Monday, April 13, 2009

AFI's Top 100 Comedy Movies Of All Time

From the American Film Institute. I don't agree with all their choices, nor will you, but I think we can all agree that they know movies a little bit more than the knuckleheads at EW. That said, I almost crapped myself when I read #67. It's not still April Fool's, is it? Good god.

This list came out in 2000, so there's nothing from this decade -- if anything from this decade is worthy.


1. SOME LIKE IT HOT. 1959
2. TOOTSIE. 1982
3. DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. 1964
4. ANNIE HALL. 1977
5. DUCK SOUP. 1933
6. BLAZING SADDLES. 1974
7. M*A*S*H. 1970
8. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. 1934
9. THE GRADUATE. 1967
10. AIRPLANE!. 1980
11. THE PRODUCERS. 1968
12. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. 1935
13. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. 1974
14. BRINGING UP BABY. 1938
15. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. 1940
16. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. 1952
17. THE ODD COUPLE. 1968
18. THE GENERAL. 1927
19. HIS GIRL FRIDAY. 1940
20. THE APARTMENT. 1960
21. A FISH CALLED WANDA. 1988
22. ADAM'S RIB. 1949
23. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…. 1989
24. BORN YESTERDAY. 1950
25. THE GOLD RUSH. 1925
26. BEING THERE. 1979
27. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. 1998
28. GHOSTBUSTERS. 1984
29. THIS IS SPINAL TAP. 1984
30. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. 1944
31. RAISING ARIZONA. 1987
32. THE THIN MAN. 1934
33. MODERN TIMES. 1936
34. GROUNDHOG DAY. 1993
35. HARVEY. 1950
36. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE. 1978
37. THE GREAT DICTATOR. 1940
38. CITY LIGHTS. 1931
39. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS. 1941
40. IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD. 1963
41. MOONSTRUCK. 1987
42. BIG. 1988
43. AMERICAN GRAFFITI. 1973
44. MY MAN GODFREY. 1936
45. HAROLD AND MAUDE. 1972
46. MANHATTAN. 1979
47. SHAMPOO. 1975
48. A SHOT IN THE DARK. 1964
49. TO BE OR NOT TO BE. 1942
50. CAT BALLOU. 1965
51. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. 1955
52. NINOTCHKA. 1939
53. ARTHUR. 1981
54. THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK. 1944
55. THE LADY EVE. 1941
56. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. 1948
57. DINER. 1982
58. IT'S A GIFT. 1934
59. A DAY AT THE RACES. 1937
60. TOPPER. 1937
61. WHAT'S UP, DOC?. 1972
62. SHERLOCK, JR. . 1924
63. BEVERLY HILLS COP. 1984
64. BROADCAST NEWS. 1987
65. HORSE FEATHERS. 1932
66. TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN. 1969
67. MRS. DOUBTFIRE. 1993
68. THE AWFUL TRUTH. 1937
69. BANANAS. 1971
70. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN. 1936
71. CADDYSHACK. 1980
72. MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE. 1948
73. MONKEY BUSINESS. 1931
74. 9 TO 5. 1980
75. SHE DONE HIM WRONG. 1933
76. VICTOR/VICTORIA. 1982
77. THE PALM BEACH STORY. 1942
78. ROAD TO MOROCCO. 1942
79. THE FRESHMAN. 1925
80. SLEEPER. 1973
81. THE NAVIGATOR. 1924
82. PRIVATE BENJAMIN. 1980
83. FATHER OF THE BRIDE. 1950
84. LOST IN AMERICA. 1985
85. DINNER AT EIGHT. 1933
86. CITY SLICKERS. 1991
87. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. 1982
88. BEETLEJUICE. 1988
89. THE JERK. 1979
90. WOMAN OF THE YEAR. 1942
91. THE HEARTBREAK KID. 1972
92. BALL OF FIRE. 1941
93. FARGO. 1996
94. AUNTIE MAME. 1958
95. SILVER STREAK. 1976
96. SONS OF THE DESERT. 1933
97. BULL DURHAM. 1988
98. THE COURT JESTER. 1956
99. THE NUTTY PROFESSOR. 1963
100. GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM. 1987

Vid Of The Day: Hot Tub Release Party

Oh, so that's how it works. (Relax, it's not real.)

From Heidi Renée.



Motivational Posters Of The Day, Vol. 12

A new batch from Patrick and Willie. Separately, I mean. They aren't life partners or anything like that. Not that there would be anything wrong with it if they were.


































