Sacré Cinema Français

July 12th, 2012 by Ran

la revolution francaise

“Allons enfants de la Patrie,

Le jour de gloire est arrivé !

Contre nous de la tyrannie,

L’étendard sanglant est levé…”

In two days, on July 14th, France will celebrate a great day in its history. In my mind this is also a great day for humanity, delivering great universal ideas we should all strive towards – liberty, equality, fraternity. The Bastille Day is regarded as the day the French people – the masses – liberated themselves, not from the rule of another nation, but from the tyrannical and absolute rule of the monarchs and aristocrats. They say the Greek invented democracy, but up until 1789, democracy was mostly dormant across the world. You can say the French re-invented western democracy, or at least revived it. So to thank the French for their gift to the western world and to honor the one time they stood up for what they believed in (zing), I decided to go over some of the best French films of this decade (to make an all-time list would require more attention from you than you have, no disrespect). In the spirit of the French revolution, I omitted the ruler of all French films from this list, their biggest commercial success to date: Intouchables. They deserve to be there, but I’m sure they’ll understand. So what other cinematic gems have come out of this cheese sniffing, philosophy talking, vacation taking nation (and I’m saying this in the most envious way possible)? Et voilà:

1. The Taste of Others (2000)


Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri have become one of the more important filmmakers’ teams in France during this century. Their clever and witty comedies have been compared to those of Woody Allen, which is a great compliment. This film is their best work, a multiple story affair centered around an uneducated factory owner, unhappy in his bourgeois existence. A visit from Iranian businessmen forces him to learn English, and soon enough he falls in love with his teacher, an intellectual actress, who first looks at him as a buffoon, but slowly succumbs to his natural charm. It’s an absolutely irresistible film, which only the French can make.

2. To Be and To Have (2002)


French documentaries aren’t as ubiquitous as American ones, but what the French lack in quantity they definitely make up for in quality, and originality. This is a stunning profile of a dedicated educator in rural France, who deals with an unconventional class where the children’s ages vary from 4 to 11. He has his very unique way of teaching and communicating with kids. Whether you agree with his methods or not, this is a fascinating, unfiltered and unapologetic look at teachers, children and education as a whole.

3. Since Otar Left (2003)


France’s imperialistic past has made it a land of immigrants – either from North Africa, Western Africa, The Caribbean islands and in this case, Georgia. When a member of a family of Francophile Georgians, who immigrated to France, dies, the daughters of the elderly mother try to hide the truth from their aging parent. It’s a touching, un-patronizing and different look at where immigrants come from, with a lot of humor and humanity.

4. 5X2 (2004)


François Ozon is another director that has emerged as one of the leading French directors of this century. Here we have five scenes in the life of a couple, starting with their breakup, and going back in time to their first meeting. It’s a pretty gloomy look at relationships, but the two leads are very good and their characterization is complex, which is probably the most important thing in a film with basically only two people in it. It is sure to leave an impression.

5. The Secret of the Grain (2007)


This beautiful film tells the story of an aging French-Moroccan immigrant trying to accomplish his dream of opening a couscous restaurant. Although this film deals with difficult issues, like immigrants and the problems of French society and its pace is slow (which intimidates some viewers), it’s never depressing and has an oddly fresh feeling, owing a lot to the breakout performance by the unique Hafsia Herzi (which landed a Cesar award for most promising actress). And there’s a great surprising ending.

6. Roman de Gare (2007)


Master filmmaker Claude Lelouche directed this thriller about three people who have supposedly no connection between them, but slowly and surely links start to appear, and the big picture starts to get clearer (or does it). Strange-faced Dominique Pinon gives (as usual may I add) a great performance, and Lelouche toys with the viewer, creating great tension up until the end. It’s a great example for how to make a thriller without resorting to chases, shooting or other cheap tricks, just a great story and a solid mystery.

7. Public Enemy Number One (2008)


Another great French thriller, this one tells the real story of legendary gangster Jacques Mesrine. This film was divided into two parts, making an epic crime saga and ultimately doing justice to a very unique criminal and intriguing character in the history of France. The eccentric criminal is played brilliantly by Vincent Cassel, giving him great depth and humanity. Cassel has always excelled in playing criminals, and this film is no exception.

