Ok, so I stole the idea from Nickel Rover over at Barking Carnival, but we're in the doldrums of the offseason, so get over it. Baseball season is great, don't get me wrong; however, it is only a mirage of happiness. Omaha is too far away to make plans anyways.
So, the drunken monkeys with typewriters over at BC put together their own top-10 list of their favorite comedies of all time. This is great because it takes our minds away from the ideas such that Avery Bradley may be leaving early, who's going to step up to replace Lamarr Houston, and where in the hell is billyzane?
Surveys.... All of the other blogs are doing it, don't you wanna be cool too?
Because you're cool. In fact, you're cooler than the other side of the pillow. And cool people know movies, especially the funny ones. Your DVD/Blu-ray library is probably stacked full of blockbuster hits like:
- Battlefield Earth
- Batman & Robin
- The Hottie and the Nottie
In fact, if I asked you to come up with your own top-10 list of the best comedies of all time, I bet you could even find time to get away from your Guido-hairstyle-Affliction-wearing-Cristal-pouring friends to come up with something decent. However, if Jon Heder is anywhere near your list, you will be automatically banned from BON. To start things off, I will put together my list. Enjoy, argue, comment, speculate, criticize, or do anything other than decompose in your office cubicles waiting for August to get here.
10: Airplane - The beauty of Jim Abraham's mind is obvious in this parody. Would be higher on my list if not for Julie Haggerty's annoying voice. Lloyd Bridges is a God among men however.
"it looks like I've picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue"
9: Swingers - Outstanding direction from Jon Favreau who acted as the writer and lead actor in this classic. Lines from Vince Vaughn are priceless. The hockey-game-on-SNES scene was outstanding, too. Truly a man's movie. Hey! What're you kicking me for? You want me to ask? All right, I'll ask! Ma'am, where do the high school girls hang out in this town?
8: Office Space - Wow. For the folks who are slowly decomposing in their cubicles, listening to their boss rant on and on about some bullshit TPS Reports, this movie is for you. Mike Judge created this movie from short comedic clips about Milton, the bumbling idiot office worker, and turned it into pure gold. Mostly filmed in Texas, as thats Judge's home state. In fact, Chotchkie's Restaurant was filmed at the Alligator Grille off N. Lamar in Austin.
Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too...
7: The Hangover - Yup, had to put it in here. You can thank Zach Galifinakis for that. Bradley Cooper played the same character he always plays, which works in this movie. Basically its a story about a bachelor party in Vegas-gone wrong, and a story that all men wish they could tell their son when its their wedding day. It was hard to put this movie over Out Cold on my favorite Zach Galifinakis movies, but I did it anyway. I hate myself.
Tigers love pepper... they hate cinnamon.
6: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - In all honesty, this isn't even my favorite MST3K episode, however this is the only one made into an actual movie and shown in theaters. Their episode of "The Skydivers" would be my number one comedy of all time, but alas, it does not fit the stipulations. Mike, and his robot friends, Crow, and Tom Servo watch B rated Sci-Fi movies and basically make fun of them. In this movie, they make fun of "This Island Earth", which is actually a decent movie and the first movie ever to have legit special effects. Back in the day, Alamo Drafthouse used to show old reruns on the Big Screen. I'm actually kicking myself for not putting this as number 1.
Well believe me, Mike, I calculated the odds of this succeeding versus the odds I was doing something incredibly stupid... and I went ahead anyway.
5: Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Nothing needs to be said here. No need to explain the genius of this movie. It's just a flesh wound
4: Blazing Saddles - Another gem from Mel Brooks. Racism and Sexism at its best (in a comical way...get off your pedestal) Gene Wilder was tops in his prime and Cleavon Little was perfect for the part. This is a Western parody about a corrupt politician putting a black sheriff in a racist town to make it easier to put in a railroad through. Everything was perfect except for the ending....which was a little too out there for me.
Hey, where the white women at?
3: Dumb and Dumber - Classic. Epic. This is the pinnacle of all Jim Carrey movies. There is no other word to describe this masterpiece except "Perfect".
Petey? You sold my dead bird to a blind kid? Lloyd! Petey didn't even have a head!
2: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! - Another Jim Abrahams masterpiece in reuniting with the age-less Leslie Neilson as Lt Frank Drebin tries to thwart an assassination on the Queen. Co-starring The Juice (prior to his murdering days) this movie was laugh after laugh after laugh. Also it had one of the best lines from a comedy ever:
Nice Beaver! Thanks, I just got it stuffed.
1: The Big Lebowski: As if there were really another possible choice for the best comedy of all time. In the words of Scipio Tex..."John F&%@#ng Goodman!" The man made this this film. His beef with Smokey, his association with Nam, his "Is this your homework, Larry" scene....pure gold! Gold I tell you. I will admit that this is a cult classic, so you may have to watch it a few times to REALLY get the feel for it, or maybe you need to be somewhat intoxicated...whatever the case may be, there is no other movie that can even come close to topping this....except for maybe Super Troopers.
Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not "Mr. Lebowski". You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
The reason Super Troopers is not on this list is because I can watch all of those 10 movies countless times and it will never get old for me. Super Troopers was the best...once. It just doesn't have that timeless feeling to it, I guess.
Anyways, there's my list. Comment, critique, or post your own below. Hope this helps add discussion that doesnt involve anything about UT sports, as this is the offseason, and we need something to keep us going and sane.
Adios, and Hook em!