A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Film #13 of the "Scavenger Hunt 17" challenge
13. A mockumentary!
Second film in a row to have the same film-watching number as the task?!? Anyway, it's a funny film. Some hearty giggles late at night again. Like other viewers think, I feel it gets a bit serious and even more believable. The band is also so believable that they are too good to be true, even if they are a band of comedians. I didn't even notice the cameos but that wasn't what I was focusing on. Hey ho! Good film.
A must watch for any classic rock fans or classic comedy fans. Even though I only chuckled for most of the movie. There were 1 or 2 moments where i was actually genuinely laughing really really hard but i remember those moments just as well as i remember the moments i was completely silent in. Still good though
Film maker Marty DeBergi goes behind the scenes with one of England most beloved and loudest bands, Spinal Tap. As the band embarks on it's latest North American tour its struggles threaten to tear it apart. So sit back and turn your volume up to 11 because this is the one and only Spinal Tap!
I am no mockumentary historian, but I think this without a doubt carved the way for the mockumentary to take its place in cinema...so glad Rob Reiner could lead the way with that. I absolutely love the scene where they are talking about all the drummers they have had in the band that have died under mysterious circumstances. They just absolutely knocked it out of…
I don't think I'm nearly as enamored with the deadpan British style of comedy as most people are, but Spinal Tap works because it gets in and out fast. Many of the one-liners and bits are memorable, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud that much. I'm not sure if that's because the lines are so iconic ('this one goes to eleven') or if it's just not that funny at parts. Some of the songs are hilarious ('Sex Farm'), some are just deliberately crude without taking the time to also be funny about how crude they are. At this point, Spinal Tap is a must-watch cultural touchstone, but don't go in expecting a laugh a minute.
Probably my favorite comedy of all-time. What else is there to say that hasn't been said in the last 30 years? The only film that made me wanna become a full-time dreamer.
Scavenger Hunt 17 (August 2016)
13. A mockumentary: This Is Spinal Tap
So I got my uni results and I passed with flying colours, time for me to go on and do film production at my university.
I guess a celebration is in order, along with a full bottle of martini and 14 small bottles of french lager. Man.
This is one of the most fun films I've ever seen, it's very short and it's very entertaining, some parts had me fucking howling ('So are we still doing stonehenge?' made me laugh way more than it should've).
So yeah, it's an 80's classic for a damn good reason, go watch it, it's only 80 minutes long x
This Is Spinal Tap follows the story of a washed-up British rock and roll outfit embarking on an American tour. It comes with all the usual trademarks of a real musical doco: The intimate but shaky camera shots, the musical breaks and the drama between band members - but with some well-delivered humour. This delightful and amusing mockumentary turns the laughs up to 11. Every time it threatens to slow up or get dry it delivers another classic one-liner. It's also aged surprisingly well.
"Lick my love pump". Sensational.
I'm sorry that I didn't like this movie as much as people do. I gues I'm just not that big a fan of comedies? Honestly, I just laughed like twice in this entire movie. Its not bad by any means, I get why people like it so much, I get how it paved the way for other mockumentaries. I was entretained all throughout, but I will probably forget all about it in a few days.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…