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Title: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2018, 07:53:15 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/7iNveNEnv3s
And here we are.  The lists are compiled, the tabulations are done and now we can look at what makes us laugh.  And it is a very varied list, as you might imagine from the unique tastes of our forum members.  I want to start off by saying thank you for participating and a big thank you to Retro Puppet Master for doing the math and saving me a lot of time.  It's a hard job, especially for someone like me who doesn't use Excel.

So up front, I know that some choices might put some other forum members off.  I don't mind mild criticisim but be nice.  Like "I don't care for  ____ because..." isn't too bad, but "Ugh, really, you guys picked THAT?" is unnecessarily jerky.  We are here more for the celebration of comedies rather than here to pick on people's choice.  There are going to be three choices a day, so there's a good chance you can focus on what you like than get irked about, say, a dumb silly comedy overcoming a pedigree classic.

But it is understandable.  More than any other genre, comedy you don't like can be frustrating or even angering to watch.  It's a medium directly tied to an emotion rather than a theme and these things can strike us strongly in different ways.  Plus, we also might have very different rubricks for these things.  There are a lot of comedies that I love but didn't make my list because... well, they don't make me laugh.  Sometimes I still love them because they are clever, fun, very well-written but the comedy aspect of said comedy is merely enjoyable.  Of course, I don't know how consistent I was in that regard.  I just followed my gut.  Not always a good idea in the world when you can actually think about things, but when talking about comedy, it's hard to deny what an important say it gets.

So sit back, relax and enjoy as we look at the top 50 (or 51 comedies) as voted by you!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 14, 2018, 09:18:58 AM
I am unusually excited for this countdown despite the fact that I already know the entire list.

I don't really use the math functions in Excel.  I still actually score things with the Windows calculator.  I primarily use it for layout.  It is also very useful to be able to sort the columns by name, number of lists, and later by score.

There were a lot of repeats.  So as a result, an item had to be on at least 2 lists to make the cutoff.  Normally you can look forward to your #1 making the list, but this time that doesn't happen unless someone else also chose that.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 14, 2018, 09:39:14 AM
It has begun!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U_OkCsexjw
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 14, 2018, 09:42:18 AM
There were a lot of repeats.  So as a result, an item had to be on at least 2 lists to make the cutoff.  Normally you can look forward to your #1 making the list, but this time that doesn't happen unless someone else also chose that.

Doesn't look good for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2...
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 14, 2018, 10:11:07 AM
There were a lot of repeats.  So as a result, an item had to be on at least 2 lists to make the cutoff.  Normally you can look forward to your #1 making the list, but this time that doesn't happen unless someone else also chose that.

Doesn't look good for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2...

Not to spoil anything, but that DID get 384 points.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2018, 10:12:39 AM
Looks like the cows have come home to roost.
#50
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear


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25 Points, 2 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #12 Linszoid

Lt. Frank Drebin finds himself investigating an explosion that his ex-girlfriend witnessed.  Soon, he discovered that the target might be Dr. Meinheimer, an energy specialist who intends to endorse renewable energy in an upcoming National Press Club dinner.  Sure enough, he's being targetted by the leaders of fossil fuel and nuclear power industries, who are afraid that his speech might damage their business.  Now Drebin must uncover the conspiracy with the help of Police Squad, while wrestling with his conflicting feelings with his old flame.

It's funny, I remember this film a lot more than I remember the first movie.  I think I watched it quite a few times, and it definitely made me laugh a lot.  I think this is sort of the end of the "Leslie Neilson" being in watchable films era.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/4p8_pqlJxmk
If you liked this, check out... 21 Jump Street

There are a lot of great cop comedies out there, but 21 Jump Street is particularly delightful.  While there have been many TV shows remade as comedy films, this one works thanks to strong lead characters and, of course, being very, very funny.  This is thanks in large part to writers/directors Lord and Miller, who are excellent humorists who know how to inject a lot of pathos into their very, very silly films.  Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum also prove their comedy chops.  I seriously now can only think of Tatum as a comedy actor.

Trivia The pictures displayed in the Loser's Bar include: the Hindenburg, the R.M.S. Lusitania sinking, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Edsel, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Hubble Space Telescope (considered a failure at the time), Neville Chamberlain, and Michael Dukakis.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 14, 2018, 11:22:41 AM
I loved the series Police Squad, but the movies fell kind of flat for me, I guess I prefer that type of comedy in half hour segments.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Darth Geek on June 14, 2018, 11:24:26 AM
It has begun!!!
https://www.youtube.com/v/2U_OkCsexjw
Fixed
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 14, 2018, 02:07:14 PM
Naked Gun 2 1/2 was pretty funny, but it didn't make my list.  :(
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2018, 02:47:54 PM
American planes will always be superior as long as there are wonderful men like you in the cockpit. And German parts.
#49
Hot Shots!

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25 Points, 4 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #18 Linszoid, Retro Muppet Pastor and Russoguru

Topper Harley is an ace pilot who has problems.  He has father issues and is also in competition with the man who's father was inadvertantly killed by his own father.  But he's one of the best and will be needed for Operation: Sleepy Weasel.  What he doesn't realize is the fact that he's a pawn in a scheme to replace current army planes with new, high-tech ones, a plan that can only succeed if Sleepy Weasel fails.  Now Topper needs to prove that he's a real... Hot Shot!  LIKE THE TITLE!

The late 80's and early 90's was the heyday for the ZAZ crew.  Seems like they were doing a lot of work at the time.  This one has a pretty good cast, too, with Lloyd Bridges doing great work and noted asshole Charlie Sheen bringing the right amount of straght-facedness to a very silly film.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/zgYGbR8f1PA
If you liked this, check out... Top Secret

An earlier ZAZ film, this one is a delightfully bizarre mix of World War II adventure and Elvis movies.  This one has some of the neatest visual gags of the ZAZ films, in my opinion.  Also by combining genres, it gives the parody genre a fresh, unique tone that works.

Trivia Valeria Golino claims the scene in which she catches an olive popped out of her bellybutton was accomplished without trick photography.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 14, 2018, 03:15:09 PM
Never seen Hot Shots before so I've added it to my Netflix DVD queue (as well as Part Deux) :o
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 14, 2018, 03:30:49 PM
I dig Hot Shots, great movie. That joke where they cut to some random guy in a hat and coat if I recall flying one of the planes, that's great. Always funny to have some random unexplained character like that.

And Frank Drebin is a cool dude, the first movie holds up as well as Police Squad for me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 14, 2018, 05:12:43 PM
My wife loves the Naked Gun/Hot Shots etc style of movie, but I just don't get into them like I used to. I do look forward to watching them with my kid when he's older though.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2018, 06:03:28 PM
Now, bear in mind, none of us has been in New York before. There are the Broadway shows - we'll have to find out how to get tickets. There's also a lot of street crime, but I believe we can watch that for free.
#48
Gremlins 2: The New Batch


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26 Points, 2 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #5 Pak-Man

After his keeper and beloved stereotype dies, Gizmo the Mogwai finds himself kidnapped by scientists working for the Clamp Corporation, an ultra-modern building created by the super-rich Daniel Clamp.  Soon, Gizmo is discovered by his old keeper Billy Peltzer, who is now working for Clamp.  However, Gizmo gets wet and creates more mogwai and as you might expect, they turn into gremlins and now the Clamp building is full is gremlins.  Now the only chance New York City has is to destroy all the gremlins before sundown.

There are some sequels better than the original.  It's more common now, but it's particularly hard to achieve with comedies.  After all, humour often comes from the unexpected, but a lot of people just want to see more of the same (it's why the Austin Powers movies have such diminishing returns).  Joe Dante, however, after being hounded for another Gremlins movie decides to tone down the horror and up the comedy in a major way.  While the original was a monster movie, the sequel is a live action Looney Tunes with monsters.  It's no coincidence that the film starts off with a Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck short, because that is the tone of the movie.  And it completely works.  I actually watched this again a few years ago and was surprised how well it holds up.  I was expecting more dated humour and there is a bit, but mostly it's an excerise in silliness and being balls out crazy.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/FgNp8th0huw
If you liked this, check out... Evil Dead 2

Another great comedy that ups the comedy to madcap lunacy, Evil Dead 2 is a delight.  In fact, I just realized it might be the perfect double bill with Gremlins 2.  While far less kid friendly, it is a film that turns gore into slapstick props.  If Gremlins 2 is Looney Tunes, Evil Dead 2 is a disgustingly hilarious three Stooges with monsters, madness and a haunted house.

Trivia The uplifting end of the world video scene was included by the filmmakers when they found out that one of the news networks actually had such a video prepared to run in case of the end of the world. CNN has a video for this purpose in its archive, and its staff are instructed to "hold the video for release until the end of the world is confirmed."

https://www.youtube.com/v/qzhPzHhnFl0
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2018, 06:19:57 PM
Note to Retro: this is not an error.  On the list, you ranked three movies that were 26 points with two votes in the reverse order.  This means 48 and 46 switched places.  Meanwhile, #47 stays as is.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 14, 2018, 06:21:47 PM
I've been meaning to watch Gremlins 2 again.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 14, 2018, 07:16:24 PM
One of my favs, love Gremlins 2! And excellent write-up, it is a fun phenomenon, the sequel that ups the funny. Gremlins 1 also rules. And for Evil Dead, I find Army of Darkness even funnier/less tense compared to Evil Dead II.

Gremlins 2 may very well be the only film featuring music by Slayer on this list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 14, 2018, 07:28:20 PM
One of my favs, love Gremlins 2! And excellent write-up, it is a fun phenomenon, the sequel that ups the funny. Gremlins 1 also rules. And for Evil Dead, I find Army of Darkness even funnier/less tense compared to Evil Dead II.

Gremlins 2 may very well be the only film featuring music by Slayer on this list.

Love Army of Darkness. I should have included it on my list but I went for the more pure comedy route. AoD is kind of Comedy/Horror/Adventure/Action
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 14, 2018, 07:33:31 PM
Note to Retro: this is not an error.  On the list, you ranked three movies that were 26 points with two votes in the reverse order.  This means 48 and 46 switched places.  Meanwhile, #47 stays as is.

Oh yeah you're right.  Since they were all tied at 26 points and 2 lists, they had to be ranked in order by which had the highest positioning.  After I had everything scored, I sorted by points.  Since these were all the same value, Excel fell back to sorting alphabetically.  I just copied the first 50 items from that sorted list, then went to sort the ties manually.  This one slipped past me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2018, 07:46:53 PM
I suspected it was something like that.  No worries.  I checked the rest of the list, too and there are no other mistakes like that.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 14, 2018, 10:46:04 PM
I don't mind mild criticisim but be nice.

Okay, I'll be nice.... until, as a wise man once said, it's time to not be nice. Like, if Jackass makes the list, then all bets are off   ;)

So far nuthin from me. Though I did like the Naked Gun series back in the day. (haven't seen them, or the other 2 on the list, in a long, long time)





Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 14, 2018, 10:53:32 PM
Gremlins 2 is very fun, but it's not a great movie. For the *most* part I had to consider it a great movie and not just funny for it to make my list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 15, 2018, 03:25:33 AM
I saw Gremlins 2 in the theater way back in the day.  I loved the part where the film cuts out to the scene where the gremlins appear to be interrupting the screening of the film itself.  Then the theater manager finds Hulk Hogan in the audience, and he comes out and scares the gremlins off.  The home video version had a different version of that scene, with gremlins flipping through channels.

That electric gremlin was pretty scary though.  It's hard to deal with a monster that dangerous.

I don't think I ever saw the original Gremlins in its entirety until 2004 when I rented it from Netflix.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 15, 2018, 05:51:14 AM
I'm just a regular fellow! - and I want you to step right up and call me 'Speedy'!
#47
The Freshman


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26 Points, 2 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #2 George 2.0

Harold Lamb is a sweet-hearted but niave young man on his way to college.  He has big plans to become the big man on campus via imitating a film character but finds it a lot more difficult than he anticipated.  Unfortunately for him, he's actually the school joke, a fact that he is blissfully unaware of.  When he learns the truth, he becomes determined to win the school football game and learns that his greatest strength lies in being true to himself.

The Freshman is a wonderful silent era comedy and one that is helped by the humanity of the main character.  The film wouldn't work nearly as well if the character weren't so darn easy to root for, despite his flaws.  Lamb's desire to be recognized and love through trying to emulate a film star is a very relatable premise and the final game is a perfect capper to the film.  Lloyd fills the character and the screen with exhuberence and optimism, it's hard not to be drawn into Lamb's quest for popularity and learning what it really means to be a big man.

George 2.0

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Arguably Lloyd’s funniest picture and my personal favorite. It’s loaded with laughs, and Jobyna Ralston and Harold have such great chemistry together. I’d easily rank it as one of the greatest comedies of all time – Essential Lloyd, it is also quintessential Lloyd. It draws on sympathy as likable Lloyd is mocked by the campus hot shots as he tries so hard to fit in. Joby convinces him to be himself and tells him that she believes in him. That’s all you the setup you need to send us into the final act and the hilarious big football game where the kid who never says die, gets his chance to shine.

I like that this film isn’t one gag after another. It’s very funny, but it takes time to set up and tell a story. I think Harold might very well have influenced Keaton in this regard. Buster’s Steamboat Bill Jr. especially uses the model established by The Freshman. Set up the story, the relationships first, and then deliver the knock out ending.
Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/RkEfd3ZER8A

If you liked this, check out... Safety Last

Considered one of the great silent comedies, this is my favourite Lloyd film.  There are wonderful gags throughout, but it's really all set up for a fantastic finally, wherein Lloyd's character must reluctantly work his way up an entire building by himself while his friend, who was supposed to do the deed, is chased by a cop.  Each new level brings up another new ridiculous challenge for our hero, include the iconic and thrilling clock scene.

Trivia Harold Lloyd was 31 when he shot this movie. He had always wanted to make a football movie but never had the opportunity. When this film was in development, he thought it would be a bad idea to have him in it, because he was too old.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 15, 2018, 07:53:35 AM
Yeah, but did it have a Komodo Dragon on a treadmill?
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 15, 2018, 10:40:35 AM
A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have.
#46
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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26 Points, 2 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #1 Pak-Man

Roger Rabbit is one of the biggest stars of the silver screen.  He's also a cartoon character, in a world where cartoon characters can interact with flesh and blood ones. When Detective Eddy Valiant reveals to him that his wife has been playing patty cake with another cartoon producer Marvin Acme, he flips out and disappears.  The next morning, Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.  However, Roger shows up in Valiant's apartment, insisting that he prove his innocence.  Valiant reluctantly agrees and soon finds himself crossing paths with the intimidating Judge Doom, the only man who knows how to kill cartoons.

Pak-Man:

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Cartoon humor is my favorite kind of humor, and this movie celebrates it in a way that speaks to me on a profound level. Its central theme- that a sense of humor is probably the most important thing to carry with you into any battle- is a message that I took to heart and that wisdom has carried me through the best and worst times of my life.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/MzxZ8qtdun0

If you liked this, check out... Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

If you are looking for a double bill of noir comedy, you could watch Roger Rabbit and Steve Martin and Carl Reiner's Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. It's a comedy in which Martin plays a detective, but the catch is the film is intercut with scenes of classic noir.  It's a pretty delightful romp.

Trivia This movie marked the only time cartoon characters from Walt Disney and Warner Brothers appeared together on-screen.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 15, 2018, 02:02:08 PM
I think it was 10 years ago, when I strolled into Barnes and Noble during a sale and found a single copy of the Harold Lloyd box-set at 50% off. I stared at that thing, wandered around the store with it in my hand – I only knew Lloyd from clips of him climbing a building and hanging from a clock - “did I want to buy this set without knowing if I'd actually like the content?” In the end I said “why the hell not”, especially at that price. Took it home, popped it on and had a whale of a time. Love Harold's brand of humor.

If you liked this, check out... Safety Last

Harold's work is usually broken into 2 categories. The gag comedies, like Safety Last and the character comedies (The Freshman). I think if you liked Freshman, another character comedy, like the Kid Brother would be something folks might enjoy too. But yeah, you gotta see Safety Last just for that amazing climb

Yeah, but did it have a Komodo Dragon on a treadmill?

I liked that Freshman too
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 15, 2018, 03:17:28 PM
I have to say I was never that big a fan of Roger Rabbit. That movie at least for myself anyway was scarcely better than something like "Cool World".
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Post by: CJones on June 15, 2018, 03:19:56 PM
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Trivia This movie marked the only time cartoon characters from Walt Disney and Warner Brothers appeared together on-screen.

Not only that, but both studios insisted on equal recognition. Which is why we got the Daffy vs Donald and Bugs Bunny vs Micky Mouse scenes.

Woody Woodpecker was also there. Nobody cared. At least Betty Boop had some lines.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 15, 2018, 03:25:16 PM
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A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have.

I think that's actually a really good quote.

Also I'm surprised my 25th place vote actually made the difference of a movie making a list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 15, 2018, 04:10:46 PM
I have to say I was never that big a fan of Roger Rabbit. That movie at least for myself anyway was scarcely better than something like "Cool World".

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an incredible film. The concept and the execution are so perfect, it's hard to imagine how it even happened.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 15, 2018, 04:19:41 PM
Love Rogger Rabbit, great great movie. That said, I do also like Cool World, though it's a lot less rewatchable, slow pacing, budget and production woes etc. In general I'm a big fan of Bakshi though. I do call toons "doodles" now thanks to that film.

Roger Rabbit is pretty perfect, noir meets toons and whatnot, it's genius. I've heard the book is cool too.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 15, 2018, 04:20:08 PM
Love The Freshman, it's the first film on my list to make the main list. :)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 15, 2018, 04:34:54 PM
Ted, I have the strangest feeling we've been through this exact same thing before.

#45
Airplane 2: The Sequel


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28 Points, 3 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #8 RVR II

In the future, the Mayflower One is a commercial shuttle taking people from Earth to the Moon.  But Ted Striker knows that there is something wrong with the shuttle and escapes an insane asylum in order to stop any tragedy.  Sure enough, the Mayflower faces two threats: a mad bomber and an insane computer that wants to shoot the shuttle into the sun.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/Bbv5B71KmkA

If you liked this, check out... Dark Star

If you liked this, you might want to check out John Carpenter's low budget sci-fi comedy Dark Star, featuring a crew in a spaceship dealing with a "smart bomb" that might be too smart for it's own good.  Co-written by the writer of Alien.

Trivia The Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker writing and directing trio (Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams) claim (on the audio commentary on the DVD release of Airplane! (1980)) never to have seen this film. They initially agreed to a sequel, and then balked at the idea at a later date. The movie went ahead without their permission, and despite their protests - thus, they refused to watch a single frame of it upon its release - and still have not over twenty years later.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: ColeStratton on June 15, 2018, 04:37:44 PM
Love Rogger Rabbit, great great movie. That said, I do also like Cool World, though it's a lot less rewatchable, slow pacing, budget and production woes etc. In general I'm a big fan of Bakshi though. I do call toons "doodles" now thanks to that film.

Roger Rabbit is pretty perfect, noir meets toons and whatnot, it's genius. I've heard the book is cool too.

Saw Roger Rabbit four times in the theater, the most I have ever seen anything. Granted, I was 12 years old and it was the perfect movie for me. Second place is Waiting for Guffman (3 times) in terms of theater viewing (first run).
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 15, 2018, 04:50:42 PM
I wasn't allowed to watch Airplane or II when I was a teenager but when I went in the Navy I bought both on VHS and have loved rewatching them ever since 8)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Lunquewill on June 15, 2018, 06:19:16 PM

Lt. Frank Drebin finds himself investigating an explosion that his ex-girlfriend witnessed.  Soon, he discovered that the target might be Dr. Meinheimer, an energy specialist who intends to endorse renewable energy in an upcoming National Press Club dinner.  Sure enough, he's being targetted by the leaders of fossil fuel and nuclear power industries, who are afraid that his speech might damage their business.  Now Drebin must uncover the conspiracy with the help of Police Squad, while wrestling with his conflicting feelings with his old flame.



Was this the movie that had O. J. Simpson in it?


Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 15, 2018, 06:59:28 PM

Lt. Frank Drebin finds himself investigating an explosion that his ex-girlfriend witnessed.  Soon, he discovered that the target might be Dr. Meinheimer, an energy specialist who intends to endorse renewable energy in an upcoming National Press Club dinner.  Sure enough, he's being targetted by the leaders of fossil fuel and nuclear power industries, who are afraid that his speech might damage their business.  Now Drebin must uncover the conspiracy with the help of Police Squad, while wrestling with his conflicting feelings with his old flame.



Was this the movie that had O. J. Simpson in it?

All the naked gun movies had OJ in it

https://youtu.be/lI-ty9MfICM
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 15, 2018, 07:15:42 PM
I'm one of those rare weird ones who think Airplane 2 The Sequel was every bit as good as Airplane!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 15, 2018, 07:15:53 PM
OJ Simpson's scenes are a new kind of funny because you get to watch him in all kinds of pain.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 15, 2018, 11:29:50 PM
* Airplane 2 I just, didn't like at all (sorry fans)

* And I've never cared for Warner's, etc cartoons or their style of humor (lots of yelling and punching and such). Daffy and Donald and the lot left me cold - so Roger just wasn't my thing. The concept was neat, and I have no problem with it making the list... but watching that clip reinforced that, yeah, not my thing.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 16, 2018, 12:45:11 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/E1JKd1C7izQ

That piece of music that Daffy and Donald are playing is colloquially known as the "Cat Concerto", thanks to this Tom & Jerry cartoon.

Now that I think about it, I don't think T&J are actually in the movie. That choice of music may have been the director's nod to their place in animation history.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 16, 2018, 01:45:56 AM
Airplane 2 I just, didn't like at all (sorry fans)
https://www.youtube.com/v/ddsZTFSfXaw
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 16, 2018, 02:03:22 AM
Airplane 2 I just, didn't like at all (sorry fans)
https://www.youtube.com/v/ddsZTFSfXaw

Boo me? Why, I didn't make the movie. If you wanna boo someone, boo them.  ;D
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 16, 2018, 05:02:31 AM
Tell everyone that when the day is out we shall have a wedding. Or a hanging. Either way, we're gonna have a lot of fun, huh?

#44
Robin Hood: Men in Tights


(http://img.moviepostershop.com/robin-hood-men-in-tights-movie-poster-1993-1020539434.jpg)

29 Points, 2 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #10 Linszoid

Upon returning to England from the Crusades, Robin of Loxley finds that the evil Prince John has ascended to the throne and his marked his reign with unfair taxation.  Deciding the people are in need of help, Robin decides to steal from the rich and give to the poor with the help of a band of thieves and freedom fighters he calls his merry men.  But Robin is opposed by John's chief enforcer, the Sheriff of Nottingham, as well as being assisted by an old mystic named Latrine.

Though this was released not long after the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (and references it several times), this is much more of an homage to the film The Adventures of Robin Hood (which you really should check out).  This is actually my best friends favourite movie, though I never liked it quite as much as him.  But Cary Elwes is a delight and while he's had a good career, I'm sort of surprised he never made it to the a-list.  He really is very charming.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/G59JnM4JKNQ

If you liked this, check out... The Court Jester

One of the most beloved parodies of swashbuckling adventure movies, the Court Jester is considered to be Danny Kaye's best film.

Trivia The scene where the Sheriff (Roger Rees) falls through the roof of Latrine (Tracey Ullman) and she tries to get him to have sex with her was completely improvised by Rees and Ullman.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 16, 2018, 07:15:28 AM
Ok I have never seen this but I love Mel Brooks SpaceBalls so might have to check this one out :o
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 16, 2018, 07:16:41 AM
Airplane 2 I just, didn't like at all (sorry fans)
https://www.youtube.com/v/ddsZTFSfXaw

Boo me? Why, I didn't make the movie. If you wanna boo someone, boo them.  ;D
That's the first thing that popped in my head when I read your post so I had to boo you ;D
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 16, 2018, 07:18:22 AM
Men in tights is good stuff, classic.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 16, 2018, 08:45:37 AM
Yes, I think Robin Hood: Men in tights aged rather well to tell the truth, while I think Spaceballs... I just can't stand watching Spaceballs anymore. Sure, it's got a few great jokes here and there but the overall product just kind of annoys me these days.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 16, 2018, 09:02:19 AM
 Sweet :) I was the other person with Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

"Unlike some Robin Hoods, I can speak with a British accent."
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 16, 2018, 10:07:57 AM

Boo me? Why, I didn't make the movie. If you wanna boo someone, boo them.  ;D
That's the first thing that popped in my head when I read your post so I had to boo you ;D

I probably need to be booed every once in a while, just to keep me humble (actually my soul crushing job does that...  ;D)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 16, 2018, 11:54:29 AM

Boo me? Why, I didn't make the movie. If you wanna boo someone, boo them.  ;D
That's the first thing that popped in my head when I read your post so I had to boo you ;D

I probably need to be booed every once in a while, just to keep me humble (actually my soul crushing job does that...  ;D)

To soul crushing jobs  :cheers:
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 16, 2018, 12:07:57 PM
If I shouldn't come back, I forgive you what happened between you and Sobinski. But if I come back, it's a different matter.

#43
To Be or Not to Be


(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d1/03/a2/d103a2042ee4f7259972d30da2bd7342.jpg)

29 Points, 3 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #1 Edward J Grugg III

Poland, 1939.  A troupe of actors is preparing to perform "Gestapo", a satire of Nazi Germany.  They are also giving performances of Hamlet.  Actor Josef Tura is playing the title role and tends to make a real meal of the classic "To be or not to be" speech.  However, he's greatly distressed to see an audience member conspicuously stand up and leave the room just as he begins his speech.  He might be even more distressed if he were to realize that he was actually going off to see his wife in private.  And if that wasn't enough, there's this whole Nazi invasion thing going on.  Soon, the troupe finds themselves involved in a daring escape along with those in need.

The film is considered a classic now, but at the time, many audiences seemed to think that making fun of a real threat like the Nazis and of the invasion of Polandwas in poor taste.  History has been very kind to the film and it really is a film that shows how (to paraphrase Stephen Colbert paraphrasing Thomas More) the Devil crumbles in the face of mockery.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/7NnognNifY0

If you liked this, check out... The Great Dictator

Another great satire of the Nazis, with a very powerful and stirring speech to cap it all off.  Though banned in nations with Nazi sympathies, this one actually became a critical and commercial success with Charlie Chaplin playing both the protagonist "The Jewish Barber" and the villain "Adenoid Hynkil"

Trivia According to Jack Benny's unfinished memoir, published in 1991, his own father walked out of the theater early in the film, disgusted that his son was in a Nazi uniform, and vowed not to set foot in the theater again. Benny convinced him otherwise and his father ended up loving the film, and saw it forty-six times.

The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations and events have been changed.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 16, 2018, 04:50:56 PM
Oops! Typo! You accidentally listed the best comedy of all time as #43!

Anyway, thread locked.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 16, 2018, 08:05:18 PM
The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations and events have been changed.

#42
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


(https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/20/MPW-10122)

31 Points, 2 of 16 Lists, Top vote: #5 Psycho Goatee

Ron Burgundy is the most trusted name in San Diego local news.  He and his entourage are kings of the world, but soon they find their unwavering faith in their masculine superiority threatened by up and coming journalist Veronica Corningstone.  The situation is worse when Ron and Veronica fall in love, then fall out of it when Veronica fills in for Ron one day and he handles it poorly.  Soon, Veronica becomes co-anchor and a private war brews between the two with unexpected consequences for Ron.

It's interesting that Anchorman inspired a lot of films that try to rely on improvisation and crash.  Anchorman is essentially a series of vignettes that loosely form a story but where Anchorman triumphs where many of those other films fail is probably in the editing room and knowing what scenes to keep going with and which ones to keep short.  Many of those other films feel a little sloppy but while Anchorman feels pretty loose, it's pacing is great and the scenes work really well.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/ipsPgNEmAXI

If you liked this, check out... Step Brothers

It feels like the success of Anchorman and Talledega Nights gave Adam McKay and Will Ferrell license to be really weird.  And this is definitely their oddest film with John C. Reilly proving that he's got fantastic comedic chops.  Will and John play two men in their 40's who act and live like children and must learn to live together when their divorced parents start co-habitating.  That's as close to a plot that we get here and it's delightful.

Trivia Many of the actors and actresses were good at improvisation, and would sometimes do up to twenty different versions of reaction lines, trying out the first thing that popped into their heads.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on June 16, 2018, 09:53:51 PM
I don't think too many of my selections are going to make the list. None, so far. I like trash and (predictably) stoner comedy. But we have a long way to go, yet...
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 16, 2018, 10:13:07 PM
The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations and events have been changed.

