All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The Nutty Professor
What does he become? What kind of monster?
Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.
Along with LOST HIGHWAY, one of the great horror movies about psychic fugue states.
My thoughts on Jerry Lewis as expressed by this exchange from Ghostbusters:
Peter: "So I guess they just don't make 'em like they used to..."
Ray: "No! No one ever made them like this! He was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko!"
Lewis' total control of his body and timing reaches beyond the veneer of his own performance. Prof. Kelp's first encounter in Dr. Warfield's office wrings gut laughs purely out of facial tics and expressions. Same with the squeaky shoes gag. The mastery of physical form extends to the elegant movements of his camera (ex: the beautiful glide into the club from Buddy's POV), the splashy secondary colors of Kelp's lab & Buddy's leisure suits, and the playful…
"Now watch, baby. Every move a picture."
When I'm not laughing I'm generally in awe of either the bizarre parallel universe this takes place in, the surprisingly expressive filmmaking on display (colors! Specifically, purples!), or the climactic speech from Jerry Lewis, a masterpiece of unearned sentiment. Like his fellow Jerries Seinfeld or Falwell, Lewis just doesn't do sincerity very well, which also gives his portrayal of the smarmy Buddy Love an added mmph of fascinating autobiography.
MVP goes to Howard Morris, God bless him.
"You might as well like yourself. Just think about all the time you're gonna have to spend with you."
Between Late Registration and Graduation-era Yeezy
IMO this is Lewis's take on the Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde story a down on his luck nerdish professor creates a serum and becomes the egotistical Buddy Love
Not particularly funny but the production design and the use of bright colours is extraordinary.
A gaggle of yucks and laffs!
It might still not by my favourite Lewis film, but it sure has a case for the most perfect/dramatically satisfying. Genuinely touching and incisive on a second viewing, and the first sequence in the Purple Pit is about as perfect a 20 minutes of cinema you're likely to see - Buddy Love really is top 5 film villains ever for me. Colours pop on the Blu-ray, it's a really striking palette Lewis works with.
Real enjoyable. Jerry Lewis is the man!
It's silly, but relatively heartfelt and pretty darn funny.
some say buddy love is lewis portraying his ex-partner dean martin; others say lewis is either portraying his real self at the time off screen or the person he would become later in real life .
Jerry Lewis plays two characters, both of which irritated the crap out of me. This was the first Jerry Lewis film I've watched, and I don't think I'm a fan.
Another revelation after years of standard definition, pan and scan viewings: absolutely gorgeous Technicolor! The initial Jekyll and Hyde transformation is a visually amazing sequence, and the whole film drips a deep lurid purple. Not Lewis's best film, but it is one of his best looking.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…