All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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.
Everything about it is funny.
These go to eleven.
Lick My Love Pump.
Cult movie? In it's 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.
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…
This has been on my "why have I never seen this movie?" list for many years, so I'm glad that I had a chance to finally see it.
I thought it started a little slow, but once it got going, I was hooked. The Stonehenge stage scene fully cracked me up.
Nothing more to say on this, except that it's not just the pinnacle of the mockumentary format, but possibly the pinnacle of '80s comedy (or comedy in general). Everyone points to "this goes to 11," "you can't dust for vomit" or "none more black" as their greatest bits. But the Stonehenge reveal might be my favorite visual gag ever.
Precisely my kind of humor, with flawless delivery. "Plowing through your bean field."
This is why I love rock music and mockumentary.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
1001 # 714 - This Is Spinal Tap! (1984)
The greatest laugh-out-loud comedy of the 80's, Spinal Tap has turned out to be a cinematically innovative and amazingly influential film. Everybody knows somebody who knows somebody who saw Spinal Tap for the first time and thought it was real. It’s a believable urban legend.
Some comedies have everything, and an aramada of hysterical quotes is just one of the ingredients here. Reiner made somewhat unwillingly a brand new genre, the mockumentary (or rockumentary) in this ingenious acclaimed improv movie. That’s not to say, of course, that it isn’t screamingly funny. Few films, if any, can match Spinal Tap for consistent laughs.
Every scene is a classic - the band getting…
I'm glad I rewatched this sucker. Way better this time. Lovely pacing, good joke setups, etc.
This movie has a shitty, boring attitude towards Yoko Ono.
One of the funniest films I have ever seen. Best Mockumentary ever made. And I'm including the TV shows.
Criterion spine #12
Here's the thing about This Is Spinal Tap:
I always find it incredibly enjoyable and always entertaining and I think it's an incredibly well-crafted mockumentary. But honestly, there's nothing in the entire film that makes me laugh hysterically. There's absolutely moments of brilliance and Reiner does a fantastic job of barely walking the line between parody and real-life, but nothing grabs me as insanely hilarious. I think this might be how I feel about most of Christopher Guest's films, they're fun to visit but laughing out loud is pretty rare.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…