8. The Class (2008)


Movies about dedicated educators are a tricky thing – they usually come out the same. Director Laurent Cantet uses a real life teacher as his lead and realism to penetrate ‘inside the walls‘ (the literal translation of the title in French) of a class of hardcase students comprised of mostly immigrants’ sons and daughters in a tough neighborhood in Paris. It’s an eye opening film, that seems more realistic than many documentaries.

9. A Prophet (2009)


The story of a petty criminal’s unusual and unlikely rise to the top. It’s a sort of existential film (man controlled by his destiny), but unlike those gloomy (mostly French) existentialists, in Jacques Audiard’s crime drama, man comes out on top. With Audiard’s surreal touches, and another breakout performance by Tahar Rahim, this has to stand as one of the best crime films of this century.

10. L’exercise de l’État (2011)


I noticed we haven’t touched politics since my emotional opening statement, so here we go. Pierre Schöller wrote and directed this excellent political drama about the French transport minister, and how he deals with the prospect of privatization, media and intrigue in his own political party. Olivier Gourmet’s performance as the embattled politician is nothing less than exquisite, the story is complex but believable, and Schöller’s direction sets this film apart from other political dramas.

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A Tale of Several Cities

June 28th, 2012 by Ben

In recent years this almost seems like a ritual: Woody Allen releases films that mainly deal with the cities they happen in. After Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, this year we get To Rome with Love, which takes place – how incredibly surprising – in Rome.

Indeed, some of the greatest cities in the world have inspired great movies and TV shows. Here are some of them:

Tokyo: Tokyo Story (1953)
Yasujiro Ozu‘s most widely distributed and best-known film presents the story of an elderly couple in post World War II Japan. They come to Tokyo to visit their various children and realize that the family has essentially fallen apart. The estrangement of the big city beautifully reflects the estrangement among the family members.

Las Vegas: Las Vegas (2003-2008)
Resorts, casinos, hotels, restaurants… all of the hedonistic and luxurious things Vegas has to offer appear in this stylized and sexy TV show. It focuses on a team of people working at the fictional Montecito Resort & Casino, dealing with issues that arise within the working environment, ranging from valet parking and restaurant management to casino security.

Paris: Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
A collection of short tales that are just as magical, romantic and unique as the city itself. Each story takes place in a different Parisian quarter, with a different cast and characters. A must see for all of you Francophiles!

Chicago: Chicago (2002)
Dark, yet sparkling and glamorous – yes, I’m talking about Chicago, both the movie and the city (at least in its 1920s version…) The captivating musical deals with two women’s aspirations for fame and glory, even while handling life in prison.

St. Petersburg: Russian Ark (2002)
Russian Ark doesn’t even focus on an entire city, but rather on a very specific part of it: the Hermitage museum and complex of Palaces, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The film captures magnificently the rich past of Tsarist Russia – the wealth, the splendor, the priceless works of art… a fascinating glimpse of a fascinating city.

Baltimore: The Wire (2002-2008)
Each season of this excellent TV series focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. Though it is basically categorized as a crime drama, even the creator of the series claimed that it is “really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals.”

Delhi: Monsoon Wedding (2001)
India is a mysterious and magical place in many westerner’s eyes. On the one hand it’s dirty, full of poverty and human misery, while on the other, it is fascinating, exotic and has beautiful ancient architecture. Monsoon Wedding, which takes place in Delhi, reflects that contradiction very well. Shot beautifully, it depicts different classes in India and the contrast between tradition and modernity in Indian society.

London: Sherlock (2010 ongoing)
Contemporary London rarely seems more vibrant and busy than in the current BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock’s fast paced wit and the conclusions he draws in his investigations combines well with the fast pace of the city.

Berlin: Run Lola Run (1998)
Urban, grey and somewhat industrial, Run Lola Run is a great depiction of Berlin in the late 90s. Divided into 3 sections, each one showing a different set of events, the movie deals with Lola, a young woman who has but 20 minutes to locate a missing bag containing 100,000 Deutsche Marks or come up with the money some other way–if she can’t, gangsters are going to kill her boyfriend.

New Orleans: Treme (2010 ongoing)
The series takes place three months after Hurricane Katrina, as the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleanians try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.

