100 Funniest Movies (Part 5 ~ # 80-76)
# 80 ~ Heathers
The Best Part!!
Winona Ryder was in a few teen comedies in her day, from the debut in Lucas (1986) to her college movie Reality Bites we watched her grow up. We should have seen shoplifting on the horizon, cause she stole our hearts forever in this one. Christian Slater was also in some comedies of note, including his debut in The Legend of Billie Jean (That was supposed to be funny, right?), then he played a very funny character called Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh in Young Guns II and then his teen opus Pump Up the Volume back in 1990. None of these movies made the list however, so enough about them.
HEATHERS - 1989
Heathers is the blackest teen comedy of the 80s and that is why we love it. Let's see what we've got here, shall we? Veronica is a popular but intelligent teenager who meets the dangerous but alluring J.D. and the two are about to get into some serious stuff. Murder, Fake Suicide Notes, and yes, blowing up the school during a pep rally. But you know what....back then we didn't take it so seriously. We could take a joke about blowing up our school without worrying somebody was gonna do it. We still thought it was quite far off back then. This movie is what the business calls a cable-cult hit. They also call it PROPHETIC. This movie did not break records at the box office but once you saw it, you never forgot it, but that could also be because you proceeded to watch it over and over again. The first person who can tell me the name of the fake song and fake band from the movie (without looking it up) is really groovy.
# 79 ~ Much Ado About Nothing
Michael Keaton is fine comedic actor and a veteran of comedic films. The Proof, if needed, can be found in these two classics that sadly didn't make the list...
Much Ado About Nothing - 1993
Benedick and Beatrice are two of the funniest characters ever written by the great William Shakespeare. They are so expertly played by then-husband and wife team Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson that you completely forget that your watching a play from the year 1600. I watch this movie version like once a year, every year. Supporting cast includes: Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves (who is awful) Robert Sean Leonard and the debut of Kate Beckinsale. Honestly, this movie cracks up!
# 78 ~ Bottle Rocket
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I randomly met Film Director Wes Anderson on 55th & 6th in Manhattan on my way to work one day back in 1996. It was the day after the MTV Movie Awards that year and he had recieved a best new filmmaker award the night before. I told him his speech about James Caan was really funny even though nobody laughed. He told me that I was the first person in public who had ever recognized him by face. I relish the moment to this day. I also told him what I thought about Bottle Rocket. He was amazed I had seen it in the theaters and liked it so much. I saw it in Manhattan @ The 72nd St. Theater with Actress Mandy Siegfried who you may have seen on Grey's Anatomy (as Meredith's half-sister) or more recently Eli Stone. I remember looking at her half-way through and saying, "Ya know what, I have no idea where this movie is going but I like it a lot." FYI: This is Owen Wilson's star-making performance and he co-wrote the screenplay as well so don't miss it.
From: Mandy Siegfried
dude! totally awesome! i love that i got a mention in the "bottle rocket" listing on your indies. i soooo totally remember when we saw it. and whenever that movie comes up in conversation i'm always super proud to say i saw it in the theatre, and i always give you credit for taking me!!! xo manda
In a complete Coincidence, Mandy also appears in the Steve Martin / Goldie Hawn remake version of.....
# 77 ~ The Out-of-Towners
Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis are the Funniest Fictional Couple!
Jack Lemmon has made some really funny movies in his amazing career, starting with Some Like It Hot (1959), a year later he charmed us in The Apartment (1960), he made a few more until The Odd Couple (1968) and two years later he made this positively hilarious movie. The fact the remake was such a failure is a tribute to how genius the performances were by Sandy Dennis and Lemmon, 'cause hey, same script! Special attention must be paid to Sandy Dennis too who is quite possibly showing us the FUNNIEST FEMALE character in modern history. I know, I can't think of a better one!
The Out-Of-Towners - 1970
George and Gwendolyn Kellerman, a couple from Twin Oaks, Ohio, take an all expenses-paid trip to the "Big Apple" for George's big meeting for a top position in a major company. However, this was supposed to be more than a business trip. Great plans were made so that everything would go smoothly for the ever-nervous George. However, everything goes wrong from the start. Their flight is diverted to Boston which then lands them on a train and even when they do get to NY, folly finds them at every turn, with a mugging and a chipped tooth among them. The way George is determined NOT to be taken as an 'Out-of-Towner' is the thrust for comic delight. He takes down names and numbers throughout the movie threatening to sue or get fired everyone he meets in the city. The hotel lobby scene is especially funny.
Some Funktual Links!
- The 100 Greatest Movie Soundtrack Songs
Probably my best hub overall! Half-Movie and Half-Music thing.
- The 50 Greatest Movie Soundtrack Albums of All-Time
Everybody seemingly is a sucker for at least one!
- 100 Greatest Movies ~ 80s
Who Will Be Crowned The Champ? Raiders of the Lost Ark? Empire Strikes Back? Tootsie?
- 100 Greatest Movies ~ 90s
Which was better? Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction or The Usual Suspects? I will tell you but none of them is Number 1 for this List!
- 100 Greatest Films of the 2000s so far..
Walk The Line? Cinderella Man? Kill Bill? Donnie Darko? Stranger Than Fiction? Hotel Rwanda?
# 76 ~ Finding Nemo
When we watch a movie like this, with Ellen DeGeneres captured forever in her own comedic glory, we wonder what the hell happened in her other movies. Her "finding the right man" movie, Mr. Wrong from 1996 was especially uncomfortable. Edtv in '99 was also a disaster. But thankfully the folks at Disney have done her justic0e and they've done me a favor too, because it's the one movie my kid can watch over and over again without making me crazy. Well....that's my rediculous prediction anyway.
Finding Nemo - 2003
Set in the Great Barrior Reef off the coast of Sydney Australia, a nervous fish who is looking for his lost son is befriended by the ONLY fish who can help him (Because She Can Read), but there may be some communication problems. Dory is trying to help Marlin but she has some short-term memory loss as well. Together they will encounter sharks, jellyfish, and even some cool turtles before it's done but the comedy always comes from the two leads. These two characters could seemingly play funny bits for hours, and I'll bet they did too. One day in the near future, Disney will release the improv skits that ended up on the cutting room floor, mark my word. This is the ONLY animated kids/Disney movie on the list as well.
The List So Far...
100) Being John Malkovich
99) Weird Science
98) Private Benjamin
97) American Beauty
96) Brewster's Millions
95) A League of Their Own
94) Defending Your Life
93) Swimming With Sharks
92) Harold and Maude
91) The Bad News Bears
90) Shaun of the Dead
89) Ciao Professore!
88) About A Boy
87) Nobody's Fool
85) The 40-Year-Old Virgin
83) The Snapper
81) We're No Angels
79) Much Ado About Nothing
78) Bottle Rocket
77) The Out-of-Towners
76) Finding Nemo
and the beat goes on....
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The 100 Incredible Films Countdown is allmost done and that means that we have some juicy good flicks in this edition. River Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, David Mamet are featured.
Before I reveal the next 10 films, I'd just like to explain my intent here. I am not ranking these films in order of their greatness, nor am I saying that these are the best films ever, this is purely entertainment.
This epic list was inspired by my childhood radio station WLIR-WDRE 92.7 fm on Long Island. Their mantra was 'Dare To be Different' and they were introducing new bands every single week. Let's begin.