Upon retirement he plans to move to the Virgin Islands, sit back and relax. On the morning of this retirement party, he dies of a sudden, massive heart attack.
A man buys a gun to protect his home, but during a break-in the intruder wrestles the gun from him and shoots him.
For more examples, check out Examples of Situational Irony. That sounds a lot like sarcasm , doesn't it? Let's say we were reading about a character who was afraid of heights. One day, her boyfriend surprises her with two tickets for a hot air balloon ride.
She replies with, "Wow, I can't wait! It's actually verbal irony. This form of irony occurs when a character says one thing, but means another. Sarcasm comes into play when a witty attack or somewhat derogatory statement is made. A writer is working on his manuscript, and it's a comedy. The days have been fraught with rain and clouds, bringing down his mood and hampering his ability to craft witty scenes.
As he opens his blinds one morning, he sees the dark clouds outside again and says, "Great. Another rainy day. How wonderful.
A woman has a Saint Bernard with a massive drooling problem. She tries to keep him off the sofa, but he loves pretending he's a lap dog. One night, he trots over to her and places a gigantic paw on her lap.
He's looking at her with those sad brown eyes. In the episode of Friends where the friends go to London for Ross and Emily's wedding, Chandler says, "I'm so glad we're having this rehearsal dinner. You know, I so rarely get to practice my meals before I eat them. When she opens the box, she says, "Thank you, honey. I just love moonstones. They're so The first two examples are verbal irony, the second two are sarcasm. Did you spot the difference? Sarcasm is meaner, more derogatory or condescending.
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If you like Mel Brooks I recommend this film to you. Dom DeLuise is hilarious in this. Now go watch it with your family. The Twelve Chairs Years after the Russian Revolution in , the former aristocrat Ippolit Matveevich Vorobyaninov Ron Moody is informed by his terminal mother-in- law that she has hidden her jewels in a the upholstery of chair from a set of twelve chairs.
Vorobyaninov travels to his old house and meets his former servant Tikon Mel Brooks that adores him. He learns that the chairs had been expropriated by the new government and sent to another place. They travel to Moscow where Ostap succeeds in luring Father Fyodor, telling that the chairs belong to the Engineer Bruns David Lander , who has very similar chairs and lives with his wife in Siberia.
Will Vorobyaninov and Ostap find the twelve chairs? This comedy is also the debut of Frank Langella in the cinema. Fans of Mel Brooks will certainly like it, but who is not his fan may not find this comedy entertaining. My vote is six. MartinHafer 19 April However, I researched a bit and found that there are at least two other versions out there--and possible more.
In the s, there was a Czechoslovakian filming of the story the first and then a British version as well. I also learned that all of these versions are different and not so bleak as the original story--a story where one of the partners in crime KILLS the other--only to learn that the jewels are not in any of the chairs. I could see how this version would be better for Soviet propaganda--but funny, no way.
So the movie versions apparently have a more innocent and funnier slant--a good idea if you ask me. This Mel Brooks version is quite different from the Cuban one--much more slapstick, more cinematic and possessing much more energy. In fact, the lack of energy was my biggest complaint about the Cuban film. For a comedy, it was just too retrained. Here in the version, however, the opposite is true--at times the story has a bit too much energy and relies a bit too much on slapstick.
However, if it's funny, let it be funny on its own merit--don't do cheap camera tricks. Also, while adding a new character to the story was not necessarily a bad idea, Dom DeLuise's priest was, at times, over the top and didn't fit with the mood set by the rest of the film.
Eliminating the camera tricks and keeping DeLuise under control would have improved the film immensely. Also, keeping Brooks out of the film completely wouldn't have hurt, either. I loved his writing and directing, but his best films had him barely in them such as "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein". Now I have criticized the film quite a bit--but there is a lot to like and I think it's one of Brooks' better films. The most obvious plus in the film was the wild and crazy performance by Ron Moody.
Because Moody had many quiet and restrained moments, his crazy scenes worked well. For example, while a generally restrained man, seeing him, out of the blue, climb up the pole to the high wire was hilarious.
