Films seen: in 2007

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  • 185. [30 Dec] The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (2005, Andrew Adamson) (C+)
  • 184. [28 Dec] Election (2005, Johnnie To) (B-)
  • 183. [26 Dec] The Intruder (1962, Roger Corman) (B)
  • 182. [25 Dec] Thunder Road (1958, Arthur Ripley) (C+)
  • 181. [25 Dec] The Nomi Song (2004, Andrew Horn) (B)
  • 180. [25 Dec] Black Book (2007, Paul Verhoeven) (B)
  • 179. [25 Dec] The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci) (B+)
  • 178. [25 Dec] To Have and Have Not (1944, Howard Hawks) (B+)
  • 177. [23 Dec] I Am Legend (2007, Francis Lawrence) [*] (B-)
  • 176. [22 Dec] The Golden Compass (2007, Chris Weitz) [*] (C+)
  • 175. [19 Dec] Ratatouille (2007, Brad Bird) (B)
  • 174. [18 Dec] The Ice Harvest (2005, Harold Ramis) (B)
  • 173. [13 Dec] Mirage (1965, Edward Dmytryk) [SAMNOIR] (B+)
  • 172. [12 Dec] Decoy (1946, Jack Bernhard) (B-)
  • 171. [11 Dec] Parting Glances (1986, Bill Sherwood) (B)
  • 170. [06 Dec] /Fast Times At Ridgemont High/ (1982, Amy Heckerling) (C+)
  • 169. [02 Dec] Time (2007, Kim Ki-duk) (B)
  • 168. [29 Nov] The Garment Jungle (1957, Vincent Sherman) [SAMNOIR] (B-)
  • 167. [24 Nov] Kiss Me Deadly (1955, Robert Aldrich) (B)
  • 166. [23 Nov] The Mist (2007, Frank Darabont) [*] (C+)
  • 165. [22 Nov] Margot At The Wedding (2007, Noah Baumbach) [*] (B-)
  • 164. [20 Nov] The Gravedancers (2006, Mike Mendez) (C)
  • 163. [19 Nov] I Shot Jesse James (1949, Samuel Fuller) (B)
  • 162. [18 Nov] They Live By Night (1948, Nicholas Ray) (B)
  • 161. [18 Nov] No Country For Old Men (2007, Ethan & Joel Coen) [*] (B+)
  • 160. [15 Nov] The Glass Wall (1953, Maxwell Shane) [SAMNOIR] (B-)
  • 159. [13 Nov] Murder By Contract (1958, Irving Lerner) (B)
  • 158. [12 Nov] The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006, Ricki Stern/Anne Sundberg) (B+)
  • 157. [11 Nov] Flightplan (2005, Robert Schwentke) (C-)
  • 156. [10 Nov] New York Doll (2005, Greg Whiteley) (B-)
  • 155. [09 Nov] Murder Party (2007, Jeremy Saulnier) (B-)
  • 154. [08 Nov] Jeopardy (1953, John Sturges) [SAMNOIR] (C+)
  • 153. [07 Nov] You're Gonna Miss Me (2005, Keven McAlester) (B-)
  • 152. [01 Nov] /Sudden Fear/ (1952, David Miller) [SAMNOIR] (B+)
  • 151. [31 Oct] Hangover Square (1945, John Brahm) (B)
  • 150. [30 Oct] 3:10 to Yuma (1957, Delmer Daves) (B+)
  • 149. [30 Oct] Broadcast News (1987, James L. Brooks) (B)
  • 148. [28 Oct] Control (2007, Anton Corbijn) [*] (B+)
  • 147. [27 Oct] The New Kids (1985, Sean S. Cunningham) (C)
  • 146. [27 Oct] Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982, Ridley Scott) [*] (B+)
  • 145. [26 Oct] Stolen Desire (1958, Shohei Imamura) [*] (B-)
  • 144. [25 Oct] Try And Get Me (1950, Cy Endfield) [SAMNOIR] (B+)
  • 143. [21 Oct] 28 Weeks Later (2007, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) (B-)
  • 142. [18 Oct] The Sleeping City (1950, George Sherman) [SAMNOIR] (C+)
  • 141. [16 Oct] The Woman in The Window (1944, Fritz Lang) (B)
  • 140. [11 Oct] Ride The Pink Horse (1947, Robert Montgomery) [SAMNOIR] (B-)
  • 139. [10 Oct] The Steel Helmet (1951, Samuel Fuller) (B+)
  • 138. [09 Oct] Bug (2007, William Friedkin) (B-)
