Wednesday, March 28, 2007

167. Rating Game Redux 6: Not Funny Ha-Ha

I'm not sure if they're going to be published--I just sent them off for consideration--but here's the latest Three Best list for our local newspaper.

Best Dramatic Performances by a Comedian

Jim Carrey, Man on the Moon (1999)
As Andy Kaufman, Carrey eerily channels the private life of someone who was all over the place on TV, but so heavily disguised that no one really knew him. But Carrey allows us to try.

Adam Sandler, Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Sandler's emotionally constipated Barry Egan all but implodes under the weight of his own past failures and present fears--until he finds the strength to accept freedom.

Jack Benny, To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Before Mel Brooks and "Springtime for Hitler," Benny, in Ernst Lubitsch's anti-Nazi comedy, uses his profound deadpan--at once clueless and conniving, understated and self-indulgent--to expose the duplicity necessary both to terrorize and to overcome terror.

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