New Jack City: Just for Laughs

 

I’m often asked what my favorite all-time movies are…

But I have trouble coming up with a solid list, even though “DR. ZHIVAGO” and “ELMER GANTRY” continue to rank very high with me.

When it comes to comedies though, there are 10 titles that put a smile on my face.

Ten extremely funny movies that when I happen to come across them on TV, make me stop and watch them again–and again–and again..kinda like “Mama Mia.”

In no particular order here are MY favorites:

* Mel Brook’s “BLAZING SADDLES” (1974)

* Mike Judge’s “OFFICE SPACE” (1999)

* Rob Reiner’s “THIS IS SPINAL TAP” (1984)

* Jeremiah Chechic’s “NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION” (1989)

* David Zucker/Jim Abraham’s “AIRPLANE!” (1980)

* Jim L. Brook’s “BROADCAST NEWS” (1987)

* George Lucas’ “AMERICAN GRAFFITI” (1973)

* Sacha Baron Cohen’s “BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN” (2006)

* John Landis’ “NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE” (1978)

* Christopher Guest’s “BEST IN SHOW

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12 Responses to New Jack City: Just for Laughs

  1. Vizzini says:

    “The Princess Bride” isn’t on this list?
    Inconceivable!

  2. Vizzini says:

    Why is my comment still awaiting moderation? It’s not like I put Craig Glazer’s email address in it…..

  3. Paul says:

    The scene in Christmas Vacation when Chevy Chase is in the attic and gets repeatedly smacked in the face by loose floor boards never fails to crack me up. My wife just shakes her head.

    No love for Napoleon Dynamite, Jack?

    • jack p. says:

      Sure there is love for ND.
      But notice that I also left out “ANCHORMAN” which was funny as hell.
      Despite what you may think I really WORKED of cutting the list down to just 10.

      (p.s.—the ‘Mamma-Mia’ dig of course is Hearne’s editorial contribution. Had I added it to the story it would’ve been spelled correctly—-as in two MM’s in Mamma 🙂

  4. chuck says:

    That’s a great list, but “The Big Lebowski” should be at the very top dude.

  5. Kerouac says:

    The rare bona fide non-sports, non-political opportunity share… Kerouac approves

    MOVIES (pre 1960 – advent 1970; thereaft, don’t care…)

    1) ‘Vanishing Point’ (the one, the only, the original… Steven Spielberg’s favorite too)
    2) ‘The Graduate’
    3) ‘Hud’
    4) ‘Psycho’
    5) ‘In Cold Blood’
    Honorable mention) ‘The Sons of Katie Elder’ and a thousand more

    TV

    1) ‘The Fugitive’ (the original)
    2) ‘The Twilight Zone’ (the original)
    3) ‘The Andy Griffith Show’
    4) ‘Star Trek’ (the original)
    5) ‘The Prisoner’
    Honorable mention) ‘Coronet Blue’

    1970’s to date… ? ? ? ? ? …don’t care

    🙂

    • Gino says:

      Your picks…don’t care. Dull movies from a dullard.

    • miket. says:

      you’re worse off than i thought, kraq. audio equipment, cars from 1969 i can see, but movies and tv shows, too? do you still wear double-knit pants? or are you more into hippie garb?

      • Kerouac says:

        Green-eyed devotees one and two (in order distinguish, tho truth be ‘both’ qualify #2’s) – that you “don’t care” enough restrain self on the one, and “thought” of me the other, salient; that venerable adage ‘living in the head theirs rent free’, affirmed.

        🙂

  6. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Can you imagine Mel Brooks trying to make “Blazing Saddles” in today’s snowflake environment? Couldn’t happen.

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