#42
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


31 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #5 Psycho Goatee

Johnny I just noticed this.  There are 16 lists, not 15.  I don't know if I gave you the wrong number or if you've been typing it in wrong.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 04:33:14 AM
More that I didn't count them all.  Will fix.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 17, 2018, 05:00:27 AM
Have not seen Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy..
Are the other 2 any good ???
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 05:24:37 AM
Have not seen Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy..
Are the other 2 any good ???

There's only two Anchorman movies total (though the first film had so many deleted scenes that it was edited into a sort of mini-movie.  I haven't seen it, but I'm guessing it's funny but the term "movie" is probably generous).  But Anchorman is definitely a good movie and I think it is very much your sense of humour.  Anchorman 2, I haven't seen.  I hear it's competent and not bad, but pretty unessential and forgettable.  Instead of watching Anchorman 2, maybe watch Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, which are all in similar ramshackle but hilarious styles.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 05:45:24 AM
And by the way, you know, when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea - have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!

#41
Trains, Planes and Automobiles


(https://i2.wp.com/www.heyuguys.com/images/2011/12/planes-trains-and-automobiles-sam-gilbey.jpg?fit=656%2C496)

31 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #8 Johnny Unusual

Neal Page is a stressed out ad executive who just wants to make it home to his family in time for Thanksgiving.  On the way, he meets the well-meaning but obnoxious Del Griffith.  After a hiccup with a plane leaves everyone stranded at the airport, Del promises to help Neal get home to his family by any convience they can.  But soon their journey turns into one misadventure after another, thanks in no small part to Del's accident prone nature and careless behavior.  Still, nothing is going to stop these men from getting Neal to his family on time.

John Candy is a fantastic comedic actor and it is a shame that he's gotten so few really good roles (sad fact: later in his career, his marriage was so toxic he was taking ANY role to get out of the house, which explains some of his really bad choices).  Del Griffith might well be his best and possibly the one closest to who Candy was as a person.  The film commits a very good balancing act in making us completely understand why Neal would be so incredibly frustrated and upset with Del but also making us sympathize with him.  The two characters play off of each other perfectly.  It's also John Hughes best film and, whether by intent or not, feels like his most personal.  It also meant a lot to my Dad, whose work involved him travelling a lot, causing him some guilt at times and feeling a lot for Neal.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/ZKtFIgmoqoI

If you liked this, check out... Midnight Run

Like many of the great road comedies, this one features two characters reluctantly stuck together for a long trip.  This time it's Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin as a bounty hunter and a criminal accountant maing their way acros the country while being hounded by criminals and cops.  It's a pretty fun romp.

Trivia No transportation company wanted to appear inept or deficient in any way, so crews had to rent twenty miles of train track and refurbish old railroad cars, construct a set that looked like an airline terminal, design a rent-a-car company logo and uniforms, and rent two hundred fifty cars for the infamous Rent-a-Car sequence.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 17, 2018, 09:28:04 AM
Oops! Typo! You accidentally listed the best comedy of all time as #43!

Anyway, thread locked.

Actually the best comedy of all time hasn't shown up yet... but yeah, your pick is #2 worthy.

I had it on my list... the opening bit with Hitler strolling down the street... just the memory of it puts me in stiches. And Benny and Lombard are comedy gold.

(BTW - I also had Safety Last, which was mentioned, but obviously didn't make it. So now I have 2 and an almost?)

Planes, Trains is pretty good. If my brother were on the forum it would have been his #1. I should have probably put it on my list in his honor, but that's one I figured the rest of you would take care of, and you did.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 17, 2018, 10:36:41 AM
I myself didn't vote for Planes, Trains and Automobiles mostly because I never saw the whole movie. I would have voted for another John Candy movie that I really liked, but for me it just couldn't crack the top 25. That movie was
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Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 17, 2018, 11:04:37 AM
Have not seen Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy..
Are the other 2 any good ???

Check Anchorman and Anchorman 2 out for sure! Great great comedies, some of my favs. The second one was underrated I felt, in general it's tough to make an all around accepted sequel to a comedy sensation.

Anchorman hit right after I graduated High School, and now indeed it's quotes and the Burgandy voice will be with me forever. It's in my DNA.

And love Planes Trains.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 17, 2018, 11:48:27 AM
Anchorman's one of those comedies you need to see in order to know what the Internet is talking about half the time. It's a wonderfully quotable movie.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 12:01:23 PM
Seven o'clock. Psychos seize Santa's workshop and only Lee Majors can stop them.

#40
Scrooged


(http://img.moviepostershop.com/scrooged-movie-poster-1988-1020241717.jpg)

33 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 Retro Muppet Pastor

Frank Cross is the president of the IBC television network and is getting ready his big Christmas project: a live, star-studded performance of A Christmas Carol.  To do this, he makes his employees work through the holidays.  He also gives out the same cheap towels to everyone for Christmas and fires one of his employees for disagreeing with him.  But he is soon visited by the ghost of his old mentor, who warns him he's going to be visited by three ghosts that are going to teach him a lesson, in the most painful way possible.

Putting Bill Murray in the Scrooge role is what makes this movie work.  Murray is the kind of guy who is fantastic at being a cynical misanthrope and here he is downright unpleasant.  But the fact that he is also very funny makes us able to get invested in the story and while the ending "live TV monologue" could easily fall apart, Bill Murray's effortless charisma totally sells a hoary old cliche.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/mvmAa1cYZK4

If you liked this, check out... Gremlins

Thought I should have saved this for Gremlins 2, eh?  Nah.  I think it's perfectly paired here.  I almost went with Krampus, which is also pretty good.  There's a lot of great dark Christmas movies, but I wanted something that is also fun.  I think some people complained it was mean-spirited at the time, but I disagree, as it is a joyful celebration of anarchic comedy mixed with a bit of horror.  It's not "doesn't Christmas suck" as much as it is "aren't monster causing trouble delightful?"

Trivia Bill Murray and Director Richard Donner reportedly did not enjoy working together, creating a lot of tension on-set. When asked by film critic Roger Ebert if he had any disagreements with Donner, Murray replied: "Only a few. Every single minute of the day. That could have been a really, really great movie. The script was so good. There's maybe one take in the final cut movie that is mine. We made it so fast, it was like doing a movie live. He kept telling me to do things louder, louder, louder. I think he was deaf."
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 17, 2018, 12:52:14 PM
I forgot about Scrooged, probably wouldn't have made my top 25 but I should have had it on my big list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 17, 2018, 01:57:19 PM
Sadly, I never was a fan of Scrooged. It just didn't click with me or something.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 17, 2018, 02:00:08 PM
Yeah, for some reason the Christmas comedies just completely slipped my mind. Scrooged is great, though.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 04:01:47 PM
Damn! We're in a tight spot!

#39
O Brother, Where Art Thou?


(https://mvpo.us/img/P607-FR2.jpg)

34 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 Johnny Unusual

Ulysses Everett McGill, Pete Hogwallop and Delmar O'Donnell are three chain gang prisoners who escaped from the authorities, following Everett's promise of a treasure that'll make them all rich.  However, their quest leads them on strange adventures and into the lives of strange characters, including Babyfa-- sorry, George Nelson, blues man Tommy Johnson, bible salesman "Big Dan" Teague and a whole mess of others.  On their way, they see the American south and become successful musicians... without realizing it.

With it's title taken from a fictional script in the film Sullivan's Travels, the Coens make my favourite of their comedies.  The Coens often like to go to dark places in their comedies and while there are moments of that here, this one is about having fun in a landscape that's sort of a kaledoscope of early 20th century Americana, loosely based on Homer's the Odyssey.  This is actually the first Coens film I'd seen (I had heard of Fargo but had never seen it) but I immediately fell in love with their bizarre humor and turns of phrase and made me realize that in the right role, George Clooney is damned funny. Sadly, not a lot of people get the best from him comedically (not even Clooney when he directs himself), but in the right role, he's perfectly silly.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/apq46lA0uSM

If you liked this, check out... Modern Times

Another movie about people trying to make their way during the Great Depression, Modern Times focuses not on rural America but on big city living and the frustrations of having to live in the modern age.  While O Brother is about an entire society looking backward for hope, Modern Times is about anxiety of modernization (perfectly symbolized when the Tramp goes temporarily mad in the factory).  But despite this focus it is a very hopeful film and one that says goodbye to the Tramp and gives him an ending both very familiar yet with a significant and sweet difference.

Trivia The film's soundtrack became an unlikely blockbuster, even surpassing the success of the film. By early 2001, it had sold five million copies, spawned a documentary film, three follow-up albums ("O Sister" and "O Sister 2"), two concert tours, and won Country Music Awards for Album of the Year and Single of the Year (for "Man of Constant Sorrow"). It also won five Grammys, including Album of the Year, and hit #1 on the Billboard album charts the week of March 15, 2002, 63 weeks after its release and over a year after the release of the film.

I got my copy.  It's pretty damned good.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 17, 2018, 04:21:38 PM
I love Scrooged, but I have a rule.  I watch it exactly once a year, on Christmas Eve.  I never deviate from this rule and have kept it consistent since 2007.  One year, my sister borrowed my DVD copy of it and I didn't find out until the evening of Christmas Eve.  Not wanting to deviate from tradition, I had to pay 3 bucks to rent a copy from Youtube.

I've never seen O Brother, but the rest of my family are all big fans.  The Wifi password at their house is soggybottomboys402.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 17, 2018, 04:34:52 PM
I kind of have a love/hate relationship with the movies of the Coen brothers. Some of them are absolutely great, and some of them I really don't like, and sadly... Oh brother where art thou is one of the few Coen brothers films I don't like.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 17, 2018, 04:57:05 PM
Oops! Typo! You accidentally listed the best comedy of all time as #43!

Anyway, thread locked.

Actually the best comedy of all time hasn't shown up yet... but yeah, your pick is #2 worthy.

I had it on my list... the opening bit with Hitler strolling down the street... just the memory of it puts me in stiches. And Benny and Lombard are comedy gold.

(BTW - I also had Safety Last, which was mentioned, but obviously didn't make it. So now I have 2 and an almost?)

Planes, Trains is pretty good. If my brother were on the forum it would have been his #1. I should have probably put it on my list in his honor, but that's one I figured the rest of you would take care of, and you did.

You didn't actually have it at two though, did you? Or it would be much higher.

I had Safety Last too, so don't count it out yet.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 04:59:20 PM
Oops! Typo! You accidentally listed the best comedy of all time as #43!

Anyway, thread locked.

Actually the best comedy of all time hasn't shown up yet... but yeah, your pick is #2 worthy.

I had it on my list... the opening bit with Hitler strolling down the street... just the memory of it puts me in stiches. And Benny and Lombard are comedy gold.

(BTW - I also had Safety Last, which was mentioned, but obviously didn't make it. So now I have 2 and an almost?)

Planes, Trains is pretty good. If my brother were on the forum it would have been his #1. I should have probably put it on my list in his honor, but that's one I figured the rest of you would take care of, and you did.

You didn't actually have it at two though, did you? Or it would be much higher.

I had Safety Last too, so don't count it out yet.

Sorry, but you can.  It was just a few points shy of making the list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 17, 2018, 05:00:03 PM
Anchorman felt less... charming to me the last time I watched it. I still like it, but I used to love it.

Scrooged is very good - just not top 25 for me.

O Brother was on my list - a tremendous, hilarious movie, that rewards multiple watchings. One of the best movies from two of the best directors of their generation.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 17, 2018, 05:08:51 PM
Yeah, O Brother means a lot to me (I really need to get around to Sullivan's Travels when I can find it).  It's funny and sweet and weird and it's just a delight.   And, like many Coens movies, very quotable.

https://www.youtube.com/v/HtxbIkfDDO4
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on June 17, 2018, 05:21:40 PM
Damn! We're in a tight spot!

#39
O Brother, Where Art Thou?




If you liked this, check out... Modern Times


Great Pick.

Partially to be informative, but also because it is high on my list but I fear it will not make the top 50, I would like to add Sullivan's Travels, in which a filmmaker known for comedies sets out to make a serious film based on a novel called "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" An unsourced blurb on the wikipedia page for the film states that on the special-edition DVD the Coens say their film is almost what Sullivan would have ended up making after Sullivan's Travels ends.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 17, 2018, 06:45:36 PM
Love the Coen bros., and I'm a dapper Dan man.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 17, 2018, 07:00:28 PM
Oops! Typo! You accidentally listed the best comedy of all time as #43!

Anyway, thread locked.

Actually the best comedy of all time hasn't shown up yet... but yeah, your pick is #2 worthy.

I had it on my list... the opening bit with Hitler strolling down the street... just the memory of it puts me in stiches. And Benny and Lombard are comedy gold.

(BTW - I also had Safety Last, which was mentioned, but obviously didn't make it. So now I have 2 and an almost?)

Planes, Trains is pretty good. If my brother were on the forum it would have been his #1. I should have probably put it on my list in his honor, but that's one I figured the rest of you would take care of, and you did.

You didn't actually have it at two though, did you? Or it would be much higher.

I had Safety Last too, so don't count it out yet.

Sorry.  Safety Last was on 2 lists, but only rang in at 22 points.  The minimum is 25 points and 2 lists.  I wouldn't have mentioned this if Johnny hadn't already.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 17, 2018, 07:03:57 PM
Oops! Typo! You accidentally listed the best comedy of all time as #43!

Anyway, thread locked.

Actually the best comedy of all time hasn't shown up yet... but yeah, your pick is #2 worthy.

I had it on my list... the opening bit with Hitler strolling down the street... just the memory of it puts me in stiches. And Benny and Lombard are comedy gold.

(BTW - I also had Safety Last, which was mentioned, but obviously didn't make it. So now I have 2 and an almost?)

Planes, Trains is pretty good. If my brother were on the forum it would have been his #1. I should have probably put it on my list in his honor, but that's one I figured the rest of you would take care of, and you did.

You didn't actually have it at two though, did you? Or it would be much higher.

I had Safety Last too, so don't count it out yet.

Sorry.  Safety Last was on 2 lists, but only rang in at 22 points.  The minimum is 25 points and 2 lists.  I wouldn't have mentioned this if Johnny hadn't already.

Fair enough - But because of this I'm banning anyone who voted for a Kevin Smith movie.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 17, 2018, 07:11:31 PM
Zoinks, Scoob!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 17, 2018, 07:53:16 PM
Fair enough - But because of this I'm banning anyone who voted for a Kevin Smith movie.
I've seen a few Kevin Smith movies including Jay and Silent Bob strike back, but I'll be damned if I can remember anything that happened in that movie. That's part of the reason
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Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 17, 2018, 08:14:11 PM
I almost had a Kevin Smith movie. Like- it would have been #27.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Darth Geek on June 17, 2018, 08:39:52 PM
I haven't seen O Brother Where Art Thou yet. I'm with Russoguru, the Coen Brothers movies are hit and miss for me. Fargo, The Big Labowski and Hudsucker Proxy were a lot of fun. But Burn After Reading, Hail Ceaser, and The Ladykillers were complete duds for me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 17, 2018, 08:46:06 PM
I haven't seen O Brother Where Art Thou yet. I'm with Russoguru, the Coen Brothers movies are hit and miss for me. Fargo, The Big Labowski and Hudsucker Proxy were a lot of fun. But Burn After Reading, Hail Ceaser, and The Ladykillers were complete duds for me.

Hey, you just said you liked a (neo) noir film. :)

The Ladykillers is mostly garbage. The other two are lesser Coens for sure, but lesser Coens are better than most.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Darth Geek on June 17, 2018, 08:55:15 PM
I haven't seen O Brother Where Art Thou yet. I'm with Russoguru, the Coen Brothers movies are hit and miss for me. Fargo, The Big Labowski and Hudsucker Proxy were a lot of fun. But Burn After Reading, Hail Ceaser, and The Ladykillers were complete duds for me.

Hey, you just said you liked a (neo) noir film. :)

The Ladykillers is mostly garbage. The other two are lesser Coens for sure, but lesser Coens are better than most.
I don't know how Big Labowski qualifies as noir at all. But I do love Roger Rabbit, which definitely is. So yes, on the rare occasion I can like a noir film.

I have heard that most Coens fans hate Ladykillers, so it didn't surprise me. I think the only reason I saw it at the time was because Tom Hanks was in it.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 17, 2018, 09:06:01 PM
I haven't seen O Brother Where Art Thou yet. I'm with Russoguru, the Coen Brothers movies are hit and miss for me. Fargo, The Big Labowski and Hudsucker Proxy were a lot of fun. But Burn After Reading, Hail Ceaser, and The Ladykillers were complete duds for me.

Hey, you just said you liked a (neo) noir film. :)

The Ladykillers is mostly garbage. The other two are lesser Coens for sure, but lesser Coens are better than most.
I don't know how Big Labowski qualifies as noir at all. But I do love Roger Rabbit, which definitely is. So yes, on the rare occasion I can like a noir film.

I have heard that most Coens fans hate Ladykillers, so it didn't surprise me. I think the only reason I saw it at the time was because Tom Hanks was in it.

The Big Lebowski is definitely a noir film - the Coens themselves call it one. It's basically a Raymond Chandler novel with a stoner in Marlowe's role.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 18, 2018, 04:13:36 AM
Damn! We're in a tight spot!

#39
O Brother, Where Art Thou?




If you liked this, check out... Modern Times


Great Pick.

Partially to be informative, but also because it is high on my list but I fear it will not make the top 50, I would like to add Sullivan's Travels, in which a filmmaker known for comedies sets out to make a serious film based on a novel called "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" An unsourced blurb on the wikipedia page for the film states that on the special-edition DVD the Coens say their film is almost what Sullivan would have ended up making after Sullivan's Travels ends.

well... there might be some other, I dunno, fan of Sullivan's. Just saying...  I might know of at least one here.


plus Johnny does tend to pull his If you liked this, check out... from movies that didn't make the 50. So if he didn't go with Sullivans it's still in play. Who knows, we might see it.

btw I forgot about -the great- O Brother. When I saw it on the list I thought, "Oh yeah, that is a comedy"
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2018, 04:16:15 AM
I haven't seen O Brother Where Art Thou yet. I'm with Russoguru, the Coen Brothers movies are hit and miss for me. Fargo, The Big Labowski and Hudsucker Proxy were a lot of fun. But Burn After Reading, Hail Ceaser, and The Ladykillers were complete duds for me.

Hey, you just said you liked a (neo) noir film. :)

The Ladykillers is mostly garbage. The other two are lesser Coens for sure, but lesser Coens are better than most.

I rather like Tom Hanks' scenery chewing performance in that and wish it was in a better film.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2018, 04:18:55 AM
So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

#38
Caddyshack


(https://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server1500/f5116/products/382/images/4843/90408_01__85980.1379990015.500.750.jpg?c=2)

34 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 RVR II

Danny Noonan has just begun work at the Bushwood country club in order to make enough money for college.  There he meets Ty Webb, a skilled and charismatic golfer who Danny begins a friendship with.  He also meets the high strung Judge Elihu Smails, director of the caddy scholarship program and tries to get on his good side in the hopes of getting a scholarship.  Around the same time, the obnoxious Al Czervik, irritating the stuffy Judge who vows he will never gain membership.  Al reveals that he's planning on buying the club and turning it into condominums.  Soon, their heated argument leads to a big game with a huge wager and Danny finds himself caught in the middle.

Caddyshack is probably tied for most beloved snobs versus slobs comedy.  The film is proudly and gleefully rude, crude and childish, with some pretty big league hitting comedic home runs and touchdowns all over the place!  (Can you tell I don't watch sports?)  The first film from Harold Ramis, the film is actually really popular among golfers with Tiger Woods stating it was his favourite film.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/mFPjQhl1eYE

If you liked this, check out... The Bad News Bears

Another great sports movie about slobs, this one focuses on a drunken Walter Matthau as  the coach of a little league team of losers.  Often imitated (including ill-considered remakes, sequels and a TV series) but never duplicated the film has both crude humour and a well-earned humanity to it that those inspired by it rarely get correctly.

Trivia Carl Spackler was originally a silent character in the script, in the manner of Harpo Marx, but after Bill Murray was cast, Harold Ramis encouraged Murray to speak and improvise.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 18, 2018, 05:22:56 AM
Wow this classic was only on 2 lists ???
Sad :(
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 18, 2018, 07:24:54 AM
btw I forgot about -the great- O Brother. When I saw it on the list I thought, "Oh yeah, that is a comedy"

Same here. It definitely is a comedy, but there's so much more emotion attached to that movie than in the typical comedy it didn't come up when I was searching my memory banks.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 18, 2018, 07:32:07 AM
Wow this classic was only on 2 lists ???
Sad :(

It was on my big list, but I haven't watched it in so long it got pushed down to about where it ended up on this list.

Only two Bill Murray movies made it on my list.  Something about the movies he's in that I love them for a while but then they fade on me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 18, 2018, 08:40:36 AM
Gotta love Caddyshack! One of my favs. Rodney Dangerfield is the man.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 18, 2018, 09:14:52 AM
Still have not seen Caddyshack. Not avoiding it, just never got around to it. That and The Goonies are on my list of '80s pop culture even I'm amazed I haven't got around to.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: The Lurker on June 18, 2018, 09:32:28 AM
Skip the sequel, though.  It only has one good part...
https://www.youtube.com/v/S5N6-38EhLE
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2018, 09:50:17 AM
I've never seen Caddyshack, but I've seen the sequel a lot.  When I was a kid it kept appearing on the local network along with Mannequin 2: On the Move and It Came From Hollywood.  Because my local network just didn't care.  It Came From Hollywood is fascinating, though, as it was sort of a proto-MST3k.  Not very funny, though, despite featuring riffing by very funny people (like Gilda Radner and John Candy).
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2018, 09:51:15 AM
Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday. It will be known as freedom Friday, but still on a Tuesday!

#37
The Lego Movie


(http://www.ramascreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Whalen_LegoMovie_press-439x586.jpg)

34 Points, 3 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #11 Johnny Unusual and Quirk

Emmett is just a little brick Lego dude and is ordinary. Painfully ordinary.  People barely notice he's around. But when he accidentally gets a very strange object stuck to his back, he discovers that he's prophecized to win a war against "Lord Business", the secret ruler of the world.  He must assist a team of master builder, incredible brick artists, to battle business and save the world for being stuck in place forever.

When announced, it was understandable for one to be skeptical about the idea of a Lego movie.  After all, there's no inherent narrative to a bunch of toy bricks.  But Phil Lord and Chris Miller have proven themselves as a comedic powerhouse team and made a film that is funny and actually has something to say about creativity, the idea of being special and even manages to have an on-brand examination of the conflicting playstyles of Lego owners: have fun following the instructions or create something unique.  It manages to create a uniquely engaging visual world where pretty much EVERYTHING looks like genuine Lego.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/3ZXvR39OGK4

If you liked this, check out... Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The first Lord and Miller directed movie is a very silly adaptation of a beloved children's book.  Like the Lego Movie, it is a great mix of goofiness and great character-focused story-telling.  The film is filled with some wonderful visual gags and bizarre, memorable characters.

Trivia The term "Master Builder" is actually an official designation by the LEGO Company; per their website, "LEGO® Master Builders are the highly-trained and super-creative builders who design all of the official LEGO sets. Other LEGO Master Builders create giant, detailed sculptures out of LEGO bricks for LEGOLAND® Parks and special events all around the world."
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on June 18, 2018, 10:20:16 AM
Still have not seen Caddyshack. Not avoiding it, just never got around to it.
Get and see it ASAP! You won't be disappointed!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2018, 03:55:59 PM
Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.

#36
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure


(https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/71/MPW-35927)

35 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #8 Psycho Goatee

Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan are two metalheads from California who dream of becoming rock stars.  But standing in their way is a history class they need to pass.  The situation turns out to be more dire than expected when I man from the future arrives to tell them that a utopian future's existance is dependent on these two kids passing history class.  Bill and Ted aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer but their new future friend gives them a time machine in order to learn about history firsthand.

By the time Excellent Adventure came out, California speak humour was getting a bit long in the tooth.  It didn't stop this film from being a hit and it works due to the immense likeability of the two leads.  I've also liked that most of the historical figures just plain don't speak English.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/8XJKUITfiv4

If you liked this, check out... Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

I'd actually argue this is better than the original.  I love that it largely puts aside the time travel stuff and goes in a wonderful afterlife direction.  Also, everything with Death in a delight.

Trivia The phone booth time machine in the film was given away as a contest prize in Nintendo Power magazine, as the magazine was promoting a then-new Bill and Ted game for the NES.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 18, 2018, 04:20:07 PM
Excellent! And agreed that Bogus Journey rules as well, I dig both quite a bit. Glad they're finally getting that third one made too! Officially! Non-non-non-heinous!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: goflyblind on June 18, 2018, 04:21:40 PM
STATION!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 05:02:37 PM
Wonder if they'll still be calling each other homophobic slurs in the new one?
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 05:03:46 PM
Wow this classic was only on 2 lists ???
Sad :(

I only saw Cadyshack for the first time in the last five years. I enjoyed it well enough, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 05:06:00 PM
I haven't seen O Brother Where Art Thou yet. I'm with Russoguru, the Coen Brothers movies are hit and miss for me. Fargo, The Big Labowski and Hudsucker Proxy were a lot of fun. But Burn After Reading, Hail Ceaser, and The Ladykillers were complete duds for me.

Hey, you just said you liked a (neo) noir film. :)

The Ladykillers is mostly garbage. The other two are lesser Coens for sure, but lesser Coens are better than most.

I rather like Tom Hanks' scenery chewing performance in that and wish it was in a better film.

I agree.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on June 18, 2018, 05:07:47 PM
Wow this classic was only on 2 lists ???
Sad :(
I don't know, my long list had 116 movies on it, and there were quite a few more that I like a lot that weren't included in that group. There are just too many movies, see?

Back in my day...
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2018, 05:12:54 PM
Wonder if they'll still be calling each other homophobic slurs in the new one?

Can't be more offensive than the long-running stage show at Universal Studios.  Don't ask.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 05:14:03 PM
Wow this classic was only on 2 lists ???
Sad :(
I don't know, my long list had 116 movies on it, and there were quite a few more that I like a lot that weren't included in that group. There are just too many movies, see?

Back in my day...

Yeah, I have many movies I LOVE that didn't make the list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 05:14:23 PM
Wonder if they'll still be calling each other homophobic slurs in the new one?

Can't be more offensive than the long-running stage show at Universal Studios.  Don't ask.

UNforunately, I know all about it :P
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on June 18, 2018, 05:37:02 PM
Damn! We're in a tight spot!

#39
O Brother, Where Art Thou?




If you liked this, check out... Modern Times


Great Pick.

Partially to be informative, but also because it is high on my list but I fear it will not make the top 50, I would like to add Sullivan's Travels, in which a filmmaker known for comedies sets out to make a serious film based on a novel called "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" An unsourced blurb on the wikipedia page for the film states that on the special-edition DVD the Coens say their film is almost what Sullivan would have ended up making after Sullivan's Travels ends.

well... there might be some other, I dunno, fan of Sullivan's. Just saying...  I might know of at least one here.


plus Johnny does tend to pull his If you liked this, check out... from movies that didn't make the 50. So if he didn't go with Sullivans it's still in play. Who knows, we might see it.
By jove, I think you might be on to something!

I hope.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 05:39:25 PM
Damn! We're in a tight spot!

#39
O Brother, Where Art Thou?




If you liked this, check out... Modern Times


Great Pick.

Partially to be informative, but also because it is high on my list but I fear it will not make the top 50, I would like to add Sullivan's Travels, in which a filmmaker known for comedies sets out to make a serious film based on a novel called "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" An unsourced blurb on the wikipedia page for the film states that on the special-edition DVD the Coens say their film is almost what Sullivan would have ended up making after Sullivan's Travels ends.

well... there might be some other, I dunno, fan of Sullivan's. Just saying...  I might know of at least one here.


plus Johnny does tend to pull his If you liked this, check out... from movies that didn't make the 50. So if he didn't go with Sullivans it's still in play. Who knows, we might see it.
By jove, I think you might be on to something!

I hope.

I may or may not know a third person who had it fairly high on their list...
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 18, 2018, 09:32:19 PM
Wonder if they'll still be calling each other homophobic slurs in the new one?

You mentioned Chandler, The Big Sleep is one of my fav books, that has homophobic slurs in it as well haha. Time flies.

(Just to clarify intent here, I'm pointing out that seemingly besmirching Bill & Ted's shining moment here by mentioning the vernacular of the time is an endeavor that I find a bit off-putting. And we celebrate stuff from even more appalling time periods, as seen in the early 20th century entries here. And it seems evident that Bill & Ted wouldn't use such language today, no matter how funny it may be. And not that it's funny or good in real life, but anything goes in fiction. George Carlin seems to think anything can be funny, a good guy, and it's fitting since he's in that movie.)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 10:17:32 PM
Wonder if they'll still be calling each other homophobic slurs in the new one?

You mentioned Chandler, The Big Sleep is one of my fav books, that has homophobic slurs in it as well haha. Time flies.

