The funniest movies tend to burrow into our brains like no other form of popular entertainment. Through repeated viewings and earworm quotes, they create unconscious templates for life's milestones and stopovers — dating, road trips, the college experience, marriage, the working world — and remind us of moments in time as well as entire eras. They're comfort food and therapy, high art and cultural critique, nestled lovingly amid fart jokes and crotch punches.
The best comedy movies also enjoy a freedom that seems out of place in most other media, with run-times that allow them to develop complicated but self-contained worlds, the full buffet of acting, editing, and musical options, and [...]
Michael Jai White, star and co-writer of the 2009 blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, spoke to Crave Online this week about plans for a sequel to the cult comedy. White said that, while the next movie won’t be a direct sequel to Black Dynamite, it’ll use the same cast and style to tackle a totally different genre. The follow-up will be “a western comedy” that’s an “homage to Blazing Saddles,” White reveals, although plans for the movie are still in the early stages. Until then, Black Dynamite fans will just have to make do with the original movie and the animated Adult Swim series it inspired, which aired its [...]
A few weeks ago I re-watched the venerable Mel Brooks film, Blazing Saddles. I hadn’t seen the movie in at least seven years, mostly because due to my near nightly screenings of it during my teens and early twenties, there was no point. The film had been committed to memory. After finding out that my girlfriend had seen the movie only once (obviously she must have had a full social life as a young person), I decided it was high time to see this film again.
But while watching it, I began to feel uncomfortable. In my memory, this was a madcap romp with jokes flying fast and furious, [...]