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“Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It’s just not really widely reported.”
This Is Spinal Tap runs only 82 minutes, which is hard to believe, given how many jokes, both subtle and not so subtle, are thrown at us. One of my favorite moments of the film is when we see Nigel Tufnel’s shrieking guitar solo. He is aimlessly dragging a violin across his guitar, and then stops to tune the violin. Kills me every time I see – which is a lot of times and I always find something new to laugh at I hadn’t noticed before.
This Is Spinal Tap is such a perfect send up of the lost days of arena rock that you will often feel that you are watching a documentary. Every line is perfectly believable. This movie is commonly labelled a “cult classic”, which is a shame, because it is one of »
- Tom Stockman
I’m lucky here at JustPressPlay, I only get the best comedies to review, it seems. Blazing Saddles, The Birdcage, both are incredible and two of the funniest flicks ever. I was obsessed with The Birdcage as a kid, thought it was amazing, with brilliant performances and even better giggles to be had.
All these years later and the movie holds up. It’s still a remarkably funny and witty film about the restructuring of family and relationships. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play a gay couple who, after their son reveals that he’s engaged to a right-wing politician’s daughter, are faced with the reality of hiding who they truly are in order to protect their son’s love. The politician and his wife are played by Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest, who are both also outstanding.
- Robert Ottone
“Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage!”
Clue plays midnights this weekend (July 25th and 26th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
Way back in 1985, before we were translating literally every board game, video game, or action figure into a movie, there was Clue.
As in the Parker Brothers board game, seven suspects find themselves in a mysterious mansion with the body of someone who has been murdered by one of them. Was it Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) with the revolver in the conservatory? Or was it Miss Scarlett (Lesley Ann Warren) with the rope in the billiards room?
Could it be both?
Clue was filmed with three possible endings. That’s 321 fewer endings than the board game permits, but two endings more than offered by most movies.
“What are you afraid of, a fate worse than death? »
- Tom Stockman
Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is a doozy. For today only, you can get The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for 69% off, which means it's $21.99 on Blu-ray and $18.99 on DVD. The set includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. On Blu-ray, that breaks down to less than $2.50 per movie, and all of these films come with special features. I've been waiting a long time to pull the trigger on this set, and at this price, I couldn't resist. Click here to order. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
- Matt Goldberg
“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
2001: A Space Odyssey plays midnights this weekend (July 18th and 19th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
1968 was a watershed year in American history and cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke combined their geniuses to create 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that takes humans from the dawn of evolution to the edge of space and time. I saw this movie for the first time at the Esquire Theater on Clayton Road in a 1976 re-release. It was actually on one of their upstairs screens, a tight area that served as a balcony in that theater’s first decades. 2001: A Space Odyssey left this 14-year old dazed and confused – and I still am to this day.
The special effects, even by today’s standards are impressive even though »
- Tom Stockman
“Into the weenie mobile, weenie man away!”
Okay, you have a big decision to make this weekend: do you seen Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe Friday and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight on Saturday, or do you see Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight Friday and Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe on Saturday? Either way, there’s a couple of fun midnight shows in St. Louis this weekend (read my take on the Return Of The Living Dead screening Here)
If you’re unacquainted with the origin of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, a cult cable series on the Sci-Fi Channel, fret not. Think of Mad Magazine meets a live-action version of Beavis & Butthead, and you’re on your way to the moon. Instead of having Burger »
- Tom Stockman
When mixing black and white movie characters as either friends or foes on the big screen should not produce any gray areas at all. Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.
Sure, in many ways it is an overused cliched in the movies to produce racial tandems for the sake of the entertainment to allow the creative juices to overflow. In Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems we will take a look at various “salt and pepper” teams as they come together in the name of law and justice, hostile necessity, friendly frivolity or professional attachment to bring movie audiences a sense of adventure and curiosity in the name of comedic or dramatic license. Maybe you have your favorite cultural »
- Frank Ochieng
“You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July!”