  • 137. [07 Oct] Michael Clayton (2007, Tony Gilroy) [*] (B)
  • 136. [04 Oct] /Laura/ (1944, Otto Preminger) [SAMNOIR] (A-)
  • 135. [29 Sep] Into The Wild (2007, Sean Penn) [*] (B+)
  • 134. [22 Sep] The Cat O' Nine Tails (1971, Dario Argento) (C+)
  • 133. [20 Sep] 10 MPH (2007, Hunter Weeks) (B-)
  • 132. [18 Sep] Jigoku (1960, Nobuo Nakagawa) (B-)
  • 131. [17 Sep] Ace in The Hole (1951, Billy Wilder) (B+)
  • 130. [17 Sep] Coogan's Bluff (1968, Don Siegel) (C+)
  • 129. [16 Sep] The Lives of Others (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) (A-)
  • 128. [15 Sep] Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg) [*] (B)
  • 127. [12 Sep] Black Snake Moan (2007, Craig Brewer) (C+)
  • 126. [09 Sep] Le Doulos (1962, Jean-Pierre Melville) [*] (B-)
  • 125. [01 Sep] Superbad (2007, Greg Mottola) [*] (B-)
  • 124. [26 Aug] /Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer/ (2006, Tom Tykwer) (B+)
  • 123. [26 Aug] /The Yakuza/ (1974, Sydney Pollack) (B)
  • 122. [25 Aug] The Station Agent (2003, Thomas McCarthy) (B-)
  • 121. [21 Aug] A Dirty Carnival (2006, Yoo Ha) (B+)
  • 120. [20 Aug] Port of Call (1948, Ingmar Bergman) (B-)
  • 119. [19 Aug] Blume in Love (1973, Paul Mazursky) (C)
  • 118. [12 Aug] Ils [Them] (2006, David Moreau/Xavier Palud) (B-)
  • 117. [11 Aug] Crisis (1946, Ingmar Bergman) (B-)
  • 116. [11 Aug] Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956, Fritz Lang) (C+)
  • 115. [05 Aug] Go Further (2003, Ron Mann) (C+)
  • 114. [29 Jul] The Simpsons Movie (2007, David Silverman) [*] (B-)
  • 113. [20 Jul] Day of Anger (1967, Tonino Valerii) (B-)
  • 112. [18 Jul] If.... (1968, Lindsay Anderson) (B)
  • 111. [16 Jul] 13 Tzameti (2006, Géla Babluani) (B)
  • 110. [14 Jul] Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005, Robert Brinkmann)
  • 109. [14 Jul] Brighton Rock (1947, John Boulting) (B)
  • 108. [12 Jul] Wicked Woman (1953, Russell Rouse) [SEANOIR] (C+)
  • 107. [12 Jul] /Scarlet Street/ (1945, Fritz Lang) [SEANOIR] (B+)
  • 106. [11 Jul] Black Belly of The Tarantula (1971, Paolo Cavara) (C)
  • 105. [10 Jul] Pushover (1954, Richard Quine) [SEANOIR] (B)
  • 104. [10 Jul] I Love Trouble (1948, S. Sylvan Simon) [SEANOIR] (C+)
  • 103. [08 Jul] Leave Her To Heaven (1945, John M. Stahl) [SEANOIR] (B)
  • 102. [08 Jul] Desert Fury (1947, Lewis Allen) [SEANOIR] (C)
  • 101. [07 Jul] Pitfall (1948, Andre De Toth) [SEANOIR] (B)
  • 100. [07 Jul] Woman On The Run (1950, Norman Foster) [SEANOIR] (B)
  • 099. [06 Jul] Interview (2003, Theo Van Gogh) (B)
  • 098. [05 Jul] Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006, Scott Glosserman) (B)
  • 097. [04 Jul] The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970, Dario Argento) (B)
  • 096. [04 Jul] Sicko (2007, Michael Moore) [*] (B-)
  • 095. [03 Jul] True Confessions (1981, Ulu Grosbard) (C+)
  • 094. [23 Jun] 1408 (2007, Mikael Hafstrom) [*] (C)
  • 093. [17 Jun] Noise (2007, Matthew Saville) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 092. [17 Jun] How To Cook Your Life (2006, Doris Dorrie) [SIFF] (C+)
  • 091. [16 Jun] Interview (2006, Steve Buscemi) [SIFF] (C+)
  • 090. [16 Jun] Sons (2006, Erik Richter Strand) [SIFF] (B)