(Just to clarify intent here, I'm pointing out that seemingly besmirching Bill & Ted's shining moment here by mentioning the vernacular of the time is an endeavor that I find a bit off-putting. And we celebrate stuff from even more appalling time periods, as seen in the early 20th century entries here. And it seems evident that Bill & Ted wouldn't use such language today, no matter how funny it may be. And not that it's funny or good in real life, but anything goes in fiction. George Carlin seems to think anything can be funny, a good guy, and it's fitting since he's in that movie.)

You may want to look at how recent that stage show was that Johnny was talking about, the franchise has problems.

I do agree there's a certain amount of looking past different times and all that, but Bogus Journey is from 1991.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 18, 2018, 10:27:01 PM
South Park's movie may end up on this list, it's on many. And it's characters pejoratively calling anything negative "gay" I think actually influenced and popularized that saying a bit. And that movie is from 1999. No harm was done by Bill & Ted calling eachother the f word. And it was funny. Certainly less than South Park. And that all said, we know these people behind the films aren't bigots, Parker and Stone are cool, sometimes it's okay for a movie to be irreverent or offensive.

The message of Bill & Ted is "be excellent to eachother". People remember that a lot more than them using a word you'd hear on a lot of kids films of the time like Monster Squad etc.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2018, 11:10:38 PM
Yes, South Park is terrible too. Good point.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 19, 2018, 05:47:44 AM
Miss Kubelik, one doesn't get to be a second administrative assistant around here unless he's a pretty good judge of character, and as far as I'm concerned you're tops. I mean, decency-wise and otherwise-wise.
#35
The Apartment


(https://girlsdofilm.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/billy_wilder_the_apartment_1.jpg?w=768)

35 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 George 2.0

Bud Baxter wants to get ahead in business, so he works late.  But it's not the work that will get him ahead, but rather the fact that he lends his apartment to various company executives for their extra-marital affairs in the hopes that one of them will help him move up the corporate ladder.  Eventually he does get a promotion... if only his boss will be added to the list of cheaters who can use his apartment.  This probably wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that his boss' latest mistress is an elevator girl he himself is interested in, Fran Kubelik.

The Apartment is a true romantic classic despite the fact that it has some cynical views about romance.  Despite this, it is also a tender, sweet movie with all-time great performances from already great actors Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.  This heart-breaking film deservedly won the Oscar for best picture (though the competition that year wasn't particularly strong) and is well worth your time.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/aKUcMTQgl5E

If you liked this, check out... Sabrina

Wilder's much more conventionally sweet romantic comedy features an absolutely enchanting Audrey Hepburn in a love triangle with a pair of brothers: a charming but lazy playboy and a cold businessman.  It's a film that seems to pop up a lot in our local "movies under the stars" presentations and I'd be happy to watch it each year.

Trivia Billy Wilder originally thought of the idea for the film after seeing Brief Encounter (1945) and wondering about the plight of a character unseen in that film. Shirley MacLaine was only given forty pages of the script because Wilder didn't want her to know how the story would turn out. She thought it was because the script wasn't finished.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 19, 2018, 07:50:24 AM
Yes, South Park is terrible too. Good point.

You liked the opening post of this thread, but you're not exactly heeding it's words here.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 19, 2018, 07:51:10 AM
Decrying all of Bill and Ted because of that moment is like decrying all of Looney Tunes because of its blackface jokes. It's not representative of the spirit of the films and it's always felt very out of place. It's an unfortunate artifact. We're only just starting to really deal with the whole gay panic thing, and we're not even there yet. In the '80s and '90s we were significantly less there. As for that stage show, I don't think it was even written by the creators.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 19, 2018, 08:22:07 AM
And call me crazy, there is something funny to Bill & Ted insecurely insulting eachother like schoolyard jocks after moments of bonding. I do find gay panic in movies to be a bad thing, for example the popular critically acclaimed classic Withnail & I. Gay panic is part of the plot, and it didn't sit well with me. But of course your mileage will vary on what you're okay with seeing in a movie, and especially how movies include stuff that was common at the time, like what kids would call eachother.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on June 19, 2018, 09:56:21 AM
South Park's movie may end up on this list, it's on many

Oh, groovy. I haven't done well so far at all. I do have a list of movies I have never seen to check out, though. 😂
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 19, 2018, 10:13:02 AM
There were two loves in his life: his engine and...
#34
The General


(https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/original/hjK9y09NjHOqAaz6PfOmzxU1qCT.jpg)

35 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 George 2.0

Johnnie Gray is a train engineer who loves two things: his engine (the General) and his best gal, Annabelle.  Johnnie also wants to be a confederate soldier but is rejected as Johnnie's job is too important.  Johnnie is also rejected by Annabelle, who mistakenly thinks that he has not enlisted out of cowardace.  But when the General is stolen, Johnnie vows to get it back from the Union.  Along the way, finds that he also must rescue Annabelle, who has been kidnapped by Union soldiers.

I think it's safe to say that a story about a heroic wannabe Confederate soldier overcoming the Union might not play as well today.  I hope.  Though an flop on it's initial release, history has been kind to the General and it is even seen as one of the first action films, due to it's sensational chase scenes and set pieces.  Within each chase and caper there are twists and turns as plan are hampered by very nature of the trains.  Yet a lot of what makes the General works isn't simply the fantastic set pieces, but also Keaton's performance.  He generally (no pun intended) does not mug but rather plays the character serious in a silly situation.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/EEDMO8iwLsM

If you liked this, check out... Steamboat Bill Jr.

Yep, this is the one with the famous house gag.  Another financial flop, this one did much better with the critics initially.  This time, Keaton worked with frequent Chaplin collaborator Charles Reisner to tell the tale of a young man who ends up meeting his big strapping paddle steamer captain of a dad and falls in love with his dad's rival's daughter.

Trivia The first try at getting the cannonball to shoot out of the cannon into the cab caused the ball to shoot with too much force. To cause it to shoot into the cab of the engine correctly, Buster Keaton had to count out the grains of gunpowder with tweezers.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 19, 2018, 11:57:18 AM
I actually had the General #1, the Apartment #7. 

The General has a special place in my heart, It was my first Keaton, my gateway into silent cinema. And I was instantly taken and enthralled by this mans' genius for physical comedy, for his timing - and on cinematic terms, his mastery of the traveling shot. How he could draw out tension with a chase stuck on 2 rails. 

I remember when I first saw it, the library was just starting to carry VHS tapes, and I went home with this, Bergman's Wild Strawberries and Picnic at Hanging Rock. Pretty wonderful nights entertainment,

Oh, and Keaton playing a wannabe Confederate solider? Yeah it could make one a bit uncomfortable since he's playing the hero... on the other hand it is based on a true event, and I think there certainly are Southern tales worth telling, and not just... here are the bad guys. Look at them being bad. Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil is a more recent example.

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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 19, 2018, 12:13:57 PM
I actually had the General #1, the Apartment #7. 

I think there certainly are Southern tales worth telling, and not just... here are the bad guys. Look at them being bad.

Granted but in the current political climate with absolutely no caveats (if I am using that word correctly) it's a bit of a harder sell.  I mean, it's definitely not Birth of a Nation by any stretch, but while the characters are good people, they are, whether knowingly or unknowingly, fighting on behalf of slavery.  I'm not trying to take anything away from it, as it is a great movie but any time I'm reminded that "Oh, yeah, we are routing for him to help the South," it's a bit weird.  I'm also curious how it was taken back then with the war being... well, fresher then than it is now.

Also, I'm not familiar with Ride with the Devil.  How does it handle the issue of what they are fighting for/what they feel they are fighting for?  Or is it a non-issue?  (Not trying to be confrontational.  Just genuinely interested).

EDIT:  Also, Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.  I'd want it to be on one of these lists, but I don't think there's much of a call for a "creepy psycho-drama with maybe something supernatural".  Oh, but a list of the best 70's films, maybe.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 19, 2018, 12:32:29 PM
I actually had the General #1, the Apartment #7. 

I think there certainly are Southern tales worth telling, and not just... here are the bad guys. Look at them being bad.

Granted but in the current political climate with absolutely no caveats (if I am using that word correctly) it's a bit of a harder sell.  I mean, it's definitely not Birth of a Nation by any stretch, but while the characters are good people, they are, whether knowingly or unknowingly, fighting on behalf of slavery.  I'm not trying to take anything away from it, as it is a great movie but any time I'm reminded that "Oh, yeah, we are routing for him to help the South," it's a bit weird.  I'm also curious how it was taken back then with the war being... well, fresher then than it is now.

Also, I'm not familiar with Ride with the Devil.  How does it handle the issue of what they are fighting for/what they feel they are fighting for?  Or is it a non-issue?  (Not trying to be confrontational.  Just genuinely interested).

EDIT:  Also, Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.  I'd want it to be on one of these lists, but I don't think there's much of a call for a "creepy psycho-drama with maybe something supernatural".  Oh, but a list of the best 70's films, maybe.

It is weird if you think of it, I agree. Yeah, I'm rooting for a guy whose on a side I don't want to win. As for how it was received, not sure but Orson Welles considered it the greatest Civil War film ever, and said he felt that from the first time he saw it. Looking over my Letterboxd pals reviews... no one really brings it up as an issue. I think you just get drawn into the adventure, comedy and Buster's amazing performance.

Edit, looking at one of my books on Keaton's career, most of the complaints at the time were about its length. They felt it was too ambitious. I can't find anything on whether what side he was on being a problem with audiences or critics.

Ride With the Devil takes in a LOT of viewpoints. The loyalist, those who question their side in the battle, those who are just trying to keep their families and homes safe -- the Union wasn't stocked with Angels by any means, even if they have right on their side. I believe (if I'm remembering correctly) you see atrocities from both sides. I think Lee was just trying to tell a human story, about these people stuck in no mans land during the war.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 19, 2018, 12:47:51 PM
Those stunts do amaze me, but also make me cringe knowing how dangerously they did everything back then, one wrong step and severe injury or death.

Keaton did fracture his neck during a stunt and didn't realize it, he had years of putting up with migraines before a doctor figured it out.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 19, 2018, 01:18:57 PM
Oh, why does everything I whip leave me?
#33
The Simpsons Movie


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37 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #12 Retro Muppet Pastor

After Homer Simpsons dumps a silo full of pig feces into the already polluted lake, the town of Springfield are faced with an environmental disaster never before faced by the town.  The EPA, headed by the insane Russ Cargill, decide to encase the city in a dome, cutting it off from the rest of the world.  Eventually, the town finds out Homer was the cause of the disaster and the town turns against him, forcing the Simpson family to flee the city through a sinkhole in their backyard.  Homer wants to just forget about Springfield but after a trip to Alaska, he's discovered his wife and ids have fled back to town and now Homer must return to set things right.

The Simpsons is one of the most important TV shows to me and the movie appearing was a big deal.  Sadly, I was never able to see it in the theatre, since I was in Japan at the time and the show, though airing there, isn't nearly as popular over there justify it appearing in theatres.  The movie itself is basically like a big, decent episode and it gets a big book from the Simpsons secret and occasional weapon: Albert Brooks.  There's a reason he's basically the only guy allowed to ad lib on the show, because he does it so well.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/_RftYkOvfpo

If you liked this, check out... Fantastic Mr. Fox

For another take on a dysfunctional family comedy, check out Wes Anderson's adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Wes Anderson's perfectionism is perfect for animation and his recurring themes (like well-intentioned but complicated father figures) works surprisingly well with the classic Roald Dahl tale.

Trivia In the original script, Marge was going to have the vision in church. However, it was changed when the crew felt it would make more sense for the family to be ignoring Grandpa than Marge.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 19, 2018, 01:33:50 PM
I'm so glad this fun list about comedy films got the opportunity to degenerate into a political debate.  If I had known this would happen, I'd have fudged the numbers and given Johnny a fake list.
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 19, 2018, 01:51:56 PM
Just a brief divergence. We're all having fun here (I think.)

Simpsons Movie is great. Gave me a whole new respect for Julie Kavner. She put so much heartbreak into that goodbye video.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 19, 2018, 02:27:27 PM
Just a brief divergence. We're all having fun here (I think.)

Simpsons Movie is great. Gave me a whole new respect for Julie Kavner. She put so much heartbreak into that goodbye video.

I'm still having fun. It's all cool.

And I'm enjoying the wide range of film, so I'm glad a fake list wasn't sent in.

An aside: On my birthay I got food poisoning beleive it or not. Knocked my old fart's ass out for 2 weeks. And I remember briefly thinking, "man I hope I don't win the hosting duties this time out. I'll never be able to do it"  I was testy and tired and wasn't even sure I was going to send in a list. But then I started feeling better and got caught up in the discussion. So I'm glad I sent one in, this is has been fun. Brief divergence and all.

As for the Simpsons? I remember walking out of the Mr Bean movie, which I wasn't enjoying, and into the theater that was showing the Simpsons... which did get me chuckling. (I think I caught Bean later on DVD, and it was okay. Just wasn't feeling it that day)

I didn't put it (The Simpsons) on my 25, so my list streak ends at 2 (but what a wonderful 2)
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 19, 2018, 03:18:25 PM
Hot Rod is another good comedy that was in theaters at the same time as Simpsons, I recall some of my friends saw that one instead. I saw it later, was also good! Classic Samberg.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 19, 2018, 04:43:24 PM
Yes, South Park is terrible too. Good point.

You liked the opening post of this thread, but you're not exactly heeding it's words here.

The opening post is about criticizing people's taste - I'm pointing out we're celebrating a movie that uses hateful slurs way past their expiration date.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 19, 2018, 04:48:59 PM
Decrying all of Bill and Ted because of that moment is like decrying all of Looney Tunes because of its blackface jokes. It's not representative of the spirit of the films and it's always felt very out of place. It's an unfortunate artifact. We're only just starting to really deal with the whole gay panic thing, and we're not even there yet. In the '80s and '90s we were significantly less there. As for that stage show, I don't think it was even written by the creators.

I'm sure it wasn't, but it was OKed by whoever controls the rights, surely, and there is a reason it was a pretty easy fit for the characters.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 19, 2018, 05:00:22 PM
I actually had the General #1, the Apartment #7. 

I think there certainly are Southern tales worth telling, and not just... here are the bad guys. Look at them being bad.

Granted but in the current political climate with absolutely no caveats (if I am using that word correctly) it's a bit of a harder sell.  I mean, it's definitely not Birth of a Nation by any stretch, but while the characters are good people, they are, whether knowingly or unknowingly, fighting on behalf of slavery.  I'm not trying to take anything away from it, as it is a great movie but any time I'm reminded that "Oh, yeah, we are routing for him to help the South," it's a bit weird.  I'm also curious how it was taken back then with the war being... well, fresher then than it is now.

Also, I'm not familiar with Ride with the Devil.  How does it handle the issue of what they are fighting for/what they feel they are fighting for?  Or is it a non-issue?  (Not trying to be confrontational.  Just genuinely interested).

EDIT:  Also, Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.  I'd want it to be on one of these lists, but I don't think there's much of a call for a "creepy psycho-drama with maybe something supernatural".  Oh, but a list of the best 70's films, maybe.

My wife and I watched The General a couple of years ago and felt exactly the same way. I like parts of the movie, but mostly felt uneasy.

A worse example of this may yet show up on the list.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 19, 2018, 05:02:04 PM
Hot Rod is another good comedy that was in theaters at the same time as Simpsons, I recall some of my friends saw that one instead. I saw it later, was also good! Classic Samberg.

Hot Rod was extremely close to making my list. It was somewhere between 25-30 I think.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 19, 2018, 05:05:07 PM
It didn't make my list, but I was very impressed by the Simpsons Movie - My love of the Simpsons is basically non-existent now, but the movie managed to get right in the ballpark of peak Simpsons.

I do look forward to revisiting the Simpsons with my son when he's old enough. I'm quite curious to see what watching it with new eyes will do.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 19, 2018, 08:27:47 PM
I remember really liking the Simpsons movie at first... but all these years later I think any feelings I had for that movie have cooled off quite a bit.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 20, 2018, 12:10:06 AM
I liked The Simpsons Movie a lot, obviously.  I'm still a big fan of the show.  A lot of people badmouth the show and say it's not funny, but I wonder if they have actually watched it lately or just say "29 years, it's clearly unfunny".  Or maybe the last time they watched it was during a particularly weak season.  I thought that it had some really bad years from about season 11 through 15.  Season 18 was in production at the same time as the movie, and the movie came out in the summer before season 19.

When the movie came out, I organized a big trip to see it with my family, because The Simpsons was a big part of our shared experience growing up.  I regret that they didn't have reserved seating at the time, and we got there late so we got terrible seats way up in the second row.  That was really the only big family event I ever coordinated, and one of the last times I felt close to them.  That was also about the time they all started marrying and having loads of children.  My family members are nice people, but sometimes you just drift apart when you have clashing lifestyles.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 20, 2018, 12:14:03 AM
I liked The Simpsons Movie a lot, obviously.  I'm still a big fan of the show.  A lot of people badmouth the show and say it's not funny, but I wonder if they have actually watched it lately or just say "29 years, it's clearly unfunny".  Or maybe the last time they watched it was during a particularly weak season.  I thought that it had some really bad years from about season 11 through 15.  Season 18 was in production at the same time as the movie, and the movie came out in the summer before season 19.

I've dipped in a lot in the last 15 years and never found it funny at all. I watched the entire season post the movie, and didn't enjoy it.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 05:14:36 AM
I liked The Simpsons Movie a lot, obviously.  I'm still a big fan of the show.  A lot of people badmouth the show and say it's not funny, but I wonder if they have actually watched it lately or just say "29 years, it's clearly unfunny".  Or maybe the last time they watched it was during a particularly weak season.  I thought that it had some really bad years from about season 11 through 15.  Season 18 was in production at the same time as the movie, and the movie came out in the summer before season 19.

I've dipped in a lot in the last 15 years and never found it funny at all. I watched the entire season post the movie, and didn't enjoy it.

I stuck with it for a long time.  Frankly, I actually found it frustrating in that it feels like there are quite a few episodes where just a few adjustments could have done a world of good.  Unfortunately, it is also where the "writing by committee" makes the show suffer, as a lot of episodes have good ideas, but never really have an ending and fill their time with lazy jokes.  That said, every year or two, there's a surprisingly good episode.  "Days of Future Passed" was so successful, they decided to muck it up with a lame sequel episode.  And "A Totally Fun Thing Bart Will Never Do Again" is a good one in which we see a character facing an existential crisis I don't think I've seen addressed on the show.

But yeah, lots of weak stuff.  I've given it up, basically.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 05:14:58 AM
It's a Mr. Death, dear. He's here about the reaping.
#32
Monty Python's the Meaning of Life


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39 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #9 Stethacantus

Monty Python is back together again.  In their last film, they ended by telling us to look on the bright side of life.  This time they are looking at life itself, starting with "The Miracle of Birth", moving onto "Growing and Learning", then there's "The Middle of the Film", moving onto "The Autumn Years", followed by the final end "Death"... followed by the final, final end "The End of the Film". There's some other middle bits, but I don't feel like listing them all.  Oh, and many versions of the film also start with the short film "The Crimson Permanent Assurance", in which lowly office clerks rebel against their masters and turn their building into a pirate ship.

This is really the last true hurrah for Monty Python and while it is not my favourite of their films, it feels like their most fearless.  It doesn't feel like it is trying to placate the fans and even for Python the humour feels nastier than before (perhaps due to the creators getting a bit more bitter with age).  They also felt the freedom to get nastier in so many way, including the famously disgusting Mr. Creosote scene (I think it was Eric Idle who stated that he was proud that even now, the scene is still as disgusting as when it was released).

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/g8fheDIG_RA

If you liked this, check out... And Now For Something Completely Different...

Not a lot of comedy teams have fans wanting to watch them again the way fans of music want their musicians to play their hits.  But there's something about Monty Python where some of their most beloved skits work because of their rhythms.  This is basically a greatest hits album, featuring the troupe doing tightened up versions of beloved skits.  But it's a good way to get into them, especially if you didn't see the original series (that's how I watched it).

Trivia Terry Jones spent most of the budget on the "Every Sperm Is Sacred" sequence. The rest of the team found out later.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: stethacantus on June 20, 2018, 07:46:13 AM
I am the other racist who had The General on my list. Lets put things in historical context here. Obviously with films like Gone With the Wind and Song of the South, Americans across the country didn't think of The South as villains in the Civil War prior to the 1950s. It wasn't even seen back then as a war over slavery, because the Civil War wasn't a war over slavery.  Had the slave states never seceded from the United States then the 13th Amendment would never have been passed. Lets not forget that when the Civil War broke out, slavery was still legal in Washington D.C., and would not have an emancipation law passed until 1862, nearly a year into the war. Considering almost all the Southerners had left the capital after the South seceded, and the rest after the war broke out, and all of them took their slaves with them, the remaining slaves were owned by Northerners. When Washington D.C. was emancipated, over 3,000 Northern owned slaves were freed. As for the rest of the so called free states, many had emancipation laws that excluded slaves over 20 years old at the time of the laws passing, and others allowed owners to reclassify their slaves as indentured servants, some which were kept long after the Civil War ended. The Dred Scott decision in the Supreme Court created a loophole allowing for Northern companies to import slave labor as long as the slaves had Southern owners. And the fugitive slave act, which was passed with votes from the Northern states, basically recognized slaves as owned property throughout the entire United States.  Even after the south Seceded, Lincoln could not get congress to pass the 13th amendment because most Northerners were still in favor of slavery. Not only did they see slaves as being important to the American economy, and wanted it to continue once the Civil War ended, but didn't want millions of freed black slaves immigrating to their states. It was only after the Civil War lasted a year with no end in sight that the North began threatening the South that they would free their slaves if they didn't surrender.  this was due to the craftiness of Lincoln, one of the few politicians in Washington who wanted slavery ended. He convinced congress that threatening emancipation would pressure slave owners into demanding an end to the war. The Emancipation Proclamation was suppose to be a bluff, and was to be redacted during peace negotiations. But Lincoln's true agenda was to end slavery. When the South refused to surrender he arm twisted enough votes in Congress to pass the 13th Amendment. Only then did the Civil War actually become a fight over slavery. But we are talking about the final months of the war.

In the early 20th Century Americans had a better sense of history and knew that both the North and South shared guilt in slavery. Neither side of the war was seen as the villains, but instead was thought of as a conflict of brother against brother.  Negative attitudes towards the South didn't materialize until the 1950s when the civil rights movement began being filmed for news reels, and people living in the North saw for the first time freedom marchers being brutalized. Then came the KKK bombing of a black church filled with children, and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, and by the end of the 60s the South was seen as evil. It was around this time that the Civil War was reclassified as a struggle to end slavery.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 10:24:12 AM
Interior. Church. Day. Fozzie: 'They don't look like Presbyterians to me.'
#31
The Muppet Movie


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40 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 Johnny Unusual

Kermit is a frog living on his own in a swamp.  When someone hears him singing, he suggests he tries his hand at stardom in Hollywood.  Kermit decides to give it a go and begins his journey.  On the way, he encounters a bear comedian named Fozzie and the two hit the road.  Soon they meet would-be diva Miss Piggy, the weird plumber Gonzo, pianist Rowlf the Dog and the rock band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and Kermit decides to let them join in his fame and fortune dreams.  But he also is persued by Doc Hopper, a frog's legs magnate who wants him to be his spokesman.

The Muppet Movie is a film that means a lot to me.  Despite being stuffed to the gills with celebrity cameos, nothing outshines the muppets themselves and I feel despite this being a big screen movie with a fairly broad story, Jim Henson is basically telling the romanticised version of his own path to success.  It feels very much like a throwback in a lot of ways (the humour is classic Vaudeville stuff) but it really also feels sort of timeless to me.  I also love those Paul Williams' songs (I sing "Rainbow Connection" and "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" as a lullabye for my neice).

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/0fMICrBHs34

If you liked this, check out... The Muppets

After years of forgettable TV projects, the Muppets came back in a big way in the film simply titled The Muppets.  Though the humor this time around seems a bit more infused with Simpsons-style humour, it is still unmistakably the Muppets, in my opinion and feel that Jason Segel nails the tone and Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords gives us some truly wonderful songs including the absolutely joyful "Life's a Happy Song" and the touching "Pictures in my Head."  My one complaint is that they hit the "Rainbow Connection" note a few too many times.  Hard to blame them, though.

Trivia In a 2004 interview, John Landis revealed that he was the puppeteer for Grover during the final sequence, as Frank Oz was busy operating Miss Piggy. Landis also noted that Tim Burton was also among the many puppeteers in the finale.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 20, 2018, 11:35:32 AM
I haven't seen the Muppet Movie in ages, so it's unfair for me to comment on it. All I remember was that it was funny. My most recent and favorite movie with the Muppets is
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 20, 2018, 11:51:24 AM
Love the Muppet movie, so many catchy songs, lotta fun. I dig most of the movies, and speaking of the Conchords guy, I liked Muppets Most Wanted even better than the self-titled The Muppets. The other Conchords guy Jemaine had a cameo in that one too.

And gotta love Python.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 12:17:30 PM
Love the Muppet movie, so many catchy songs, lotta fun. I dig most of the movies, and speaking of the Conchords guy, I liked Muppets Most Wanted even better than the self-titled The Muppets. The other Conchords guy Jemaine had a cameo in that one too.

And gotta love Python.

I thought the Muppets was better, but there was a lot to like in Muppets Most Wanted.  Helps that Bret was still around to write some songs.  I kind of wish they went with the original title, Muppets Again.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 20, 2018, 12:36:37 PM
I haven't seen The Muppet Movie in ages. I'm with you Russoguru. As a kid, I was more a fan of The Great Muppet Caper.

The scene at the beginning with Kermit in the swamp had Jim Henson in a 50 gallon drum, underwater, with something akin to scuba gear allowing him to breathe. I know I've seen a photo of this somewhere, but damned if I could find it.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 20, 2018, 01:09:02 PM
I've always kind of hated the Muppets, although I did watch a lot of Muppet Babies as a kid.  I liked Meaning of Life; such an absurd series of vignettes.  When I was a kid, I especially loved the Mr. Creosote bit.  Today I find vomit humor too gross.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 03:43:37 PM
I don't know much about this Cable fella, but I guarantee you he hasn't killed as many people as melanoma has.
#30
Deadpool 2


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42 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 Quirk

Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth, is doing pretty well until a personal tragedy strikes.  Lost and without direction, he attempts to join the superhero team the X-Men, only to wind up in jail.  Roomed with a young mutant who wants to be his friend, Deadpool just wants to be left alone, until he discovers the boy is being targetted by an assassin from the future.  Can Deadpool stop the assassin and prevent the kid from becoming a terrible dude?

Deadpool was probably a pretty hard film to follow up.  It was already so over the top that it could have easily made it's tone very grating.  Instead, the second film manages to be genuinely surprising in each act.  In addition, the film remains constantly in a irreverant mode while still allowing the audience to be invested in the characters and plot.  The addition of Julian Dennison is a delight.  Seriously, I look forward to this guy being in many more things.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/IdagiO4fUSY

If you liked this, check out... Deadpool

I mean, if you are seeing this one, you should probably see the first one.

Trivia Ryan Reynolds personally offered Rob Delaney the role of Peter after seeing him in the TV series Catastrophe.
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Post by: linszoid on June 20, 2018, 04:00:57 PM
I definitely didn't expect this one so soon.
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 20, 2018, 04:02:06 PM
Did not consider Deadpool as a comedy. I mean- it made me laugh more than a lot of comedies do, so maybe I should have, but it bends the genre just a little too far away from home.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 20, 2018, 04:43:46 PM
Love Deadpool 2, that hit it out of the park for me. Definitely a genre blend, I considered putting it on my list, nice to see it here. Colossus in these is one of the funniest characters ever. Always label items in the refrigerator...
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 20, 2018, 04:51:14 PM
I am the other racist who had The General on my list.

I don't think anyone suggested people were racist for enjoying The General, just that it diminished the fun to be rooting for the bad guy.

(Hard pass on any of the Civil War not being about slavery talk though)
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 20, 2018, 04:54:03 PM
Monty Python - Hugely important to me as a teenager - very little interest now.

The Muppet Movie - one of my all time favourite movies, but not one of my top 25 comedy films. I was very conflicted about leaving it off my list though. Also, while I think TMM is a better movie. The Great Muppet Caper is the funnier movie.

Deadpool 2 - No real interest in the Deadpool films. Haven't seen either. Will check them out if they turn up on Hulu or Netflix.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 04:54:40 PM
Love Deadpool 2, that hit it out of the park for me. Definitely a genre blend, I considered putting it on my list, nice to see it here. Colossus in these is one of the funniest characters ever.

By the way, nice touch you might not have noticed...

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 20, 2018, 04:55:47 PM
Monty Python - Hugely important to me as a teenager - very little interest now.

