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Friday, May 17, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Ariel Schudson(Vol. 2!)

Here's a follow-up list from one of my favorite contributors - Ms. Ariel Schudson. 
here's the first round of Underrated comedies from Ariel:
Ariel Schudson is the Student Chapter President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) at UCLA. See her social media outlets below:

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Check out the upcoming 'Something Old, Something Saved' Screening  at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles:

Once again, I am writing a list of favorite films when I should be doing something else quite important scholastically. But in many ways, I feel that contributing to this website is an archival endeavor. Everyone who puts their $.02 in has value and memories and it’s an electronic time capsule only…it’s crowdsourced from all areas of the film community. It’s super cool.
Anyways, my last list of “underrated comedies” was done under some duress (I’m not sure why I feel the need to explain, but to hell with it!) as I was also writing my final exams for some of my last classes of my grad school career.
Now, as I prep to write my final Big Grad School Comprehensive Exam paper, I’m doing yet another list. But I wanna make up for a few of those titles. They were all great. I stand by them all. But…they are slightly better known and appreciated. I’d like to bring some out of the woodwork if possible. So…here we go.

1) Forgotten Silver – 1995 – Peter Jackson – So, before there were hobbits and dwarves, there was Peter Jackson doing some damn fine work. I did enjoy the LOR stuff (in IMAX it was AWESOME!!!) but Heavenly Creatures and Forgotten Silver remain two of my faves. As a moving image archivist, I am somewhat bound by profession to adore this film. But…I loved it long before I decided that this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s great.

2) Silver Streak - 1976 – Arthur Hiller – OK. I don’t know if this counts as underrated. But I really wanted this on here. It remains, to this day, one of the funniest films I have ever seen in my life. My mother showed it to me as a kid and I love it to bits. You should too. Use it as your daily exercise- I guarantee you’ll burn mad calories laughing!

3) The Linguini Incident – 1991 – Richard Shepard – Can you really argue with a film that stars David Bowie & early 90s Rosanna Arquette & involves restaurant insanity, criminality and…Houdini? Yeah. Not so much. I found this when I was working at one of the many video stores I’ve worked in and it has a very very special place in my heart. It has that lovely early 90s indie film energy and kookiness that we never see anymore. Plus…David Bowie.

4) Traveling Saleslady – 1935 – Ray Enright – It’s hard for me not to just gush and gush about this film because it’s an 1930s picture with Joan Blondell and she’s one of THE most underrated actresses in my opinion. I LOVE HER. This is a movie that is all charm, all fun, all about drinking alcohol and brushing your teeth. YES. You don’t have to go and re-read that. It’s all about toothpaste and booze, my friends. With Glenda Farrell, and a slew of other greats, this is another supreme example of what WAC has to offer & what was produced in the past that still holds up today. Watch this puppy!

5) The Dream Team – 1989 – Howard Zieff – I’m going out on a limb here with this one because I haven’t revisited it in some time. However, any film that stays with you as long as this one has stayed with me and continues to make me smile…I’m pretty sure when I go back to it, I will be so pleased. You know those films that just keep you grinning the entire way through, and when you’re not laughing, you’re just smiling so much your entire face starts to hurt? I remember that there are aspects of this film that do that. The performances are tremendous (DUH. You have Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle and Michael Keaton in his prime!) and I’ll stand by the film. Go Dream Team.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not usually a fan of faux documentaries (with so many great real stories out there - why fabricate?). Still, Jackson's FORGOTTEN SILVER is an exception. It's not only well done, but, it has genuine affection for early cinema. It even had a bitter-sweet reception down under - apparently folks at home were disappointed to find out that it wasn't a true story.