  • 089. [14 Jun] Cthulhu (2007, Daniel Gildark) [SIFF] (C)
  • 088. [13 Jun] A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929, Anthony Asquith) [SIFF] (B)
  • 087. [12 Jun] Delirious (2006, Tom DiCillo) [SIFF] (C+)
  • 086. [09 Jun] The Boss Of It All (2006, Lars Von Trier) [SIFF] (C+)
  • 085. [09 Jun] Sway (2006, Miwa Nishikawa) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 084. [08 Jun] The Pervert's Guide To Cinema (2006, Sophie Fiennes) [SIFF] (B)
  • 083. [08 Jun] Prague (2006, Ole Christian Madsen) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 082. [07 Jun] Sakuran (2007, Mika Ninagawa) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 081. [06 Jun] The Violin (2006, Francisco Vargas Quevedo) [SIFF] (B+)
  • 080. [05 Jun] Woman On The Beach (2006, Hong Sang-soo) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 079. [03 Jun] Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007, Julien Temple) [SIFF] (B)
  • 078. [03 Jun] The Fever of '57 (2007, David Hoffman) [SIFF] (B+)
  • 077. [02 Jun] Kurt Cobain About A Son (2006, AJ Schnack) [SIFF] (C)
  • 076. [02 Jun] I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (2006, Tsai Ming-liang) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 075. [01 Jun] Tell No One (Guillaume Canet) [SIFF] (B)
  • 074. [01 Jun] Still Alive: A Film About Krzysztof Kieslowski (2006, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz) [SIFF] (C)
  • 073. [31 May] Exiled (2006, Johnnie To) [SIFF] (B+)
  • 072. [30 May] The Devil Came on Horseback (2007, Annie Sundberg/Ricki Stern) [SIFF] (B)
  • 071. [29 May] Ghosts of Cite Soleil (2006, Asger Leth) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 070. [28 May] Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2006, Sara Lamm) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 069. [28 May] Paprika (2006, Satoshi Kon) [SIFF] (C+)
  • 068. [27 May] King of Kong (2007, Seth Gordon) [SIFF] (B+)
  • 067. [27 May] In the Shadow of the Moon (2006, David Sington) [SIFF] (B+)
  • 066. [26 May] Rescue Dawn (2006, Werner Herzog) [SIFF] (C+)
  • 065. [26 May] Red Road (2006, Andrea Arnold) [SIFF] (B)
  • 064. [26 May] Murch (2006, David & Edie Ichioka) [SIFF] (B-)
  • 063. [25 May] Dead Man's Shoes (2004, Shane Meadows) (B-)
  • 062. [25 May] This Is England (2006, Shane Meadows) [SIFF] (B+)
  • 061. [19 May] The Chocolate War (1988, Keith Gordon) (B-)
  • 060. [10 May] The Rape of Europa (2006, Richard Berge/Bonni Cohen/Nicole Newnham) [SFIFF] (B)
  • 059. [10 May] Ad Lib Night (2006, Lee Yoon-Ki) [SFIFF] (B+)
  • 058. [09 May] Flanders (2006, Bruno Dumont) [SFIFF] (C+)
  • 057. [09 May] The Old Garden (2006, Im Sang-Soo) [SFIFF] (C+)
  • 056. [28 Apr] Hot Fuzz (2007, Edgar Wright) [*] (B)
  • 055. [25 Apr] Shelf Life (2005, Tamar Halpern) (C)
  • 054. [22 Apr] The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007, Ken Loach) [*] (B+)
  • 053. [18 Apr] A Bucket of Blood (1959, Roger Corman) (C+)
  • 052. [17 Apr] The Lookout (2007, Scott Frank) [*] (C+)
  • 051. [08 Apr] Grindhouse (2007, Robert Rodriguez/Rob Zombie/Edgar Wright/Eli Roth/Quentin Tarantino) [*](B)
  • 050. [07 Apr] Torment (1944, Alf Sjoberg) (B)
  • 049. [07 Apr] Breaking News (2004, Johnnie To) (B-)
