and movie week continues: Frankenstein and farts
by Turtle Jones
So what's up for tonight? Funny men and funny women. Funny plots and funny inside jokes.
If you haven't noticed by now, this is movie theme week on FTTW. We will get them all in here and deal with the most popular later. Maybe a poll. Maybe a Chimachanga at some dive. I hate writing these when I am hungry. I always get off track. Be that as it may, we are on a theme this week. "The Best of Series."
Tonight was hard. Actually, the toughest that we have ever done. I proposed, in one or two diferent ways, that we decide on one movie. She agreed. I wanted more nachos. The hunger thing. While I got off on some trip about dive food, she started writing. I got crap food and cigars and had to play catch up. Little more for you to know about FTTW. This is the way we work around here.
So our theme tonight is......
What is the funniest movie that you have ever seen? Mine was easy. I just looked at some old quotes from the film and laughed. I had five movies, but one killed me reading the quotes today. So we are going to go ahead and pick the one movie that always makes us laugh. The one that made us cry from laughing to hard.
Wanna play along?
Then here we go!
Hmmmmmmmmm. This is a tough one. Let's just start this off by saying a disclaimer. No one got away from being made fun of in the movie. Every race and every religon was nailed in this. Racism, stupidity, religon, mentally retarded people, alcoholism and hating the Irish.
So if you think this movie is bad because of the insults or thinking what they are saying is derogatory towards whatever the hell you are, just remember, everyone got taken apart here.
Mel Brooks took it all on here. You guys know this movie. This was the one you looked at the ground after you heard what a character said and thought "I don't believe he said that" but still kept laughing. I guess in my mind the movie was always fine with all the racial insults, as long as Mel Brooks covered all the bases. No one was safe. He took them all on. We were all fair game in his book. And if you don't think your race was insulted, you aren't looking hard enough. It's in there somewhere.
The funny thing about this movie is I can justify a movie about making fun of the Irish, Jewish people and black people cause in the end, it shows you that they win. The Chinese got land. The Irish got land. The Sheriff walked away and the new town had a new bunch of people who worked together now.
It was like they all bagged on each other for the first 70 minutes, then pulled together at the end to save themselves by working together. Colors and religion mean shit when it 's all down on the line. You help me and I'll help you and we can get thru this together. We can get thru this together.
That was the thing about this movie.
It was mean spirited but the message at the end was simple.
Work together or die alone.
And we will take the Irish. - T
When we said we would do funniest movies, my first reaction was Blazing Saddles. But my reaction was a bit slower than turtle’s and he grabbed it first. That’s ok. I’ve got the next best thing, a movie that came out the same year as Blazing Saddles, also directed by Mel Brooks.
1974. What a year for Mel Brooks. Two amazingly funny movies that would go on to become classics.
I was twelve when these films came out. Yea. Twelve. Get off my lawn. I saw both of these with my parents. Blazing Saddles in the theater and Young Frankenstein in the drive-in. With my parents. Hey, they raised us right. Horror movies and Mel Brooks comedies before we were even teenagers.
Let me do a little math here. How many fingers do I have? Not enough. Ok. It’s over 30 years since that movie came out? Shit. I’m old. Point is, I can throw Young Frankenstein in the DVD player today and still laugh as hard as I did the first time, the 50th time, the 100th time I’ve seen it. And yea, it’s been that many. I still watch it occasionally with my parents, and I’ve watched it with my kids (who love it). It says something about a movie when you know what’s coming, know every line and every joke and it still makes you laugh like it’s the first time you are hearing it.
It’s a testament to this movie and Mel Brooks and everyone in it that over 30 years later, we still quote it extensively on a near daily basis. And once we start, it keeps going until someone whinnies. Then we laugh til we pee a little.
It’s not just the brilliance of the writing. It’s Marty Feldman’s crazed eyes and Gene Wilder’s delivery. It’s the way
And it had Gene Hackman in it.
Walk this way. - M
So that's our take on what we think the funniest movies ever filmed were. No, we didn't make a poll because we realized we had missed so many in the last one. But, knowing us, we prolly will later in the week. But for right now, we need input.
This is where you come in.
What did we miss?
* I was corrected in the comments about that. Fixed.
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