Jaws screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 4th and 5th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
Jaws is the original “summer movie”. It was the first to raise the roof with screams and then subsequently bring it down with applause. But he legacy of Jaws isn’t just that of a great summer movie, but of a great movie period. The popcorn flick formula, one that has been imitated for decades, was begun with this malfunctioning mechanical shark. However, unlike most of its successors, Jaws filled the pit of your stomach with more than just popcorn; you got a nice helping of fear as well. For many, even after almost 40 years, it’s still the ultimate event movie. Now you can spend »
- Tom Stockman
Warner Brothers must have both wanted to capitalize and mock the release of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, as they’ve just created a slightly new special edition of Blazing Saddles for the film’s 40th anniversary. There was no way (and no offense to MacFarlane) that he could match or top Mel Brooks’ film, which is hard to call his masterpiece or even the best film he directed that year. But that’s only because in 1974 both it and Young Frankenstein were released. Which is the better movie boils down to preference. That said, I prefer Saddles. The film stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in this Western send up, and my Blazing Saddles Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Starting with the title song, everything is on point in Blazing Saddles as Brooks treats the film like a feature length Looney Tunes cartoon. »
- Andre Dellamorte
“Gimme some sugar, baby!”
Get get some sugar midnights at the Tivoli! Another awesome line-up of midnight movies including a couple of anime standards and some ‘80s cult nuggets make up the next wave of films at the Tivloi for their “Reel Late at the Tivoli” midnight program! It’s a great selection with the usual variety of standards and classics that draw the late night movie buff crowd.
Blazing Saddles from 1974 is the oldest of the bunch and should be great to see on the big screen again. Clue, Spinal Tap, and Army Of Darkness have drawn big crowds in the past. I was unaware that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990 had a cult following, but I was surprised last year when Spice World packed ‘em in, so what do I know?!
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and We Are Movie Geeks »
- Tom Stockman
Anthony Goldschmidt, the influential graphic designer who worked on the iconic posters for scores of films, including Blazing Saddles, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Thelma & Louise, has died. He was 71. Goldschmidt, who founded the groundbreaking Intralink Film Graphic Design in 1979 and served as its president for years, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His friend, Michael Rosenberg, co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. In 1999, Goldschmidt was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from THR’s Key Art Awards, which annually recognizes the best in entertainment advertising. He recently worked
- Mike Barnes
It’s the worst-kept secret of the season: Honeymoon in Vegas, the new musical adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, will finally open on Broadway this fall. Tony Danza will star as Tommy Korman, a Vegas gambler who meets and falls in love with a woman (Brynn O’Malley) who has landed in Sin City to tie the knot with her marriage-phobic boyfriend Jack (Rob McClure).
The long-rumored Broadway production will play the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning November 18, with opening night slated for January 15, 2015 (one of the longest preview periods in recent memory). With a »
- Marc Snetiker
The release this week of Jon Favreau’s Chef provides a new addition to the popular sub-genre of Food Cinema. From Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994) to Julia & Julia (2009), film directors have often created meals so mouth-watering that the thought of another handful of chewy, over-toffeed popcorn makes a mockery of one’s very soul.
Here then is the ultimate HeyUGuide to the ultimate Cine-Banquet, for any budding chefs out there to prepare for like-minded friends (please consult Alexander Payne’s Sideways for your wine selection).
Amuse-bouche: ‘Rillettes du Canard’ Red Dragon (2002)
“Hannibal, confess. What is this divine looking amuse-bouche?” Dr. Lecter is perhaps wise to keep back some of the secrets of the lavish banquet he has prepared for The Baltimore Opera Society. Few of them would suspect that the missing (and talentless) flutist from their own woodwind section is not just the ghost at the feast, but the key ingredient. »
- Cai Ross
“We tried to make this in 2002 but we couldn’t get the studio to do it,” he told the audience the Regal.
Wain’s longtime collaborator Michael Showalter wrote the script shortly after 2001′s “Wet Hot American Summer” but Universal put the project into turnaround. A decade later, Wain held a table read with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler and got Lionsgate’s microbudget division on board.
With a budget of “$3 million and change,” Wain shot the project in 23 days, mostly in Brooklyn.
“We had a lot of one-take scenes; it was a race against time and money,” he noted. “Dollar for dollar, it was the least expensive movie I’ve ever done.”
The director explained that he was emulating the tone of “Airplane, »
- Dave McNary
Who wouldn't like to restart the day before and correct all their missteps? Not spilling that cup of coffee. Not wearing those mismatched socks. Not getting on your boss’s bad side. And how about buying a winning lottery ticket now that you know the numbers?