Am currently rewatching the series on Netflix.  I find a lot of it holds up a lot better than I feared.  Unfortunately... there's a SHOCKING amount of blackface.  Like, more than you think.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 20, 2018, 05:29:03 PM
Monty Python - Hugely important to me as a teenager - very little interest now.

Am currently rewatching the series on Netflix.  I find a lot of it holds up a lot better than I feared.  Unfortunately... there's a SHOCKING amount of blackface.  Like, more than you think.

Unfortunately England and Australia still has far too much tolerance for blackface.
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Post by: MerryWanna on June 20, 2018, 08:13:53 PM
I loved the Simpsons movie and I am whacking my Space Admiral hippie head for forgetting to include it on my own list. On the other hand, to me, the Muppet Movie was a terrible snore, despite the fact that I was a huge Sesame Street nut as a tot...Or perhaps because of that. :P
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 20, 2018, 11:35:00 PM
Did not consider Deadpool as a comedy. I mean- it made me laugh more than a lot of comedies do, so maybe I should have, but it bends the genre just a little too far away from home.

Me neither.  I kind of hate Deadpool.  I only saw the first one, but Deadpool comes off as an overpowered superhero.  He's got that supreme agility and aim which makes him an offensive powerhouse and difficult to hit.  Then on top of that he's got that immortality level regeneration.  I hate overpowered superheroes.  It's why I don't get into Superman either.

Besides that, the humor gets tiresome after a while.  He's too smug. 
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 21, 2018, 05:46:02 AM
People say, You must have been the class clown. And I say, No, I wasn't. But I sat next to the class clown, and I studied him.
#29
Waiting for Guffman


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43 Points, 2 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Charles Castle

Off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director Corky St. Clair is preparing a play for the people of Blaine, Missouri.  The cast is amateurs, including a Dairy Queen waitress, a dentist, a car repairman and a couple of travel agents.  No one is particularly talented, but that's not stopping Corky from setting his sights very high by inviting a Broady theatre critic to the show.  Do these non-professionals have a shot at winning over a big city critic?  Probably not.

After appearing in one of the most famous mockumentaries of all time, Christopher Guest directs his own in this classic comedy in the first of several successes in that area.  Though some have criticized Guest for punching down in the movie, it is clear that the performers have real affection for their characters and though naive, it doesn't really feel too judgmental of them.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/MsqHBexWD1w

If you liked this, check out... Best in Show

Another great Guest mockumentary, this one taking place at a dog show.  The whole cast is great but the stand-out is Fred Willard as a woefully out-of-place commentator who is not only ignorant of dog shows or the tenor of the affair but makes increasingly weird comments.  Special mention should also go to Jim Piddock, who plays the co-announcer and straight man.  Never underestimate the comedic power of a good straight man.  After all, some of the best comedy isn't something wacky happening, it's the response to it and Jim's traditional announcer valiantly tries to temper Fred Willard's nonsense with patience.  It's glorious.

Trivia When playing Blaine Fabin in "Red, White and Blaine," it becomes necessary for Dr. Pearl (Eugene Levy) to remove his glasses. Unfortunately, Dr. Pearl's glasses corrected his lazy eye problem. Actor Fred Willard was unaware of the gag during shooting, and after delivering the line, "What did your keen and perceptive eyes behold?" to Fabin, stared at Levy's lazy eye, finally understood why his line was funny, and "was gone for about ten minutes" with laughter.
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Post by: CJones on June 21, 2018, 06:41:26 AM
Did not consider Deadpool as a comedy. I mean- it made me laugh more than a lot of comedies do, so maybe I should have, but it bends the genre just a little too far away from home.

Me neither.  I kind of hate Deadpool.  I only saw the first one, but Deadpool comes off as an overpowered superhero.  He's got that supreme agility and aim which makes him an offensive powerhouse and difficult to hit.  Then on top of that he's got that immortality level regeneration.  I hate overpowered superheroes.  It's why I don't get into Superman either.

Besides that, the humor gets tiresome after a while.  He's too smug. 

You might like Deadpool 2 better. He gets shit on pretty badly.

And I'm with you on Superman. Most boring superhero ever. A character so ludicrously overpowered, they keep having to contrive ways he could conceivably lose, just so there's any tension at all.
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 21, 2018, 07:41:29 AM
Did not consider Deadpool as a comedy. I mean- it made me laugh more than a lot of comedies do, so maybe I should have, but it bends the genre just a little too far away from home.

Me neither.  I kind of hate Deadpool.  I only saw the first one, but Deadpool comes off as an overpowered superhero.  He's got that supreme agility and aim which makes him an offensive powerhouse and difficult to hit.  Then on top of that he's got that immortality level regeneration.  I hate overpowered superheroes.  It's why I don't get into Superman either.

Besides that, the humor gets tiresome after a while.  He's too smug. 

You might like Deadpool 2 better. He gets shit on pretty badly.

And I'm with you on Superman. Most boring superhero ever. A character so ludicrously overpowered, they keep having to contrive ways he could conceivably lose, just so there's any tension at all.

What separates Deadpool from Superman, for me, are Deadpool's internal demons. Superman is a completely rational non-conflicted Boy Scout. Deadpool puts up the smug façade, but he has a damaged moral compass and a laundry list of other crippling mental disorders. His greatest weakness is himself. There are a lot of fantastic Deadpool stories that center around his duality. His desire to do good and his inability to properly determine what good is. Deadpool 2 gave us a good taste of that. I don't think the movies will ever lean into it as much as the comics do, but that's what keeps Deadpool in my pull list at the local comic shop.
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Post by: stethacantus on June 21, 2018, 07:50:04 AM

I am the other racist who had The General on my list.

I don't think anyone suggested people were racist for enjoying The General, just that it diminished the fun to be rooting for the bad guy.

(Hard pass on any of the Civil War not being about slavery talk though)

There are a lot of films out there that people accuse you of being a racist for liking.   Such as Song of the South, Porgy & Bess, and even something as recent as Tropic Thunder. I was accused on another website's forum of being a racist because I said I wished someone would release the Oliver Hardy solo film Zenobia on DVD, and some politically correct jerk pointed out that Stepin' Fetchit was in the cast. Admitting to liking a pro-South Civil War movie like The General could definitely get you accused of racism these days.


But once again I point out that there was no good guy vs bad guy situation during the Civil War. If anything it was a bad guy vs bad guy situation, as before and after the Civil War this nation was busy committing genocide against the Native Americans, only stopping in the Civil War to slaughter each other. 


But the Civil War was not about the South protecting slavery and the North trying to stop it. That is revisionist history. Even with Lincoln as president, slavery could not have ended without most of the slave states voting for a 13th Amendment. The only way for the South to protect slavery was for them not to Secede.  Had the South surrendered less than two years into the war then the North would have allowed them to keep their slaves. And despite the Northern states being emancipated, slavery was legal throughout the United States. A white man could walk into a Northern state, accuse an African American of being his runaway slave, and the law allowed the white man to chain him up and bring him back South without any trial. A lot of freemen, many African Americans who were second or third generation emancipated, were being forced into slavery that way.  Slave owners were allowed to bring their slaves North and force them to work there. Slaves worked the docks of New York City. If you tried to set them free then under fugitive slave laws you could end up in prison for years, even get a lifetime sentence. The North recognized slaves as property, and only the courageous Underground Railroad did anything about it. And that group was considered outlaws by every Northern state.  Claiming the North were the good guys trying to end slavery in the south is simply not true.  Both sides were guilty of the same crime.

Now as for the Jim Crow years, that was completely the South's fault, and they will be remembered as evil pricks forever for what they did during that era.






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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 21, 2018, 08:32:22 AM
Maybe start a new thread in the inferno section about the civil war, this is not the place for it.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 21, 2018, 10:03:23 AM
Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation.
#28
This is Spinal Tap


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44 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #9 Cole Stratton

David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls are the legendary metal band Spinal Tap.  And they are on their tour of America.  Unfortunately, the trio soon finds that they might not big as they used to be.  But that's not going to stop them from trying to put on the best tour possible, with bold new album covers that are none more black, new costumes thanks to David's girlfriend and their new show stopping epic "Stonehenge", complete with a massive 18 inch replica of Stonehenge!

Mockumentaries have existed before, but this is the film that put them on the map.  Largely improvised, the film is both ridiculous and somehow really true to life.  The funny thing is as far as I can tell the actual actors are not fans of metal, but you could have fooled me with some songs that are both hilarious and catchy (and the actors have played their songs in character for loving audiences).  They are all dummies but there's a lot of sympathies for these man-children clinging like grim death to their fame and trying to show their creative bona fides with really silly passion projects.  It's also a film that, despite it's ridiculousness, was so subtle and true to life, that many people walked out of the theatre assuming it was real.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/g7-5io1muSQ

If you liked this, check out... A Mighty Wind

Christopher Guest returns to the music mockumentary game with a film that is a little more kinder and gentler, though still very, very silly.  This time, the Spinal Tap players return as The Folksmen (who actually played on stage as the opening act for Tap), along with now seperated balladeers Mitch and Mindy and the extremely polished and bland The New Main Street Singers.  The film actually allows itself to be a little sweeter, particularly with the Mitch and Mickey story (the actual songs are surprisingly affecting).

Trivia The actors are all competent musicians, and the soundtrack is actually them playing.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 21, 2018, 10:14:35 AM
Spinal Tap is quite good! One time had friends over and a friend of mine who is a musician picked a DVD to play, and it was Spinal Tap. It is one of the great films. One time another friend of mine performed "Big Bottom" at a Karaoke bar!
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 21, 2018, 10:19:20 AM
Big Bottom is fantastic.  It's just a bunch of butt and anal sex puns but it totally works (it might be my favourite of the songs, though the overly pretentious Stongehenge speaks to my love of overly pretentious prog rock tunes.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 21, 2018, 10:35:44 AM
Spinal Tap is one I keep meaning to watch but still haven't gotten around to it.
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Post by: RVR II on June 21, 2018, 10:57:12 AM
Spinal Tap is one I keep meaning to watch but still haven't gotten around to it.
Yeah I just added this one to my DVD queue..

To those that have seen it, What were the sequels like? :o
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 21, 2018, 11:27:03 AM
There isn't really a sequel, there's a TV special thing Return of Spinal Tap with concert footage and some new vignettes, and some new albums, only one fine film.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 21, 2018, 12:26:36 PM
I know it's not in the movie and it came out several years later on their album "Break like the wind", but I LOVE the song "The Majesty of Rock".
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Post by: CJones on June 21, 2018, 12:39:12 PM
Spinal Tap is one I keep meaning to watch but still haven't gotten around to it.

I tried to watch it once, but I just couldn't get into it. Of course, most of the best bits are well known even if you haven't seen it. Trying to watch it for real just felt like having to sit through all the stuff in between.

Maybe I'll give it another try.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 21, 2018, 02:43:20 PM
The first time I ever heard of Spinal Tap was on an early episode of The Simpsons where Bart and Milhouse go to a rock concert.  I think the episode was called "The Otto Show" because Otto gets fired from his job and evicted from his home, then has to live with the Simpsons.  I didn't realize it was a novelty band.  I'm sure they used it for this episode because Harry Shearer from the band is also one of the principal voice actors on the show.

This is Spinal Tap was a pretty good movie.  I hated it the first time I saw it because I still didn't get that it was a joke.

The IMDB page for the This is Spinal Tap has a fun little Easter Egg on it.
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Post by: stethacantus on June 21, 2018, 02:52:30 PM

To those that have seen it, What were the sequels like? :o

There have not really been sequels. As already mentioned, the television special The Return of Spinal Tap is a videotaped concert with some behind the scenes mocumentary footage. It also established that The Folksmen are in the same universe, so I guess A Mighty Wind is sort of a sequel or spin off. There was a short Spinal Tap mocumentary made when they were the music guests on Saturday Night Live where they talked about how they wrote the song Christmas in Hell. There was a direct to video release of all their music videos to promote the Break Like The Wind album. The only other thing worth mentioning is when they were the hosts of VH1's The List where they gave their list of the top ten moments in Rock history, with not one but two of the moments being the opening of King Tut's tomb.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 21, 2018, 03:44:19 PM
I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows till you come home.
#27
Duck Soup


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46 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #6 CJones

When Rufus T. Firefly is appointed the leader of the nation of Freedonia, an ambassador from a neighboring country attempts to inspire a revolt.  He hires two spies, Chicolini and Pinky, who seem more interested in having fun and filling their pockets than doing any actual spy work.  Eventually, the two spies and Firefly become (sort-of) friends and end up going to war with the nation of Sylvania.  Many people die but a good time is had by all.

The Marx Bros' adventure are often anarchic, but there's something a little extra loopy about Duck Soup that makes it funnier, stranger, more biting and yet somehow the most irreverent of their movies.  It's a story that is very cynical about global politics and kind of has something to say, but it also seems that more than anything, being silly and funny is paramount to any obvious message.  While in some of their other films, the Brothers use their chaotic streak to put bad guys in their place and/or help others.  Here, they do win over some baddies, but they are also basically starting a war that MANY people die over (we are explicitly told) for no particularly noble cause.  Here, they are more selfish than ever, but it somehow never comes off as particularly dark because it is all so over the top and fast paced.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/VKTT-sy0aLg

If you liked this, check out... A Night at the Opera

Though I am willing to conceed that Duck Soup is the objectively better movie, A Night at the Opera is still my favourite.  Aside from the classic "crowded room" scene, I like the idea of the Bros. using their chaos to help someone.  That and it is really, really funny.

Trivia Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film from Italy because he thought it was a direct attack on him. When news of this reached The Marx Brothers, they were reportedly ecstatic.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 21, 2018, 05:38:01 PM
Waiting for Guffman is great, but didn't make my list.

Spinal Tap never did it for me.

Duck Soup is tremendous. My opinion had cooled a bit on it over the years, but I rewatched it a few months ago and it is tremendously funny and weird and fun.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 21, 2018, 05:41:56 PM
I love how there's no sentiment and despite all the fun you are having with the brothers, they are responsible for so much awfulness.  These aren't the good people who would later help two youngsters in love in "A Night at the Opera".  It's rather prescient.  But perhaps, despite changes in intensity, dingbats in power is an evergreen topic.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 21, 2018, 05:42:23 PM

I am the other racist who had The General on my list.

I don't think anyone suggested people were racist for enjoying The General, just that it diminished the fun to be rooting for the bad guy.

(Hard pass on any of the Civil War not being about slavery talk though)

There are a lot of films out there that people accuse you of being a racist for liking.   Such as Song of the South, Porgy & Bess, and even something as recent as Tropic Thunder.

I'd suggest people might be saying those movies are racist (or at least problematic) rather than the person watching them. It's OK to be critical of something you enjoy, and it's ok to enjoy something that's problematic. It's just (IMO) important to acknowledge those things.

And maybe people DID say you were racist elsewhere, but we certainly didn't, so take it up with them.
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 21, 2018, 07:05:00 PM
I love The Muppet Movie and I love The Great Muppet Caper even more. Those were difficult cuts.

I don't know why, but Lew Zealand repeating over and over that he brought some paper towels in The Great Muppet Caper cracks me up every time.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 21, 2018, 08:16:30 PM
I admit I haven't seen all the movies made by the Marx Bros, but of all the ones I've seen, Horse Feathers is still my favorite.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 21, 2018, 08:23:10 PM
I admit I haven't seen all the movies made by the Marx Bros, but of all the ones I've seen, Horse Feathers is still my favorite.

That's a great one.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 21, 2018, 08:29:51 PM
And maybe a little off-topic, but I find it SO damn cool that Queen named two of their albums after Marx Bros movies... (On a side note, those are two fantastic albums).
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 21, 2018, 09:13:56 PM
Guffman is genius

Spinal Tap is super genius, and so, sooo spot on.

Duck Soup is great.

And The Marx brothers earn points from me for using Keaton as a gag writer on several of their movies (Including A Night at the Opera).

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Post by: stethacantus on June 21, 2018, 09:56:25 PM
I am just getting into the Marx Brothers movies this summer. I had seen the Paramount films which were in television syndication along with Paramount's WC Fields films, but never the entire film. I would always find them late at night on a local station while channel surfing and only see the second half of the movie. ( The same thing with the WC Fields films ). Right now I am in the middle of the Warner Bros. collection which is the MGM films and a couple from other studios. I wont be getting around to the Paramount films until much later this summer.


Here's another bit of trivia on this movie. The title came from the director Leo McCarey.  Seven years earlier McCarey was the supervising director for a film adaption of Home From the Honeymoon, about hobos who break into a house and impersonate the owner while he is on vacation. It was originally a skit for the stage written by Stan Laurel's father in 1908, and Stan wanted it adapted to film.  McCarey came up with the idea of retitling that film Duck Soup. The first Duck Soup was known to also have Oliver Hardy in the cast, but had not been seen in decades and was considered lost. It was assumed that Hardy only had a minor role as a butler, and probably didn't share any screen time with Laurel. Then in 1974 a copy was located in a Dutch film archive. To everyone surprise Hardy's role was as Laurel's partner, and Duck Soup was their first film together as a team.  It was assumed their first teaming was a year later in the short Do Detectives Think?, and their official first teaming was a couple of months after that in The Second Hundred Years. It was assumed that prior to that the films Laurel & Hardy appeared together in had Hardy acting in the capacity as a heavy or some other role and not as Stan's friend.  Which had film historians scratching their heads to try to understand why after Duck Soup it would take almost an entire year for Roach to figure out Laurel & Hardy made a great team.

The film title Duck Soup was used one more time, for an Edgar Kennedy short for RKO Studios in 1942. Kennedy formerly worked at Hal Roach studios and had appeared in many Laurel & Hardy films.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2018, 05:35:38 AM
Or, imagine being magically whisked away to... Delaware.
#26a
Wayne's World


(https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/242/MPW-121117)

48 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 Retro Muppet Pastor

Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar are two young men who work on their own public access show with a modest following.  When a wealthy producer, Benjamin buys the rights to the show, it seems their ship has come in.  But soon Wayne finds that he's being asked to do things he feels is against what the spirit of the show is.  In addition, he also falls in love with the Benjamin girlfriend Cassandra, and decides to win her over and prove that Benjamin is no good.

So "Not!" may have aged poorly (and was parodied in Borat, which, in the interest of bringing things full circle, now has "My wife!" as a staple of being referenced as a cheesy joke) but don't let that scare you away.  Before more or less disappearing from the comedy scene, Mike Myers was a voice in comedy I really responded too.  Though he would later overdo his mix of schoolyard and "hang a lantern on it" humour, he was my favourite SNL cast member and had a tone about him that I found delightful.  Also, this film reminded people that Bohemian Rhapsody is a great song.  Good work on that.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/KjB6r-HDDI0

If you liked this, check out... Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Before there were sequels more interested in rehashing old jokes and renewing focus on the more juvenile of gags, Austin Powers was a sleeper hit on video.  And deservedly so.  Though obstensibly a parody of old spy movies, it took it's humour in a weirder direction.  It's still a funny movie, but the best scenes for me aren't so much the iconic ones, but are often found in the little moments, such as getting to hear what it sounds like when a supervillain maniacal laughter finally... peters out.  Also, it actually has something to say about our relationship to the past and both about being open to change and seeing what good things about the past remain.

Trivia The scene where Wayne's ex-girlfriend Stacy (Lara Flynn Boyle) tries to patch up their relationship by buying him a gun rack, is based on some truth. Mike Myers once dated a girl who apparently broke up with him due to his preoccupation with his comedy. A week later, after some thought, she tried to reconcile by buying Mike a gun-rack. To her, this was an absurd joke that she had hoped Mike would appreciate. He didn't, and the two remained apart. When the movie was released, and Mike's ex viewed the movie with her new steady boyfriend, she was mortified not only to learn that the gun-rack anecdote had been written into the film, but also she was shocked to see that the main characters referred to the Stacy character as a 'psycho hose-beast'. Some time later, Myers telephoned his former girl, attempting to apologize for including a very detracting version of her in the movie.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2018, 09:48:09 AM
You realize that by doing this we could be grounded for two, perhaps even three weeks.
#26b
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut


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48 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 CJones

In th town of South Park, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman sneak into an R-rated movie.  The next day at school, the kids share the dirty language from the movie, only to find themselves in trouble.  Soon enough, the issue escalates until America is threatening to go to war with Canada, where the movie originated.  With things looking grim, the kids try to rebel against their parents in order to stop the war.  Meanwhile, Kenny, who died and went to Hell, learns that Satan and Saddam Hussein are plotting to rise to Earth and take it over.

Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone aimed to create something more than an overlong episode.  In doing so, they decided to create a full on epic musical.  The songs really are good, especially the delightful song about scapegoatism "Blame Canada".  The creators, already known for pushing the envelope of what can be put on TV, decided to up the vulgarity while creating a story about vulgarity and the likelihood that kids were probably going to sneak into this movie.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/bOR38552MJA

If you liked this, check out... Brain Candy

Another TV series turned into a film, there's the Kids in the Hall's darkly comedic look at medication and the nature of happiness in Brain Candy.  The film is about a pill that makes people happy, only for the inventor of the pill to discover that it might come with dire consequences.  It's not a perfect movie, but it's got some really great gags and I think it's worth checking out.

Trivia Paramount originally asked Trey Parker and Matt Stone if they could make a PG-13 rated film. They said no and would not agree to make a movie until the studio agreed that the final product would be rated R.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 22, 2018, 10:02:03 AM
South Park was quite the thing at the time, I was 13 when the movie hit, fun sneaking into that with my brother.

Wayne's World is quite the classic, it would sit well on a shelf among Bill & Ted, Spinal Tap, and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 22, 2018, 10:34:31 AM
South park BL&UC was damn great, but there's another movie made by Matt Stone and Trey Parker that's even better...  Damn, at times like this I wish there was a smiley that could represent the expression on my face right about now, so for now I'll just use this one.  ;D
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 22, 2018, 10:58:33 AM
Is it Cannibal: The Musical?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CizU8aB3c8
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 22, 2018, 11:29:31 AM
Orgazmo!
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2018, 11:58:46 AM
Baseketball!
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 22, 2018, 01:20:02 PM
I was pretty big into South Park when the movie came out.  I liked it okay back then and it's still pretty good, but the movie doesn't qualify for my list.  The show started in the summer before I entered 11th grade, and I was surprised how quickly they released a feature length movie.  It's also odd they haven't done any more theater releases of movies since then.

Wayne's World was basically the defining film of my pre-teen years.  Everyone in my family loved the movie and we were always ecstatic when Comedy Central played a Saturday Night Live episode with a Wayne's World sketch.  Then a few years later, the sequel came out, and we were just bouncing off the walls with joy.  Best scene in the sequel was the Charlton Heston cameo.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2018, 02:03:58 PM
If you betray us, I'll rip your fuckin' balls off and stuff them up your ass. So, the next time you shit, you'll shit all over your balls!
#25
Team America: World Police


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49 Points, 3 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #3 Quirk

Team America is a antiterrorism strike force known for using excessive force against their enemies.  In their latest mission, they recruit Broadway actor Gary Johnson to infiltrate a terrorist cell.  Meanwhile, Kim Jong Il is funding terrorists for his own evil purposes and manipulates the Film Actors Guild into helping him following one of Team America's embarrassments.

Though styled after Gerry Anderson's puppet adventure shows (they had even intended to meet with Anderson for help, though changed their minds when they learned he wouldn't care for their vulgar humour), Team America is a delightful parody of brainless Michael Bay action movies.  In addition, the film has a lot of very funny songs made for the film.  I think they also do a good job deciding when to make the puppetry look great and when to make it look intentionally janky.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/HIPljGWGNt4

If you liked this, check out... 22 Jump Street

There's a lot of films that parody Hollywood excess in action movies, but I felt this was the best choice.  Mocking both that and the issues surrounding sequels, 22 Jump Street is as good as the original and knowingly takes things in a different direction and does very little rehashing of the old material (something that often haunts comedy sequels).

Trivia The very first footage screened for Paramount executives was of a poorly crafted puppet in front of a background of a badly drawn Eiffel Tower, prompting one executive in the audience to yell, "Oh God, they fucked us!" This was a prank pulled by the directors and the shot then pulls back to reveal a highly refined marionette manipulating the inferior one, then flies over beautifully detailed Parisian landscape full of believable yet cheesy marionettes. This actually ended up being the opening shot of the movie.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 22, 2018, 02:09:42 PM
Waynes World was fun, but not top 25 material for me.

Team America and South Park both left me cold, the R rating just gave them an excuse to be more foul, but not more funny. For transgressive comedy that made me laugh, I prefer the other movie Johnny named in the SP write-up, Brain Candy
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 22, 2018, 02:56:12 PM

Trivia The very first footage screened for Paramount executives was of a poorly crafted puppet in front of a background of a badly drawn Eiffel Tower, prompting one executive in the audience to yell, "Oh God, they fucked us!" This was a prank pulled by the directors and the shot then pulls back to reveal a highly refined marionette manipulating the inferior one, then flies over beautifully detailed Parisian landscape full of believable yet cheesy marionettes. This actually ended up being the opening shot of the movie.

That shot got pretty much every one in the theater (including me) for a split second when I went to see it. The pan upwards from that shot, revealing the miniature Paris was a pretty glorious moment.
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Post by: linszoid on June 22, 2018, 03:01:00 PM
If you betray us, I'll rip your fuckin' balls off and stuff them up your ass. So, the next time you shit, you'll shit all over your balls!
#25
Team America: World Police

Matt Damon!
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 22, 2018, 03:06:29 PM
Gotta love random Matt Damon jokes. Clerks: The Animated Series (by Kev Smith who has worked with Damon) has a bit where they throw soda at poor Matt Damon. Team America, I say **** yeah to that. Though I haven't seen it since in the theater.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 22, 2018, 03:38:57 PM
Pak, Johnny, Psychogoatee... see #25.  ;)
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2018, 04:42:33 PM


(Also you may want to take a second look at that notable scene)

Fixed.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2018, 05:06:50 PM
By the way, no updates on weekends from now on.  Instead, here's a topic of conversation to keep you busy: discuss your favourite unintentionally hilarious movies.
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Post by: RVR II on June 22, 2018, 05:55:20 PM
By the way, no updates on weekends from now on.  Instead, here's a topic of conversation to keep you busy: discuss your favourite unintentionally hilarious movies.
Full Metal Jacket (boot camp portion)
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Post by: linszoid on June 22, 2018, 05:55:43 PM
By the way, no updates on weekends from now on.  Instead, here's a topic of conversation to keep you busy: discuss your favourite unintentionally hilarious movies.

Mine is definitely The Exorcist. I was expecting a classic horror film and instead I get a film with laughable special effects and hammy acting.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 22, 2018, 09:25:41 PM
Miami Connection is a big fav, I have a full size poster of that one. Great music too. Hard Ticket To Hawaii of course, magical film. Nicolas Cage rules in way too many movies, Deadfall slayed me and my friends. Vampire's Kiss is intentional dark comedy, I think, they just let him run wild, still hoping that might turn up on this list. Cool as Ice as mentioned, though it's intentions, who can tell.

Ninja 3 The Domination is another classic. And while part dark comedy, depending on mood, Reservoir Dogs might be funnier than intended at times. One time rewatching it with my friends and it was pretty much a lot of laughs throughout for whatever kooky reason. It could be argued the film features overacting.

Basic (2003) is one of the definitive ones. Probably the most laughs in a theater for a non-comedy film.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 22, 2018, 10:51:47 PM
The Happening
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 23, 2018, 01:43:06 AM
Insidious is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. In fact, James Wan might be a comedy genius, because all his shit is so stupidly hilarious. Sweet Lord I can't wait for his Aquaman, what a joke that'll be!!!

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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 23, 2018, 04:47:35 AM
I also need to mention Hard Ticket to Hawaii, a sexist film with more WTFs per second than I've ever seen.

https://www.youtube.com/v/tAaPeMMJLgs

Also worth mentioning is the terrible but hilarious 80's gore film Pieces with scenes like this.

https://www.youtube.com/v/KCCxGQetNrk

https://www.youtube.com/v/AT_C4HUOuwE

Racist AND confounding.  And no, that character doesn't figure into the plot in any way.  His appearance is completely random.
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Post by: CJones on June 23, 2018, 09:21:34 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/4yfr_Zj1iU4
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 23, 2018, 09:26:37 AM
I laugh a lot at the Final Destination movies.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 23, 2018, 11:39:03 AM
Hard Ticket To Hawaii is a legendary film, and of course Picasso Trigger. I got a kick out of Paul F Tompkins' Andrew Lloyd Webber character on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast giving a shoutout to the movie Picasso Trigger. I was like hey, I've seen that, what are the odds Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is a fan, who knew.
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 23, 2018, 03:58:38 PM
Hard Ticket to Hawaii et al are fantastic but I'm not sure the awfulness is unintentional.

