Best SNL Movie

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Plus, they had to deal with Chevy's ego in S1.

Still, I think the current cast is one of the show's best.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I watched season 3 not too long ago (bought the DVD for the Sun Ra appearance alone, and it was totally worth it); most of it lives up to its reputation, but parts of it really really do not (one episode -- surprisingly, with Madeline Kahn as host -- was among the worst SNL episodes I'd ever seen). The pace was a lot less frenetic then, and that takes a little getting used to.

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

so glad there's finally a place on the internet where people can say SNL isnt as good as it used to be

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Albert Brooks' short films were great, too. Nice little bizarre non-sequiturs.

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Whiney, don't you have some fat white men ripping off black rappers to fawn over somewhere

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, the whole culture was less Ritalinized. (and more coked) It is, of course, the pace I'm used to. Still, the recent years' sketches have always felt endllllesssss to me. xxxp

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I agree that current SNL would greatly benefit from tighter/shorter sketches, leaving room for some of the most oddball ideas to make it to air.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

the current cast is top-notch and this season in particular has been up there with the best (albeit as undeniably spotty as ever

This might very well be true. I haven't even attempted it this year.

IMO one of the major problems with SNL in recentish years (even with a lot of the funniER stuff) is that the writers don't seem to know when a skit should end and just keep them going and going and beating a dead horse until what might have been funny becomes the farthest thing from it.

Shut up Whiney.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

just kidding!

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wrote that 10 mins ago before it was a x-post but then my computer froze so I guess I should have said x-post.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

the first season of SNL was much more of a variety show than a sketch comedy show -- there's a whole episode which basically consists of a simon and garfunkel reunion. i get the sense that a lot of the freshness of the early seasons comes from the fact that they weren't being pressured to be 'funny' every second and come up with a new irritating character/catchphrase every episode.

there's also a pretty funny sketch called 'citizen kane 2' where the original cast do a bang-up job imitating joseph cotten, et al.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

IMO one of the major problems with SNL in recentish years (even with a lot of the funniER stuff) is that the writers don't seem to know when a skit should end and just keep them going and going and beating a dead horse until what might have been funny becomes the farthest thing from it.

they kind of parodied this tendency in the '90s with that "you like-a the juice, eh?" sketch. at least, i always assumed it was a parody...

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

MACGRUBERRRRRRR, though I haven't seen Wayne's World in a long time and I've never seen Stuart

da croupier, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Blues Brothers, not so much for the lol comedy as for the music and the spectacle.

Aimless, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's a whole episode which basically consists of a simon and garfunkel reunion.

I think that's the third episode? I saw it this past Christmas. S&G's new single was huge at the time, and the cast were still unknowns, so obv they were biding their time in making it a full-bore sketch show for those reasons.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

John Landis's framing in Blue Brothers cuts off the dancers' feet. So much for musical spectacle.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone would describe Blues Brothers as "a well-crafted film".

Aimless, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

But the competition in this poll is pretty weak, I gotta say, and BB is at least entertaining.

Aimless, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here's what should happen in an ideal world to tighten up SNL: Lorne Michaels continues to produce, but in a mostly hands-off role. The writers are given more leeway and allowed to generate material outside of the current insane hours they're expected to keep. Hosts (most of them, anyway) are allowed much less input into the creative process. No more rewriting or pulling sketches between dress and air (aside from anything improvisational/somewhat dependent upon surprise rewrites, like Stefon). Intense scrutiny is applied in deciding which bits can legitimately sustain recurrence. A broader range of material is brought into play (like the more dramatic film work they used to do)... And then the ratings plummet after Joe Lunchpail slowly realizes that the fart jokes have gone away.

Gregor Samsung (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lol @ that sketch. Maybe SNL is just good for when you are a teenage kid or in the chemically-altered mindset thereof. I don't think I would want to watch it sober.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

'that sketch' being "You like-ah the juice!"

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

the first season of SNL was much more of a variety show than a sketch comedy show

For real. It's weird looking back to realize that the cast wasn't individually named in the opening credits until about halfway through the season. For a while there, they held roughly the same status as the Fly Girls.

Gregor Samsung (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish they had done a "Toonces the driving cat" movie!!

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

also "you like-ah the juice" and "makin' copies" sketches were hilarious!! <3 rob

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^ target demographic

Aimless, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's a whole episode which basically consists of a simon and garfunkel reunion

I would watch a movie based on this.

Marilyn Hagerty: the terroir of tiny town (Abbbottt), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Esp. if Art Garf was also the moose he played in this episode of Arhur:

Marilyn Hagerty: the terroir of tiny town (Abbbottt), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

WAIT it's THIS EPISODE

Marilyn Hagerty: the terroir of tiny town (Abbbottt), Friday, 23 March 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Blues Brothers in a walk.

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

kind of genuinely can't understand why anyone would find 'blues brothers' funnier than 'wayne's world,' unless you think car chases are just inherently funny.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted for Blues Bros, and basically because of so many scenes without Jake or Elwood.

