Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
Oh, the airport-cucumber scene, how you make me laugh so much...
Oh, the Stonehenge scene, how you make me cry with surprise...
Oh, the Rock'n'Roll Creation performance, how you make me shake my head...
Oh, the 'Dese go to eleven' scene, how you make me want an amp like that...
Oh, the Sex Farm scene, how you make me wince...
Oh, the little bread scene, how you make me crave some little bread in a little garden with some little ham...
Oh, the ending, how you make me want to punch the air...
...these go to eleven.
It all started with a skit on an ill fated sketch comedy pilot simply titled The T.V. Show. Even though it had a ridiculously talented cast the show wasn't picked up, with very few people seeing the pilot. Despite this fact, the fictitious band Spinal Tap that was featured in one of the skits would live on for over 40 years later with them performing their latest "One Night World Tour" in 2009 with yet another single released the same year.
Their popularity has less to do with the original 1979 skit written by Rob Reiner and EVERYTHING to do with this rockumentary/mockumentary that he wrote and directed 5 years later. This is the…
I have no idea where to start here.
How about this movie is so good it hurts? Or that it is quite possibly one of the most quoted movies in history? Or that all involved are at the top of their games and make this a piece of entertainment that is virtually untouchable?
Massive praise to be sure, but Tap deserves every bit of it and a whole lot more.
A rock "mockumentary"- upon release it had 80's metal bands running for cover and hiding away as the piss take hit several nerves, lampooning the rock star mentality to a tee. Take the pretension of standing over Elvis Presley's grave and tuning up to Heartbreak Hotel- the band more focused…
I have watched this an unhealthy amount of times, but it is always hard not to resist a watch when it's on TV.
And proof there is a fine line between stupid and clever.
The Good: "We're Spinal Tap from the UK! You must be the USA!" 'Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight.' 'Gimme Some Money.' "He died in a bizarre gardening accident." "Authorities said best leave it unsolved." "He choked on vomit." It was actually someone else's vomit." You can't really dust for vomit." "Mime is money." 'Big Bottom.' "They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry." "What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap and couldn't he have rested on that day too?" "Shit sandwich." "The Boston gig has been cancelled. Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town." Nigel's miniature bread problem. 'Hell Hole.' Nigel's guitar collection. Eleven. Ian's cricket bat.…
Funny, smart and pretty original. A great mockumentary with witty humour and an interesting back story.
30 years after it's original release date, I finally got around to watching "This Is Spinal Tap" and I am glad I did. There was a lot that surprised me including how it holds up after all this time to the Stonehenge scene to the cucumber incident to the Mime waiters.
The mental image of Tom Waits sitting in a movie theater crying at this is almost as funny as the film itself.
I've honestly lost track of how many times I've watched this film at this point. And it still manages to crack me up every, single, time.
Infinitely quotable, while still being faithful to the "rockumentary" style it's easily the best of the faux docs ever made.
Once estrellas sobre diez.
A ésta y a todo lo que hace Christopher Guest. Y aquí está un Michael McKean que ya se ve poco. Ideal para ver (y después contrastar) en programa doble con "A Mighty Wind". O ya lo redondeas viéndolas con "Waiting For Guffman".
"This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, 'What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?'"
When I was ten years old my brother and I were staying at a family friends house. We decide to watch a movie and This is Spinal Tap was eventually chosen. My brother then declared that I was too young to watch the film and was sent to the other room to watch Dad's Army: The Movie. Today I discovered that my brother robbed me of seeing one of the funniest films of all time.
Quotable doesn't even begin to describe several of the brilliant lines in the film. The characters are as ridiculous as they are moronic but you can't help but root for there rapidly declining rock band to succeed.
Ultimately the jokes are hilarious and the satire remains razor sharp thirty years on.
I would need to rate this 3 times to get to 11.
Absolutely essential viewing, uproariously funny
just a brilliant film, the original mockumentary. it is made really well, the first time anyone watches it they will think that it is real, it just looks so believable. the performances are brilliant, each member of the band is brilliant, and considering they are american, they do have a fantastic british accent. overall just a brilliant film that is absolutely hilarious, is highly believable and jam packed with classic quotes- "Hello Cleveland!"
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