My go to stable includes Cocktail, Roadhouse, Battlefield Earth, Highlander 2, Kickboxer, Hard to Kill, On Deadly Ground, Fire Down Below, Cobra, Strike Commando, Obsessed, The Wicker Man remake, Armageddon, the Airport movies, and a lot of others that I'll sift through the memory banks to locate.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 23, 2018, 05:44:27 PM
I laugh a lot at the Final Destination movies.
I watched them all not too long ago and I pretty much concur. I found them very difficult to take seriously.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 23, 2018, 06:57:55 PM

My go to stable includes Cocktail...

Cocktail is ridiculous.  More than I expected.  I feel like there were a lot of movies in the 80's where the lead was just awful but we were somehow expected to sympathize with their shittiness.
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 23, 2018, 09:24:20 PM

My go to stable includes Cocktail...

Cocktail is ridiculous.  More than I expected.  I feel like there were a lot of movies in the 80's where the lead was just awful but we were somehow expected to sympathize with their shittiness.
That's definitely prevalent especially in 1980's cinema, and Tom Cruise's character encapsulates it. His world is similar to those in sitcoms, where every one else's enjoyment of life or even isolated moments (such as the patrons of the establishments he works at) revolve around him. Everyone is always paying attention to him, and many people live vicariously through him. Cruise's performance and just the sheer conceit of "The Last Barman Poet" is so off the rails and spectacular that it just has to be seen to be believed. And so...

https://www.youtube.com/v/PhusHcxlbU8
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 24, 2018, 12:19:37 AM
Ooh, Behind Enemy Lines! Early 21st century propaganda with Owen Wilson? I can't possibly be more in.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 24, 2018, 04:54:08 AM

My go to stable includes Cocktail...

Cocktail is ridiculous.  More than I expected.  I feel like there were a lot of movies in the 80's where the lead was just awful but we were somehow expected to sympathize with their shittiness.
That's definitely prevalent especially in 1980's cinema, and Tom Cruise's character encapsulates it. His world is similar to those in sitcoms, where every one else's enjoyment of life or even isolated moments (such as the patrons of the establishments he works at) revolve around him. Everyone is always paying attention to him, and many people live vicariously through him. Cruise's performance and just the sheer conceit of "The Last Barman Poet" is so off the rails and spectacular that it just has to be seen to be believed. And so...

https://www.youtube.com/v/PhusHcxlbU8


"Shut up and give me booze, asshole!"
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 24, 2018, 05:45:36 AM
How about performances within a film? Or will that be a subject for another week?

I was thinking of Brando, who -starting in the 70s- suddenly went off into wack-a-doodle land in a few pictures. Missouri Breaks (a decent western, anchored by Jack Nicholson's performance. But it's like Marlon is off making a different movie in his mind) The Formula (with George C. Scott, a boring flick, but it too should have been an acting tour-de-force with those two stars) and the weirdest of the lot, The Island of Dr. Moreau (sp?) I have no idea what the hell he was doing there. Was that madness, comedy, a self indulgent actor just dicking around?
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 24, 2018, 05:49:55 AM
I can't speak for the rest, but from the sounds of it, on The Island of Doctor Moreau, he was dicking around and may have intentionally fucking things up.  But also he was dealing with a lot of personal strife at the time.  I really need to see the documentary about the movie.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 24, 2018, 06:14:15 AM
I can't speak for the rest, but from the sounds of it, on The Island of Doctor Moreau, he was dicking around and may have intentionally fucking things up.  But also he was dealing with a lot of personal strife at the time.  I really need to see the documentary about the movie.

I didn't know they made a doc. Just looked it up and yeah, that's one for the wishlist.

I love Brando BTW, even when he's going off the rails. Seen just about everything he's made (even that movie Johnny Depp doesn't want you to see).


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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 24, 2018, 06:17:12 AM
OK, I watched this movie the other night and I can't stop watching this scene.

https://www.youtube.com/v/VPVJzi7Ta9w
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 24, 2018, 01:12:38 PM

My go to stable includes Cocktail...

Cocktail is ridiculous.  More than I expected.  I feel like there were a lot of movies in the 80's where the lead was just awful but we were somehow expected to sympathize with their shittiness.
That's definitely prevalent especially in 1980's cinema, and Tom Cruise's character encapsulates it. His world is similar to those in sitcoms, where every one else's enjoyment of life or even isolated moments (such as the patrons of the establishments he works at) revolve around him. Everyone is always paying attention to him, and many people live vicariously through him. Cruise's performance and just the sheer conceit of "The Last Barman Poet" is so off the rails and spectacular that it just has to be seen to be believed. And so...

https://www.youtube.com/v/PhusHcxlbU8


"Shut up and give me booze, asshole!"
800 people in the club. Three drinks served in five minutes. Not exactly a profitable enterprise.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 25, 2018, 04:41:07 AM
Let's go get sushi and not pay.
#24
Repo Man


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50 Points, 1 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 MerryWanna and Psycho Goatee

When wayward punk Otto Maddox is wandering aimlessly through his neighborhood, he is recruited by a repo man to help him repossess a car.  Soon he gets a taste for the life of legally stealing cars and becomes a repo man himself.  When a 1964 Chevy Malibu comes to town with a huge bounty on it's head, Otto aims to get it.  What he doesn't realize is the car contains a bizarre deadly secret.  And things only get stranger from there.

I never even considered Repo Man for this list, so I think it's cool two forum members, without conversing, managed to get this to #24 with their choice.  I guess it didn't even come into my mind as a comedy.  But it is funny and bizarre and a great commentary on consumerist culture (I love that all products have their contents listed on them on plain white labels.)  There are a lot of punk rock films and a fair number of punk rock comedies (If you are a punk fan, I INSIST you check out the sweet and uplifting We Are the Best.)  But only a few GET punk and even fewer themselves seem punk.  But more than any film I can think of, Repo Man is truly punk.  Disaffected, angry, snide, funny, weird and uncompromising.

From Merry Wanna:

Quote
It will always remind me of a certain friend I had in college. And the crazy acid head...well, he reminds me of myself.
Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/JoRqyWkBxos

If you liked this, check out... Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Finding a match up for Repo Man is tough.  I think this is the best I can do.  It's definitely not an easy watch but it is also a pretty aggressive piece of film making that doesn't tone down its content or, er, tone down for anything.

Trivia No special effects were used to make the Chevy Malibu glow while parked at the repossession lot. Instead, the car was completely coated with 3M reflective paint, at an approximate price of $600 per bucket.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 25, 2018, 06:30:34 AM
I didn't think about Repo Man for my list either, haven't thought about that film in a long time.  Trying to remember where I watched it in a theater, must have been the TLA in Philly, that is the kind of theater that would play a weird limited release like that.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 25, 2018, 10:12:27 AM
Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.
#23
The Blues Brothers


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52 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 MartyS

"Joliet" Jake Blues is getting released from prison and is picked up by his brother, Elwood.  The two are told to meet the Penguin (AKA Sister Mary Stigmata), an overbearing nun who commands the two to help save an orphanage from being shut down.  The two decide to reform their old band, the Blues Brothers band, and put on a big show to raise the money to help those kids.  And if they need to break just about every law along the way to do it...

Saturday Night Live has made a number of movies, but their first is still their best.  The musical numbers are pure joy (my personal favourite is "Think!" followed closely "Shake a Tail Feather"... though if you ask me tomorrow, the two might be reversed) and the humour is appropriately oddball.  I want to toss out one of my favourite performances: John Candy, as a cop who seems to be aware of what kind of movie he's in, what role he's playing and that rather than worrying about anything he's just here to have a good time.  That's not a weakness on Candy's part, he plays the character that way by choice and somehow it totally works.  But the film is a delightful comedy with an over the top finale and a... mostly happy ending.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/1WZZu3qgVOk

If you liked this, check out... Rock & Roll High School

Co-scripted by Joe Dante, this is another "gotta put on a performance" movie that actually held up better than I expected.  In this case an over the top nasty principal takes away a girls ticket to a Ramones concert, it heats up into a crazy war between parents and the kids.  It's cheesy in the best possible way, with occasional weird visual gags (my favourite being the jokes with the mice, which seems very Joe Dante).

Trivia During filming, Stephen Brown got separated from the vehicle caravan and drove the Bluesmobile 100 miles west on Interstate 80, to Spring Valley, Illinois. When he stopped at a gas station for directions, he was arrested by local police for no registration (the plate was a prop), and no valid driver's license. A telephone call was made to the production. The Set Director was more concerned with the return of the vehicle than with the return of his actor.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 25, 2018, 11:00:42 AM
My favorite scene in Blues Brothers is when Princess Leia tries to kill the Blues Brothers...
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 25, 2018, 11:25:41 AM
The first time seeing The Blues Brothers the mall scene just killed me, couldn't breath from laughing so hard, the comments they were making while while driving around destroying the place just hit me as the funniest thing ever.

The soundtrack is fantastic, it was one of the first albums I upgraded from vinyl to CD.
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Post by: The Lurker on June 25, 2018, 11:46:09 AM
The only thing that bothers me about the soundtrack is that the chase music isn't actually on it.  If you want that track, you have to go to a different Blues Brothers album.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 25, 2018, 12:43:10 PM
I don't think they ever did a full version of that song, it was what they used as warm up music when on tour, their own instrumental version of Otis Redding's I can't Turn You Loose that they just extended like crazy for parts of the movie.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 25, 2018, 02:04:57 PM
Repo Man came out of nowhere to rocket up to where it was on the list.  That's a pretty prominent position for something on only 2 lists.  The submissions were among the latest submissions.  Out of 16 lists, MerryWanna's was 13th and PsychoGoatee's was 14th.  I never saw the movie myself.  As a kid, we owned a copy of it on VHS but I never watched it.

I've seen Blues Brothers, but didn't really like it.  It's got a great soundtrack, much like its sequel.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 25, 2018, 02:11:57 PM
Repo Man is always intense! (That's a reference to a Harry Dean Stanton line from the movie)

One of the best movies ever, one of my favs anyway. I recommend that movie to every fine poster here on rifftrax.com. Blues Brothers is also cool!
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 25, 2018, 03:24:28 PM
There's what's right and there's what's right and never the twain shall meet.
#22
Raising Arizona


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53 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 Quirk

Herbert I. "H.I." McDonnough is a career criminal who doesn't actually seem to care much about getting caught.  Edwina "Ed" is a police officer with a bad romantic history.  It turns out they are made for each other and the two decide to quit their respective careers in order to be together.  It seems like this unlikely couple is set for a happy ending.  But when Ed finds she can't conceive, the two find themselves filled with sadness.  There is only one solution: kidnap a one quintuplet.  After all, that family has enough to spare one...

The Coens follow up their tense thriller Blood Simple with a very different kind of movie: a madcap comedy.  The Coens have truly proven that they can tackle many different genres and though often they seem to have a level of cool detachment to their characters, this is one with an ending that makes me tear up every time.  Seriously, just thinking about it makes me sniffle a little.  But the real meat of the movie is it's strange comedy and the weird characters and turns of phrase that the Coens are known for.  Despite being unrepentant criminals, William Forsythe and John Goodman are super charming and strangely lovable (this is also the first Coens movie with John Goodman, who always kills it in a Coens movie).  It also has possibly my favourite Nicolas Cage performance, who seems incredibly comfortable in the skin of the world's most laid back and sweet-hearted con.  Heck, I don't think there's a bad performance in the whole thing.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/VVi2yXxAKoQ

If you liked this, check out... The Grand Budapest Hotel

Rather than go with another Coens movie, I'm going with another cartoonish adventure that is also surprisingly touching.  Though I still haven't seen Isle of Dogs and the Royal Tannenbaums, I think this might be my favourite of his films.  And like most of his films, it deals with a complicated father figure to the younger lead character.  Though Wes Anderson set directs the films within an inch of their lives and has incredibly precise characters, he still manages to have a human core to them and in this one in particular.

Trivia Nathan, Jr. doesn't cry at all throughout the entire movie. But all the other main characters do at some point.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 25, 2018, 03:51:44 PM
Gotta love Raising Arizona, nice to see the Coens, Nic Cage, and other legends there on this list. Grand Budapest Hotel is a fav too. Two so far for the Coens by my count, I expect even more too.
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Post by: CJones on June 25, 2018, 04:50:31 PM
I considered Raising Arizona, but it's been so long since I saw it last I barely remember it. And I had no idea that was a Coen brothers movie.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 25, 2018, 05:02:23 PM
Repo Man is a film I enjoy a lot, but don't find it all that funny. Was never a contender for my list.

Blue Brothers is a snore for me. Never understood the love it gets.

Raising Arizona is actually one of my least favourite Coen Bros films. It starts really strong, but I always lose interest by the end.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 25, 2018, 05:14:23 PM
I really dig Raising Arizona. I first saw it when my aunt showed it to me and my mom and dad way, way, WAY back in '87. Of course, being a 9 year old I didn't fully grasp all the little stuff(like the reference to Dr Strangelove on the bathroom wall), excellent humor and great performances.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 25, 2018, 07:29:14 PM
I watched Blues Brothers a few years back, and liked it even more. While it is overblown. It's a hell of a lot of fun and the music is sweet!

Haven't seen the other 2 in a long time. Raising Arizona was one of my faves back in the day. and while I recall liking Repo, I didn't consider it all that funny. So no, it wouldn't have ever made my list.
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Post by: Charles Castle on June 25, 2018, 10:00:24 PM
Raising Arizona is actually one of my least favourite Coen Bros films. It starts really strong, but I always lose interest by the end.
I agree that it does tail off as it goes, but that first 30 minutes or so is incredible. The opening sequence, especially.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 25, 2018, 10:10:39 PM
Raising Arizona is actually one of my least favourite Coen Bros films. It starts really strong, but I always lose interest by the end.
I agree that it does tail off as it goes, but that first 30 minutes or so is incredible. The opening sequence, especially.

Yeah, if the movie had stay as good as the opening, it'd probably be one of their best.
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Post by: MerryWanna on June 26, 2018, 06:39:53 AM
So glad to see Repo Man make the list. The fondness I have for that nutty piece of celluloid runs deep. It will always remind me of the best times in my life, which was why it ended up #1 on my own list. That, and all the drug references, natch.


Raising Arizona was not only very funny in and of itself, but I loved the cinematography.


Blues Brothers wasn't on my list because I tend to be bored by entertainment on the subject of entertainers, which means I probably miss a lot of good stuff without knowing it.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2018, 07:46:25 AM
Christ. Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the fucking Peace Corps.
#21
Animal House


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53 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 MartyS

Larry and Kent want desperately to join a fraternity but find themselves out of place at the high-falutin' Omega Theta Pi but do find themselves a home with the slobby Delta Tau Chi.  Renamed Pinto and Flounder, the boys find the wild men of Delta House true party animals, which puts them at odds with Dean Wormer, who finds their misbehaviour and academic standing deplorable.  A battle of wills occurs between Omega House and Delta House.  Delta House spends a lot of time on the ropes, but never count out guys with nothing to use and a lack of good judgement.

Though "chaos at a college" is a time honoured comedy tradition, the folks at National Lampoon brought it back, raunchier than it's ever been.  It certainly inspired a load of poor imitators who tried simply to go for the raunch (which is very tame by today's standards), forgetting the charisma and direction that made it such a hit with audiences.  A lot of credit is given to John Belushi as the living id known as Bluto, who is an energy juggernaut, crashing through each scene with wild abandon.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/q7vtWB4owdE

If you liked this, check out... Horse Feathers

Remember when I said that college comedies were a time honoured tradition?  Here's a great early one from the Marx Brothers.  Here, the wild man is the new dean, played by Groucho, who needs the help of Chico and Harpo to win a football game.  While the game itself is a lot of fun, my favourite bit is Groucho's song "I'm Against It" early on in the picture.

Trivia According to John Landis, Universal Pictures President Ned Tanen objected so strongly to the Dexter Lake Club scene that he interrupted a screening of the film and ordered the scene be removed immediately, claiming it would cause race riots in the theaters. In response, Landis screened the film for Richard Pryor, who then wrote a note to Tanen which read: "Ned, 'Animal House' is fucking funny, and white people are crazy. Richard."
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Post by: The Lurker on June 26, 2018, 09:24:15 AM
Christ. Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the fucking Peace Corps.
#21
Animal House


(http://www.rickmeyerowitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/A-House-1-copy-Enlarge.jpg)

53 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 MartyS

Larry and Kent want desperately to join a fraternity but find themselves out of place at the high-falutin' Omega Theta Pi but do find themselves a home with the slobby Delta Tau Chi.  Renamed Pinto and Flounder, the boys find the wild men of Delta House true party animals, which puts them at odds with Dean Wormer, who finds their misbehaviour and academic standing deplorable.  A battle of wills occurs between Omega House and Delta House.  Delta House spends a lot of time on the ropes, but never count out guys with nothing to use and a lack of good judgement.

Though "chaos at a college" is a time honoured comedy tradition, the folks at National Lampoon brought it back, raunchier than it's ever been.  It certainly inspired a load of poor imitators who tried simply to go for the raunch (which is very tame by today's standards), forgetting the charisma and direction that made it such a hit with audiences.  A lot of credit is given to John Belushi as the living id known as Bluto, who is an energy juggernaut, crashing through each scene with wild abandon.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/q7vtWB4owdE

If you liked this, check out... Horse Feathers

Remember when I said that college comedies were a time honoured tradition?  Here's a great early one from the Marx Brothers.  Here, the wild man is the new dean, played by Groucho, who needs the help of Chico and Harpo to win a football game.  While the game itself is a lot of fun, my favourite bit is Groucho's song "I'm Against It" early on in the picture.

Trivia According to John Landis, Universal Pictures President Ned Tanen objected so strongly to the Dexter Lake Club scene that he interrupted a screening of the film and ordered the scene be removed immediately, claiming it would cause race riots in the theaters. In response, Landis screened the film for Richard Pryor, who then wrote a note to Tanen which read: "Ned, 'Animal House' is fucking funny, and white people are crazy. Richard."
It also spun-off into a short-lived network sitcom...
https://www.youtube.com/v/yWR94gcQX1o
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 26, 2018, 11:14:43 AM
Classic movie, and I believe the first appearance of Kevin Bacon on the list.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2018, 12:11:32 PM
There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan.
#20
Sullivan's Travels


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54 Points, 3 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 Edward J. Grug III

John Sullivan is a successful director of comedies but he feels he wants to do something more.  He insist that his next film be a socially conscious film called "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" and to this end, decides to live the life of the downtrodden in order to really understand them.  He soon makes the acquaintance of a failed actress and the two hit the road together.  Along the way, Sullivan realizes that comedy can do just as much good as a socially conscious expose.

Sullivan's Travels was met with modest success and reviews upon it's initial release but was later considered a true classic comedy.  The film is a true celebration of comedy and how it can help people and is considered one of the great movies about movies.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/W7WmhkO_GWI

If you liked this, check out... Lost in America

Another film about a misguided excursion into America, this one has Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty as a couple of yuppies who decide to quit their lifestyle and see America, only to find that the Romanticized America in their minds is a lot different than the reality.

Trivia Not only was Veronica Lake pregnant during the making of this movie, she was between six and eight months pregnant. Production took place from June 12 to July 22, 1941, and her daughter Elaine Detlie was born on August 21, 1941. The only other people involved in the production who knew of her condition were the costume designer, Edith Head, and Preston Sturges' then-wife, Louise. Head designed costumes to hide the condition. Lake was afraid that she would not be allowed to make the film if her advanced state of pregnancy was revealed, owing to the physical demands of the role.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 26, 2018, 12:58:18 PM
Sturges makes the grade! I was expecting this to pop up, but still... YES!!

this list would have been so wrong if at least one from Preston wasn't included

Great flick. While Sturges wasn't the most subtle or deft with the physical comedy (though much of that is funny), as a wordsmith he was second to none. 

Great work from Lake, who was no picnic to work with. Her leading men disliked her greatly. I don't know how Alan Ladd, the one actor who would work with her over and over again, got along with her. But McRea wasn't fond of the experience. Interesting because they shared such a nice on screen chemistry (and they would act together again in 1947, in the Noir Western, Ramrod -- and were wonderful in that as well)

Edit: Oh, and Animal House was a classic from my misspent teenage youth. Lord how me and my friends adored that movie. We would watch it again and again, we'd quote from it ("Thank you God!" was a constant), and we worshiped Belushi. Bad taste was never so good.

https://www.youtube.com/v/pYlJhi621Q0
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2018, 01:15:17 PM
Mongo only pawn... in game of life.
#19
Blazing Saddles


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54 Points, 3 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #6 MartyS

In the town of Rock Ridge, Bart has been named their first black sheriff.  Which would be great, but it is actually part of a plot to get the people of Rock Ridge to abandon their town so the attorney general Hedley Lamarr can buy their land for cheap.  But Sheriff Bart isn't about to let this bigoted little town fall into Hedley's hands.  He proves himself by overcoming Hedley's toughest man, Mongo and seducing Lili von Schtupp, a master of seduction.  But when things get a little more tough, Bart needs the help of the greatest gunfighter, the Waco Kid... who has been in a bottle for years.

Mel Brooks' wonderful send up of Westerns and the stupidity of bigotry is a madcap romp well worth checking out.  Madeline Kahn won an Oscar for the movie, rare for such an absurdist and deeply silly movie, but it's hard to deny that she earned it.  The film is largely considered to be amongst Brooks' best and features a wonderful script by Brooks, Richard Pryor, Andrew Bergman,  Norman Steinberg and Al Uger (from the sounds of it, the writers room was a war room for everyone trying to get jokes in).  Pryor was also set to star but while he couldn't Cleavon Little does a great job as the lead and Gene Wilder, as always in this era, is hypnotic in his performance

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/upvZdVK913I

If you liked this, check out... Black Dynamite

While there are some good Western comedies out there, let's instead look at loving parodies dealing with race.  Black Dynamite was a sleeper hit in the early 2000's, a parody of cheap-as-dirt blaxploitation movies.  But it's not just a parody of those films and is a meta-film with the main character being played by a football star being play by Michael Jai White.  One of my favourite gags involves an actor getting replaced in the middle of a fight scene.  The film just escalates in ridiculousness to the point where Dynamite is kung fu fighting Nixon.

And a reminder: a spiritual sequel is being released late this year: The Outlaw Johnny Black, about an outlaw disguised as a reverend comes to town and beats up all the bad guys.  I'm looking forward to it.

Trivia
https://www.youtube.com/v/KHJbSvidohg

Cleavon Little was not warned about the "you know . . . morons" line. His reaction was real.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 26, 2018, 01:27:12 PM
Fantastic trio today. While I like another Mel Brooks film a little bit more, Saddles is one of his toppermost efforts.
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 26, 2018, 02:00:44 PM
I never saw Animal House.  I've only seen like the last 10 minutes of it.  I saw Blazing Saddles once.  I liked it okay.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 26, 2018, 02:24:20 PM
My favorite Mel Brooks film is Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Spaceballs just hasn't aged well for me, and I never liked Blazing Saddles or The Producers all that much.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 26, 2018, 02:36:25 PM
Blazing Saddles rocks, I dig many a Brooks flick. Men in Tights does rule.
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Post by: linszoid on June 26, 2018, 03:53:25 PM
I thought Blazing Saddles would be top ten easy.

But Mongo only pawn in game of life
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Post by: CJones on June 26, 2018, 04:17:23 PM
Blazing Saddles rocks, I dig many a Brooks flick. Men in Tights does rule.

https://www.youtube.com/v/jdEgHcDw2V0
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 26, 2018, 05:09:38 PM
Animal House, I think, might be just too tied to an American college experience? Or something? I don't know. I find it to be so unfunny and completely unengaging.

Sullivan's Travels is a wonderful film. If you like the Coens at all, you should check this film (and his other best work) out as you will definitely see some Preston in their work. He had this incredible run of some of the greatest comedies ever and then his work went in the toilet when he started feuding with producers and was pretty well run out of Hollywood. (Great pick with Lost in America too - I think my only pick for a comedy film from the 80s and I'm sad to learn it didn't make the list. I was kind of counting on Cole and maybe someone else to back me up :P)

Blazing Saddles, like all of Mel Brooks work, was great when I was 14 year old. I have pretty much no interest in them now. Especially Spaceballs which is near unwatchable.

Haha, I don't align much with this group on the idea of which comedies are great, which is pretty funny given we only know each other through being on a comedy group's forum.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2018, 06:57:21 PM
Animal House, I think, might be just too tied to an American college experience? Or something? I don't know. I find it to be so unfunny and completely unengaging.


Animal House never worked for me either.  I think it's a mix of things: a lot of what the movie originate had become cliches by the time I sat down and watched it.  I also think I'm slightly to young to get on the John Belushi train (despite Blues Brothers being on my list).  Clearly, he was a huge influence on a certain age group but he never really spoke to me.  Though he was leagues better than his brother.

I will also say that while I respect a lot of what Mel Brooks has done for comedy, I found myself being less interested in revisiting his work as I have gotten older, for the most part.  Strangely, the film of his that I like revisiting the most is High Anxiety.  But I still like Blazing Saddles a fair amount.  Also, that theme song is great.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 26, 2018, 07:31:25 PM
Strangely, the film of his that I like revisiting the most is High Anxiety.

Seeing High Anxiety as a kid in the theater I thought it was just OK, but decades later after watching a lot of Hitchcock films it is way more fun to watch.  Even so it fell off my top 25 list, two films by Mel did end up in my top 10.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 27, 2018, 04:38:34 AM
You mean I'm gonna STAY this color?
#18
The Jerk


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57 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Johnny Unusual

Navin R. Johnson was born a poor black child.  Well, that's what he thought.  But he didn't figure that out till much later, being very dumb.  But he's got a good heart and when the time is right, he leaves his beloved family of sharecroppers to see the world.  Along the way, Navin gets a dog, finds love, avoids a killer and becomes fabulously wealthy.  Navin isn't very smart but he isn't a jerk.  At least, not until his newfound wealth and status are lost.

To me, the Jerk is the platonic ideal of what a comedy should be.  It's unrepentantly silly and goofy but still manages to have a core of sweetness (particularly in the "Tonight, You Belong to Me")  but more than anything, the focus on this picaresque tale is less about story and more about getting a laugh, and Steve Martin gets a lot from me, here.  It feels like the perfect platform of this era of Steve Martin, when he was still doing stand-up.  It feels like the natural evolution for his ironically cheesy stage persona and mixes that character with a naif idiot with good intentions.  Definitely a film I turn to when I need a pick-me-up.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/Tcwz8-EfFYE

If you liked this, check out... The Wrong Guy

This one is a little more obscure but well worth checking out.  A send up of "wrong man" thrillers, this features the Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley as an office worker who thinks he has been framed for a crime he did not commit and is now on the run.  Except everyone knows he didn't do it and no one is chasing him.  I've always been a Foley fan and I think the failure of studios to release this movie until much later derailed a very promising career.  A very fun script from Foley, Jay Kogen (from the early years of the Simpsons) and The Higgins Boys and Gruber's David Anthony Higgen's (who also plays a detective less interested in solving the case and more in using police resources for personal pleasure) and a goofy lead performance by Foley adds up to a film that deserves to be seen a little more.

Trivia Stanley Kubrick was a big admirer of this film. He would often recite lines from the film to cast and crew on his films and he once invited Steve Martin over so they could play chess.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 27, 2018, 05:32:58 AM
The Jerk fell off my list as I was sorting, probably because I haven't watched it in at least 20 years.  Kind of got burned out on Steve Martin, in the 70s I had to get every album as soon as it came out and would listen to them over and over.  So I probably need to revisit his stuff after taking a break for a few decades.
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Post by: Darth Geek on June 27, 2018, 06:10:17 AM

Animal House never worked for me either.  I think it's a mix of things: a lot of what the movie originate had become cliches by the time I sat down and watched it. 
I feel that way about Airplane.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 27, 2018, 11:05:41 AM
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
#17
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


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58 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #2 CJones

Something has gone wrong.  General Jack Ripper has ordered an American plane to drop a bomb on the Russians.  The pilots don't know that Ripper has done this of his own accord, as he is deeply unstable.  Now the President and his men must discuss what to do in the face of nuclear retaliation and hte end of the world.  As the milquetoast President Muffley, the perhaps-too-enthusiastic-about-the-piloting-skills-of-the-men-about-to-destroy-the-world General Buck Turgidson and the mad nuclear scientist Dr. Strangelove discuss what to do, British RAF Officer Lionel Mandrake sees Ripper's madness firsthand and may be key to saving the world.  Or not.