  • 048. [25 Mar] A Raisin in the Sun (1961, Daniel Petrie) (B)
  • 047. [24 Mar] Shortbus (2006, John Cameron Mitchell) (C)
  • 046. [16 Mar] Marie Antoinette (2006, Sofia Coppola) (C+)
  • 045. [13 Mar] Borat (2006, Larry Charles) (B)
  • 044. [11 Mar] Zodiac (2007, David Fincher) [*] (B)
  • 043. [10 Mar] Wassup Rockers (2006, Larry Clark) (C+)
  • 042. [06 Mar] Babel (2006, Alejandro González Iñárritu) (C)
  • 041. [28 Feb] F**k (2006, Steve Anderson) (B-)
  • 040. [27 Feb] American Hardcore (2006, Paul Rachman) (B-)
  • 039. [25 Feb] Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack) (B)
  • 038. [23 Feb] The Prestige (2006, Christopher Nolan) (B+)
  • 037. [20 Feb] The Face of Another (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara) (B)
  • 036. [19 Feb] The Grace Lee Project (2005, Grace Lee) (B)
  • 035. [16 Feb] The Damned Don't Cry (1950, Vincent Sherman) (B-)
  • 034. [13 Feb] 14 Hours (1951, Henry Hathaway) (B-)
  • 033. [08 Feb] Sherrybaby (2006, Laurie Collyer) (C+)
  • 032. [07 Feb] Detour (1945, Edward G. Ulmer) (B)
  • 031. [06 Feb] Bastards of the Party (2006, Cle Sloan) (B)
  • 030. [05 Feb] In a Lonely Place (1950, Nicholas Ray) (B+)
  • 029. [04 Feb] Jarhead (2005, Sam Mendes) (C+)
  • 028. [02 Feb] Find Me Guilty (2006, Sidney Lumet) (B)
  • 027. [01 Feb] Idiocracy (2006, Mike Judge) (B-)
  • 026. [30 Jan] Affair in Trinidad (1952, Vincent Sherman) [SFNOIR] (C+)
  • 025. [30 Jan] Framed (1947, Richard Wallace) [SFNOIR] (B-)
  • 024. [29 Jan] /Roadblock/ (1951, Harold Daniels) [SFNOIR] (B-)
  • 023. [29 Jan] The Threat (1949, Felix Feist) [SFNOIR] (C+)
  • 022. [28 Jan] Hell's Half Acre (1954, John Auer) [SFNOIR] (C)
  • 021. [28 Jan] 99 River Street (1953, Phil Karlson) [SFNOIR] (B)
  • 020. [27 Jan] Abandoned (1949, Joseph M. Newman) [SFNOIR] (B-)
  • 019. [27 Jan] Cry Danger (1951, Robert Parrish) [SFNOIR] (B+)
  • 018. [22 Jan] Pusher 3 (2005, Nicolas Winding Refn) (B)
  • 017. [21 Jan] The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover (2005, Paul Yule) [*] (B-)
  • 016. [20 Jan] A Prairie Home Companion (2006, Robert Altman) (B)
  • 015. [17 Jan] Old Joy (2006, Kelly Reichardt) [*] (B-)
  • 014. [16 Jan] Miami Vice (2006, Michael Mann) (C+)
  • 013. [15 Jan] 51 Birch Street (2006, Doug Block) [*] (A-)
  • 012. [13 Jan] The Illusionist (2006, Neil Burger) (C+)
  • 011. [13 Jan] /Pan's Labyrinth/ (2006, Guillermo Del Toro) (A-)
  • 010. [11 Jan] Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club (2006, Kurt Voss) [*] (C+)
  • 009. [09 Jan] Battle in Heaven (2006, Carlos Reygadas) (C)
  • 008. [08 Jan] The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006, Cristi Puiu) (B+)
  • 007. [07 Jan] The Treasures of Long Gone John (2006, Gregg Gibbs) [*] (B-)
  • 006. [06 Jan] Little Children (2006, Todd Field) [*] (C+)
  • 005. [04 Jan] Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story (2006, Jeffrey Iwanicki/David A. Kleiler, Jr.)
  • 004. [04 Jan] Smokin' Aces (2007, Joe Carnahan) [*] (C)
  • 003. [03 Jan] The Descent (2006, Neil Marshall) (B)
  • 002. [02 Jan] West of Zanzibar (1928, Tod Browning) (B)
  • 001. [01 Jan] Duck Season (2006, Fernando Eimbcke) (B+)
Author Comments: 