Well, in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, based on Hiroshi Sakurazka’s novel All You Need Is Kill, Tom Cruise as Major William Cage has multiple chances to set right his previous day's flubs, but the end result will be more momentous if he succeeds. You see, Cage, and only Cage, can save mankind from an alien invasion.
All our hero has to do is figure out how to prevent these brutal, tentacled savages who’ve landed on our planet from slaughtering him and his female sidekick Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) so the pair can locate and destroy the extraterrestrials' power core. To do so, »
- Brandon Judell
What can I possibly tell you about Blazing Saddles that you don’t already know as a movie fan? Unless you’re one of those people who puts Spaceballs and Robin Hood Men In Tights at the top of your comedy list. In that case, I’d tell you to replace your funny bone and get serious about life by watching the greatest comedy of all-time, Blazing Saddles.
By coming out the same year as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles is a perfect counterpoint to highlighting the mastery of Mel Brooks over the comedic film medium. While many folks will often highlight Young Frankenstein or The Producers as Brooks’ greatest achievement, I’ve always been a Blazing Saddles guy. I’ve mentioned my love of Saddles in the past, most often in other comedy reviews. Overall, I’m just a Brooks fan, but there’s something about the sheer audacity and »
- Robert Ottone
The road so far …
It wasn’t exactly easy for genre television in 2005. Well, it’s really never been easy for genre television ever in the history of television, but in 2005, a deluge of genre shows premiered and almost all of them had fallen prey to the swift axe of the television gods by the next year. Start by thinking about television now. It’s a fruitful time for horror and science fiction and fantasy. There are a multitude of genre shows, running the gamut from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, to True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. They’re all massive hits.
Now, think of all of the shows that premiered around that time in 2005. There was Surface, and that was cancelled after ten episodes by NBC. Invasion, a well-regarded show written by Shaun Cassidy (who created one of my favorite shows, American Gothic) and that was cancelled »
- Nathan Smith
There can be only one. Since 1974, the answer to the question, "What is the best Western comedy?" has been Blazing Saddles. Whether he likes it or not, Seth MacFarlane's new film A Million Ways to Die in the West will be compared to Mel Brooks' classic movie, and not just by me in this Film Face-off. For those who are already upset that I'm not talking about Shanghai Noon, City Slickers, Wagons East and The Shakiest Gun in the West, I don't know what to tell you. Oh wait, I do... stop it. Now, on to the battle in the wild, wild west. Plot/Lead Blazing Saddles In order to get rid of a town on a future railroad path, a corrupt politician (Harvey Korman) hires a black sheriff (Cleavon Little), who is more cunning than...
- Jeff Bayer
Seth MacFarlane has always been a divisive comic talent: he makes no attempt to hide his obnoxiousness, much less apologize for it, and that bald, brash style either gets up viewers' noses or into their funnybones. (Or, in some cases, both simultaneously.) I've run, well, lukewarm and cold with him over the years: I was never on "Family Guy's" wavelength, while "Ted," for all its misanthropic shortcomings, made me laugh despite myself. Things took a downward turn with his ill-judged Oscar hosting stint, and I'm afraid to say they've got even worse with his comic western "A Million Ways to Die in the West." Drew McWeeny was mildly tickled by MacFarlane's first starring vehicle (and I agree with him that Charlize Theron's feisty performance is its best feature), but I thought it a labored, laughless vanity project -- not fit to shine the boots of "Blazing Saddles," itself a film I actively dislike. »
- Guy Lodge
Crassness, unbridled racism, toilet humor, these are all things one familiar with his work expects from Seth MacFarlane, creator of three quarters of Fox’s “animation domination” series with Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show as well as 2012’s runaway hit movie Ted. One also expects to laugh one’s ass off.
To my enormous disappointment, the laughs never came in A Million Ways to Die in the West, as I suffered through two hours that made MacFarlane’s disastrous night of hosting the Oscars seem wildly successful in comparison. This movie wasn’t him "not at his best." This was the depths of the dreck that didn’t make it out of the writers' room on his TV shows, the proverbial poo flung at a wall that failed to stick.
Perhaps MacFarlane was too busy writing, directing, acting in and producing his take on Blazing Saddles meets »
- Mike Saulters
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