The Geeks Guide To: Comedy Film If you don’t know who Leeroy Jenkins is, have never been pwned or have no clue what rickroll means, then close down your browser, turn off your wireless adapter and go AFK ASAP because this article isn’t for you. Welcome to a realm inhabited by a special sort of human, a hybrid between man and modem, where a +52 dexterity vest will not save you from the utter onslaught of geekdom. This is safe refuge my friend, where you can bask in the awkward glory that is the Geek's Guide to Cinema. This our unique rating system, thought up by the most intelligent monkeys evil scientists have to offer. WTF: A very brief synopsis of the movie. Leet EQ: What makes this film ideal for geeks? OK 4 N00bs? If you were a newcomer to this film and, indeed, this whole sub genre, how might it go down? Facebook Quotage: Memorable dialogue to keep stored in your brain box. Today’s topic: The Comedy (AKA LOLROFFLECOPTER) Making a successful comedy is about as easy as crafting a cool Myspace profile. It’s a matter of balancing good content with funny dialogue without looking like you are trying too hard. (This is why you won’t find mention of any film with the word ‘movie’ in the title). We want insider jokes, a little slapstick humour, uncomfortable moments and embarrassing social interactions, memorable lines, recognisable parodies and relatable characters. All of these ingredients will result in a great movie that’ll permeate the internet, invading forums and infecting MMORPGs until everyone is sick of hearing about it... These are our winning criteria: (That and it must have provoked a lot of spinoffs, predominately involving scenes acted out with Lego.) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back WTF: The stars of the New Jersey Chronicles return as they try to stop a major movie corporation from making a crappy movie based upon a comic that was loosely based upon them. Leet EQ: The geek factor here is pretty high. These guys have about as much social grace as a drunken Klingon and spend most of the movie trying to stop people on the internet from thinking they are lame, a pastime we can identify with. The story is ridiculous, often careens off on random tangents, and is peppered with enough film references to keep buffs entertained. Oh, and then there are returning cameos from previous characters in the franchise. We like a bit of that. OK 4 N00bs?: Might want to consider easing into the franchise with Clerks or Dogma, but either way be prepared for the onslaught of gross humour and numerous parodies of other geeky films. Facebook Quotage: “The internet is a communications tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography.” South Park the Movie WTF: The terrible foursome embark on a quest to combat censorship. Oh, and there’s a war against Hell too. Leet EQ: Where else will you see Saddam Hussein and the Devil in bed together? There are a lot of pop culture references to listen out for, heavily distorted by inordinate amounts of satire and parody, two key weapons in the geek’s arsenal. Yes, this movie has warped our fragile little minds but we love it. OK 4 N00bs? : If you aren’t familiar with South Park and have a weak constitution...well then... good luck! Facebook Quotage: “We accidently replaced your heart with baked potato. You have about three seconds to live.” Napoleon Dynamite WTF: A film about the life and dreams of a socially awkward teenager called Napoleon Dynamite and his band of misfits. Leet EQ: This is the perfect movie for recovering geeks. We saw ourselves in Napoleon, enjoyed the embarrassing moments, revelled in his ridiculous dialogue and empathised with his social awkwardness. Albeit sometimes painful to watch, over all it is immensely heart-warming. The delivery of the lines and understated comedy are pure gold, its observational comedy at its best. OK 4 N00bs?: It’s an acquired taste and you have to stick with it to get the full effect. Facebook Quotage: “Last week, Japanese scientists explaced... placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Cort Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland's local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its local residents and all those who seek for the peaceful existence of our underwater ally.” Wayne’s World WTF: Two heavy-metal fans called Wayne and Garth host a local cable TV show from their basement, only to be spotted by an industry mogul who propels them into the big time. Leet EQ: Myers and Caver are a superb comedy duo and are complete geeks to boot. Waynes World doesn’t try hard to be funny and has just the right amount of crassness (if there is such a thing) without going overboard. There’s a smattering of random tangents worked in throughout, along with a fair dosage of (then) pop culture. Oh, and there’s the infamous head-banging scene. It’s geektastic! OK 4 N00bs?: Newbies don’t need to approach this film with caution. It is easy watching. Facebook Quotage: ‘Ex-squeeze me? A-baking powder?’ Monty Python and the Holy Grail WTF: The story of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail as you’ve never seen it before. Leet EQ: This film is great for geeks thanks to its great quoteability, with motifs and phrases echoed the world over. It’s a heady mix of visual and aural jokes, has a musical number and features a killer rabbit. To know Python is to know true Geek. OK 4 N00bs?: It’s user-friendly Python. Does that make it okay for newbies? We aren’t quite sure... Facebook Quotage: Too many to chose from...but let’s go with a suitably random one: ‘Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?’ Shaun of the Dead WTF: Two ordinary guys are caught up in a zombie apocalypse, forced to fight for survival. Leet EQ: Simon Pegg. Nick Frost. Zombies. So many parodies...so many references...so many good lines...it is a geek’s dream. The mundane settings, the hapless relationship between two of the central characters and that terrible zombie survival plan make this film a must see. Let’s be honest, who hasn’t planned for a zombie apocalypse? We know we have! Our survival strategy involves a panic room, lots of tinned food and a decoy made of meat. OK 4 N00bs?: This film has widespread appeal and can be enjoyed by geeks and non-geeks alike. Just be prepared for the quote onslaught afterwards. ... Facebook Quotage: ‘Who died and made you fucking king of the zombies?’ Go ahead and add to this list. We dare you. Written by: Sam Bee and I