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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Peter Fabian

Peter and I were video store comrades back when I was in college. He's been a movie lover for a quite a while and I am always interested to hear what he thinks of films, both new and old, good and bad.
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Bad Taste (1987)
Head-kicking, foot-nailing, chuck-eating, and skin-wearing aside, Peter Jackson's first film is also his most oddball fun.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Shane Black twists his own buddy cop genre together with pulp detective novels into a hilarious send up that might also very well be Robert Downey Jr.'s best film.

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Quick of step and wit, it is pure and fluid Coen Brothers genius from start to finish.

Top Secret! (1984)
Zucker-Abrahams lesser known comedy just might also be their best.

The ’Burbs (1989)
Joe Dante brilliantly harnesses Hitchcockian paranoia into a dark but uproarious suburban REAR WINDOW. Everyone should have Rick Ducommun for a neighbor.

Galaxy Quest (1999)
A send-up of Star Trek and Star Trek fandom with the most quotable comedy script since GHOSTBUSTERS.

You Can’t Take It with You (1938)
Not as well known as Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE but every bit as delightful.

The Impostors (1998)
Tucci and Platt revive the vaudevillian mischief of a bygone era and make it their own.

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)
Carl Reiner's unique blend of classic film clips and Steve Martin hilarity is mind-bogglingly brilliant even after repeated viewings.

Forget Paris (1995)
I've always believed that Debra Winger deserves some specialized Academy Award for acting an entire scene with a flapping bird stuck to her face.

The Aristocrats (2005)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The magic of Ernst Lubitsch's classic outshines even the Hanks/Ryan attempt to recapture it.

Clue (1985)
A brilliant cast, murderous mayhem, and best of all: multiple endings which can be set to random selection on the dvd.

The Paper (1994)
Ostensibly a drama, Ron Howard's inspection of the newspaper business is rife with character-based comedy and features a Michael Keaton performance to rival BEETLEJUICE.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Tom Stoppard's genius play is wonderfully cinematized by the staggering talent of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman.

Blue in the Face (1995)
That this comedic "addendum" film to Wayne Wang's SMOKE was almost entirely improvised and filmed in only five days is a testament to the talent of its phenomenal cast.

Designing Woman (1957)
Peck and Bacall, two actors not known for comedy, still manage to give Tracy & Hepburn and Hanks & Ryan a run for their money.

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
With the right backup (in this case Shirley MacLaine) lobbing them in, even Clint Eastwood can hit them hilariously out of the park.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I just watched "You Can't Take It With You" for the first time the other day and loved it. Such a timely comedy also, with its cast of rapacious moneymen out for profit at any cost. So many great points about what it means to be a human being. Lionel Barrymore is outstanding, as is Edward Arnold as the NYC financier who is determined to succeed at all costs. These men are more impressive than Stewart and Arthur, though they are both adorable, but it's the older men who frame the debate. So entertaining, charming and moving. Harry Davenport is wonderful as a judge in one scene. Emotional but not cloying...well worth watching and pondering. I wish things had changed in the U.S. but nothing has; it's worth than ever in terms of financial domination by the haves but and this movie will make you ashamed that the U.S. continues to exist basically only as a profit center for the wealthy. :-(