Classic Video Of The Day (NSFW)

I'm sitting in a pizza joint listening to shitty music and using their free wi-fi because trees are down and power is out all over the ATL, including my home and office. I.F.H. Mondays.

From Jen.

Classic TV Show Clip Montage Of The Day

An amusing edit of clips from one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes. I forgot about Telly Savalas.

The 25 Funniest Movies Of The Last 25 Years

Here's an entire list that needs to be sent to that FAIL blog. The fine folks at Entertainment Weekly set out to list the 25 funniest movies of the last 25 years, but had a blowout along the way, lost control of their list, and went careening through the guardrail of good sense and into the cavern of cluelessness below, bursting into flames on the way down.

Before you see what made their list, check out a few that didn't:

Raising Arizona
The Princess Bride

Back To The Future
Sixteen Candles
Fargo

Groundhog Day

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Dumb & Dumber

Coming To America


That's right, the movies above didn't make the top 25.

But look what did:

Clerks
Tropic Thunder

Superbad

And (appropriately) Clueless

At least EW got a few right: A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Lebowski, Office Space, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. But on the whole, this list smells like it came from a hole -- of the bung variety.

From Voronya, who agrees that this list is the suxxxor.


25. WITHNAIL AND I (1987)

The bleakness of Bruce Robinson's stout-black comedy, set in 1969 London, makes the first swallow somewhat bitter. However, deft performances from Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann leave quote-ready followers (Steve Martin among them) thirsty for another round.


24. THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD (1988)

''Nice beaver.'' Still funny.


23. AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997)

Before the sequels, the shameless tie-ins, and the co-opting of quotes like ''Oh, behave!'' by the masses, this psychedelic spoof from SNL funny guy Mike Myers became a cult hit on video thanks to its wickedly sharp skewering of the James Bond franchise.


22. OLD SCHOOL (2003)

The raunchy tale of three grown men regressing to their fraternity days is a well-worn homage to old-school SNL-alum comedies (complete with a Stripes-ish topless K-Y wrestling match and countless Animal House allusions), and cast with actors who rehash their most practiced personas (Vince Vaughn: smugly manipulative; Will Ferrell: earnestly blank-eyed).


21. CLERKS (1994)

Kevin Smith's debut, about a day in the life of two service-industry suburbanites, was made for $27,575. It's hard to tell where all that money went, but the cruddy lensing and muddy sound actually enhance the experience. This spitball of nonstop scatology and pop-cult obsessiveness feels like a bootleg copy of an adolescent mind.


20. BEST IN SHOW (2000)

Director Christopher Guest's improvised dogumentary is as funny as any scripted comedy released this millennium. Fred Willard deservedly won kudos for his scene-snatching role as the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show's clueless colorman, Buck Laughlin, but equally fine performances are turned in by SCTV vets Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, Spinal Tap's Guest, and Michael McKean (who's as understated as his on-screen significant other, John Michael Higgins, is over the top).


19. CLUELESS (1995)

A few references in this high school comedy may have today's teens reaching for their history books. (Who was this ''Pauly Shore'' personage, exactly?) But writer-director Amy Heckerling's script still crackles, while Alicia Silverstone's central performance as a lovable airhead remains, like, totally awesome.


18. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004)

We're never on Napoleon Dynamite's side, really. Co-writer-director Jared Hess clearly asks us to laugh at him: at his hair, his glasses, his tater tots, his best friend, Pedro, and his abiding belief that practically everyone around him are ''freakin' idiots!'' And laugh, we do.


17. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

Ben Stiller's making-of-a-cinematic-disaster film would deserve a place on this list even if it wasn't a spot-on skewering of ego-out-of-control Hollywood, even if it didn't have Tom Cruise's fat dance-happy studio head, even if it didn't start with those trailers...simply for Robert Downey Jr.


16. SUPERBAD (2007)

More than just witty — a blissed-out naughty-boy joyride. Superbad catches the soul of a new generation: the first kids to be baptized in the Clerks/South Park/gangsta/Internet era. Their minds and mouths are decades ahead of their bodies, but as we follow their party-all-night-long fortunes, it's amazing to see how much McLovin feeling bubbles up through the swirls of their mad horndog talk.


15. TRADING PLACES (1983)

Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd play a pair of polar opposites (a homeless con man and a moneyed stock-market wizard, respectively), the victims of two brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) who decide to turn their lives upside down on a whim. It's the funniest movie about futures trading every made, hands down.