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Cannes 2012 – Red Carpet Films

May 15th, 2012 by Ben

For the 65th time, Cannes is opening its doors in 2012 to films from all around the world. The exotic city of Cannes, on the coasts of the French Riviera, becomes the pilgrimage site for filmmakers, stars and artsy-movie fans from across the globe. Last year’s festival opened with Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (French pride?) and concluded with Terrence Malick’s controversial “Tree of Life” winning the main prize – La Palme d’Or (The Golden Palm).

Who will win this year? Traditionally there are not a lot of details about many of the movies shown in Cannes, as most of them enjoy their debut public screening here. But among all the diversity Cannes has to offer, we can always find the biggest and most intriguing names in the film industry, including highly-acclaimed directors who chose Cannes (and Cannes chose them) to present their oeuvre to the world. While many big names have been dropped, we decided to focus on the upcoming films of ten directors with a lot of promise, who will hopefully deliver as well.

Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson, who has been selected to open this year’s festival, has always been known for his quirky films. Granted, his offbeat humor is a matter of taste, but his films are usually a rare unconventional treat. In Moonrise Kingdom, he directs his usual suspects (Murray, Schwartzman) along with an ensemble of highly-acclaimed actors, and tells a story about boy scouts, runaway kids, a search party and an extremely eccentric family. Quirkiness guaranteed.

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Benh Zeitlin has created this wonderful fable about a post-New-Orleans-world where myth meets reality, as we follow the quest of a young girl named Hushpuppy. Zeitlin’s previous 25-minute film “Glory at Sea” was a magical tale of a disaster-stricken community; Beasts of the Southern Wild seems to preserve the unique storytelling ability of this original filmmaker, as proven recently when it took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
Antiviral – Brandon Cronenberg

Father David Cronenberg upgrades Robert Pattinson into a businessman who travels across a chaotic and socially-decayed Manhattan, while encountering a gallery of characters who would change his views and place in the world. Cronenberg decided to use a limousine as the central spot where these powerful events occur, inside the vehicle and outside it.

Son Brandon Cronenberg tries to follow in his father’s footsteps with his first full-length feature film, which he both wrote and directed. In a world full of celebrity culture admiration (sadly, not much of a fictional future dystopia), people pay to  get infected by celebrities’ sicknesses. Syd March is a mule who smuggles the diseases inside his body, but when he finds out he carries a fatal virus that killed a famous starlet, he must figure out the cause of her death, while evading obsessive fans, before it is too late for him. One can clearly notice the influence Brandon absorbed from across the dining room table.

Amour – Michael Haneke

After winning Cannes’ 2009 Palme d’Or with The White Ribbon, German director Michael Haneke returns with a French-speaking film named plainly Amour (Love). Anne and Georges are an elderly couple in their eighties who have led a long and loving life together. When Anne suffers from a stroke that leaves her half-paralyzed, their love and devotion is put to a harsh test. Haneke tells a touching story about elderly love and the the difficulties faced when the hard and bitter blows of life strike upon us.

Dracula – Dario Argento

The master of Italian horror, Dario Argento, presents his interpretation of Dracula in 3D. Bram Stoker’s famous story about the count from Transylvania is revived  through Argento’s vision, which would promise, as always, to deliver some good scares and shrieks, with a little bit of over-the-top performances, and some alluring scenes starring his daughter, the actress Asia Argento.

Miss Lovely – Ashim Ahluwalia

First-time fiction director Ashim Ahluwalia brings us this drama from India, taking us back to the 1980′s and the more remote and less glamorous sides of Bollywood, where C-grade horror movies were made. The films are sleazy and remain in the margin of the industry, and so are the lives of the people who produce them. This is a story about two film-making brothers and the woman who comes between them (with Bollywoodic touches, naturally).

Killing Them Softly – Andrew Dominik

Initially called Cogan’s Trade, the film follows Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who is hired by the mob to investigate a heist that occurred during one of the mafia’s protected Poker games. After their collaboration in the inspiring artistic film “The assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”, director Andrew Dominik (“Chopper”) teams up with Brad Pitt again, in another tale of a tough and coarse man who faces dilemmas and true-character situations.

