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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

100 Favorite Movies: 13

Look at all the taglines on this poster! "When Kevin's Family Left for Vacation, They Forgot One Minor Detail: Kevin," "But Don't Worry...He Cooks. He Cleans. He Kicks Some Butt," "A Family Comedy Without the Family," and "From John Hughes." (Okay, maybe that last one doesn't count, but seriously! How many taglines does one movie need?) This is one of the best Christmas movies ever and, as you can see by its placement, one of the best movies ever made. I think out of every film on this list, Home Alone is the one I quote the most. "Keep the change, ya filthy animal." "Jimmy, stop that boy!" "Look what ya did, you little jerk!" "This is my house; I have to protect it." It's just so good! Such a simple premise, but it's ingenious and purely Hughesian all the way. And what a soundtrack, too. The music is playing in my head right now and it delights me. I wish it was Christmastime again.

Holiday comedy directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes in 1990.

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Roberts Blossom, John Candy, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kieran Culkin, Hillary Wolf, Gerry Bamman, and Devin Ratray.

Tune in tomorrow for number twelve!

31 Day SNL Challenge: Favorite Cast Member from the 2000s

As evidenced by my selection of Norm Macdonald as my favorite cast member from the 1990s yesterday, my choices are based purely on the SNL careers and the SNL careers alone. And here we have Will Forte, who joined the cast in 2002 and left in 2010, carved out one of the all-time great niches for himself. I maintain that he is the most underrated cast member in the history of Saturday Night Live and also part of my top ten. Forte was MacGruber, The Closet Organizer, Greg Stink, Jeff Montgomery, The Locker Room Coach, and so much more. He's one of the best, most strategically versatile and supportive actors to exist in the halls outside Studio 8H. His creativity and originality never died and for that, I thank you, Will Forte.

February 2015 Covers of the Month

 Because why not?

There was really no other choice for Sports Illustrated's best cover than the immortal New England Patriots.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

100 Favorite Movies: 14

There were two good Disney Animation movies in the years from 2000 to 2009. One was Lilo and Stitch, as you've seen in this list already. The other will be presented to you now. The Emperor's New Groove is such an odd and really less-true-to-form interpretation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. It's much different compared to Disney's other creations based off past stories. But The Emperor's New Groove...it transcends what Disney Animation "has" to be. It is, without a doubt, the funniest movie ever made by the company and it just makes me laugh every time I see it. I have to think it's thanks partly to the humor of its cast and the meta nature of it as a whole, but it's probably just a really great collaboration all around. Boom baby!

Animated comedy directed by Mark Dindal and written by David Reynolds in 2000.

Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, Bob Bergen, Tom Jones, and Patti Deutsch.

Tune in tomorrow for number thirteen!

31 Day SNL Challenge: Favorite Cast Member from the 1990s

This one was tough and I imagine as I enter the 2000s, it will become equally tough. I mean, there was such a plethora of amazing cast members. Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Rachel Dratch, Phil Hartman, Darrell Hammond, Chris Parnell. There were so many good members of SNL in the nineties and I wasn't sure if I would be able to decide. And as I was so close to picking Ferrell, I thought about Celebrity Jeopardy and the greatness that was his Alex Trebek and I remembered the creator of the sketch: Norm Macdonald. And I had to pick him. I never had too much of an appreciation for Norm until I watched the SNL Rewind marathon on VH1 Classic and realized how phenomenal he was on Weekend Update. One of, if not, the best anchor Update ever had. So many great, fearless jokes. And his Burt Reynolds Turd Ferguson on Celebrity Jeopardy? One of the best characters SNL ever boasted.

New Poll and Header!

Check out this new, fine, shiny piece of awesome to commemorate the 31 Day SNL Challenge. We bid farewell to the 100 Favorite Movies header just short of its conclusion, but SNL is worth it.


Also, we have a new poll that also correlates to SNL (and we'll be having more throughout the month! Check back for the best in cast members, characters, musical guests, and sketches!) This one, though, celebrates the best of the SNL Fortieth Anniversary Special! What was your favorite part of the amazingly historic television event? Vote now!

Monday, March 2, 2015

100 Favorite Movies: 15

I'm a sucker for movies set in New York during the holiday season. And not only did this encapsulate the beauty of that, but it was also a heist film (one of my favorite genres), obviously and it boasted a stellar cast of some of my all-time favorites. (Affleck, Stiller, Broderick, Pena, and oh hey! I guess it's Eddie Murphy Day on the blog or something.) I've seen this awesome comedy about, oh, six or seven times since it came out back in 2011. (Which was four years ago?! Good lord.) And I could watch it another six or seven more. Ratner knows how to make a film. Great, great movie and I don't care what anyone says! Hashtag: gauntlet of lesbians.

Heist comedy directed by Brett Ratner and written by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson in 2011.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe, Judd Hirsch, and Matt Lauer.

Tune in tomorrow for number fourteen!