The Christmas Beard
Review Count: 28
Average Rating: 4.61 stars
Length: 12 minutes 4 seconds
Posted on: January 6, 2007
If you thought you knew everything about facial hair, after watching "The Beard", then you ain't seen nothing yet.
Socrates returns in this festive themed sequel which promises more facial hair than ever before, along with not one - but two Santas! In Socrates own words, it's "guaranteed to blow your mind"
-Winner of the Round Ten MoMc Comedy Award-
Movie Mad as Socrates
Ben "S2k" Paddon as Jeeves
worMatty as Shopping Mall Santa
Teri Paddon as Sappho
and Pooka as Santa
1) Bloopers! - http://rooms.wurmz.net/Other Stuff/bloopertrooper.mp3
2) See an alternative version of the Santa scene, with SupSuper playing the part of Santa -
http://rooms.wurmz.net/Other Stuff/Christmas Beard SupSanta Mix.wmv
Pretty Original, lots of good ideas. It got a bit boring at the end though.
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Posted on February 9, 2007
The script carries this movie, and it is quite ingeniuous and amusing!
Although this movie lacks in the technical side - no music or sound effects, backdrops, overlays, etc., it does more than compensates for that through good VOs and the convincing dialogue. I think a five stars rating is justified here.
Posted on February 3, 2007
WOh, that was bloody brilliant. I think the way you've portrayed him as an eccentric dreamer really shows well. I laughed just at him, you didn't need the subtle jokes you place here and there.
But the jokes you placed here and there were hilarious, especially santa explaining it comes from the inside a not 'the beard'. I think the funniest scene was with Socrate's friend and his sister talking. You made the sister seem extremely normal and then just at the right timing, shes crazier than her brother. I thought this film was an extremely well done comedy, and i would recommend it anyone. 5 stars.
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Posted on February 1, 2007
Towards the end, the dreaded sound synch bug reared its ugly head - but the movie just about got away with it if you didn't pay much attention to the lip synch, as the conversation flowed very naturally between Santa and Socrates in the audio which was always clear throughout the film.
But apart from that hiccup, this is one of the most consistently funny comedies on TMO. Socrates is such an original and well acted creation (a bit tinny on the VO quality though compared to the outstanding level of quality from some of the other members of the cast [well brother and sister (are you?) team were using the same mic probably for the characters of Jeeves and Sappho - the mic quality was fantastic from them]).
But what impressed me most about this film was the sheer brilliance of the script and timing of the gags. Certainly, during the first half, I couldn't stop laughing. The acting was so good that they could have made this a radio play and it would be just as amusing (without the distraction of that nasty synch bug, maybe even more so - I'm sure I missed a couple of good jokes near the end thanks to that).
Maybe I'm going overboard because I stumbled across this film using the "random movie" button (no I'm not - I know quality when I see it), but this is the best comedy on TMO for the comic performances of the actors. Absolutely outstanding.
It obviously wasn't the case, but it sounded like these people were reacting so naturally to each other's lines that they were in the same room - I just want to know how they did it. You can't e-mail in your share of lines in a comedy and expect the timing and other factors to come out as well as this in the finished deal. Something else was going on here, surely, to make the dialogue as polished as if it was being performed on a stage.
To get 5 stars from me for a 12 minute comedy requires 12 laughs (or 6 side-splitters) [or 3 near heart-attacks] [[or one gag where I actually die laughing - but that, to my knowledge, has never happened yet]].
This one easily fulfilled its quota - I just couldn't stop laughing at Socrates pseudo-intellectual pronouncements. So well written and played (I'm repeating myself now aren't I? I don't care - I pressed "random movie" I'm enjoying this alot!)
So great job - superb lines and timing and acting.
Someone was definitely wearing a beard when they made this!
Posted on January 27, 2007
I have mixed feelings about this film. I really want to give it a 3 star and here is why.
Beginning and ending lacked and turned me off. I really felt they had no relevence to the story.
The story or at least what was suppose to be there wasn't really there.
Vo for Santa was TERRIBLE.