Mull im Garten Eden – Fatih Akin

“Garbage in the Garden of Eden” (“Polluting Paradise”) is a documentary from German-Turkish director Fatih Akin, who has always made intriguing films about relations and society. We are introduced to the people of Camburnu, a small Turkish village near the Black Sea, where the quiet idyllic lives of its inhabitants are abruptly interrupted by a governmental order to build a garbage landfill. The villagers struggle against the transition of their pastoral village environment into the new reality of pollution unfolds in this disturbing and thought-provoking documentary.

Reality – Matteo Garrone

After winning the Jury’s Grand Prize with Gomorrah in 2008, Italian director Matteo Garrone returns to the crime scene with his new tale about lives in the south of Italy. A simple fisherman, with natural theatrical qualities, is urged by his surroundings to try and enter into the Italian Big Brother show on TV. Along the way we realize how the quest for fame can change a person, and that not all that shines from the outside is bright inside. A clever media satire from one of Italy’s more outspoken voices.

So in the tradition of the Cannes film festival, let’s hope that 2012 will bring us excellent shows, a good crop of films, some scandals on the red carpet, and of course – some great after-parties (something for the tabloids too…) Happy screening!

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Summer 2012 Preview

May 6th, 2012 by Ben

We are going to have a really hot blockbuster season this year… Several huge names are returning (Batman, Spider-Man), along with some remakes and sequels (Ice age 4 and Madagascar 3, among others) and surprisingly, quite a lot of originals too.

The Avengers – 4.5.12
The first reports from The Avengers’ opening weekend predicts one of the highest grossing opening weekends ever, maybe even the highest. Worldwide it has already made almost $400,000,000. Everyone knew it was going to be a huge hit, but this overwhelming opening success is even greater than expected. the only question that remains, is whether The Dark Knight Rises will be able to surpass it.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $1,000,000,000

Dark Shadows – 11.5.12
Tim Burton was never really such a huge blockbusters director until 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, which is currently 10th in all-time worldwide grosses. This time the Burton-Depp collaboration is a remake of a 60s soap opera about a family of… vampires? Definitely Tim-Burton-ish, and vampires is a blockbuster-friendly theme, so we bet on a success.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $400,000,000

Battleship – 18.5.12
Pure mindless action can be downright awful or lots of fun. Either way, it can sure make a lot of money as the three transformers films have already proven to us. In the case of Battleship, it has already been released in several foreign countries and has made over $170,000,000 so far, so it’s safe to assume this film won’t fail…
Worldwide box-office estimates: $500,000,000

Men in Black 3 – 25.5.12
An additional Men in Black sequel, exactly 10 years after Men in Black 2 was released. On one hand, both the first and second films were very successful for their time. On the other hand, what worked in 1997 wouldn’t necessarily work in 2012, and I’m not sure Will Smith‘s popularity is enough to carry the film on its own. it’s one of those cases where 3D can make all the difference between a decent blockbuster to a huge hit.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $500,000,000

Snow White and the Huntsman – 1.6.12
Second round of Snow White this year, after the charmingly stylized Mirror Mirror, which unfortunately did not do so well. This adaptation takes the well-known fairy tale to a darker territory with battles, warriors and a fierce Snow White, portrayed by a current teens favorite – Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga).
Worldwide box-office estimates: $300,000,000

Prometheus – 8.6.12
Ridley Scott returns to the Alien universe with a reboot/remake/sequel/prequel (circle the right answer, if you know it – it seems even Scott is not sure…) Some intriguing viral campaign has already launched, and generally it looks like something worth waiting for.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $300,000,000

Rock of Ages – 15.6.12
This is a tough one to predict – Rock of Ages is not a part of any known franchise or series and it revolves around the dubious 80s with all their flaws. On the other hand, the director is Adam Shankman who directed the feel good Hairspray, the film is full of hot names and the Broadway musical it is based on was a huge hit.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $250,000,000

Brave – 22.6.12
The annual Pixar film promises to be even better than their usual films: the trailers look gorgeous, the classic story of an unruly princess never fails, and who can resist an entire film in a Scottish accent? We all hope that Pixar will return to their former glory after last years’ failure of Cars 2 (critically though, not financially).
Worldwide box-office estimates: $650,000,000