And, a few other times when he lost control, couldn't help but smile. I also respected the nice location shoot in Yugoslavia. The color cinematography and locations shoots were nice. It was catchy, summed up the film well and I found myself humming it after the movie was over. Finally, I liked the relationship between Moody and Frank Langella--particularly at the end of the movie. Going for a sentimental ending with some pathos was a great idea--and ending it like the novel would have been just awful.
Overall, while I am sure many would disagree, I think that apart from "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein" this was Brooks' best film. There is a likability and subtle at times that you just never see in his later films Too bad his films became progressively goofier and self-indulgent. Quinoa 15 July The Twelve Chairs is not one of Mel Brooks's funniest comedies, but then again it IS a Russian based comedy, where big laughs are as hard to find as a tropical climate. This film does, however, display the director actually able to really tell a good story, and act as storyteller with characters in a plot to care about.
If it is not really as successful as his other films though it is in this- I didn't really have a BIG laugh during the length of the 90 minute running time.
I note this not because it is a laugh-less comedy, as I had good chuckles, grins, and smiles at the material presented. But in most of Brooks's films, even when the structure is held on a thread of sketches and bits, they become the funniest in modern movies.
This time there is actually a lot of reverence to the early 20th century Russian times, even as there are some moments when the irreverence Brooks is best at pops up.
Perhaps if you're die-hard into Russian history it might serve more for the in-jokes and the well-captured reality of the times. The acting is good, and the main cast is well placed, even if too not the best work is turned in. Frank Langella is definitely very good as the straight 'handsome desperado' character to Ron Moody's crazy old man, as he is an actor who maybe pulls out one good joke in the film.
Moody meanwhile delivers some of the funniest moments just based on the delirious, if repetitive, bits on his face and in his unwavering dedication to the jewels stuck in the chair. It is Dom De Louise, on the other hand, who comparatively to other work he's done primarily Brooksfilm work where he's genius in bit parts , as he really has to rely mostly on physical gags more than hysterical dialog.
It becomes a running gag as the most desperate quack of the three hunting for the chair, and only intermittently mostly when he tries to get the chairs from a husband and wife on a wild goose chase is funny. And possibly some of the most memorable bits come with Brooks himself as the dim, clumsy but well-intentioned servant to Moody.
One almost wishes he might pop up unexpectedly later in the film just as a brilliant goof. This is not to say I wasn't glad to finally see the often under-seen film in Brooks's oeuvre.
It's certainly a good notch above the worst the director's done Life Stinks and Dracula Dead and Loving It , where unlike those unfortunate moments he doesn't shoot for jokes and gags and puns that just don't work.
Here they do, and they're juxtaposed with a story that allows for some good tongue-in-cheek moments including a few smart moments when people chase each other in sped-up silent-film comedy style , while with a dramatic adventure story.
There's even one or two moments where Brooks reveals a fine cinematic eye for the real locations on the character's travels. At the end, I felt I hadn't seen the great sleeper of a career, but a fun enough romp that has good intentions for something different- and what's more 'different' than a comedy set in Russia. It was hard to expect too much out of this apparently low-budget production filmed in Yugoslavia. The script is loosely based on a novel in Russian which originally did not center on treasure hunt but rather on the picturesque characters surrounding the three losers who could not fit in the new life.
I decided to watch this as the only Mel Brooks film never seen before. Unfortunately I had nearly memorized the novel The original material was not without flaws but it was mostly satire and drama, which was totally left out of this film. Mel Brooks wrote the title song for the film, and the score is OK, but the scenery is out of place and dress designer had no clue about any Russian clothes. So, it's far from an average Mel Brooks film.
The problem is not in the director or actors. Brooks may be a good director, whatever, the facts are that American nation will never understand the classic Russian humor the way it's meant to be. The Russian version of 12 chairs together with "adventures of Shurik" is widely considered to be simply the best Russian comedy of all time. Watching American 12 chairs version would be the same as forcing Pierre Richard to play a Schwarz's roles.
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