Editing lacked, backdrops didn't really work and so much more!
Why I am giving this a four star?
Some smart writing with some classic jokes. (some were not delivered well, but that is alright)
Some fairly good VO's
I made a long comedy too, and I to use some light hearted comedy. I know it is hard to make an audience laugh when the writing is sophisticated like that.
Overall, this film showed potential, but it really lacked. Good job though, and good luck on future project.
Posted on January 17, 2007
The editing was pretty good for the most part, but it was a bit choppy in places. It wasn't anything too bad, but it also wasn't great editing either.
There was no music in it, I think it would have been improved a little with some music. The voice overs were perfect though. The voices suited each of the character's personalities perfectly, they sounded exactly how I would imagine someone with that personality would.
This movie was very, very, very original. The characters were exremely original, and the idea behind the movie was just as original. It was an original idea and great execution.
This movie was very funny. I had to give it extra points more than 20 because it was by far the funniest movie I've reviewed so far, and I had to give it extra points so it ended up with a higher rating than the others. Not only was it funny, but it wasn't just a bunch of stupid jokes that you get a cheap laugh out of. There were a bunch of clever jokes. It had great dialogue. Great job.
Posted on January 12, 2007
That was really funny!
Posted on January 12, 2007
With all the hype on the forums, i was expecting something bigger and better. But badly done VOs, with all that static and clicking, uninspiring direction and poor backdrops leads me to believe this is just an average comedy. While time has been spent on the script, it lacks punch and just seems to dawdle through. Potential was there, but for me, failed to deliver.
Posted on January 11, 2007
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Duey's Decimal Rating: 4.3
My Take: The VA was great, very clear. I saw you took several very interesting artistic risks in this film. Like the fact that there was no music at all throughout, the entire begining of the film took place in completely homemade sets, the initial scenes don't even have a backdrop. I think all the risks paid off, well done. The comedy in the script was subtle and the actors had great timing to pull of that off. There were a few editing flaws, although maybe intensional, (specifically the disappearing christmas tree near the end of the film) that sort of distracted me a little. Also, it seemed as though the VO didn't quite match the scene on a couple of occations but this is quite possibly the fault of the game.
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Posted on January 11, 2007
You've done it again.
You've created a masterpiece so wild yet subtle, so random yet plot-based, that I can't bear to take my eyes off it. Sure, there were technical flaws, especially with the audio, but that can easily be overlooked to see the pure, unbridled genius in every joke. This is truly a TMO great.
Posted on January 10, 2007
The BIGGSTREK MoMc Comedy Review:
[A] Story ........... (0-1): 1
[b] Dialogue ........ (0-1): 0.9
[C] Production ...... (0-1): 0.9
[D] Sound ........... (0-1): 0.6
[E] X Factor ... (-2 to +2): 1.3
[Total] ....... (A+B+C+D+E): 4.7
[Comment]: This was a refreshing change of pace for me. It did take a while for me to get "into" this film, but after a few minutes, I was enjoying the conversations and characters a lot. Some interesting observations on various topics (the whole beard thing was a hoot!) and several diverse, weird characters to keep me entertained. Comedy-wise, it wasn't a huge "laugh-fest", but I certainly chuckled to myself quite a few times as the twelve minutes ticked by fairly fast. All in all, a quite enjoyable film and I look forward to seeing more of your work! Well done!
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Posted on January 10, 2007
I see it all now; the beard is just a side-effect of success, not the reason for the success itself meaning I can still achieve my goals! Err... I mean Socrates can still achieve his goals.
Once again like its predecessor, the movie delivers on a great combination of wit and randomness. The jokes also work because of the character�??s personalities, when Socrates goes off on one of his rants; you never know quite where you�??re going to end up. Jeeves is his perfect counterpart, the down to earth, sensible type. I particularly like meeting Socrates�??s sister, being unknowingly tricked until it�??s revealed she�??s just as insane as her brother.
The pair continues to remain my favourite comedy duo and I hope they�??ll have more appearances yet to come.
Posted on January 7, 2007