Bill Hader always compelling Barry I can confirm.That show may have represented his breakout performance, but even before that, he had had a solid run as a writer and actor, finding fame by appearing on saturday night live Eight years from 2005 to 2013. Tropic Thunder When super bad.
In addition to being a prolific writer and actor, Bill Hader also seems to be a huge movie fan. He compiled a list called “The 200 Must-Have Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See,” and given his success as a comedy writer, it’s safe to assume Hader is credible on the topic. , some of the most underrated comedies on the list, and a famous classic ( Ghost Busters When blazing saddle) and various underrated gems in the comedy genre.
“Little Murders” (1971)
Little Murders is a really weird movie, and calling it a simple comedy would do it a disservice, and could also be misleading to those who want something easily digestible. It follows a young man who faces a series of misadventures after being shot by a sniper for unknown reasons.
A paranoid film about a bleak, crime-filled world, but using its premise and dark setting for black comedy rather than thrill or horror. That’s not to say it can’t be a suspenseful, even terrifying movie, but it plays into many of comedy’s darkest moments, making it a tough one for everyone. After going through something quirky, it’s a watch well worth the money for comedy fans.
“Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977)
Sketch comedy is a difficult genre to represent well in film. Most sketch comedy movies contain about 80-100 minutes of skits, where each scene is essentially its own comedy short film. So it’s no surprise that sketch comedy becomes inconsistent when it’s pulled to length, and the same goes for movies. Kentucky Fried movie.
It is a comedy full of ideas that switches every 2 to 3 minutes. Some individual skits are very funny, while others fail completely. Still, it’s worth the good stuff (like an infomercial parody or an extended courtroom sketch) and appeals to fans as well. plane When naked gungiven that it is from the same author.
“The Court Jester” (1955)
classic comedy/musical/adventure/romance movies, court jester It still stands as one of the most underrated comedy films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. It’s a farce movie set in the Middle Ages about a singer/performer who goes undercover as a corrupt royal court jester to aid freedom fighters who want the king’s ouster.
Despite the high-stakes storyline, there are few serious moments court jesterinstead focusing on comedy, songs, and even a few over-the-top action sequences. It makes for a very entertaining movie throughout its runtime.
“Horse Feathers” (1932)
there are many marx brothers Movies featured in Bill Hader’s list of 200 must-see movies for comedy writers to see, horse feather The most underrated of the many.although not so famous duck soup Also a day at the racesit’s still just as funny and worthy of any comedy fan’s time.
A college president hires two professional soccer players to help the college win its next big game. But really, the plot exists as an excuse for the Marx Brothers to rampage in a college setting, all leading to a big slapstick-heavy football match at the climax. , despite being over 90, is holding up well.
Heist movies about a group of robbers who are too incompetent to pull off a robbery, Ladykillers A hilarious mix of crime and comedy. The robbers in question borrow property from a kind old lady who unknowingly sabotages their every move. Things go from bad to worse when they try to take her out, followed naturally by overdone comedic violence.
It is rare for a movie with such a large number to become a comedy, Ladykillers A textbook example of how to make a dark crime comedy work. So it’s easy to see why Hader included it on the list. It’s impeccably written and paced to hold up well after all these decades (and still, coen brothers Messier 2004 remake).
“One, Two, Three” (1961)
Like the Marx Brothers, Billy Wilder A director on Bill Hader’s list, apartment When ace in the hole Featured. But Wilder’s most underrated comedy of the 200 is probably his 1961 film. one two Three,starring James Cagney in one of his rather rare non-gangster roles.
Like apartment (released a year ago), it also follows a man (named CR MacNamara) who is obsessed with getting a promotion and agrees to take care of his boss’s rebellious daughter to increase his chances. Things get complicated when my daughter falls communist in Berlin. McNamara wants to keep away from his superiors at all costs, leading to much farce and an enlightening look at the political world of the 1960s. It was at its peak.
Steven Spielberg Best known for his contributions to the science fiction genre, action films and historical dramas.in the meantime 1941 It technically has a historical setting (as the title suggests), but it’s certainly not drama. Because it takes a very eccentric approach to World War II. A submarine appears offshore.
Things quickly turned chaotic, 1941 A slapstick comedy on a grand scale. It has a huge cast and numerous moving parts…arguably too many, but it still stands as a clear and memorable entry in Spielberg’s filmography. Despite its imperfections, it is considerably underestimated given that many of the are also functional.
“Modern Romance” (1981)
modern romance It takes the realistic rom-com premise familiar to many who have seen a Woody Allen movie and arguably makes it better. It follows a volatile and often improbable film editor who spends the rest of the film struggling over whether it was the right choice.
It’s a grimly cynical take on dating and relationships that can make viewers squirm as much as it makes them laugh (if not more). Albert Brooks He co-wrote, directed, and starred in the film, creating a compelling yet frustrating protagonist that viewers thankfully only have to spend 93 minutes on.
“Our Hospitality” (1923)
Buster Keaton An early master of comedy cinema, he starred in numerous silent films that have come to be recognized as early classics. our hospitality It focuses more on romantic comedies than on Keaton’s famous action comedies. generalbut it’s a charming old comedy that turns 100 in 2023.
It follows a young man and a young woman who are in love, but their two families are at odds, which naturally causes problems. our hospitality as a very lighthearted take on the core premise of Romeo and Julietbut thankfully there is far more physical comedy than murder and tragedy.
“Three Amigos!” (1986)
Three amigos! Given that it’s a comedic take, there’s a premise you’ve probably seen before Magnificent Sevenwhich itself was a Western take on seven samuraiIt follows three entertainers who play cowboys but are mistaken for real and are hired to protect a Mexican village where the townsfolk are being attacked by very real bandits.
A fun mashup of western and comedy. Steve Martin, Martin ShortWhen chevy chase It makes for a strong comedy trio. Filled with goofy humor, silly songs, and even some classic western shootouts, it’s become a fun 1980s comedy for him that deserves its status as a cult classic. .
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