Initially intended as a straight adaptation of the book Red Alert, Stanley Kubrick came to a conclusion about mutually assured destruction: it's ridiculous.  And with that, the film transformed from a cold war thriller (for a great non-comedy version of this film, watch the really good, if somewhat flawed Failsafe) to a black comedy.  Peter Sellers is great throughout and though Strangelove is the title character, my favourite Sellers character is the mild mannered President Muffley, especially his one sided conversation with the clearly drunk Soviet premier.  And the comedy works because the gravity of the situation is being faced by men who are childish, short-sighted, ignorant or mad.  Bleak and cynical, yes, but also very, very funny.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/vuP6KbIsNK4

If you liked this, check out... The Death of Stalin

Another pitch black comedy of errors with dire consequences is political comedy veteran Armando Ianucchi's take on the political manuevering following the death of Stalin.  With a great cast of actors, the film was a critical darling and, personally, I look forward to seeing it.

Trivia The film led to actual changes in policy to ensure that the events depicted could never really occur in real life.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 27, 2018, 11:31:04 AM
Even though I grew up with him (as I did with Belushi), Martin I didn't care for initially. I didn't like his stand-up, his stage persona... but then he started acting, got into the movies, and I enjoyed him there. The Jerk was fun, Parenthood showed that he could handle drama with the comedy.

Strangelove's a work of comedy art... nuff said.

And yeah, Death of Stalin's a kick.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 27, 2018, 11:36:26 AM
Dr. Strangelove rocks, Sterling Hayden in particular cracks me up in that. "...and the international communist consipiracy... to sap and impurify... all of our precious bodily fluids!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAHJCPoWCC8

And gotta appreciate how ballsy it was making that in the early 60s. Like from this article:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/63436/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-dr-strangelove
Co-writer Southern later remembered the agent sending a telegram that read, “Thanks a lot, but the material is too pinko for Dan. Or anyone else we know for that matter.”

And The Jerk is a fav, I feel like that was a really influential comedy. All of the farcical life story movies like Walk Hard etc, they seem to owe a lot to The Jerk. Definitely an epic. And adding The Wrong Guy to my to watch list for sure, that looks great.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 27, 2018, 11:42:40 AM
I considered putting The Jerk on my list, then I realized that... I hadn't seen it in years. That's not a good sign when a comedy doesn't leave so much as the slightest imprint on me. Yeah, it had some funny moments as I recall, but I just couldn't find it in me to put it on my list.

Dr. Strangelove is a whole different story. I watched it and reminisced about it for many many years because in the early 2000's I was going through a Kubrick phase. I watched Paths of Glory, Dr Strangelove, 2001, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, all several times over. I think Dr. Strangelove works better as a straight up Kubrick film and less as a comedy. I can certainly also see why it's such a legend in the film world. The thing was it didn't make me laugh... much. You know how you watch a movie and something about it just clicks with you and you are like "DAMN, this movie was made for me!". Doctor Strangelove was not made for me. Almost all of the jokes upon first viewing didn't illicit belly laughs but rather the response of "huh?". Yes I know everybody praises it as a work of art and I'm willing to go that mile too... but again, only as a Kubrick film, not a comedy.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 27, 2018, 11:58:46 AM
That reminds me, I still haven't seen Paths of Glory, got to put that back on the ol' to watch list.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 27, 2018, 01:14:40 PM
Two Sellers characters I would love to see share a scene, Mandrake having to deal with Clouseau.   Oh the levels of exasperation that could have reached...
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 27, 2018, 01:21:46 PM
Peter Sellers was also suppose to play Major Kong (the guy who rides the bomb down). But a sprained ankle made that impossible. It's just as well. Four roles would have been pushing it, and Slim Pickens was born to play that role.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 27, 2018, 01:33:48 PM
I would recommend most anyone watch Doctor Strangelove and 2001... mostly because doing so will help you understand a LOT of Simpsons jokes and references.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 27, 2018, 02:06:51 PM
Watching the Wrong Guy right now, and yeah, it's pretty cute. I never, ever, ever heard of this movie before now. And that's surprising because I like Dave (and the other Kids) and usually keep an eye for them. Thanks Johnny for introducing me to that one.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 27, 2018, 02:15:30 PM
My favorite trivia fact about Dr. Strangelove is that George C Scott had to be tricked into giving his performance.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 27, 2018, 03:51:47 PM
Watching the Wrong Guy right now, and yeah, it's pretty cute. I never, ever, ever heard of this movie before now. And that's surprising because I like Dave (and the other Kids) and usually keep an eye for them. Thanks Johnny for introducing me to that one.

Glad to hear it.  Joe Flaherty is pretty good in it too.

"Frankly, I miss the old chair."
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 27, 2018, 04:58:29 PM
SEDA-GIVE?
#16
Young Frankenstein


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60 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #3 MartyS

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein is an American physician trying to step out of the shadow of his grandfather, the mad scientist Victor Frankenstein.  But the past isn't easy to overcome when Frederick discovers that he's inherited Castle Frankenstein and goes to inspect the property.  While there, he meets the odd servant Igor, the beautiful personal assistant Inga and the intimidating housekeeper Frau Blucher.  One dark night, he discovers a secret lab with his grandfather's research and realizes that his experiments were feasible and decided to continue his experiments.  Unfortunately, the monster he creates isn't easy to control and Frederick must find away to make peace between the monster and the superstitious townspeople.

Out of all of the films Mel Brooks did, this one feels the most loving towards the source material.  I personally find the best parodies come from a deep love and understanding of a genre and here Brooks and Wilder wrote a film and directed it in such a way that is really true to the James Whale films while making it something much sillier.  And though there are a few winks to the audience, a lot of the jokes work because, unlike Blazing Saddles while is a whirlwind cartoon, Young Frankenstein is a lot more deadpan in spots, right before unleashing a torrent of wackiness with big moments like "Puttin' on the Ritz".

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/sXGzO2aDDRU

If you liked this, check out... Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Don't be fooled by the title: this movie contains three times the monsters than advertised.  Possibly the best of the A and C movies, this one features the duo meeting Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman!  The latter two are even played by Bela Legosi and Lon Chaney, Jr (and previous Frankenstein Glenn Strange reprising the role once more).

Trivia When Mel Brooks was preparing for this film, he discovered that Ken Strickfaden, who'd made the elaborate electrical machinery for the lab sequences in the Universal Frankenstein films, was still alive, and living in the Los Angeles area. Brooks visited Strickfaden, and found that he had stored all the equipment in his garage. Brooks made a deal to rent the equipment, and gave Strickfaden the screen credit he hadn't gotten for the original films.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 27, 2018, 05:12:00 PM
Great movie! And I saw it long before I saw any other Frankenstein movies. Definitely one of my fav films featuring Frank and/or his monster.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 27, 2018, 05:21:07 PM
My favorite Mel movie.  The jokes and bits just don't get old even after multiple viewings, can't say that for most of his other movies.

Everyone in this thing is pretty great.  Marty Feldman steals every scene he is in (such a shame he passed away at 48).
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 27, 2018, 05:31:48 PM
I have a story to share. When Young Frankenstein came out, my Mom took her mother and father to see it. Mom laughed but my Grandmother and Grandfather... they didn't make a single solitary sound during the entire duration of the movie. Chalk that up to some kind of strange generational differential in humor.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 27, 2018, 05:36:25 PM
I haven't seen The Jerk or Young Frankenstein in so long, I basically consider them unseen.

Dr Strangelove is another one of those movies that blew me away when I was young, and I'm pretty meh on now. It doesn't help that I can't stand Peter Sellers.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 27, 2018, 06:01:29 PM
Young Frankenstein is Mel's best IMHO. It holds up better than any of his films. It's... beautiful comedy, just beautifully scripted and acted and yeah, it has an affection for what it's spoofing. It's one of those pictures that I can watch at any time, in any mood, and always be entertained. It's simply perfection.

Plus, it always brings back my late father's laughter to mind. The movie absolutely tickled him, and he had such a big, infectious laugh that he'd get the whole family roaring right along with him. While I stuck to the 20s, 30s and 40s for much of my list, there was no way I was leaving that one off, even though I felt it would get enough votes to make it without me.


Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 27, 2018, 06:08:38 PM
It's also the most gorgeous of his movies by far.  I don't know it is simply that the black and white just classes up the film or if it just has plain good cinematography.  Or that they often intentionally copied the look of the old films, which looked beautiful.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 27, 2018, 07:29:04 PM
Don't know why I didn't think of Young Frankenstein. Really should have. Maybe because I've only ever seen it once.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 27, 2018, 07:51:42 PM
Young Frankenstein, Gene Hackman's finest work.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 28, 2018, 04:37:02 AM
As you wish.
#15
The Princess Bride


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61 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #3 CJones

When a boy is home sick from school, his grandfather arrives with a book and reads him a story.  In the story, a woman named Buttercup falls in love with a farmhand named Wesley.  When Wesley disappears, time passes and Buttercup is set to marry Prince Humperdink. However, when Buttercup is kidnapped by three scoundrels, she finds that a mysterious masked man is on her trail, besting each of the villains one by one.  When she finally finds the truth about who he is, the adventure really begins.

I love this movie to death.  There's a weird combination of sarcasm and sincerity in the movie towards "true love".  I feel like there's a knowing wink about how ludicrous it's "true love" rules are, but it also demonstrates how easy it is to fall under the spell of a story and accept all of those things, heart and soul.  It is also incredibly witty and fun, with Elwes and Patinkin giving career best performances.  The framing device is also great, with Savage and Falk being charming and their relationship being as sweet as the romantic one in the movie.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/rMz7JBRbmNo

If you liked this, check out... Tangled

There are lots of fairy tale movies but I was having a bit of trouble finding one that is also a good comedy. Though not specifically a comedy, Tangled definitely has a lot in the humour department and is often very, very funny.  Paul  Tompkins has a scene stealing minor role as an old drunk guy.

Trivia When asked what his favorite thing about making this film was, André the Giant replied, without skipping a beat, "Nobody looks at me." He felt treated as an equal, without people staring at him because of his grand height.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 28, 2018, 04:50:52 AM
Now it's my turn to piss on a beloved favorite. Not that I disliked Princess Bride, it was a perfectly serviceable bit of entertainment. But I never got the adoration for it. And funny? I don't remember laughing a whole lot. It was more cute or clever than Ha Ha funny.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Darth Geek on June 28, 2018, 06:08:40 AM

#15
The Princess Bride


I saw this in a theater just two weeks ago. Cary Elwes was in the audience and he did a Q&A afterwards. It was a lot of fun. I hadn't seen it in a few years, so there were some things that felt new to me.
I'm very glad they added Fred Savage and Peter Falk at the beginning, and interstitially throughout. Not only are they good performances, especially by Peter Falk, and they get in some great lines "Yes, you very smart, shut up.", but without them the beginning really would be insufferably saccharin.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 28, 2018, 06:22:43 AM
If Princess Bride were a comedy first, then I might have included it on my list. But the way I see it, The Princess Bride is first and foremost a love story.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 28, 2018, 09:39:28 AM
This is when science didn't have to have any specific purpose.
#14
Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie


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61 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Linszoid

Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo are trapped on a space station and are forced to watch This Island Earth.  This Island Earth is a film about some dumb humans who are kidnapped by aliens who have sinister plans for Earth.  Meanwhile, Mike Breaks the Hubble and a visit is paid to Tom Servo's room.

If you like Mystery Science Theater 3000, it's safe to say you'll like this.  Shorter than a regular episode, this takes the SoL crew to the big screen with some great jokes.  It helps that the movie chosen is a big budget turkey that's both fun and ridiculous and overestimates it's own ability to tell a story.  But it also has that sincerity that usually makes for the best riffing.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/Vd1j1GAExH0

If you liked this, check out... Ed Wood

This dramedy about the worst film director of all time is easily my favourite of Tim Burton's movies and also one of the most touching.

Trivia The control panel for the robotic arms that Mike uses to grab the Hubble is marked "Manos." Manos, along with being Spanish for "hands", is also a reference to the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) which is generally agreed to be the worst movie ever shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 28, 2018, 11:46:45 AM
MST3k and by extension Rifftrax has become the ultimate video comfort food for me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on June 28, 2018, 11:49:20 AM
If Princess Bride were a comedy first, then I might have included it on my list. But the way I see it, The Princess Bride is first and foremost a love story.
Ditto for me as well. I love the movie but it kind of spreads itself into several genres.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 28, 2018, 12:02:44 PM
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If you liked this, check out... Ed Wood

This dramedy about the worst film director of all time is easily my favourite of Tim Burton's movies and also one of the most touching.

Oh damn, I should have had Ed Wood on my list. I even re-watched it recently too. Tim Burton's best movie IMO.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 28, 2018, 02:35:48 PM
Did some people forget what forum we're on?! MST3K the movie should have been on ALL 15 lists.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 28, 2018, 02:50:25 PM
This is when science didn't have to have any specific purpose.
#14
Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie


Never heard of this movie or the show it's based on.  Is it any good?
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on June 28, 2018, 03:01:06 PM
The only reason Animal House was not on my list was it occurred to me after I had finished it, and I realized that it wasn't going to need my vote to make the list. It is a classic, and I enjoyed it a lot. I never heard of Sullivan's Travels, but my "entertainment about entertainers" thing would have probably caused me to skip over it based on it description unless some special person told me "Hey, you really gotta see this". Blazing Saddles was okay, but I liked other Mel Brooks movies better.


I am truly ashamed at forgetting to include the MST3K Movie. Duhhhh.

Most of the stuff I put on my list was stuff I loved as a kid or a young adult. I live in the sixties and seventies and early eighties. It is easy to understand why, if you know me. I doubt any more of the films on my list will make a showing. Maybe one or two...No problem...I am getting to find out about movies I never saw yet, and that's groovy.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on June 28, 2018, 03:06:05 PM
Did some people forget what forum we're on?! MST3K the movie should have been on ALL 15 lists.

Agreed. I fucked up. See my above comment about my Living in the Past problem.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 28, 2018, 03:16:07 PM
This is when science didn't have to have any specific purpose.
#14
Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie


Never heard of this movie or the show it's based on.  Is it any good?

Eh. *makes "so-so" motion with hand"*
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 28, 2018, 03:16:58 PM
We are Sex Bob-Omb and we are here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.
#13
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World


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64 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #8 Quirk

Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old bassist for a small time rock band in Toronto.  He's currently dating a high school girl and he thinks his life his going great following an ugly break-up a year ago.  But soon he meets Ramona Flowers, an American delivery girl, and immediately falls in love.  It's a hard road to Ramona.  He's got to win her over and, if he remembers, maybe break up with his current girlfriend.  Yep, it's not an easy road to love.  Especially, if your girlfriend has seven evil exes who have super powers and have vowed to destroy you.

Edgar Wright might be my favourite comedy director alive today.  He's stylish, sure, but he also knows how to use editing to both great comedic and dramatic effect.  He's also got an eye for detail, often cramming in tons of jokes, foreshadowing and visual cues that you might miss if you only watch it once.  But while I like them all, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one that's all about sensory overload, creating a world that not only adapts the source material, but uses music and colour to enhance it in fantastic ways.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/z1-ioR1Se14

If you liked this, check out... Shaun of the Dead

Another Edgar Wright movie, this is another stylish and breakneck comedy about someone learning to grow up a bit and be a better dude.  In this case, it's a manager in a real rut that he doesn't seem to mind.  However, he's forced to change when a zombie outbreak hits Britain.  Like the other Wright movies, the film uses incredibly dynamic editing and direction to make even mundane actions engaging and cool.

Trivia Anna Kendrick, as the character Stacey Pilgrim, wears the actual name badge of the real-life Stacey, on whom the comic creator, Bryan Lee O'Malley, based the character.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 28, 2018, 03:33:06 PM
Did some people forget what forum we're on?! MST3K the movie should have been on ALL 15 lists.

I completely spaced it. I know a lot of fans consider it kind of subpar as MST3K goes, and with so many other comedy movies to consider, it's possible this wouldn't make the top 25 of even a diehard fan. I probably would have had it around the #15 slot.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 28, 2018, 03:46:01 PM
Edgar Wright might be my favourite comedy director alive today.  He's stylish, sure, but he also knows how to use editing to both great comedic and dramatic effect.  He's also got an eye for detail, often cramming in tons of jokes, foreshadowing and visual cues that you might miss if you only watch it once.  But while I like them all, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one that's all about sensory overload, creating a world that not only adapts the source material, but uses music and colour to enhance it in fantastic ways.

Sensory overload is a good way to describe its charm. There are so many scenes that make me think, "Wow. I don't think a movie has ever tried anything like this before." I came for the video game references, but was also blown away with how it uses music. I also love the message about the power of self-esteem being more important to a healthy relationship than the power of love.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on June 28, 2018, 04:08:53 PM
Did some people forget what forum we're on?! MST3K the movie should have been on ALL 15 lists.

Eh :-\ I thought of it, I just wasn't a huge fan if it. I consider it a pretty mediocre episode. Universal didn't seem to "get" MST3K. They insisted a Universal movie be used, but it couldn't be one that made them look bad ::)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 28, 2018, 04:49:06 PM
Scott Pilgrim was the film that made me realize I liked Edgar Wright a lot more than I like his films.

MST3K the Movie is, I agree with the other that said it, an average episode of the show. It was of course not the fault of the guys, but all the same, it's not one of the top 50 Comedy films, not even close. It's a film I love very much all the same.

The Princess Bride is funny in parts, but I wouldn't list its genre as comedy. It would probably make my top romance, adventure and fantasy films lists, sure, but not comedy.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 28, 2018, 05:50:45 PM
Scott Pilgrim is great, and that was a fun weekend, with that and Expendables. And Princess Bride is a fav, the book was fun as a kid with my fam too.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on June 28, 2018, 09:06:12 PM
Cal - "Until we find out what happened, all three of us are blind."
Crow as Joe - "I'll go poke Webb's eyes out."

MST3K The Movie deserves to make the list if only for the scene where Dr. Forester spanks himself with a clipboard, "I'M A NUGHTY, NAUGHTY BOY! Naughty... naughty..."

I ranked it somewhere in the 30s among MST eps, so not top 10, but still well thought of. I laugh start to finish, I have no complaints.


Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 28, 2018, 09:25:05 PM
Oh My God, do NOT get me started on frickin' Scott Pilgrim and how me and my cousin walked out of it, HATING everything about it.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 29, 2018, 06:05:34 AM
Actually, there is no Hell. Although I hear Los Angeles is getting pretty close.
#12
Defending Your Life


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68 Points, 3 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #3 Cole Stratton and Retro Muppet Pastor

Daniel Miller is dead.  And now that he's dead, he's in the afterlife, which is different than he expected.  There is no Hell, but in order to move on, he needs to make a case for his entire life or he must try again via reincarnation. While his trial is going on, he meets and falls in love with Julia, a woman who is also awaiting judgment.  Though Daniel Miller thinks he's lived a harmless life, he soon discovers it isn't enough to do no evil, it is important to overcome fear, something Daniel realizes he may have never been able to do.

Defending Your Life is a funny and thoughtful fantasy movie that explores what it really means what it means to be a good person.  There's a fascinating theology to the movie where what holds people back isn't evil, but weakness of character and what it means and what it takes to overcome it.  Brooks' script is sweet and presents a well constructed and considered world that seems to be an extension of his personal philosophy.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/mdHpbI8Y7Oo

If you liked this, check out... Real Life

Before Reality TV was a genre in the conventional sense of the word, Albert Brooks predicted much of what it would be in his first picture Real Life.  Parodying "An American Family", a popular documentary mini-series on PBS, this focuses on a documentary film maker who essentially tries to control the "reality" of the family he's documenting.  It also has this hilarious trailer (which has very little to do with the film, but is great.

https://www.youtube.com/v/W8ReqVoSZOM

Trivia In a scene set in a comedy club, a terrible comedian performs a roast-style comedy act. This comedian asks Daniel (writer/director lead Albert Brooks) how Daniel died. Daniel says "on stage, like you." Daniel later jokes that he can't leave before the end of the act because the guy on stage is his father. "No, I'm kidding. That would be so sad for me." This entire interaction is a dark and elaborate in-joke. Albert Brooks' father, Harry Parke, actually was a comedian who died on stage at the Friar's Club, just after he finished his roast style comedy routine.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on June 29, 2018, 07:57:23 AM
Scott Pilgrim and Defending Your Life look rather interesting. I had never heard of them before, and they're on my list to find and watch now. Thanks!
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 29, 2018, 09:27:52 AM
The ratio of people to cake is too big.
#11
Office Space


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72 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #2 Retro Muppet Pastor

Peter Gibbons hates his job.  A programmer, he and his co-workers are constantly abused by the callous Bill Lumbergh and two consultants are arriving to look for people to downsize.  But after a hypnosis session, Peter discovers that his hatred has turned to apathy towards work, just up and skipping work and ignoring Bill.  And it turns out this is what gets him promoted.  However, Peter is disgusted that his hardworking friends are going to get fired and the trio come up with a plan to steal from the company.

Office Space is a film that did much better on video and DVD, gaining a considerable cult following.  The parody of office life spoke to a lot of people who have had to deal with petty tyrants and unfair treatment in the work place.  Though the film is well cast all over, Stephen Root as Milton is hilarious (and essentially antithetical to his biggest character up to that point, the loopy billionaire Jimmy James from Newsradio) and Gary Cole is perfectly slimy as the horrendously passive-aggressive bully Bill Lumbergh.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/jsLUidiYm0w

If you liked this, check out... Idiocracy

The story of a dummy who is accidentally sent to the future where he is the smartest man around, Idiocracy is a bit more of a flawed movie than Office Space, it is still good.  It certainly helps that Terry Crews is magnetic as the president.  Seriously, how is Terry Crews not an A-level star with multiple action-comedy franchises?  He's absolutely hysterical.

Trivia The iconic red stapler coveted by Milton was created for the film by the prop department. They needed a bright enough color to be seen on film and chose red. After the film was released, Swingline began to receive requests from customers for red staplers. Having stopped offering red several years before, they made the decision to start offering the color once more.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on June 29, 2018, 11:20:53 AM
Office Space is spot-on in its depiction of Cubicle Hell. It's one of those movies where most of the humor comes from "Oh my gosh I can relate to that SO MUCH."
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 29, 2018, 01:16:22 PM
Office Space is excellent stuff, and the usage of the Geto Boys on the soundtrack is quite good. I got to see them live once, was a great show.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 29, 2018, 01:26:11 PM
I never get tired of Defending Your Life.  It's such a brilliant and unique concept for a movie.  Even though I hate the misconception that people only use a fraction of their brains, I give it a pass here because it was used well.  My favorite part about the setting of Judgement City is the food.  Limitless food and you can eat all you want without gaining weight or feeling uncomfortable.  That's my idea of Heaven.  I always wondered what would happen if a person didn't show up for their hearing.  It's also established that these people are still in the same universe, so a person who "moves forward" could visit Earth if desired.  So I wonder what the deceased's living friends and family would see.

Office Space of course is a timeless classic and I can't get sick of that either.  But I think a better choice for the "If you liked this, check out... " comment would be Extract, a 2009 workplace comedy from Mike Judge.  It flew a little more under the radar.  Extract is more about the bosses, and takes place in a blue collar workplace instead.  There are a lot of great scenes in Extract, but David Koechner steals the show as annoying neighbor Nathan.


https://www.youtube.com/v/tYGCZ4ED98k
2 of 3 items from my list in a row.  Let's keep the streak going and skip straight ahead to #7.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: The Lurker on June 29, 2018, 01:41:05 PM
What about 9 to 5?
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on June 29, 2018, 01:43:14 PM
Yeah 9 to 5 was really good.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
but it's really good.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Darth Geek on June 29, 2018, 01:47:21 PM
Defending Your Life sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 29, 2018, 03:35:48 PM
What about 9 to 5?

I haven't seen it, but I think Extract is a closer match, being a Mike Judge movie.  Richard Roeper called it "the companion movie to Office Space".  Which is a good parallel.  Office Space is about the employees.  Extract is about the bosses.  Office Space is abstract white collar office life.  Extract is very clearly blue collar making a clear product (flavorings).
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 29, 2018, 04:18:58 PM
Oh, it's blessed are the MEEK! Oh, I'm glad they're getting something, they have a hell of a time.
#10
Monty Python's The Life of Brian


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77 Points, 4 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #2 Linszoid

Brian is an average guy who happened to be born in the same manger as Jesus Christ around the same time.  In a time when many were claiming to be the Messiah, Brian would rather join the resistance to get the Romans out of Judea.  However, when a ruse to fool the Romans results in Brian being recognized as the Messiah, Brian finds that convincing people he isn't the Messiah is more difficult than he expected.

While the previous Monty Python film was a straightforwardly silly movie, this comedy also has a lot to say about the nature of belief.  Compared to most of the troupe's work, this is a relatively down to Earth story, though is still very, very silly.  But Brian's absurd plight feels very much like how belief can be perpetuated; by people needing to believe so much, that they'll tie themselves up in logical knots in order for things to fit the way they want.  The idea of a man desperately trying to deny adoration and having no interest being idolized makes for clever satire and leads to one of the great final musical numbers in film.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/kx_G2a2hL6U

If you liked this, check out... Bedazzled

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's beloved fantasy comedy about an average man being given seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Really, this was the best I could do for solid religious comedy.  I almost went with Bunuel, but I feel I know even less about his work to say something proper about it.

Trivia When Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate addressed the soldiers daring them to laugh, he was truly daring them. The soldier extras were ordered to stand there and not laugh, but not told what Palin was going to do. Palin, in fact, can barely stifle his own laughter when saying "Biggus Dickus" in front of the soldier asked if he finds the name "risible."
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Post by: linszoid on June 29, 2018, 04:44:02 PM
Thanks George Harrison for making Life of Brian possible!
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 29, 2018, 04:53:53 PM
I LOVE Defending Your Life, but it just missed my list (And I prefer Lost in America).

Office Space is half a good movie and then it gives up on its premise. Like most Mike Judge films, it fails to stick the landing.

Life of Brian is very good, but as I said earlier, I'm less enthusiastic about the Pythons than I used to be.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 29, 2018, 05:24:24 PM
I guess this means we'll be finishing up the list by this coming Wednesday. I'm really eager to see what's #1... given all the other movies and some of them I never would have guessed would be on this list... sigh, it'll probably NOT be what's number 1 on my list.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on June 29, 2018, 11:40:36 PM
Life of Brian rocks, always look on the bright side of life folks. Looking forward to the rest of the top 10!
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on June 30, 2018, 02:57:47 AM
The "Romans Go Home" and the resulting Latin lesson is my favorite scene from Life of Brian.  I liked the other two Python movies better though.  I don't think this one made my list.

I can't wait to find out what's in the top 10.  Oh wait.....
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 30, 2018, 07:31:18 AM
Until Monday, here's a new topic of discussion: what are the funniest movies that aren't comedy.  I don't mean unintentional comedies, I just mean non-comedies that are very, very funny.  For me, a lot of Alfred Hitchcock has this in spade, with fun Hollywood thrillers filled with laughs and jokes.
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 30, 2018, 08:52:35 AM
Guardians of the Galaxy keeps me laughing, but there's no way I'd put Comedy ahead of the many other genres it takes on.
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Post by: Russoguru on June 30, 2018, 10:50:59 AM
I love Guardians of the Galaxy the same. I think I was saying the same thing back then as I am now, but I still honestly and truly think that it was easily the BEST movie of 2014. It's not just that it was funny or that it was a great sci-fi action flick, it just gave us so many memorable characters that we loved by that films end. And it didn't even need individual films to bring all of them together! I consider that to be a huge plus.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 30, 2018, 11:12:45 AM
As Good As It Gets is a pretty serious drama but also has a lot of good comic relief.
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Post by: CJones on June 30, 2018, 03:45:53 PM
As Good As It Gets is a pretty serious drama but also has a lot of good comic relief.

Oh yeah, that was a good movie.

"How do you write women so well?"

Nicholson's character: "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."
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Post by: Russoguru on June 30, 2018, 06:53:52 PM
As Good As It Gets is a pretty serious drama but also has a lot of good comic relief.
Oh yeah, that was a good movie.
"How do you write women so well?"
Nicholson's character: "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."
Damn that's harsh!!! I gotta wonder... what did Helen Hunt have to say about that line?
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 30, 2018, 07:52:09 PM
As Good As It Gets is a pretty serious drama but also has a lot of good comic relief.
Oh yeah, that was a good movie.
"How do you write women so well?"
Nicholson's character: "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."
Damn that's harsh!!! I gotta wonder... what did Helen Hunt have to say about that line?

I don't think her character (Carol) was nearby when that line was said.  Pretty sure it was said just to make the fan go away.  He is a major a-hole at the start of the movie, with very serious OCD, and because of a terrible thing happening to his neighbor he has to deal with the world more and is forced to improve.

Everyone in it gives an amazing performance, they deserved the Oscars they got, the movie should have won but it was up against Titanic.  At this point in his career Nicholson was usually just playing "Nicholson", but not in this movie, he actually does some real acting.

