Tag Archives: Anarchic Comedy

Wild and Crazy Comedies with No Rule and Lots of Nonsense

Scrooged Review

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert got into a big argument on their TV show back in the 1980s because of the film Back to the Future: Part II.  Ebert thought it was a perfectly enjoyable screwball comedy, but Siskel found it lacking in a certain quality that the first film in the series had.  “The first … Continue reading Scrooged Review

Animal House Review

When I was a wee lad in the humble state of Delaware, I was a big fan of a certain kind of film – a kind that usually took the form of made-for-TV film.  Because I spent my whole childhood overwhelmed by the fact that I was forced to remain a child for years to come, … Continue reading Animal House Review

Zoolander Review

It’s a happy coincidence that I happened to come across Zoolander right around the time that the news of the sequel started spreading, and I’m hopeful that the coincidence could hand me an extra slice of attention for this review.  What’s important for that to work, however, is that I have something new and interesting … Continue reading Zoolander Review

Austin Powers Review

Some of us are blessed, at one point or another in life, with a special kind of friendship.  It’s a magical thing when one can plan a get-together without actually planning anything but getting together, secure in the knowledge that it’ll be a fun time no matter what happens.  With certain special friends, one could even sprawl out … Continue reading Austin Powers Review

The Blues Brothers Review

I must confess that I’m a little disappointed in this one. Having heard such great things about it for so long, I was hoping for a very exciting comedy, but instead got a strangely-paced artsy musical.  I enjoy musicals a lot, so I had a good time during the musical sequences, but the rest of … Continue reading The Blues Brothers Review

(Monty Python’s) Life of Brian Review

This film is not sacrilegious.  This film is not about Jesus.  It is about the importance of rationally thinking for oneself rather than just accepting what others say is true.  It mocks group think, pokes fun at activists, and challenges people to be critical thinkers, making it very much the skeptic’s film.  In fact, Pythoner … Continue reading (Monty Python’s) Life of Brian Review

The Naked Gun 33 1/3 Review

*Sigh of mild disappointment, but understanding why it is what it is.* It has its moments.  It was fun seeing their take on the Academy Awards, even though I missed a few of the references.  (The girl in the traditional Native American attire was a clever throwback that got me laughing.)  The 24-hour Johnny Mathis … Continue reading The Naked Gun 33 1/3 Review