A = masterpiece.
A- = a great film.
B+ = a solid film with elements of greatness
B = a solid film
B- = worth seeing, but with some reservations
C+ = has some good elements and may hold your interest but just doesn't satisfy in the end.
C = straight mediocrity or a completely mixed bag of good & bad
C- = thorough mediocrity that annoys to the point of considering bailing on it.
D+/D/D-/F = haven't ranked anything this low yet, so I'll have to cross that bridge when I come to it

[*] = seen in theatre
/ / = previously seen
SEANOIR = Noir City: Seattle
SFNOIR = Noir City: SF Film Noir Festival
SFIFF = San Francisco Int'l Film Fest
SIFF = Seattle Int'l Film Fest
SAMNOIR = Seattle Art Museum Noir Series

Cloned From: 

Please write a blurb on Smokin' Ace for FLASP. Thankyouverymuch. :-)

Yessir, I'm on it. Almost wrote one when I got home last night but then I got the Mission of Burma documentary from Netflix and had to crack open a beer and watch that.

(not sure if this is a C+ or B-, I'm still conflicted)

I vote for the former and not the latter grade. I wasn't really impressed by this one; I found the situations and the characters' reactions to them very contrived.

And the voice over narration didn't work for me. I know what Field was going for with it, but I didn't like it.

"Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club": I want to see this! What's the grade?

Well, it could've been much better, but I'm still glad I saw it. There's no Gun Club music in the film because Voss couldn't get Pierce's family/estate to agree to it. I read an interview where he said he would've had to cut checks for a lot of people and he just didn't have the money. None of Pierce's family participated in it so you only really get to know what Pierce was like from bandmates and friends and he kept them at arm's length for the most part. Pretty much the entire movie was talking head interviews and some still photos of Pierce. It did make me want to hear more Gun Club. I went home and downloaded Mother Juno off my free trial at emusic so I can listen to it today.

I'm trying to come up with a new way of grading docs. I'm having trouble using the same system for docs and fictional films. If I had to give this a grade, I guess it would be a C+ cause it wasn't a great film and could've been much more than it was.

Too bad.

This sounds like a great missed opportunity. Glad it got you to download "Mother Juno," though. It's a terrific album, albeit much different than their classic "Fire of Love." I believe "Juno" was produced by the Cocteau Twins and it shows.

Where are the reviews in my opinion?

I shall keep buggin' you until you start writing them again. ;-)

Please keep bugging me. I will, at least, have a pretty good interview posted in the next week or so. I'll also try to incorporate the quick and sloppy blurb method that I use for beer to the films I see. I must be insane to think I could maintain a music blog also.

Nothing wrong with quick and sloppy. That may be the route I have to take as well. I'll probably use your beer reviews and old Movieretard blurbs as inspiration.

P.S.: Woulda believe it's snowing in Austin? No work yesterday or today for most people.