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – 22.6.12
An offbeat and slightly gloomy dramedy about an apocalyptic road trip? I wouldn’t have even thought about listing it amongst the blockbusters if it weren’t for the two leads – Steve Carell and Keira Knightly. Could it be the first non-animated original blockbuster of summer 2012?
Worldwide box-office estimates: $150,000,000

The Amazing Spider-Man – 3.7.12
Why does an extremely successful film from only 10 years ago need a remake? Well, don’t ask me. The Spider-Man franchise is still one of the most successful film series and the 3rd one was only released 5 years ago. But a remake it is, with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Spidey and Mary-Jane.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $800,000,000

The Dark Knight Rises – 20.7.12
The final part in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the sequel to the highly acclaimed and extremely profitable The Dark Knight is perhaps the most anticipated film of this summer, side by side with The Avengers. It will be difficult to surpass the previous film, especially without Heath Ledger, but who knows?
Worldwide box-office estimates: $900,000,000

Neighborhood Watch – 27.7.12
Three names carry this potential blockbuster: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. Any one of them alone is worth about 50,000,000$ in the box office, so hopefully this cast combination, along with the Sci-fi comedy storyline, will produce a successful original storyline.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $200,000,000

The Bourne Legacy – 3.8.12
The 4th installment of the Bourne series is a slightly strange case, since there’s actually no Bourne in it… The main character was replaced by a new agent portrayed by Jeremy Renner, a rising Hollywood star. He is backed with a strong cast including Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $400,000,000

Total Recall – 3.8.12
Many would say that a Sci-fi classic like the original Total Recall should not be touched. But as we already learned, no stone will remain untouched in Hollywood’s quest to squeeze more money out of popular brands. A t least the cast looks promising with Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Ethan Hawke, Bill Nighy and Kate Beckinsale.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $400,000,000

The Campaign – 10.8.12
A new Will Ferrell movie is always a good thing, especially if it deals with politics – a vast playground for such a talented comedian. My only setback is the director Jay Roach – on the one hand responsible for huge blockbusters like the Fockers trilogy (2 as director and 3 as producer), but on the other hand he might limit the craziness and irreverent humor of the film.
Worldwide box-office estimates: $300,000,000
Dog Fight

Are blockbusters the only thing that interest us? Of course not! This summer has more intriguing titles to offer, and although they probably won’t make as much money as the first list of films in this post, they will still offer us some potentially great work by several great creators. Here are some of them:

The Dictator – 18.5.12
Sacha Baron Cohen is known for his provocative, controversial and hilariously funny movies Borat and Bruno. This is the first time his project is scripted and not half prank-half documentary, let’s hope he will be able to retain his irreverent and funny spirit under these terms.

Moonrise Kingdom – 25.5.12
quirky, weird, offbeat – choose a word and it will describe Wes Anderson’s films. The trailer for his current feature seems particularly charming and as usual it features a huge supporting cast with some of the greatest names on screen: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and many more.

To Rome with Love – 22.6.12
Woody Allen cracked the code: go to a beautiful European city, film a story that takes place in it and includes love, sexuality, an attractive cast and a lot of beautiful views, and voila! You have a sure hit. It worked with Midnight in Paris, it worked with Vicky Christina Barcelona and there’s no reason it won’t work again with To Rome with Love.

Beasts of the Southern Wild – 27.6.12
We all know what to expect from indie flicks: they’re usually either gritty dramas about the hard lives of the poor (Winter’s Bone, Precious) or bittersweet yet witty comedy-dramas (500 Days of Summer, Away We Go). That’s why this year’s Sundance festival winner is so surprising: it’s a fantasy film happening in an apocalyptic world.

Savages – 6.7.12
Where is the Oliver Stone of Platoon and Wall Street…? After some terrible films (Alexander, World Trade Center) and some decent ones (W., Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) we hope he will resurface once again with Savages, a star-studded crime thriller about Mexican drug trade.

Poll: which of these movies are you most eager to see?