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Post by: Russoguru on June 30, 2018, 08:39:11 PM
Eh... I think Nicholson played to his strengths as an actor best in "The Shining"... or "The Shinning" if you're a hardcore Simpsons fan.
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Post by: George-2.0 on June 30, 2018, 09:01:39 PM
I don't know how to classify Bunuel's films, but he frequently has me in stitches, even though the humor is very, very dark, and very much in bad taste. In my review for Land Without Bread (https://letterboxd.com/captainquint/film/land-without-bread/) I categorized it as a black comedy, but others take it as dead serious and try and shame those of us who are laughing.

Yet even in pictures that are defined as surreal social dramas/religious critiques, get me laughing.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 30, 2018, 09:25:30 PM
Eh... I think Nicholson played to his strengths as an actor best in "The Shining"... or "The Shinning" if you're a hardcore Simpsons fan.

So you have seen As Good As It Gets?  Because the question you asked made me think you hadn't.
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 30, 2018, 11:56:45 PM
And then there's always the question of The Room. Not a comedy. Not even FUNNY in any way that was intended, but absolutely hilarious in ways that weren't.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 01, 2018, 04:39:50 AM
Miller's Crossing.  Not a comedy but it has some hilarious bits, including a thug being really upset when someone he's threatening fights back.  He looks so betrayed.
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Post by: CJones on July 01, 2018, 07:16:12 AM
Eh... I think Nicholson played to his strengths as an actor best in "The Shining"... or "The Shinning" if you're a hardcore Simpsons fan.

I can't watch that movie without thinking of it as "The Shinning".
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Post by: linszoid on July 01, 2018, 09:27:30 AM
Eh... I think Nicholson played to his strengths as an actor best in "The Shining"... or "The Shinning" if you're a hardcore Simpsons fan.

And yet Stephen King didn't want him.
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Post by: Russoguru on July 01, 2018, 09:27:43 AM
Eh... I think Nicholson played to his strengths as an actor best in "The Shining"... or "The Shinning" if you're a hardcore Simpsons fan.
I can't watch that movie without thinking of it as "The Shinning".
I just had a thought. Not a very cheery one, but here it is: Anyone under 30 who sees The Shining in the year 2081(or later) will probably not get the reference when Jack says "Here's Johnny!"
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Post by: Pak-Man on July 01, 2018, 09:32:18 AM
I'm pretty sure anyone under 30 TODAY probably thinks it came from The Shining.
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Post by: Russoguru on July 01, 2018, 02:10:48 PM
I'm pretty sure anyone under 30 TODAY probably thinks it came from The Shining.
Either that or the Simpsons because they think the Simpsons is a wholly original creation and never references anything.  :o
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 02, 2018, 04:48:23 AM
Sex with furniture, what do you think?
#9
UHF


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77 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Russoguru

George Newman is a dreamer, but not a lot else.  When his Uncle wins a small time TV station in a poker game, he ends up giving it to George.  At first, the station is struggling, but when George begins airing the strangest things around, it turns out the station is a ratings hit.  Soon, that puts him into competition with a big station who is willing to play dirty to put George and his newfound friends out of business.

Despite successful test screenings, UHF was a commercial and critical failure for Orion.  But it ended up becoming a cult hit after it was released on video.   This one was a personal favourite when I was a wee one and it is no surprise that according to the film's creators, the film did relatively well in matinees with theatres full of kids.  Though "Weird" Al has certainly done humour aimed at adults (such as Tim and Eric), there is something about "Weird" Al that seems to speak to kids and this one hit me in the sweet spot.

Pak Man says
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Well I like Weird Al, of course, but I love how his unique sense of humor was allowed to run wild. There isn't another movie that FEELS like UHF, and it's because of Weird Al's unique brand of non-offensive comedy. There isn't a mean bone in the movie's body, and it still manages to be hilarious.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/9SW7-8C8kL4

If you liked this, check out... Brigsby Bear

Tonally, this one is VERY different, but in the DIY spirit, I'm going with Brigsby Bear.  I don't even want to tell you what it is about as the first act is full of surprises, but let's say it is about a sweet, awkward young man trying to make a movie to come to terms with some... life experiences.

Trivia 27:33 The Spatula City billboard was purchased by the production and it was placed for the one shot it appears in, for ease of filming it was a billboard on a highway not frequented by many travelers. For this exact reason the billboard was not purchased after the rental period ran out, and the company did not remove the phony advertisement, it is reported that for months after the film finished shooting many travelers turned on the indicated exit and inquired about Spatula City, the ad was removed shortly afterwards when the company began receiving complaints.
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Post by: Russoguru on July 02, 2018, 08:57:56 AM
...Yeah, I voted UHF as my number 1 pick. "So what? Big deal." (If you instantly know what movie that's from, Gold Stars for you!)
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Post by: linszoid on July 02, 2018, 10:15:57 AM
I wonder what Joel Hodgson would've done with the role of Philo. The part was originally written for him.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 02, 2018, 10:38:22 AM
Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.
#8
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!


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79 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 Pak Man

Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad! is the city's top cop.  But he soon faces a real challenge when he finds his partner beaten into a coma.  Investigating the case, he meets the dock owner Ludwig and his assistant Jane Spencer.  Frank and Jane fall in love, but Frank soon learns that Ludwig might be the culprit and is plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.  And even stranger, the assassins might be regular people, hypnotized into doing his dirty work.  Can Drebin stop the assassination?

The Naked Gun was a film that meant a lot to me as a kid.  It was rare for me until that point to see such outlandish visual gags in a film and I became a huge fan (I wouldn't be aware there was a TV series until years later).  Jokes would come in at a mile a minute, meaning that there was a lot of value in rewatching to catch what you missed, which was the kind of thing I loved.  It's unfortunate that Leslie Neilson would be drawn into far inferior parody films when he worked so well in films that got it right.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/nTh9qpzhunE

If you liked this, check out... They Came Together

While it might seem like the art of the parody movie is dying, there are a few people who still get it.  Most notably David Wain.  They Came Together is a loving tribute and savaging of modern day romantic comedies.  Wain really gets the genre and what makes it tick, making for a stronger parody (and hilarious use of ADR).

Trivia Several years later, Queen Elizabeth II attended a Oakland A's versus Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore, Maryland, and met both teams in their respective dugouts. Reggie Jackson, then an Oakland A's coach, was the first person in the receiving line in the Oakland dugout. Some news channels showed gag footage from this movie of the Queen's impersonator throwing out the first pitch. Leslie Nielsen met the real Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 02, 2018, 01:04:50 PM
UHF is another one that's been on my list to watch forever but I never get around to watching it.
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Post by: goflyblind on July 02, 2018, 01:16:54 PM
SPATULA CITY
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Post by: linszoid on July 02, 2018, 02:36:34 PM
Casting OJ Simpson as a cop is probably the most inspired casting decision of all time.
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Post by: Russoguru on July 02, 2018, 02:54:51 PM
Casting OJ Simpson as a cop is probably the most inspired casting decision of all time.
Not to mention ironic!
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 02, 2018, 03:33:50 PM
So, Lone Starr, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.
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Spaceballs


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94 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Retro Muppet Pastor

Lone Starr and Barf are scoundrels in space who owe a lot of money to the criminal Pizza the Hutt.  Luckily, they realize they might be able to make some extra scratch by rescuing Princess Vespa from the evil empire from the Planet Spaceball.  They succeed but the Spaceball Empire is in hot pursuit and chase him to the home of the wise sage Yogurt.  Soon, Lone Starr finds the only way to defeat the villains is to Master the Shwartz!

Spaceballs was a big deal to me as a Star Wars loving-kid. It was like Star Wars, but a comedy.  Its greatest strength was also mocking the marketing juggernaut the Star Wars brand had become and remains to this day.  Though Brooks films are no strangers to breaking the fourth wall, rhis time it is much more specific and pointed.  It also leads to a great meta-gag involving Spaceballs on home video, which is a highlight for me.  In addition, SCTV vets Rick Moranis and John Candy are particularly good in this film, making real meals of their already over the top characters.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/wHNB8IHfHdU

If you liked this, check out... The Producers

While Mel Brooks was best known for his parody movies, he also did some non-parody comedies, too.  Most notably was is satire of the theatre, in which a low level accountant comes to the realization that an unscrupoulous producer could make more money with a Broadway flop than a hit.  So begins the quest of an unscrupoulous producer and the accountant to make the worst play in broadway history.

Trivia The Millennium Falcon, from the Star Wars saga, makes a cameo appearance in this movie. Given a close look at the exterior shot of the Space Diner, and it can be spotted parked there among the other space vehicles. George Lucas got a chance to read the script before production began, and loved it so much, that he decided to have his special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, help make the film.
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Post by: Russoguru on July 02, 2018, 03:39:11 PM
I think I've said this already, but Spaceballs has not aged well. There are very few jokes in that movie that still work for me. I think the only part that gives me the chuckles is the whole "He's an asshole" bit.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 02, 2018, 03:55:07 PM
Funny how this has grown less funny for me while High Anxiety got better after knowing the source material better.  I guess it's the difference between spoofing a fantasy vs. a drama/thriller, if you look at fantasy too closely it can fall apart on it's own, so spoofing it can come off as lazy writing.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 02, 2018, 03:59:43 PM
Funny how this has grown less funny for me while High Anxiety got better after knowing the source material better.  I guess it's the difference between spoofing a fantasy vs. a drama/thriller, if you look at fantasy too closely it can fall apart on it's own, so spoofing it can come off as lazy writing.

I think it also doesn't help that Mel Brooks doesn't particularly care for Star Wars, when he clearly loved Hitchcock, westerns and Frankenstein movies.
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Post by: Pak-Man on July 02, 2018, 04:09:22 PM
Funny how this has grown less funny for me while High Anxiety got better after knowing the source material better.  I guess it's the difference between spoofing a fantasy vs. a drama/thriller, if you look at fantasy too closely it can fall apart on it's own, so spoofing it can come off as lazy writing.

I think it also doesn't help that Mel Brooks doesn't particularly care for Star Wars, when he clearly loved Hitchcock, westerns and Frankenstein movies.

This! I've found that when comedy attempts to savagely take down its opponent, it doesn't fare as well as it does when it comes from a place of love. The former can be initially hilarious, but there's something timeless about parody when it loves its subject matter. (Secret to Weird Al's success.)
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 02, 2018, 04:19:02 PM
Spaceballs had to be  my number 1.  When I was a kid, we had a copy on a VHS that we taped off HBO.  We would watch it over and over and over again, dozens of times.  It was one of Mom and Dad's reliable standby movies when they needed to keep the kids calm and occupied.  Me and my younger brothers and sister loved it.  We never realized it was supposed to be a parody of Star Wars because none of us had ever seen Star Wars.  I didn't see any Star Wars movies until 1998.  I didn't get what Mog was saying when he guessed that Yogurt was talking about "The Force".  I was like "what the heck is The Force?".  I didn't realize that light sabers were supposed to cut through things.  I didn't know that "Pizza the Hut" was a parody of Jabba the Hut.  I did know who Darth Vader was, but I thought the name "Dark Helmet" was just a coincidence. 

Mel Brooks says on the commentary for Spaceballs that he wanted to make a movie that worked as both a spoof and its own standalone space fantasy movie.  I think he definitely succeeded. 
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Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 02, 2018, 04:24:49 PM
That Spaceballs scene in the clip was edited for television once when the movie aired on FOX.  Instead of "asshole", they said "moron".
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Post by: The Lurker on July 02, 2018, 04:36:32 PM
There was one edited-for-tv movie where the “hole” part of the word got the bleep, which was an odd decision.
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Post by: Pak-Man on July 02, 2018, 04:53:29 PM
Spaceballs had to be  my number 1.  When I was a kid, we had a copy on a VHS that we taped off HBO.  We would watch it over and over and over again, dozens of times.  It was one of Mom and Dad's reliable standby movies when they needed to keep the kids calm and occupied.  Me and my younger brothers and sister loved it.  We never realized it was supposed to be a parody of Star Wars because none of us had ever seen Star Wars.  I didn't see any Star Wars movies until 1998.  I didn't get what Mog was saying when he guessed that Yogurt was talking about "The Force".  I was like "what the heck is The Force?".  I didn't realize that light sabers were supposed to cut through things.  I didn't know that "Pizza the Hut" was a parody of Jabba the Hut.  I did know who Darth Vader was, but I thought the name "Dark Helmet" was just a coincidence. 

Mel Brooks says on the commentary for Spaceballs that he wanted to make a movie that worked as both a spoof and its own standalone space fantasy movie.  I think he definitely succeeded.

See, I find it actually works better as a standalone. When you start mapping it to Star Wars, it only barely registers as a parody. There are a few characters that resemble a few other characters, and some pretty obvious kinda-puns (Force=Schwartz? I suppose...), but there's not a lot of Luke's famous heroic journey to be found anywhere in Spaceballs.
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Post by: CJones on July 02, 2018, 04:57:01 PM
Spaceballs gains points for me just for the video cassette scene:

https://www.youtube.com/v/nRGCZh5A8T4

 
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Post by: Russoguru on July 02, 2018, 06:23:27 PM
And now I feel the need to gripe(Yes, again). Where the hell is History of the world part 2 Mel?! I mean it's not quite as critical as Buckaroo Banzai Vs. The World Crime League, but it's still something I'd really like to see.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on July 02, 2018, 07:19:08 PM
Rick Moranis, John Candy, Bill Pullman, you name it, classic.

Great to see UHF so high, big fav of my fam and friends, and a fav since I was a kid. As good as ever today too. The villain guy Kevin McCarthy (known as the star of Invasion of the Body Snatchers) is so incredibly funny in this. On my latest watch he was the funniest part.

And Spaceballs is a fav of course, though it's been at least ten years since I've seen it, got to give that a rewatch soon.
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Post by: Darth Geek on July 02, 2018, 07:22:47 PM
Unfortunately watching Spaceballs nowadays, I only find about half of it funny. Most everything with the villains, especially Rick Moranis, is hilarious. But everything with the heroes, except their scene with Yogurt, falls really flat. Yes, that sadly includes John Candy. He's saddled with a lame one joke character, and what must have been a very uncomfortable costume, yet given very little to do.
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Post by: Russoguru on July 02, 2018, 08:36:32 PM
If you want John Candy in a far better, far funnier role, I recommend
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: Charles Castle on July 02, 2018, 10:52:38 PM
There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan.
#20
Sullivan's Travels


(https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/21/b70-10518)

54 Points, 3 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #7 Edward J. Grug III

John Sullivan is a successful director of comedies but he feels he wants to do something more.  He insist that his next film be a socially conscious film called "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" and to this end, decides to live the life of the downtrodden in order to really understand them.  He soon makes the acquaintance of a failed actress and the two hit the road together.  Along the way, Sullivan realizes that comedy can do just as much good as a socially conscious expose.

Sullivan's Travels was met with modest success and reviews upon it's initial release but was later considered a true classic comedy.  The film is a true celebration of comedy and how it can help people and is considered one of the great movies about movies.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/W7WmhkO_GWI

If you liked this, check out... Lost in America

Another film about a misguided excursion into America, this one has Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty as a couple of yuppies who decide to quit their lifestyle and see America, only to find that the Romanticized America in their minds is a lot different than the reality.

Trivia Not only was Veronica Lake pregnant during the making of this movie, she was between six and eight months pregnant. Production took place from June 12 to July 22, 1941, and her daughter Elaine Detlie was born on August 21, 1941. The only other people involved in the production who knew of her condition were the costume designer, Edith Head, and Preston Sturges' then-wife, Louise. Head designed costumes to hide the condition. Lake was afraid that she would not be allowed to make the film if her advanced state of pregnancy was revealed, owing to the physical demands of the role.

So totally fantastic to see this finish so high, or even make it at all. Thanks to Edward and (I think) George for having such fantastic cinematic taste.

That clip is a total riot. That line is one of the film references my Dad and I have incorporated in to our personal language for nearly 35 years now.

Lost in America is a full on film classic as well, and an excellent selection.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on July 02, 2018, 11:08:00 PM
A little late here but as Mel Brooks is on the list again, I still hold Young Frankenstein in fairly high regard (it wasn't far off of my list), and both High Anxiety and Blazing Saddles still work pretty well for me. I tried as many search options as I could come up with to try and find a clip of it, but when Hedley Lamarr is making his way in to the theatre, stops briefly, then turns to the concession stand, raises his hands and says "Raisinets!" it is just laugh out loud hilarious to me. Harvey Korman is a global treasure.
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Post by: Charles Castle on July 02, 2018, 11:39:35 PM
You mean I'm gonna STAY this color?
#18
The Jerk


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57 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Johnny Unusual

Navin R. Johnson was born a poor black child.  Well, that's what he thought.  But he didn't figure that out till much later, being very dumb.  But he's got a good heart and when the time is right, he leaves his beloved family of sharecroppers to see the world.  Along the way, Navin gets a dog, finds love, avoids a killer and becomes fabulously wealthy.  Navin isn't very smart but he isn't a jerk.  At least, not until his newfound wealth and status are lost.

To me, the Jerk is the platonic ideal of what a comedy should be.  It's unrepentantly silly and goofy but still manages to have a core of sweetness (particularly in the "Tonight, You Belong to Me")  but more than anything, the focus on this picaresque tale is less about story and more about getting a laugh, and Steve Martin gets a lot from me, here.  It feels like the perfect platform of this era of Steve Martin, when he was still doing stand-up.  It feels like the natural evolution for his ironically cheesy stage persona and mixes that character with a naif idiot with good intentions.  Definitely a film I turn to when I need a pick-me-up.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/Tcwz8-EfFYE

If you liked this, check out... The Wrong Guy

This one is a little more obscure but well worth checking out.  A send up of "wrong man" thrillers, this features the Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley as an office worker who thinks he has been framed for a crime he did not commit and is now on the run.  Except everyone knows he didn't do it and no one is chasing him.  I've always been a Foley fan and I think the failure of studios to release this movie until much later derailed a very promising career.  A very fun script from Foley, Jay Kogen (from the early years of the Simpsons) and The Higgins Boys and Gruber's David Anthony Higgen's (who also plays a detective less interested in solving the case and more in using police resources for personal pleasure) and a goofy lead performance by Foley adds up to a film that deserves to be seen a little more.

Trivia Stanley Kubrick was a big admirer of this film. He would often recite lines from the film to cast and crew on his films and he once invited Steve Martin over so they could play chess.
This is another movie that I reference quite often in conversation with my Dad and with many other people. I sang and played the ukulele for "Tonight You Belong to Me" for my wife at our 10th anniversary dinner.

https://www.youtube.com/v/wyinJyWUhas

Steve Martin is a pretty amazing lead actor, he can be goofy, romantic, debonair, intelligent, sympathetic, madcap, and tons of other things expertly and within the same performance, and the way he physically gets in to his performances is really incredible. In the modern view The Jerk could easily take a turn in to the cringe inducing territory Blazing Saddles does occasionally, but it somehow manages to never jump over the line.

When I was a kid, the ABC Movie of the Week TV edit changed the classic line "Hey Mister, don't call that dog Lifesaver. Call him, Shithead" to "Hey Mister, don't call that dog Lifesaver. Call him, Stupid." I guess the fact that it was so lame made it so funny to the point that my friends and I at school repeated it more often than the actual version, no small trick when you are 7-10 years old and just waiting for any excuse to say a word like "shithead".

https://www.youtube.com/v/ae3eUXMR3RM

Finally, cat juggling!

https://www.youtube.com/v/1bGVT4-1DBU


Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on July 02, 2018, 11:52:08 PM
Also, you are on fire with your "if you liked this, check out" selections. The Wrong Guy is a little slice of genius. An old college friend shared it with me nearly 20 years ago and it has featured in the rotation every couple of years or so ever since.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 03, 2018, 04:48:27 AM
"My name is Jones... Enema Bag Jones."

"No, it isn't."
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 03, 2018, 04:50:15 AM
Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say, "yes!"
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Ghostbusters


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97 Points, 7 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #2 Pak Man

Egon Spengler, Ray Stanz and Peter Venkman are three paranormal researchers who have just been kick out of their university.  Needing work and realizing they may have the ability to actually capture ghosts, they end up becoming professional ghost exterminators.  What begins as a failing business deep in the whole turns into a success and they even hire a fourth member, Winston Zeddemore.  But as the Ghostbusters become busier, an ancient and evil force is moving into our world.

Big budget comedies don't always work, but Ghostbusters was a huge success.  The whole cast is great, but a lot of thanks goes to Bill Murray as the always wry Peter Venkman, a character who seems to treat everything as a joke, even when it is the end of the world.  But everyone does a great job: Ramis' low key and detached Egon, Ackroyd's child-like Stanz, Hudson's blue collar Zeddemore.  And that's not counting the great non-ghostbusters actors.  It's a real murderers row of talent.

Pak Man says

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Not a pure comedy, but that's what makes it such a great comedy. That little twist of Sci-Fi/Fantasy gives the gags a fun context. Plus, Bill Murray in his prime is always a good thing.
Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/9-tYZkJ2p54

If you liked this, check out... Ghostbusters (2016)

It's pretty good.  Flawed, yes (50% of the cameos is awkward, some of the "origin of _____" scenes don't add much, the last fight is pretty forgettable) but it has a lot going for it, particularly Kate McKinnon as Holtzman, who is frigging magnetic and deserves all the jobs in Hollywood after that.  Also great is Chris Hemsworth, who, as it turns out, is really really good at playing a complete idiot.  It also tries to do an interesting technique of having the film spill over it's own letterbox.  In practice it doesn't quite work (at least on home video), but it's a really cool idea.

Trivia Almost none of the scenes were filmed as scripted and, in fact, almost all of the scenes had at least one or two ad-libs. Most of Bill Murray's lines are ad-libs.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 03, 2018, 09:02:54 AM
Well, I can't say I'm really all that surprised. I voted for Ghostbusters mostly out of obligation. Way back in 1984 my cousins introduced me to Ghostbusters and for the most part, I think if you're six years old, a lot of the jokes are just going to go over your head. But as you get a little older, you start to find a lot of stuff in the movie to be really damn funny. My parents were... kind of on the fence about it. Because of their religion they were against any entertainment that was even remotely paranormal in nature.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 03, 2018, 09:24:02 AM
Narp?
#5
Hot Fuzz


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98 Points, 5 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 CJones

Nicholas Angel is the best cop in London.  So good, in fact, that the other officers in his precinct feel like their being made to feel bad, so Angel ends up re-assigned to the small town of Sandford, where there hasn't been a crime reported in years.  There he is partnered with the sweet hearted but lackluster officer Danny Butterman, who immediately begins admiring Angel's skill.  Butterman wants to be a cop like in the movies while Angel tries to teach him how to be a real cop.  Meanwhile, Angel suspects a series of unlikely accidents are in fact a rash of murders and unearths a strange conspiracy.

Edgar Wright is among my favourite directors working today and I think this holds up as his best film so far.  It's a loving homage to over the top action movies, as well as classic horror thrillers (particularly the Wicker Man) and Wright's use of editing to make the mundane seem ridiculously dynamic, as well as his very clever and often subtle visual gags remain fantastic.  Despite the copious amounts of blood and gore, the film is so fun and strangely sweet, it has become one of my comfort food movies that I like to watch when I need one.  I also helps that it has fun characters I want to be around and a threat that is both intimidating yet very funny.  One of those great movies you can watch again and again

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/Cun-LZvOTdw

If you liked this, check out... The World's End

This is probably Edgar Wright's most mature film and not simply because it has the oldest cast.  I think a lot of film's might slowly reveal how sad and pathetic the lead is, despite his delusions, the film starts off with the lead romanticizing his past before revealing how little he's progressed and how far he's fallen.  From there, we get a story about misplaced love of the past, as well as a fear of a different kind of future, a metaphor for big companies purchasing pubs and making them homogeneous.  Also some great fight scenes that make me hope that Wright sometime does a kung fu movie.

Trivia The first draft of the script included a love interest for Nicholas named Victoria. She was cut from subsequent drafts, but a good amount of her dialogue was given to Danny, often without any changes.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Darth Geek on July 03, 2018, 10:38:48 AM
If you want John Candy in a far better, far funnier role, I recommend
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I agree. I think my personal favorite is a tie between
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Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 03, 2018, 01:37:31 PM
This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.
#4
Groundhog Day


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105 Points, 7 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #4 George 2.0

Weatherman Phil Connors has taken a work trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover their big Groundhog Day celebration.  He hates it.  He behaves miserably, covering the story with contempt and is unhappy to learn that he's snowed in.  The next day he wakes up... only to discover it isn't the next day at all.  Groundhog Day has repeated itself.  And does again and again and again.  Trapped in the same day, Phil starts to rethink the world and himself, trying to find how to live a life in a world with no consequences and no tomorrow.

Groundhog Day is a movie that started off as a "Bill Murray is a wild man in a crazy situation" movie that transformed a lot in the filming.  By the end, it transformed into a surprisingly philosophical and spiritual movie that explores a man in an existential nightmare and how his experience allows him to become a better person.  To paraphrase Roger Ebert's retrospective, he doesn't transform into a different man who is good, he simply becomes an improved, kinder, and more empathetic Phil through suffering and personal exploration.  BTW, I highly recommend the podcast the Tobolowsky Files, featuring stories told by actor Stephen Tobolowsky (who appears in the film as his most famous character, Ned Ryerson).  The episode "The Classic" will tell you so much about the film from his perspective.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/XqSYC_vwhDg

If you liked this, check out... Harvey

Another classic and touching comedy, Harvey tells the story of an eccentric (and clearly alcoholic) Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend: a 6 foot tall bunny that seems to exist only in his mind.  But despite this setback, somehow "Hervey" ends up changing a lot of lives.  A fantastic film with a stellar performance by James Stewart.

Trivia Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti rabies injections, because the bites were so severe.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 03, 2018, 02:17:29 PM
This was close to making my list, I used to watch it every year but haven't in a long time.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on July 03, 2018, 02:45:05 PM
Rewatched that on that very holiday this year, always a great one. And Hot Fuzz is my fav of that trilogy, instant classic. We need a lot more Nick Frost in our lives. And of course Zuul is cool, Ghostbusters rocks.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on July 03, 2018, 02:48:34 PM
If The General and Keaton is my favorite silent comedy, Groundhog Day and Murray is my favorite from the modern era. Funny as hell and cerebral.

If you wanna see a darker take on the concept, check out the short 12:01 PM with Kurtwood Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv0HtT75KnI

The reason I got such a kick out of Ghostbusters the last time I saw it, was that the humor was so charcater based. Only Venkman would say and do what he says and does, only Ray would dream up Stay-Puft, only Egon is Egon. When Venkman is slimed, it's funny because yeah, that's what he'd say. If it had happened to Ray or Egon, their responses would have been different.


Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 03, 2018, 04:03:39 PM
Hot Fuzz made the number 2 spot on my list because it did everything right when it comes to comedy, but UHF is closer to my heart. Regarding Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg was AMAZING(as usual), and Timothy Dalton was great
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, something I never expected him to be since he was at one point James Bond.

Groundhog day is just fantastic. It's pretty much a perfect film for all ages... except for maybe one or two scenes I'm forgetting about right now. Yeah... it's even got some depressing scenes but it's still a great comedy.

Right Now... I'm thinking the 1st Place trophy is going to go to
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Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 03, 2018, 04:30:59 PM
Timothy Dalton played a great villian in Doctor Who, he didn't have a lot of screen time but it was awesome.

I only recently saw Hot Fuzz for the first time after so many mentions of it being so great, and it quickly jumped into my top 15 favorites.  I'm sure if I watch it a few more times it will eventually jump over a few more on my list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 03, 2018, 04:58:49 PM
Timothy Dalton played a great villian in Doctor Who, he didn't have a lot of screen time but it was awesome.
True, he was a villain, but he was also at the time the Lord President of Gallifrey... terrible irony anyone?
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 03, 2018, 05:34:29 PM
I haven't watched Groundhog Day in a very very long time. Not sure if it would still work for me or not.

Ghostbusters is good, but didn't make my top 25.

Hot Fuzz is the only Edgar Wright movie I think is great, but it also didn't make my list.

Everything else I feel like I aged out of (Naked Gun, UHF, Spaceballs).
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on July 03, 2018, 06:36:31 PM
If you want John Candy in a far better, far funnier role, I recommend
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I agree. I think my personal favorite is a tie between
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I like Delirious.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 03, 2018, 06:50:13 PM
Who is Harry Crumb? was a childhood favourite, but I am afraid to revisit it.

Also, John Candy is the best part of Home Alone.

https://www.youtube.com/v/h18ZO4Xb92w
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 03, 2018, 08:03:14 PM
On a slightly sad note, I was never a fan of "Camp Candy".
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 03, 2018, 08:29:56 PM
On a slightly sad note, I was never a fan of "Camp Candy".

