he puts into getting a laugh. The fact that Keaton had only about one foot of clearance before he could have had some serious injury is unbelievable. Was there a small marker placed on the ground that would give him an idea of where to stand before the facades fell?
  14. I absolutely agree with this. In my opinion, Agee's opinion about the silent era being the golden age is being a bit biased since his article was written approximately 20 years after the era "ended." There were many more wonderful comedies made after his article that I feel are just as good as the silent comedies. Take Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" for example. There's only one spoken word in that movie, ironically the word is said by Marcel Marceau. I feel documentaries are made to sell you on a view of a topic. Back in 1957, the world didn't have social media other than the editorial pages
  15. I found the use of the telestrator to discuss these clips of Chaplin very entertaining. It almost seems like a person would need one to explain the gag and the reason behind it. It also was interesting to see how his gags evolutionized (if that's remotely a word) from a simple slip of the banana peel, to more physical reactions (slipping on soap and water, using a trap exit to escape the cops). In later films, Chaplin does even more physical gags to make his career skyrocket. I'm excited to see more of this and others as we move along in this course. My DVR is going to hate me! ????
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