Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Don't tell anyone.
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.
The Zucker-Abraham-Zucker projects were like hyperactive children running loose on the street with no parents looking after them, and the best of all is: nothing wrong ever happened to them! Top Secret! is my third favorite spoof from the hyperactive trio, moving from gag to gag mercilessly, and with a sufficiently exaggerated attention to detail to guarantee rewatchability and catch those hidden visual jokes or audible lines that you missed in your first watch. It also embraces its era properly and makes an insanely effective multicultural collage, which comes as quite absurd if you think about it: a WWII East Germany featuring Elvis spoofs, Pac-Man, the 80s dress and hair arrangement codes, and pizza parlors. All jokes and gags are…
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Anyone looking to see how to make a spoof/parody movie should look no further than this. My wife has waxed lyrically about this film for years as when she was a child her best friends brother worked on this an Pinewood. Take a bow Mr David Allday, a man who even got his name into Tim Burton's "Batman". There's a scene in it where a nameplate on a table bears his name during a press conference with Commissioner Gordon, trivial I know but the girls still talk about it.
Val Kilmer has never been funnier. He's also never been thinner, boy is he thin here. A crazy plot that involves an evil East Germany attempting to sink…
A flat out comedy masterpiece, and staggeringly, one that remains the ZAZ team's undiscovered feature for many. It is my life's mission to get more people to see it.
Whilst it’s fairly understandable that some things will get lost in the shuffle when your back catalogue includes the likes of the Naked Gun films and Airplane!, I can’t understand how little praise I’ve seen for this film over the years. It does lack a real stand out or oft quoted gag such as the “I am serious... and don't call me Shirley” line from Airplane! or a character as strongly defined as the Naked Gun’s Frank Drebin, but it does have just as high a hit rate of stupidly puerile humour, great sight gags, clever wordplay and inventive shots to mean that it should be included in any discussion of the best spoof comedies.
It also has a great…
Do they have a bamboo car for that garage?
A masterclass in visual comedy: dancing atop bulges, tic-tac-toe shootout, skeet surfers, high speed landscape art, the spontaneous waltz, car cube, a suicidal serenade, THE REVERSE SCENE, a frond house, an excess of limbs, fireplace motif, a deceiving door, rug-based banger, intricate models, THE COW DISGUISE, porcelain guards, BOOTS, a barbed wire brawl, UNDERWATER SALOON FIGHT. One of the best comedys, IMO, and top 3 spoofs.
The underwater fight and singing horse are inspired, the rest is fine but nothing close to the genius of Airplane!
"Make it shorter make it funnier."
Do they have a bamboo car for that garage?
How silly can you get? Very, very silly, as it turns out.
So who wants to go skeet surfing?
The ZAZ team are unstoppable. I swear I laughed nearly all the way through and at numerous times found myself in awe at the technical skill displayed. They let you laugh at the art of the cinematic illusion while simultaneously paying homage.
Der erste Zucker-Klamauk, teilweise einfach nur zum Schieflachen.
Underrated Zucker-Abrahams silliness. Packs just as many jokes as Airplane! or The Naked Gun series, whether they be in the dialogue, the set design or by background extras. There is such variety to the humor that they manage to work by being so damn odd that one can't help but laugh. Even something as dated as a Blue Lagoon reference still manages to work when twisted in the usual Zucker-Abrahams fashion. Val Kilmer in his film debut also makes for an appropriately straight faced comedic master of that material
- Eagle vs. Shark
- Black Dynamite
- Death to Smoochy
- The Happiness of the Katakuris
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Batman Returns
- Howard the Duck
- Morning Glory
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- A Fish Called Wanda
- This Is Spinal Tap
- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police…
This is my list of the films that I find genuinely funny.
I'm a very hard man to please when…