Loco Film festival comes to BFI Southbank on the 24th of January for four days of some of the funniest films around the world this year in 2013. Opening up with a special preview of Monty Python Graham Chapham's "A Liar's Autobiography" and closing with the UK premiere of Farrelly brothers Movie 43, Loco London is the perfect event to get one up in watercooler conversations about some of the best comedy films in 2013. "Oh you can't wait to see that film? I saw it months ago at a film festival."
Speaking of the best comedy films of 2013 (that’s my rubbish attempt at a topical segue), here’s my rundown of what I think will be the top comedies of year. (You know how it is, December is full of "Best of 2012" articles, January is full of "What to look out for in 2013" lists. I saw the bandwagon, I’m jumping.) For this list I've tried my best to steer clear of anything that sells itself with straplines such as "The next Bridesmaids/Hangover" or "It's like Superbad meets..." or "Made from one part of the team that made..." as I find them the surest signs of a duff comedy out there other than “The hilarious new film starring Adam Sandler!”
Anyway, onto the list!
A Liar's Autobiography
Out 8th February
Directed by: Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson
Starring: Graham Chapman, Phil Bulcock and John Cleese
Based on Graham Chapman’s wonderful book, A Liar’s Autobiography bills itself as an animated, factually incorrect biography of the Monty Python star. There’s very little I can say about the film that hasn’t already been said here by Sabotage regular Dale Shaw so I’ll leave it by saying you can catch a screening of A Liar’s Autobiography along with a discussion of “What Have The Pythons Ever Given Us?” on the first day of Loco London on the 24th of January at BFI Southbank.
Out 25th January
Directed by Elizabeth Banks and Brett Ratner amongst others
Starring: Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts and many more
The closing night of Loco London will be the UK premiere of Movie 43. Created by the “There’s Something About Mary” Farrelly Brothers and featuring a whole stack of Hollywood A-list stars such as Richard Gere, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone and others, Movie 43 is a comedy sketch film about three teenagers scouring the internet for the world’s most banned film and finding all manner of warped and hilarious short films. With Gerard Butler as a foul mouthed leprechaun and Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant in an ever escalating game of truth or dare, Movie 43 is worth a viewing, if only to see so many Academy Award nominated actors swear so profusely.
The World’s End
Out 14th August
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine
The final part of Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” (to go with Shaun Of The Dead & Hot Fuzz), The World’s End sees Simon Pegg and Nick Frost rekindle their bromance as five childhood friends reunited to repeat a legendary pub crawl that will culminate in the end of the world. Not to be confused with American comedy “This Is The End” (although check out the trailer I've linked in for that, that looks great too), The World’s End looks to be a hilarious conclusion to the Wright-Pegg-Frost combination.
Out 12th July
Directed by: Dan Scalon
Starring: Billy Crystal, Jon Goodman
Yes it’s a prequel, but it’s from Pixar! Set 10 years before the events of Monsters Inc, Monsters University follows the story of Mike and Sully in their days at the Monstropolis University Of Fear. Pixar doing University pranks by way of monster movie starring Billy Crystal? Sod the kids, this one is sure to be full of in-jokes for the adults to enjoy.
Alan Partridge: The Movie
Out: 16th August
Directed by: Declan Lowney
Starring: Steve Coogan
Norwich’s number one DJ takes to the silver screen in a script penned by Coogan and In The Think Of It scribe Armando Iannucci. Plot details are thin on the ground at the moment but with Iannucci and Coogan famously resistant to transporting the character out of his natural habitat (radio studios, service stations etc.), I'd be surprised if he ended up like other duff films made from television shows that take it’s characters on holiday (see: Sex & The City 2, Bean)
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Out: US release date is penned for 20th December
Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate
This is it. Possibly the biggest comic release of the year, if not the decade so far; Anchorman 2 HAS to funny. It says a lot that the IMDB page of Anchorman 2 currently gives Carell higher billing than Ferrell; in the years following the original Anchorman release Will Ferrell pumped out unfunny pap in Blades of Glory and Semi-Pro while Steve Carell fronted arguably the funniest show on television in the US Office. Ferrell needs this one to be funny. We need it to be funny.
The announcement of Anchorman 2 on the Late Night With Conan show had people cautious that Anchorman 2 might end up being a comedy sequel by numbers filled with lazy dated pop culture references and recycled recycled jokes from the previous one. We want to be proven wrong. If McKay, Ferrell and the gang produce an Anchorman sequel on par with the original prepare to be bombarded with quotes and recitals of it from men around the world for many many years. Now I’ve typed that, I’m not even sure if I want it to be good anymore…
And one slightly left field choice….
Bullet To The Head
Out 1 February
Directed by: Walter Hill
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa
Look at that trailer. Just look at it. Rocky and Khal Drogo fighting it other with axes. The hammy acting. “Bang. Down. Owned”. Bullet To The Head looks like it’ll be such a bad clichéd action movie that it’ll serve as a brilliant film if you watch it as a comedy. Mark my words, this will be hilarious if you’re a fan of terrible cinema.
You can find out more about screening of A Liar’s Autobiography and Movie 43 at Loco London festival here on their official site.