This particular article will mark the trilogy of my series ‘The Champions and the Underdogs’ and what else can a cinema aficionado want but to possess an impressive trilogy. Star Wars? The Godfather? The Dark, err, you get the point. And as sophisticated it might look on the big screen, those who really know their movies, know about the gruelling hard work put in by each and every member of the concerned production house. It is not to be taken lightly, at all!
Yet, here I am dwelling on the lighter side of the industry. Comedy has never found limelight in the show business yet a good laugh is all what’s needed to make someone happy, to stop a war, to fall in love … to live your life. Thus, I would love this opportunity, once again, to share with you my views on the champions and the underdogs of Hollywood and LIFE.
THE UNDERDOG : BEN STILLER
Now this is a story of a man who knew what he had to do in his life. Be it taste of wanderlust in his “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” or his meek portrayal of Gaylord Focker in the “Meet the…” series. A passionate filmmaker and actor since an early age, Ben entered the career of professional filmmaking with the movie Reality Bites. A modest hit in the 90’s, he moved onto act and direct many movies, which include There’s Something About Mary, The Cable Guy, Meet The Parents and Zoolander (which he wrote as well as directed). There has been no turning back since and now he has few of the finest comedic works under his belt.
WATCH: Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander and many more.
THE CHAMPION : WOODY ALLEN
Before Allen became the directorial voice of New York, he was an actor. In fact, he even played James Bond in the 1967 spoof Casino Royale. Since 1982, Allen has directed at least one film per year. While it was thought that the Allen of the past with films like Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters was long gone, he has proved with recent films like Vicky Christina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, his most successful film, that he’s still a director to be reckoned with.
A champion in the truest sense, it is what but futile to give a history of his delicacies in an article. So waste no time and heed to my recommendations given below!
WATCH: Just anything will have you smitten to his work. If you can’t decide at all, then you can never go wrong with Midnight in Paris, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Blue Jasmine- or more classic an approach will be Annie Hall, Bullets over Broadway, Manhattan and many more.
THE GOD : CHARLES CHAPLIN
None has been as instrumental to the world of cinematic comedy as Charles Chaplin. Not only is “The Tramp” one of the most iconic characters ever, Chaplin also directed, produced, wrote, composed and acted in most of his films. He was a precisionist when it came to directing, putting the film ahead of him, and it shows. For The Circus, Chaplin even took dozens of takes with a live lion, putting his life at risk with each one.
With some of the substantial comedy films of all time, such as City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator and countless shorts, Chaplin is easily one of the greatest director and an actor of all times.
He requires no introduction, yet I feel a void in myself if I don’t recommend you Chaplin and Charlie: The Art and Life of Charles Chaplin - a must-watch movie and a documentary to fathom the gravity of his creations and the humility of his character.
WATCH: The Kid, The Great Dictator, City Lights, Limelight, The Tramp etc.