14. WEDDING CRASHERS (2005)

The retro, hetero, '70s-style raunch of Wedding Crashers feels new again, modernized by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as champion skirtchasers. In the scenario, best friends Jeremy and John love the swordsman's life so much that the two have made a career of wangling their way into strangers' weddings, the better to pick up chicks susceptible to the romance in the air and the champagne in their glasses.


13. WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996)

Director Christopher Guest's hilarious mockumentary introduces us to a community theater troupe from Blaine, Mo., who belly flop into the deep end after they're told a Broadway agent named Guffman is going to attend their production. Guest and his troupe of master improv-ers — including Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, and Larry Miller — went on to make some seriously funny comedies (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), but the first is still the best.


12. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989)

Though they owe a thing or two to Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are, by now, just as classic a pair.


11. THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (2005)

Judd Apatow's hard-up story established his profanely sweet brand of humor and made a star of Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell, who painfully sacrificed his dignity — and chest hair — in the name of art.


10. DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)

Richard Linklater's free-flowing comedy about the last day (and night) of high school in 1976 is as organic as a Robert Altman film, as knowing a look at the rituals of middle-class teen culture as American Graffiti, and as pure a portrait of the stoned joys of life in the free-ride '70s as the movies have given us.


9. A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)

Pythonates John Cleese and Michael Palin reunited for this heist farce, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline (who won an Oscar) as jewel thieves. Let me say that again: Kline won an Oscar. For being in a comedy. Which never happens. Because he — like Wanda — is just that good.


8. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)

To a casual viewer, it might come across as a tangle of slapstick metaphysics and ad hoc wackiness. Fair enough. But for the Coen Bros. faithful, The Big Lebowski is a masterpiece of anti-storytelling. Jeff Bridges' Dude is a cinematic curio, the hero as placeholder.


7. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)

You could make a pretty decent horror flick that featured dog poisoning, gruesomely injured genitals, a fitness-video-obsessed serial killer, and a beautiful young woman being followed around by an assortment of lovestruck stalkers. The Farrelly brothers decided to make a hilarious bad-taste comedy instead.


6. SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER & UNCUT (1999)

With poison-tongued jokes about everything from abortion to incest, this feature adaptation of Comedy Central's long-running cartoon was one of the most blatantly offensive movies ever made — and also one of the funniest.


5. OFFICE SPACE (1999)

In Mike Judge's comedy about three disgruntled Dilberts who rebel against cubicle drudgery, Ron Livingston comes off like Network's Howard Beale on Zoloft. Their amateurish efforts to get rich quick will continue to amuse as long as there are still corporate drones who seriously consider torching their workplace.


4. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)

The movie may revel in the juvenile (herpes-sore sight gags, resoundingly stoopid lyrics, steady evidence that the band treads water ''in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry''), but stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer play fools as only wise men can. As antic as the Marx Brothers, more endearingly boneheaded than Homer Simpson, the men of Tap offer the ne plus ultra of the ultraridiculous — and a mother lode of quotable silliness, too.


3. BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)

Eddie Murphy achieved megastar status with his portrayal of Axel Foley, a Detroit policeman who hilariously wiseacres his way around L.A.'s swankier locales on the trail of baddie Steven Berkoff.


2. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (1983)

The Griswolds — dad Clark (Chevy Chase), mom Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), and kids Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and Audrey (Dana Barron) — travel cross-country to the theme park Wally World. Of course, it turns into the road trip from hell. The best film Chevy Chase has ever been involved with.


1. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

In the summer of 1984, the only pop-culture question more common than ''Where's the beef?'' was ''Who you gonna call?'' The dream trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis was the epitome of sarcastic comedy cool, battling slimy ghosts, the nosy Environmental Protection Agency, and a giant Stay-Puft marshmallow man.


News Story Of The Day: Wall Street Salary Cap Drives Away Assholes

From The Borowitz Report.


Wall Street Salary Cap Drives Away Assholes

Experts Warn Of "Douchebag Drain"

APRIL 13, 2009 -- As the federal government moves to institute salary caps for Wall Street executives, an increasing number of assholes are seeking employment elsewhere, a study confirmed today.

According to the report commissioned by the University of Minnesota's School of Business, at a time when the economy needs experienced hands at the tiller, some of the financial world's best-trained dickwads are fleeing the ship.



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