Dude, the weather is insane here too. Woke up to 2-3 inches of snow on the ground this morning. Buses weren't running, but my work wasn't closing. I had to walk to work. Could've used snowshoes.

I'm sitting in my living room looking at the snow falling outside. I had no idea this sort of thing happened in central Texas.

Poor "Miami Vice." No one understands it but me and a very small group of critics. Oh well.

It wasn't a bad movie. It was just so familiar, the undercover thing and the Colin Farrell/Gong Li romance. Some of the action scenes were pretty great and to their credit, Farrell and Gong almost make their relationship sort of poignant. But in the end, it just seemed all style and entertainment and not a hell of a lot of substance. What made you like it so much?

I need to rewatch it before I comment, but I do agree with Bryant Frazer's review.

I'll tell you what: "Old Joy" bored the hell out of me. I must have missed something.

Maybe not. I could see being bored by it. It might've come across better in a theater. The traveling scenes and outdoor scenes mixed with Yo La Tengo's score were the best parts of the film for me and I think that had more impact on a big screen. Will Oldham's character was kind of annoying. Very realistic, though. I know that type of hippie slacker full of it kind of dude.

Do you remember what you liked/disliked about "Smokin' Aces"?

Hint: if you'd written a blurb on it for FLASP, I wouldn't have to ask this question. ;-)

Didn't see this comment till now. Smokin' Aces is okay entertainment if you completely turn your brain off and forget about all the movies you've seen in the last 10-15 years. Failing that, you may be in trouble. Everything here is just so familiar. Call it post-Tarantino or even worse, post-Ritchie. There are a couple clever scenes and there's a moment toward the end when the chaos and violence almost becomes inspired. Almost... But in the end, everything falls apart and the only thing I felt good about was that I saw it for free.

So dude, what's up with Ride the Pink Horse? Martin said it was excellent -- better than Laura, actually.

Martin says "hi", incidentally. You should give him a wave at Try and Get Me :-)

I thought I saw Martin in the lobby. I think I said to Cesca..."there's Kent's screenwriting friend dude, Martin." I didn't think he saw me amidst all the middle aged noir nerds.

If he thinks Pink Horse is better than Laura, he's on the crack. But I did like Pink Horse more than I thought I would. I'd seen the first 20 minutes on TCM before and bailed cause it wasn't doing anything for me.

Definitely agree with Chris about Pink Horse and Laura. Horse is interesting enough, but nothing overly special.

Regarding Control, though: I am very interested in seeing this, hopefully before it ends up here in Austin. What did you like about it?

I just thought Control was beautifully put together and pretty moving. Loved the b&w cinematography and Sam Riley was very good as Ian Curtis. You could argue that it played up the relationship issues over the story of the band and Curtis's role in it and suffered for that, but I thought it was balanced enough. I may have rated it a bit higher than it deserves because I've always been fascinated by Curtis and the lyrics he wrote. It could've been less effective and I probably still would've liked it.

If you have an interest in the subject, I bet you'll love it. At the same time, I think those that don't would still admit it's a good film.

I was introduced to Joy Division kinda late (my early twenties), but I've always loved them and been interested in the band's all-too-brief history. And Anton Corbijn has a hell of an eye. I'll have to find out when it's coming to the Alamo Drafthouse.

B- for Murder Party, eh? I've had it on my hard drive for a couple of weeks now, but haven't bothered watching it. Any brief thoughts on it?

The energy that the film brings with the violence and gore in the second half are great, the talkiness of the first half not so much. It's not a good movie on the whole, but I recommend it for the good parts and because these guys are worth keeping an eye on in the future. It's probably a C+, but I bumped it up because I still feel like it's marginally recommendable for those that are inclined to like it (basically for horror movie geeks).

I'll have to take a look at it this week, then. Thanks! :-)

Whew... I thought the only one who found Fast Times to be overpraised. The direction feels more than a little tone-deaf, which results in an uneasy mix between the comedic and dramatic aspects of the screenplay. As a result, the Jennifer Jason Leigh storyline sort of clangs around in the middle of the teenage comedy, rather than seeming like a logical extension of the hornball shenanigans that are happening around her.