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This Is Spinal Tap
Does for rock & roll what 'The Sound of Music' did for hills.
Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.
Everything about it is funny.
These go to eleven.
Lick My Love Pump.
Cult movie? In its own right.
A satire that instead of humiliating, truly honors metal.
Rob Reiner's debut. His best film as well.
One of the best mockumentaries of all time.
I love it.
Outrageously funny, so much so that my laughter was swapped with a consistent and dopey grin on my face. The startling realism and authenticity of the satire elevates the entire experience into a supremely hilarious achievement. Rob Reiner nailed This is Spinal Tap, and I have a feeling that a rewatch will raise my thoughts on it.
A brilliant spoof of rock culture banalities. Rob Reiner thinks out of the box for the first and last time in his career. Christopher Guest is one of the collaborators of such a groundbreaking screenplay, releasing theatrically one of the most influential films of the 80s. Magnificent inside jokes for all of us music lovers, portraying band members, although stereotypically, as human beings totally devoid of any sign of intelligence except for the one they need to lay their fingers on an instrument and know how to play it. Marvelous masterpiece and I actually can't believe how h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s it was.
You know, I'm marking this as a first time watch but let's face it - I've seen it before.
Well, most of it, anyway. The bit with the pods. 11. Getting lost on the way to the stage. The black album cover. The Stonehenge stage disaster. And more. I'd say perhaps as much as any incredibly popular film I hadn't seen yet, This Is Spinal Tap was the most impossible to go in to and enjoy like a first time viewing.
And I have to say that it probably did affect my opinion of it. The funniest moments the film has had been seen and heard of by me so…
The seminal mockumentary, Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" is a randy and rollicking comedy that, sometimes prophetically, sends up the hard rock scene. Flowing over with wit, the film leans toward the lower-key side of things but is buoyed by tuneful and upbeat spirit that keeps the production moving.
Wryly and dryly, Reiner directs himself, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as a filmmaker putting together a documentary about McKean, Guest, and Shearer's inept rock band, Spinal Tap. Committed to the form, the faux documentary stitches together a collection of talking-head interviews, concert footage, and other caught-on-camera moments that chart's the band's rise from mediocrity to simply a higher level of mediocrity.
From the band's lyrics to the…
"We're very lucky in a sense that we've got two visionaries in the band... They're two totally distinct types of visionaries, its like fire and ice basically you see and i feel my role in the band is to be kind of in the middle of that - kind of like lukewarm water in a sense".
The main reason I watched this was because my mother wanted to watch it. Which is weird because I didn't know she liked comedy or rock and fucking roll. I also couldn't remember the last time I saw it so it seemed like the perfect time to revisit.
Still one of the best mockumentary's ever made. Probably one of the most quotable movies ever. My favourite bit isn't even a quote though it's when they are doing a show and one of the pods doesn't open, and he spends the whole song trying to escape. That right there friends is what I like to call "Comedy Gold".
My mother loved it btw.
"You've got to ask yourself how much more black could this be?
And the answer is none.
None more black."
Rock and Roll!
Just the best.
Before Christopher Guest came around (even taking some of this film’s cast members with him), Rob Reiner brought to striking life the magical spontaneity within the improvisational mockumentary. "This is Spinal Tap" may not only be one of the funniest movies made (as it’s deservedly called quite often on lists involving said topic), but it’s also one of the most clever comedies - making reference to the world of rock music while making great cracks at certain elements of inconography and pop culture staples; the fact that the majority was done on-the-spot only heightening the neo-realism.
Getting lost backstage is so ridiculously funny, that it's surreal in practice. This whole film just feels unbelievable in how its jokes are delivered. The level of straight going on throughout is like a god damn arrow. It's film full of sharp shooter comedic minds, and they clash brilliantly.
Also the film said it best itself; there's a fine line between stupid and clever. This film toes it perfectly.
The referenced-to-death mockumentary/spontaneous combustion PSA of washed-out cock rock band Spinal Tap. It's their slow descent from playing sold-out shows to sharing stage space with puppetshows. It's a band Yoko'd apart. It's the profound lyricism of some true visionaries:
"The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin
That's what I said
The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
Or so I have read
My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo
I like to sink her with my pink torpedo"
And so on.
I really like it. The tone of the story, the absurd situations, the cut-in interviews about the band's history with drummers and their amp specifications are really a hoot. And it's all fake, but you get…
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