CC Joe didn't get it but I maintain it was an excellent movie adaptation of the reoccurring SNL skit. Everyone is in the damn thing (Farley, Spade, Aykroyd who also helped write it, Jane Curtain, Phil Hartman, Jason Alexander, Michael McKean, Adam Sandler, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold and Sinbad, among others) not that that gives it credibility but I thought the script was exceptional and it had the most important quality for a comedy, EVERY SCENE WAS FUNNY. I hate comedies that try to develop a plot while not being funny, they're comedies for cryin' out loud. I really believe that most folks had a preconceived notion that the movie was going to follow Hollywood's tendency to rush to market with a hasty attempt to cash in but like someone else pointed out, most folks didn't even remember Coneheads from SNL when the movie came out. Oh well, can't please 'em all.
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I can not remember which documentary they were talking about, Bowling or Farenheit, but Moore once talked about praise he received from some dirctors or actors: the praise was something along the lines of 'it is a good MOVIE' that was the praise he appreciated the most, Moore said.
I will wait for the DVD with extras for Sicko.
anyway, GRTUD reminded me of another fucking amazing film:
that shit was one of the best! that DVD with the extras, (collectors edition?) I have. nice out takes, and better commentary / interviews.
Harold ramis can do no wrong, teamed up with Ackroyd and Murray -- (Stripes!) he is a comic genious.
recently I finally saw Orange County, in which Ramis has a really good part as the dean of admissions. funny as hell, as was Jack Black.
I really want to see this movie. I may actually wait 'till it comes out on DVD due to tight funds presently and my hunch I'll want it for my collection. You did a great job of characterizing the movie in light of Moore's partisan tendencies goffchile, although I've yet to see it in person. I've loved and hated Moore's work over the years but when I saw the series "The Aweful Truth" I realized he was more than a left wing advocate. I also thought "Bowling for Columbine" was excellent, although it came out a little to soon in relation to the actual tragedy, which I felt was a little self serving ($$$$). Making people think is a difficult and thankless job, for the most part, not to mention hurting people's feelings in the process.
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I saw Sicko last night and it was pretty good--Moore's best film Roger and Me and possibly his best yet. It is not nearly as partisan as Farenheit 9/11 in that it doesn't specifically target Republicans or any particular politician but is mostly focused on insurance companies. The main thrust of the film is to point out the costly (in terms of money and human life) irrationalities of our medical and childcare systems and offer reasonable alternatives that work for other countries. The countries that he uses as examples are Canada, England, and France and the differences are pretty stark in terms of cost, priorities of health care institutions, and patient care/satisfaction.
The most basic thing is that in these countries the patient's method of payment or ability to pay is not an an issue for the health care professional, the health maintenance organization, or the patient, but in the US it is always an issue. Secondly, in other countries, health care organizations and professionals have incentives (in terms of bonuses, etc) to provide the best care possible, in terms of immediate care and preventative care, whereas in the United States the incentives pertain to cost containment and to underwriting the profit margins of insurance and pharmacutical companies. The most telling examples were of doctors who worked for iinsurance companies that are basically paid large fees to deny claims. Moore also disabuses the viewer of the oft stated notion that "socialized medicine" is a bureaucratic mess in comparison to the US system--may I introduce you to an HMO?
The movie has some trademark Moore "stunts"--him taking 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba to receive heatlth care--which I am sure will draw fire from his critics, but for the most part the movie just lets the people tell their own stories with some light narration from Moore.
"we got both kinds of music here, country and western..."
" you want i should scrape the bugs offa your windshield?"
"one condom, slightly used..."
steven speilberg had a small cameo as did joe walsh...
"lot's of space in this mall."
crash sounds / glass breaking
'new oldsmobiles are in early this year'
'this place has got everything'
Jake and Elwood...another fine classic....'We're on a mission from God'......
There are a ton that must be watched everytime they are on the boob tube....I was in High School during the late 70's/early 80's, so Dazed and Confused is one that I love. That movie is very true to life! The setting was just slightly before my time, but still...I can relate whole heartedly!!
Chic Flicks....has to be The Notebook....is there such a thing as love like that? LOL Other fine classics that must be watched:
All the Vacation Movies
Anything Rodney Dangerfield (Easy Money, Caddy Shack, Back to School)
Anything MOB...must be the italian in me (The Godfather, Goodfellas, Mobsters)
Where's my TV guide??? :P
Blues Brothers was a great movie. (the first one)
a wonderful collection of soul/blues greats with plenty of car chases.
"The highway is for gamblers, you'd better use your sense. Take what you have gathered from coincidence"
i thought it was pretty funny with beldar singing tainted love...hollywood has a horrible habit of ruining decent SNL skits, night at the roxybury, PAT, coneheads,blue brothers,...christ if belushi were still alive they probably would've pitched a samuri something movie or the greek restaurant...i thought that coneheads came out when no one would remember who the coneheads were...though lauraine newman sometimes wore a skull and roses T-shirt, lets not forget that...