DATELINE: Comedy Tonight!
When you do movie review blogs for ten years, you soon have quite a backlog of films. Some remain popular year after year. We have never been able to predict which reviews will be favorites of the reading public.
However, many blogs are read several times during the first week they appear—and thence go into one of those black holes in the center of the galaxy.
We –my tapeworm and I—have decided to gather together some of the lesser read blog reviews under a general heading. We figure out of a pile of thousands, we can find about 100 that are interesting.
So, we began compiling movies according to genre (like suspense, Sherlock Holmes, UFOs, and the like).
We were surprised there were a good many comedies. We generally don’t watch those films, or don’t review them. You may not realie that I only print out the films that are largely interesting, well-done, unusual, or seem metaphoric of the era.
When we gathered together Comedy Tonight, it had some of our favorites, and some we had forgotten. Actually our book on Westerns is selling briskly. All the reviews are based on some college courses taught years ago in another life as a professor of film studies.
Among the marvelous comedy movies, we found Elaine May’s A New Leaf with Walter Matthau as a fortune hunter going after a millionaire botanist. We recalled The Loved One that featured Liberace and Rod Steiger as funeral directors in a California mortuary. We had forgotten about Follow That Camel with Phil Silvers playing his alter ego, Sgt. Bilko out in the desert as a foreign legionnaire—or marvelous Peter O’Toole playing a version of Errol Flynn in My Favorite Year.
Oh, yeah, there are a few stinkeroos that we advise you to avoid.
Our reviews always seemed to be in some kind of humor rivalry with the actual film under review. Yet, we think if you want a collection of recommendations, this little volume might do the trick. It’s available, of course, in both e-book and print versions on Amazon.
We prefer the one for smart-readers.