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Monday, April 15, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Joe Gibson

Joe Gibson is a Very Serious Cinephile living in Austin, T. He can be found on twitter @Karatloz and on Letterboxd(a highly recommended follow) here:



THE CAT'S-PAW(1934; Sam Taylor) Basically the reason I was interested in doing one of these lists was so I could tell more people to see this movie. Not only is it a Harold Lloyd talkie, but it takes one of the craziest left-turns I've ever seen in a movie. I won't spoil it because I think surprise definitely works in its favor, but you should definitely check it out if you can, it's truly unique.

FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT(1972; Mario Bava) A Mario Bava ... sex comedy!? Oh hell yes. This is one of the movies that taught me that movies can be funny and visually stylish without one canceling out the other. Sort of the antithesis of Chaplin's "don't move the camera if you want them to laugh" rule. I haven't seen this one in a while but I remember it being not just funny and stylish but also pretty sexy. 

THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE(1984; Philippe Mora) If you love superheroes, wartime American pop culture, music, goofy MAD Magazine style gags, and/or Christopher Lee, try to see this as soon as possible. And since we as a society have only grown more and more superhero-obsessed since 1984, this has aged like a fine wine.


GET CRAZY(1983; Allan Arkush) This is another MAD Magazine influenced gagfest in the wake of Airplane, but unlike 99 percent of those movies, this one has a surprisingly resonant and genuine emotional core. Perhaps even more miraculously, that core doesn't get in the way of the jokes or the wise-ass atmosphere.

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NIGHT ON EARTH(1991; Jim Jarmusch) I guess this counts as underrated - I certainly don't hear it discussed as much as some of Jarmusch's other movies. But to me it's one of his best and funniest, and I'm still completely in love with Winona Ryder's cab driver character.

1 comment:

Ned Merrill said...

Sweet GET CRAZY poster!