WILDsound’s Top 100 Comedy Movies of All-Time

“I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” — Ron Burgundy

Late last year the WILDsound organizers came out with the list of the 100 Greatest Comedy Movies of All-Time. And to make things even funner, there is a link review to each page on the site as well:

http://www.wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/comedy_movies.html

    Of course, any list like this is going to stir up a little debate. But the equation for coming up with the list is simple:

    1) Movie stands the test of time. Is funny when it came out. It’s funny now. And it’s going to be funny in 50 years.

    2) Has the best story within the guidelines of it being funny.

    3) Trendsetting. Movie that shook up the genre and set it on a different course. Future films have “borrowed” the plot points and situation-al comedy.

    4) Pop-Culture influence. When you keep hearing quotes from the film years after it came out, you know you can call is a masterpiece.

    5) Emotional moments. The film is funny of course, but there are also moments that make you feel deeply as well.

Put it all together and ANCHORMAN is the greatest comedy movie of all-time. And DR. STRANGELOVE is a very close second.

But take a look at the list and see if you agree or disagree. I’m sure many of your favorites are on the list, but many are not. There are 1000s of great comedies made, but we only could list 100.

Enjoy.

Thanks

Matthew

Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn’t that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned? – General “Buck” Turgidson

99th Top Baseball Movie of All-Time – BAD LIEUTENANT.

Again, is Bad Lieutenant a baseball movie? Read the Top 100 baseball movies of all-time list:

http://www.wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/baseball_movie.html

I’ll say yes because it’s the best portrayal of gambling on baseball. And the top 100 baseball movie list had to have at least one film on baseball and gambling because it has much more relevance for the popularity of the game than people perhaps realize. Everyday from April to October, you can make a bet on a baseball game and trust me many people do, which forces them to watch the game which increases the overall appeal and ratings of the game.

Bad Lieutenant is the movie that teaches you why you shouldn’t chase your bets when gambling on sports. Or, perhaps you shouldn’t gamble on sports at all!

As the main character (played brilliantly by Harvey Keitel) drives himself into complete destruction by overindulging on the mainstream addiction tri-fecta – drugs, alcohol and gambling, while also finding God as he attempts to find the man who raped a Nun; What holds the plot together is what will happen between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the phantom NLCS. If Keitel wins his bet, he will live. If he loses the bet, he’s not going to survive.

A film a bit ahead of its time as our main protagonist is a really bad guy. Hence the title. He’s very difficult to like. He’s pre-Tony Soprano and Walter White. But there is sometime fascinating about him as he tries to find meaning in his life, while we try to find it with him while watching.

A movie that’s mostly known for Keitel actually shooting up real Heroin in a scene. Some said that he was a true method actor, which is kind of BS as it is now documented that he did have a major drug problem while filming.

Read the review by Fredric Hammarlund

http://www.wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/bad_lieutenant.html

The 1000th Blog Post this week about Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning

As I prepare to watch this weekend’s NFL games, let’s talk about the whole Manning vs Brady debate – because I’m jumping on the blog bandwagon. This is officially the 1000th column/blog post about this debate. From Peter King, to Bill Simmons, to guy in parents basement, to me. Let the debate continue because that’s what we do.

In my lifetime, these are the two greatest quarterbacks and NFL players of all-time. And most of the debate centers on Peyton’s better overall numbers (TD passes, yards etc..) compared to Tom’s 3 Super Bowl rings to Manning’s 1.

The best way to break this down is what player do you want on your team? I’ll pick Peyton because he’s just so damn consistent. I’m not saying Tom isn’t, but I think his coaches have had the ability to get the best out of him, as Peyton seems to be great whomever his coaches would be.

With Peyton, you know what you’re going to get every single week and you still can’t stop him. Like Lombardi’s Packers of the 1960s, a system is in place and they are going to run the same plays with the same players over and over again because they practice them over and over again. It’s a master structure, like a great business. They have a product that’s good and they keep selling that product. As the cliche goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you get to the playoffs every year, then you’re doing something right.

With Tom, you have zero idea what the gameplan will be on any given week. I’m a Buffalo Bills fan and I watch the Patriots play my team twice a year, and every single time they play them, they have a new wrinkle in their system and a whole new way to beat us. Tom executes and seems to have that inner instinct to win. He gets it done. They work in the business structure of great marketing savvy. They are successful because they figure out how to beat the other team.

So there you have it. Tom has 3 Super Bowl rings, but you can argue that was a long time ago and in a different league. The Patriots figured out how to use the new salary cap era far sooner than the rest of the league and they piled up 3 Super Bowls by the time the rest of the league caught up. Since 2004, the Patriots you can argue have choked a bit in the big games.

Peyton only has 1, in a year (2006) that his defense really carried his team to the big win. Re-watch the Wildcard Game vs the Chief, the divisional game vs the Ravens, and the Super Bowl vs the Bears that year. Peyton is average at best and his defense really stepped up.

The argument is that Peyton is a great regular season QB, but chokes in the playoffs. That is true because his Colts team really underperformed in many playoff years. His 2005 team was just a brilliant team, but his coach’s son committed suicide a week before the playoffs started and they were a shell of themselves when they lost a heart breaker to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

So who wins? If Peyton gets one more Super Bowl ring and Tom retires at 3, then Peyton will be known at the greatest Quarterback of all-time. But he needs to get that 2nd ring.