3 items from 2013
Two things come to my mind when we start rolling into December and the holiday season. No, it’s not peace or love or some such slop. It’s also not blockbusters or award films. It’s cold weather and drinking. This also makes me think of Canada, and this in turn makes me think of legends of comedy: Bob and Doug McKenzie. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the motion picture premiere of the beer-drinking duo from the Great White North. In their film Strange Brew, Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) must stop an evil Brewmeister (Max Von Sydow) from controlling the minds of Canadians with a tainted beer supply. In one scene, Bob saves the Royal Canadian Institute for the Mentally Insane from burning down by pissing all over it. This got me thinking: Would it be humanly possible to put out a large fire by urinating on it? The »
- Kevin Carr
This is a great week for beer-loving movie fans. Friday saw the opening of Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, which involves a nostalgic pub crawl featuring many pints being guzzled, and Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, about employees at a brewery who spend their shifts drinking the wares. And tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the U.S. opening of Strange Brew (aka The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew). Last monday was the date it opened in Canada, so I guess I’m showing some fitting incompetence here. I should blame my brother or something. Strange Brew is a feature-length adaptation by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas of their Canadian stereotype characters from Sctv, the McKenzie brothers. It’s also based loosely on Hamlet, making it the oddest update of Shakespeare still to this day (sorry, She’s the Man) and giving it way more plot than you’d expect from a »
- Christopher Campbell
It seems like it's been forever since we've heard anything from Rick Moranis. He was huge in the 80s and early 90s, making a bunch of great movies such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Strange Brew, and more. He hasn't made a film since 1996. He just kind of stopped. Then word got out that he retired, but did he really?
During a recent interview with Heeb Magazine regarding a new album he made called My Mother’s Brisket, Moranis talked about how he was in talks at one point to make a Spaceballs sequel with Mel Brooks. He also discusses being approached about Ghostbusters 3 a few years ago and debunks the whole retirement thing. Here's the Q&A that went down:
BA: Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
Rm: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. »
- Joey Paur
3 items from 2013
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