Had to look that up.  Wow, that's got to be the worst singing in a theme song I've ever heard.  Watched a few minutes on youtube, seemed extremely bland even for a Saturday morning cartoon.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 04, 2018, 04:12:21 AM
But sometimes there's a man, sometimes, there's a man. Aw. I lost my train of thought here. But... aw, hell. I've done introduced him enough.
#3
The Big Lebowski


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108 Points, 6 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #2 Charles Castle and Psycho Goatee

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski is a stoner in L.A. who, one day, finds his apartment under assault by two goons who ruin his favourite rug.  The Dude learns that an error caused him to be confused with an unrelated Jeff Lebowski, a rich businessman and ends up being drawn into a kidnapping plot where he is hired to investigate.  Thinking that he can get recompense for his beloved rug, he gets involved with the help (or lack thereof) with his bowling buddies Walter and Donnie.  As the Dude searches for a solution, he finds himself in increasingly odd predicaments, one with a surprisingly dire outcome.

It was hard for me to actually get around to watching the Big Lebowski, simply because the fanbase can be off putting.  When I was in University, working at the srudent union building, I had a lot of drunk people insist that I watch it (and read Catcher in the Rye).  Despite being a Coens fan by then, it still took me a while and I treated it like a chore.  But the fact of the matter is that it isn't just a movie for stoners, it a fun noir comedy and like many noir movies, characters find dissatisfaction with how things turn out and the seeming lack of meaning in the world (not just the obnoxious nihilists).  But, yeah, well, that's just my opinion, man.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/YedqV4Gl_us

If you liked this, check out... Inherent Vice

Hey, it's the other stoner noir comedy.  The first ever adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Paul Thomas Anderson looks at the famously convoluted plots of noir past and says "hold my beer", creating a confusing but rollicking comedy ride.  The film itself takes inspiration from the classic noir, as well as Up in Smoke, so this should tell you it's a weird one.  Don't expect to "get it" the first time through, just expect to have a good time.

Trivia In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, John Goodman stated that The Dude referring to The Big Lebowski as a "human paraquat" was one of the only improvised lines to make it into the final film. Virtually every other line, including every "man" and "dude", was scripted.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 04, 2018, 05:25:20 AM
I liked this a lot the first time watching it, kind of lost interest the second time.  Come to think of it, that happens to me with most of the Coens movies.  First time I think they're really great, after the second viewing I'm thinking I don't really need to watch them ever again.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 04, 2018, 08:51:46 AM
Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.
#2
Monty Python and the Holy Grail


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169 Points, 9 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #2 MartyS (Gromit)

Arthur, King of the Britons, has just finished assembling his Knights of the Round Table when he is visited by God, who tells him to seek out the Holy Grail.  Arthur sends his men in different directions in the hopes that they might find the Grail.  On their way, they face threats and perils such as the dezidens of Castle Anthrax, The Knights Who Say Ni, and the horrible Beast of Caerbannog.  But all their trials will be worth it if they can finally reach the Holy Grail.

With their series done, the second Monty Python movie is the first to have all-original material and they did not disappoint.  The film became the introduction to the troupe for many people and contains many of their most famous and beloved bits.  Mostly a series of sketches with a rough throughline, the film became ridiculously quotable with very well constructed jokes and humour. The film also contains their famous surreality and anti-comedy, which leads all the way to an ending most films, even a comedy, would not be bold enough to do: a true anti-climax.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/zqtS9xyl0f4

If you liked this, check out... Time Bandits

Like a warped fairy tale by someone who hates children, Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits is a strange adventure comedy in which a bunch of thieves steal a map of the universe from heaven and travel through time.  Quite amazing and also features Michael Palin and John Cleese.

Trivia Funds earned by Pink Floyd's album "The Dark Side of the Moon" went towards funding Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The band were such fans of the show they would halt recording sessions just to watch Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 04, 2018, 09:33:32 AM
Tis but a scratch.

I say that way too much, guess I should be more careful with my power tools... :D
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on July 04, 2018, 09:41:07 AM
Thought Holy Grail was the number one for sure. Have no idea what it could be now.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 04, 2018, 10:25:21 AM
Thought Holy Grail was the number one for sure. Have no idea what it could be now.

It was close, but the #1 entry beat it out by only 4 points.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on July 04, 2018, 10:59:32 AM
My guess would be "There's Something About Mary".
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on July 04, 2018, 11:40:00 AM
Tis but a scratch.

I say that way too much, guess I should be more careful with my power tools... :D

(https://i.imgur.com/e3o45N0.gif)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 04, 2018, 11:44:51 AM
My guess would be "There's Something About Mary".
Okay fine I'll tell you.  It was "Delta Farce".
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: stethacantus on July 04, 2018, 12:10:32 PM
I would have suggested another Gilliam film other than Time Bandits. Jabberwocky was made a year later and was also set in medieval England. Not only was it the same in tone ( Gilliam was one of the first directors to depict a filthy medieval period in motion pictures, which he pointed out was historical accurate, ) but also had half of the Holy Grail cast ( Michael Palin as the film's star, and Gilligan and Jones in minor roles ). For a while there it was distributed in the United States as the sequel to Holy Grail, and was even briefly released as Monty Python's Jabberwocky by Columbia Home Video before the Python's threatened legal action. Another Gilliam film of interest would be The Fisher King which is also about the quest for the Holy Grail, only this one had a resolution. You may also want to check out a six episode series called Monty Python, the six episode spin-off of Flying Circus made by the other five Pythons after Cleese decided he didn't want to do a fourth Flying Circus season. ( Monty Python is syndicated in the U.S. as the fourth season of Flying Circus. ) About a quarter of the sketches in that series came from the abandoned first draft script for Holy Grail.  The non Python film that comes the closest to being like a Python film would be Yellowbeard, followed by Eric the Viking which reused material from an unfilmed scene in the last draft Holy Grail script.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 04, 2018, 12:22:28 PM
Maybe number one is
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Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on July 04, 2018, 12:24:09 PM
Maybe number one is
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My thought as well. I know it's very high on my list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on July 04, 2018, 12:45:54 PM
Just finished watching The Big Lebowski with my GF who's never seen it before and she thought it was confusingly funny :D :D
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 04, 2018, 02:03:27 PM
I'd like to nominate
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for runner up/Honorable mention.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on July 04, 2018, 02:05:50 PM
At the risk of incurring the wrath of the Coen-zealots  ;) Lebowski leaves me cold....

but Inherent Vice, now that's crazy, convoluted good.

Grail is great, though I never cared for the way it ended, or didn't end. But I remember my sister watching it with me when it played on PBS back in the late 70s or so. And how, during the Black Knight scene, she was laughing, near tears, but kept saying, "This is terrible, this is so wrong..." as limbs fell and blood spurted.


Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 04, 2018, 03:32:37 PM
Grail is great, though I never cared for the way it ended, or didn't end. But I remember my sister watching it with me when it played on PBS back in the late 70s or so. And how, during the Black Knight scene, she was laughing, near tears, but kept saying, "This is terrible, this is so wrong..." as limbs fell and blood spurted.
My favorite line in the whole movie is "Then, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... WITH... A HERRING!!!!"(Dramatic Sting)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 04, 2018, 04:05:27 PM

Well, I'll give him another twenty minutes, but that's it!
#1
Airplane!


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173 Points, 11 of 15 Lists, Top vote: #1 Cole Stratton

Ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker is having a bad day.  First, his girlfriend, a flight attendent, leaves him and doesn't want to get back together after he buys a plane ticket to be with her.  But it gets much, much worse when a bout of food poisoning strikes all of the flights pilots.  Ted is a pilot but aside from the fact that a fighter plane and a commercial liner are very different, Ted is also haunted by the war and has a drinking problem.  Can Ted help land the plane and save the life of everyone aboard?

Airplane! really revolutionized comedy.  The kinds of jokes in the film have been done before (some are as old as dirt) but what Airplane! had that other films didn't was volume, packing in so many jokes that the film rewarded viewers on rewatch.  Much in the way that when Top Gun came out, it seemed like sensory overload to the audiences, ZAZ put as much as they could in the film that initial audiences must have felt dizzied by the ride.  The one other element that makes it work is the deadpan delivery of the actors.  Similar films that would follow often had too much mugging and winking at the audience, but here, everyone was performing their parts the same as if they were in a series film.  This made the film even more ridiculous and over the top in a way that still entertains audiences today

Merry Wanna says
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Silly, but still makes me laugh, and reminds me of being 11.

Notable scene

https://www.youtube.com/v/FNkpIDBtC2c

If you liked this, check out... Wet Hot American Summer

There are a few good parody comedy movies left unmentioned.  The joyous Walk Hard, the delightful High Anxiety or the underseen Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping.  But I'm going with Wet Hot American Summer, a silly film that went from bomb to cult darling, which spawned a TV show, a comic book and even a pen and paper role-playing game.  And it is really great.  There's a bit more anti-comedy in this film and there are a few parts that are a bit more self-indulgent than actually funny.  But when it works, it's wonderful, particularly the brilliant "trip to town" seen.

Trivia For the argument between announcers concerning the white and red zones at the airport, the producers hired the same voice artists who had made the real-world announcements at Los Angeles International Airport. At the real airport, the white zone is for loading and unloading of passengers only, and there's no stopping in the red zone (except for transit buses). They were also married to each other in real life.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 04, 2018, 04:16:17 PM
 Fun list, and reading the title for the list it reminds me of another one I forgot to put on my big list, City Slickers.  Looking at my final list it probably wouldn't have replaced any of them, but it would have been close for the bottom ones.

My list:

1   The Blues Brothers
2   Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3   Young Frankenstein
4   Animal House
5   Airplane!
6   Blazing Saddles
7   Murder By Death
8   Ghostbusters 1984
9   Men In Black
10   The Pink Panther Strikes Again
11   Get Shorty
12   Office Space
13   Hot Fuzz
14   Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
15   All About Eve
16   A Shot in The Dark
17   MST3K The Movie
18   Galaxy Quest
19   The Princess Bride
20   Trading Places
21   Bringing Up Baby
22   Stripes
23   It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
24   Planes, Trains & Automobiles
25   A Christmas Story
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: RVR II on July 04, 2018, 04:35:46 PM
Mine 8)
1-Caddyshack
2-Space Balls
3-Big Lebowski
4-Strange Brew
5-Friday!
6-Better Off Dead!
7-Airplane
8-Airplane 2
9-Half Baked
10-Police Academy 1
11-Police Academy 2
12-Waterboy
13-Happy Gilmore
14-Back 2 School
15-Ace Ventura-Pet Detective
16-Ace Ventura-When Nature Calls
17-Naked Space (Spaceship)
18-Austin Powers 1
19-Austin Powers 2
20-Austin Powers 3
21-Wayne’s World 1
22-Wayne’s World 2
23-Top Secret!
24-Animal House
25-Stripes
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: stethacantus on July 04, 2018, 04:49:50 PM
#1 was no surprise. The less funny sequel made the list. And if Airplane had not made the top 50 then it would have been the suggested viewing selection instead of Dark Star

My list
#1 Mr Hulot's Holiday ( 1953 )
#2 Risky Business ( 1983 )
#3 A Fish Called Wanda ( 1988 )
#4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail ( 1975 )
#5 Clerks II ( 2006 )
#6 Monty Python's Life of Brian ( 1979 )
#7 Blazing Saddles ( 1974 )
#8 National Lampoon's Animal House ( 1978 )
#9 Monty Python's Meaning of Life ( 1983 )
#10 Electric Dreams ( 1984 )
#11 Leap of Faith ( 1992 )
#12 Rat Race ( 2001 )
#13 The Man With Two Brains ( 1983 )
#14 The Illusionist ( 2010 )
#15 Blockheads ( 1938 )
#16 The General ( 1926 )
#17 Airplane ( 1980 )
#18 This Is Spinal Tap ( 1984 )
#19 Son's of the Desert ( 1933 )
#20 Fierce Creatures ( 1997 )
#21 The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad ( 1988 )
#22 South Park Bigger Longer Uncut ( 1999 )
#23 The Blues Brothers ( 1980 )
#24 Brazil ( 1985 ),
#25 MST3K The Movie ( 1996 )
I felt obligated to have this on my list. So basically, this is the reason why Playtime is not on my list.

Just missing my list:
Playtime ( 1967 ), Little Shop of Horrors ( 1986 ), 1941 ( 1979 ),  Safety Last ( 1923 ), Steamboat Bill Jr ( 1928 ), Time Bandits ( 1981 ), The Iron Giant ( 1999 ), Empire Records ( 1995 ), The Strong Man ( 1926 ), Modern Times ( 1936 ), Young Frankenstein ( 1974 ), Kingpin ( 1996 ), Team America: World Police ( 2004 ) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High ( 1982 ).

Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 04, 2018, 05:15:30 PM
My List
1.   UHF
2.   Hot Fuzz
3.   Monty Python and the Holy Grail
4.   MST3K: The Movie
5.   The Naked Gun
6.   Deadpool 2
7.   The Big Lebowski
8.   Ghostbusters
9.   Groundhog Day
10. Airplane!
11. The Blues Brothers
12. Monty Python’s The Life of Brian
13. Team America: World Police
14. Raising Arizona
15. National Lampoon’s Animal House
16. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
17.   Ferris Bueller’s Day off
18. Hot Shots
19.   The Great Muppet Caper
20.   Trainwreck
21. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
22. The Lego Movie
23.   The World’s End
24.   Zootopia
25.   The Peanuts Movie

Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on July 04, 2018, 06:13:39 PM
This may be common knowledge by now, but I feel it's still worth mentioning

https://www.youtube.com/v/8-v2BHNBVCs
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on July 04, 2018, 06:36:11 PM
If you liked Airplane, maybe check out The Big Bus

https://www.youtube.com/v/t9pHWtjBML8
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on July 04, 2018, 09:03:52 PM
I like Galaxy Quest and Better Off Dead from others lists. And I love the Strong Man from stethacantus' "just missed" list.

Mine...
1. The General (1926, Keaton)
2. The Freshman (1925, Harold Lloyd)
- I didn't contribute much, but I at least helped get a couple of silent classics on the ding-dang list!

3. The Navigator (1924, Keaton)
4. Groundhog Day (1993, Bill Murray)

5. The Good Fairy (1935) – cute movie directed by William Wyler from a screenplay by Preston Sturges. Margaret Sullavan is pure joy on celluloid and Herbert Marshall's a kick with all his quirks. Yes, I ranked it too high, but this is a movie I've come to treasure more and more with each viewing. I'd recommend it if only for Sullavan and Marshall's great work.

6. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928, Keaton)
7. The Apartment (1960)
8. Sullivan's Travels (1942)

9. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

10. Bringing Up Baby (1938) – I'm sooo disappointed that not a single, solitary screwball comedy from the 30s made the top 50.

11. Easy Living (1937) – my favorite Jean Arthur performance. Lots of laughs in this one.

12. The Doll (1919 Ossie Oswalda) – This was the one I was speaking of with the conflicting run times. I think I can safely lay claim to having the oldest film on a list. It's an early Lubitsch flick. And Ossi's a revelation. She had such a knack for physical performance that she had me in stitches throughout.

13. Annie Hall (1977)
14. Love and Death (1975)
15. Young Frankenstein (1974)
16. His Girl Friday (1939)
17. Safety Last (1923, Harold Lloyd)

18. Why Worry (1923, Harold Lloyd) – the one with the giant. I think I got this turned around in my rankings somehow, because this is actually my 2nd fave Lloyd movie.

19. The Patsy (1928, Marion Davies) – King Vidor just points the camera at Davies and lets her go wild. She's a hoot in this fun, crazed movie. (why did Hearst insist on getting her in dramas, when she was so good in things like this. Aint no shame in making people laugh, Willy)

20. The Kid (1921, Chaplin) – While not my fave silent clown... What, no Chaplin? Not surprising though, I figured he'd be spread out. Unlike Keaton or Lloyd, who have these go-too pictures, I figured if he made any lists, some of us would go with the Kid, some with Gold Rush, some with Modern Times or City Lights, etc. There wouldn't be this concentration of votes on 1 or 2 movies.

21. It Happened One Night (1934)
22. MST3K The Movie (1996)
23. Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
24. The Awful Truth (1937)
25. To Be Or Not to Be (1942)

The painful cuts: I could have added more Keatons (The Cameraman, Go West, 3 Ages)

Tommy Boy, Bedazzled, Kid Brother, Pee Wees Big Adventure, When Harry Met Sally

I  would have liked to have put a Martin & Lewis or Abbot and Costello flick on the list... but I couldn't remember which ones I enjoyed best, or if any were top 25 list worthy. (and there wasn't time to search for, and go through their filmographies)

Breakdowns by Decades
1 from the 1900s
8 from the 1920s
6 from the 1930s
3 from the 1940s
0 from the 1950s
1 from the 1960s
3 from the 1970s
0 from the 1980s
2 from the 1990s
1 from the 2000s
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pak-Man on July 04, 2018, 10:42:18 PM
Here's mine:

1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2. Ghostbusters
3. UHF
4. The Naked Gun
5. Gremlins 2
6. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
7. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
8. The Muppet Movie
9. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
11. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
12. The Muppets
13. Team America World Police
14. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
15. Naked Gun 2 1/2
16. Anchorman
17. Wayne's World 2
18. The Simpsons Movie
19. Wayne's World
20. Naked Gun 33 1/3
21. National Lampoon's Vacation
22. Airplane!
23. Office Space
24. Ghostbusters 2
25. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Of all the omissions on my list, I'm most surprised that Vacation didn't make the cut. I thought that one was more universally beloved.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: PsychoGoatee on July 04, 2018, 11:16:23 PM
Great countdown, Johnny! Rock on everybody.

01. Repo Man
02. The Big Lebowski
03. Clerks
04. Army of Darkness
05. Anchorman
06. Vampire's Kiss
07. The Toxic Avenger
08. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
09. Tommy Boy
10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
11. God of Cookery
12. Entourage (2015)
13. Borat
14. Anchorman 2
15. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
16. UHF
17. Caddyshack
18. Beavis and Butt-head Do America
19. The Jerk
20. Return of the Living Dead
21. Gremlins 2
22. Kung Fu Hustle
23. Manborg
24. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
25. 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife (1986)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 05, 2018, 03:23:43 AM
Honorable mentions go to these films, which were on more than one list, but not ranked high enough to make the final list.  Sorry about the bad formatting.

Title                                                 Lists ----->      Score

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World             3----->          23
Beavis and Butthead Do America         2----->        23
Better Of Dead                                         2----->          23
Harvey                                                   2----->   22
Safety Last                                         2----->   22
Trading Places                                         2----->   22
Bringing Up Baby                                   2----->          21
Some Like It Hot                                 2----->   21
The World's End                                 2----->    21
The Producers (1967 Version)                 2----->   20
The Naked Gun 3                                 2----->   18
The Philadelphia Story                         2----->   18
Wayne's World 2                                 3----->   16
Austin Powers (first one)                       2----->   16
Galaxy Quest                                         3----->   12
A Shot in the Dark                                 2----->   11
Local Hero                                         2----->   11
Ferris Bueller's Day Off                         2----->   10
The Awful Truth                                 2----->   9
Kung Fu Hustle                                         2----->   8
It Happened One Night                         2----->   6
Stripes                                                 2----->   5


Additional honorable mentions go to these items, which were #1 on a single person's list but not enough to make the cutoff (minimum was 25 points, 2 or more lists).

Title -----------------------> List

Mr. Hulot's Holiday         Stethacantus
Hot Rod                         Quirk
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: George-2.0 on July 05, 2018, 03:46:40 AM
well at least some 30s comedies made Hon Mentions. Oh if I'd only slotted Bringing Up Baby 4 spots higher.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 05, 2018, 07:43:50 AM
My list:

1. The Jerk
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Ghostbusters
4. The Muppet Movie
5. Groundhog Day
6. The Princess Bride
7. O Brother, Where Art Thou
8. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople - If you haven't seen it yet, check it out.
10. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
11. The Lego Movie
12. Raising Arizona

13. A Night at the Opera
14. The Trouble with Harry
15. The Grand Budapest Hotel
16. This is Spinal Tap
17. The Blues Brothers
18. Duck Soup
19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
20. The Big Lebowski
21/ Dr. Strangelove
22. Harvey
23. Black Dynamite
24. Local Hero
25. A Shot in the Dark
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on July 05, 2018, 08:06:29 AM
Spaceballs had to be  my number 1.  When I was a kid, we had a copy on a VHS that we taped off HBO.  We would watch it over and over and over again, dozens of times.  It was one of Mom and Dad's reliable standby movies when they needed to keep the kids calm and occupied.  Me and my younger brothers and sister loved it.  We never realized it was supposed to be a parody of Star Wars because none of us had ever seen Star Wars.  I didn't see any Star Wars movies until 1998.  I didn't get what Mog was saying when he guessed that Yogurt was talking about "The Force".  I was like "what the heck is The Force?".  I didn't realize that light sabers were supposed to cut through things.  I didn't know that "Pizza the Hut" was a parody of Jabba the Hut.  I did know who Darth Vader was, but I thought the name "Dark Helmet" was just a coincidence.

It was high on my list too. I love parody and satire. And your story here matches my own.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 05, 2018, 08:16:46 AM
well at least some 30s comedies made Hon Mentions. Oh if I'd only slotted Bringing Up Baby 4 spots higher.

I was just thinking the same thing.

Also I'm kind of sad none of the original Pink Panther movies made it.  And only one made honorable mention. 
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MerryWanna on July 05, 2018, 08:37:17 AM
My list's content was mostly absent (I chose the one Monty Python movie that didn't make it) and I can't believe I managed to leave out The Big Lebowski... But it was made up for by having Repo Man show up so high by the presence of another #1 fan alone, and one of my favorite '70s comedies hit the #1 slot. I was disappointed to see NO John Waters movies at all! WTF?!

Anyway, here's my list:


1. Repo Man
2. Desperate Living
3. Airplane!
4. Female Trouble
5. Spaceballs
6. The Sting (maybe more of a dramedy, I know...)
7. Phantom of the Paradise
8. Americathon  (Obscure film that could only have been made in 1979)
9. Nine to Five
10. Monty Python - And Now For Something Completely Different
11. Beavis and Butthead Do America (Yeah, I know...but God help me, I laughed out loud.)
12. Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke
13. Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
14. Fritz the Cat
15. Sausage Party
16. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
17. Foul Play
18. Raising Arizona
19. Kentucky Fried Movie
20. The Bad News Bears
21. Hairspray
22. Dazed and Confused
23. South Park Movie
24. Brazil
25. Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams

I think my ordering was off...I was in a hurry, and too stoned to catch this.  :o

Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: ColeStratton on July 05, 2018, 10:16:24 AM
Here's my list:

1.   Airplane!
2.   Broadcast News
3.   Defending Your Life
4.   The In-Laws (1979)
5.   Seems Like Old Times
6.   The Sure Thing
7.   A Thousand Clowns
8.   Waiting For Guffman
9.   This is Spinal Tap
10.   Office Space

11.    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
12.   The Jerk
13.   Young Frankenstein

14.   Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
15.   Some Like it Hot
16.   The Producers (1967)
17.   Local Hero
18.   Mr. Mom
19.   Groundhog Day
20.   In Bruges
21.   Wayne’s World
22.   The Philadelphia Story
23.   Better Off Dead
24.   Galaxy Quest
25.   Hot Shots!

Decent representation, though bummed some of my top ten failed to chart -- you all really should check those out (Broadcast News, The In-Laws, Seems Like Old Times, The Sure Thing, A Thousand Clowns)
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on July 05, 2018, 02:01:14 PM
MST3k: The Movie
Monty Python Life of Brian
Hot Shots part deux
Monty Python Quest for the Holy Grail
Airplane
Naked Gun 1
History of the World Part 1
Spaceballs
Dr Strangelove
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Blazing Saddles
Naked Gun 2
Young Frankenstein
Naked Gun 3
Death to Smoochy
The Producers (1960s)
Airplane 2
Hot Shots 1
Monty Python Meaning of Life
The Addams Family
The Simpsons Movie
UHF
The Producers (2000s)
Ghostbusters
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 05, 2018, 08:40:11 PM
I like how you ranked MST3K the movie highest Linszoid. That's very decent of you, very decent indeed.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on July 05, 2018, 11:20:57 PM
1. Waiting for Guffman
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
4. Defending Your Life
5. Best in Show

6. Playtime
7. The Life of Brian
8. Bottle Rocket
9. Sullivan's Travels
10. Groundhog Day
11. Office Space

12. The Philadelphia Story
13. Kind Hearts and Coronets
14. Ghost World
15. The Princess Bride
16. Some Like it Hot
17. This is Spinal Tap
18. The Jerk

19. The Awful Truth
20. Rushmore
21. Mon Oncle
22. Clue
23. To Be or Not to Be
24. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
25. The Party

Just missed:
 
Young Frankenstein
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Royal Tenenbaums
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Palm Beach Story
Bringing Up Baby
Ninotchka
The Ref
Wet Hot American Summer
My Cousin Vinny
Quick Change
A Fish Called Wanda
Galaxy Quest
Three Amigos
Airplane!
The Man With Two Brains
Lost in America
The Great Muppet Caper
Trading Places

Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: CJones on July 06, 2018, 07:34:04 AM
1 Hot Fuzz
2 Dr Strangelove
3 The Princess Bride

4 Uncle Buck <---- This didn't make it!?
5 My Big Fat Greek Wedding <------ Nor this!?
6 Duck Soup
7 South Park Movie

8 The Worlds End
9 There's Something about Mary
10 Trading Places
11 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
12 Scott Pilgrim vs the World
13 Robin Hood: Men in Tights
14 Wayne's World
15 Scrooged!
16 Ghostbusters

17 The Hangover
18 Austin Powers
19 Spaceballs
20 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

21 Shaun of the Dead <---- Yes, this really is my least favorite of the Cornetto Trilogy
22 See no Evil, Hear no Evil
23 Father of the Bride
24 Airplane
25 Brewster's Millions

If I had put more thought into this, a lot of this would be different.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on July 06, 2018, 04:23:13 PM
25 Airplane 2
24 Galaxy Quest
23 Wayne's World 2
22 Vegas Vacation
21 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
20 Bedazzled (2000 Version)
19 They Came Together
18 Hot Shots
17 Airplane!
16 The Meaning of Life
15 The Naked Gun
14 Extract
13 Greedy
12 The Simpsons Movie
11 UHF
10 Groundhog Day

9 Delirious (1991 John Candy Movie)
8 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
7 Wayne's World

6 The 40 Year Old Virgin
5 National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
4 Scrooged
3 Defending Your Life
2 Office Space
1 Spaceballs

Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 08, 2018, 05:31:04 PM
Once again I can't believe you guys got so many completely and utterly wrong. Here are the correct answers for you to grade your tests by.

1   To Be or Not to Be (1942)
2   il Sorpasso
3   Arsenic and Old Lace
4   Modern Times
5   The Lady Eve
6   Punch Drunk Love
7   Sulivan's Travels
8   Harvey
9   La Dolce Vita
10   The Apartment
11   O Brother, Where Art Thou?
12   Design For Living
13   Saftey Last
14   The Big Lebowski
15   Super Troopers
16   Smiles of a Summer Night
17   The Thin Man
18   The Palm Beach Story
19   Lost in America
20   Holiday
21   Duck Soup
22   The Seven Year Itch
23   Monkey Business
24   The Freshman
25   It Happened One Night
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 08, 2018, 05:34:08 PM
Somewhat inspired by this list (and also being nearly delirious with fever and too fucking miserable to live), I revisited some classic comedies that I hadn't seen in many years this week. None made this list, but we watched Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Clue and The Three Amigos. All are still great fun, and I'd argue DRS especially deserved a place on this list. It really holds up.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 08, 2018, 05:35:08 PM
23. To Be or Not to Be

Made it too, unless you voted for the Mel Brooks version :P
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 08, 2018, 05:37:47 PM
Seeing The Thin Man reminds me I've had the box set of all those movies for years and still haven't watched any of them.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 08, 2018, 05:43:09 PM
Seeing The Thin Man reminds me I've had the box set of all those movies for years and still haven't watched any of them.

Can't believe these haven't come to blu ray yet.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: linszoid on July 08, 2018, 07:53:20 PM
I like how you ranked MST3K the movie highest Linszoid. That's very decent of you, very decent indeed.

Like I said before, MST3k is pretty much the ultimate video comfort food for me. I've probably watched the movie a hundred times and I'll still laugh at it.

But I'm not an alien.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Charles Castle on July 08, 2018, 10:53:24 PM
23. To Be or Not to Be

Made it too, unless you voted for the Mel Brooks version :P
Ooh, thanks. Good for To Be or Not to Be, or something.
Title: Re: List of Crap #110: Top 50 Comedy Films Countdown 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Post by: Russoguru on July 11, 2018, 09:19:59 PM
One last thing... even though I don't care for Spaceballs much anymore, there is ONE line in the movie that always gives me a big laugh, and that line is... "We ain't found SHIT!!!"