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Mel Brooks and His Wonderful Rejection of Subtlety

Back in a time when our primary source of film-watching outside the movie theatre involved a trip to a video store, it was much harder to be a young boy curious about what might exist beyond the G-rated family comedies we would watch on Sunday nights (my family would do this “picnic style” which meant putting down a dirty blanket in our suburban finished basement, ordering chinese food, and eating on the floor while we watched). One day my parents allowed me to attend a friend’s birthday party where we would be watching Mel Brooks’ R-rated film, Blazing Saddles, perhaps just pleased that we weren’t going to watch one [...]

The Lost Roles of Richard Pryor

One of the most acclaimed and respected stand-up comedians of all time, Richard Pryor shot to fame in the 1970's and proved to be a charismatic presence in movies and TV. Although he starred in dozens of films throughout his career (his Gene Wilder buddy pictures Silver Streak and Stir Crazy being the highlights), Pryor's movie work never reached the heights of his stand-up. Despite this, Richard Pryor did have several opportunities to play big parts extended to him. Let's take a look at some of the parts Richard Pryor turned down, wanted but couldn’t have, and the projects that fell apart all together.

‘Black Dynamite’ Follow-Up Will Be a ‘Blazing Saddles’ Homage

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 [...]

But How Does it Hold Up?

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, [...]

Mel Brooks Looks Back on Blazing Saddles's Near-Failure

Here's Mel Brooks on the near-death of Blazing Saddles in his AV Club interview:

"I kept saying to all the other writers, 'Write anything you want. Write from the bottom of your heart. Write from your unconscious if you can get in there. Write everything you can, because this ain’t gonna get made, anyway.'…Leo Greenfield, who was in charge of distribution then, said, 'I’ve never said to anybody in this company, "Let’s eat this picture, just pay for it, eat it, never show it, because it would embarrass the company." I’m saying it now.' [Laughs.] He says, 'This is too embarrassing. We can’t release this picture.' So we were [...]

The Finally Screenings: I Just Watched Blazing Saddles For the First Time

In The Finally Screenings, Alden Ford is watching comedy classics that, because he grew up in a cave in Alaska, he’s never seen before. These are his takes on movies everyone else has seen before.

Over the weekend a friend of mine yelled at me for liking Wayne’s World but not Animal House. I didn’t know what to tell him. I’ll be the first to admit that the two aren’t really comparable – one is a critically acclaimed, groundbreaking film that spawned a genre and made a splash in the comedy world, and the other is a silly movie that makes me giggle alone in my apartment. Is [...]