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The Fast and the Funny

March 28th, 2012 by Barak

Vince Vaughn is the ultimate, sometimes witty, fast talker. Vaughn is celebrating his 42nd birthday on March 28th and we decided to honor this actor, who seems to have a machine gun for a mouth.
Another witty fast talker, Eddie Murphy, has a movie that came out earlier this year called A Thousand Words (a minute?)
So here are the 10 best witty fast talkers in action, including the distinguished members mentioned above (how is it that they haven’t perform together yet? On the other hand, would humans be able to survive a joint performance by any two of the fast talkers listed below??)

CAUTION: If you intend to watch the following clips, please have an Advil at hand before continuing.

10. Scrubs – Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley)

Dr. Cox is probably the most verbally abusive boss in existence; he is very sarcastic and bitter, and he complains and rants quite a lot. He is without a doubt the best character on Scrubs (The janitor is second best). A typical Dr. Cox quote: “Any other day I’d say no, but today I’m gonna go ahead and just say no.”

9. How TV Ruined Your Life – Charlie Brooker

In this brilliant 6 part series, Charlie Brooker (creator and writer of Black Mirror) examines the huge gap between our own grim life and the ideals shown on TV and in the movies. Using his quick wit and cynicism, Brooker explains to us why we feel so inadequate after watching the lifestyles of characters from Dallas and why kids’ shows could be so very infuriating (I’m talking about you He-Man!)

8. Night on Earth – Gino (Roberto Benigni)

Words can’t kill? Tell it (actually, too late for that…) to the poor priest who boarded Roberto Benigni ‘s taxi, in this quirky Jim Jarmusch film. Benigni plays a very odd taxi driver from Rome who picks up a priest and starts confessing his sins to him at a very rapid pace. The elderly priest is somewhat shocked by the mostly sexual confessions, has a heart attack and dies.

7. Life Is Worth LosingGeorge Carlin

This amazing clip is taken from Carlin’s before-last HBO comedy special called Life Is Worth Losing. The deceased standup comedian/genius/social critic was known for his extremely witty and dark humor, and in Life Is Worth Losing he dealt with issues such as suicide, natural disasters and cannibalism.

6. Community – Abed (Danny Pudi)

Abed is an extremely fast talker, and is the funniest character in this hit TV show. He is an avid TV and movie fan, and in each episode he references dozens of them. He decides how to behave according to how characters from his favorite movies and shows would act (any character from Cougar Town for example).

5. RawEddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy talks very fast – whether it’s in his standup routines, in the Beverly Hills Cop movies or as a donkey in the Shrek movies. Raw is one of the best standup comedy films ever made and it even holds some kind of a record: It contains “the f word” 223 times (an average of using the word almost 3 times a minute!)

4. Sherlock – Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch)

BBC’s Sherlock is one of the best TV/movie adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective books. In a star-making performance, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock – a brilliant loner with amazing, almost psychic, detective skills. He wouldn’t have had any friends or any contact to the outside world, if it wasn’t for his loyal friend Watson. When Sherlock explains the deductions that lead him to solve a certain case it is very hard to follow, since he explains it so very fast.

3. Annie Hall – Alvy Singer (Woody Allen)

Like most characters portrayed by Woody Allen, Alvy Singer is also a neurotic, uptight, babbling, witty intellectual with existential and self-esteem issues on his mind (and tongue). Alvy is the star of Annie Hall, one of the best movies ever made about couple relations, and maybe also Woody Allen’s best film.

2. Bigger and BlackerChris Rock

As the expression goes ‘Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master’. Influenced by Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock is very much a rich pupil at the moment. Bigger and Blacker is probably his most famous comedy special and with his amazingly fast speaking pace, Rock manages to cover a lot of ground during the 65 minutes run of his show.

1. Wedding Crashers – Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn)

Vince Vaughn might not be the wittiest fast talker among the 10 listed here, but he is definitely the fastest.
Vaughn can manage to say in a minute what both Owen and Luke Wilson say during an hour of non-stop chit chat. In Wedding Crashers he plays Jeremy Grey, a lawyer who crashes weddings along with his best buddy John (coincidently played by Owen Wilson). He speaks so fast that the guys at the entrance don’t really understand what he’s saying; they let him in anyway because they assume he gave a good enough excuse for why he doesn’t have an invite.

You can now swallow your Advil*.

*The Advil manufacturer (unfortunately) did not contribute to this post writer, and has no relations to Jinni Media).

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