• John Candy
• The Good Ol' Boys up in the windows at the top of the camper.
• Carrie Fisher
• Ray Charles with a gun
• That lone SWAT team member going hut-hut-hut all by himself.

Yeah, I'm about done with "Your daughters! How much for your daughters!" or the Mission from God lines. But there are too many other silly things that I watch for.

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp They are when you use real cars, and literally pile up dozens of them on real city streets, and completely destroy an actual shopping mall in real life.

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Funny? Yeah. Awesome? Even moreso.

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

"The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year!"

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kinda interesting in sitting back and reading you Chicagoans love/hate with this movie.

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.avclub.com/articles/blues-brothers-briefcase-full-of-blues,70668/

In 1980, Aretha Franklin’s career was at its lowest ebb. As late-’60s and early-’70s soul gave way to disco and a new generation of pop stars, Franklin’s declining fortunes on the charts threatened to resign her to permanent has-been status. It seems inconceivable now, as she’s rightfully considered a living legend, a national treasure, and Our Best Living American Pop Singer. But by the end of the ’70s, Franklin’s fan base had eroded so badly that she couldn’t even get a record deal. After 1979’s La Diva failed to remake her image as a disco starlet, Franklin’s long-time label Atlantic—the place where she entered her prime as the defining female singer of her generation with 1967’s I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You—allowed her contract to expire. That same year, her father, C.L. Franklin was shot during an armed robbery of his home, and subsequently spent the next five years in a coma, prompting his daughter to leave L.A. and return home to Detroit. Franklin’s career seemed similarly incapacitated as the new decade dawned.

Given her lack of marquee value, Franklin was especially fortunate to be invited to participate in one of 1980’s biggest movies, the $32 million comedy-action-musical The Blues Brothers. Franklin wasn’t the only soul-music luminary from a bygone era invited to participate in the film—James Brown and Ray Charles also were granted their highest-profile gigs in years, along with even older blues and jazz stars like John Lee Hooker and Cab Calloway. But Franklin ended up stealing the show from all of them, turning in a show-stopping performance of “Think”—from 1968’s Aretha Now, which was out of print when The Blues Brothers was released—and incredibly, reviving her career in the process. Clive Davis signed Franklin to Arista Records in the film’s wake, and with 1982’s Jump To It, she returned to the top of the R&B albums chart, setting the stage for a successful decade that shored up her legacy once and for all. 

In short, fuck Whiney.

jpattzlovevampz 2 hours ago (Phil D.), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

My step-dad's from Chicago, and whenever we'd watch this movie, he'd be all "There's no way they could get from Skokie to Forest Park that fast!"

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean

jpattzlovevampz 2 hours ago (Phil D.), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

My biggest complaint – and I've mentioned this elsewhere – is classic rock's inclination to play the Blues Bros version of "Soul Man", but not Sam & Dave's.

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

why would classic rock radio play sam & dave?

technicolor yawn (n/a), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why would they play John Belushi?

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's just weird Boomer nonsense. Someone threw the Blues Bros out there in testing and the damn thing stuck.

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

The highlights of that film come from Aretha, Cab Calloway (who they KEEP CUTTING AWAY FROM during "Minnie the Moocher") and veteran Jerry Lewis associate Kathleen Freeman as "The Penguin."

Belushi's prime physical tool was his eyes, and they're behind shades for all but one scene.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

re Aretha: James Brown's career was also in the crapper at that point. perhaps not as bad as Aretha's, but a far cry from where he was even during the early 1970s.

My biggest complaint – and I've mentioned this elsewhere – is classic rock's inclination to play the Blues Bros version of "Soul Man", but not Sam & Dave's.

OTM ... as o_O as the gray-ponytailed-Boomer-blues lot can be, at least some of them appreciate the real stuff as opposed to the Blues Bros. crap (even if they sound more like the Blues Brothers than Sam & Dave when they try to play r&b in the clubs).

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just did some research and finally figured out that the old Blues Brothers Bar in Chicago turned into the bar (Corcoran's) I used to go to alla the time. I knew it was one of the bars around Piper's Alley. Cool beans. </stuffonlychicagoansarelikelytocareabout>

Naughty By Nurture (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Cool because of who used to hang out there, not really because of the Blues Brothers per se.)

Naughty By Nurture (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I probably drew 500 pages worth of dumb serial comics between 4-7 grades based on goofy shit from the Blues Bros.

Those Good Ol' Boys riding up on top really stuck with me for some reason.

pplains, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

The "I hate Illinois Nazis" scene was based on a rally that happened a block from my house. I stood outside and watched throngs of people (fortunately anti-Nazi demonstrators) walking to the park where the rally took place. I really wanted to go and throw eggs at the Nazis, but my mom would let me (probably a good idea, since I was only seven).

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

My favorite moment in the "Think" clip the Phil posted is when the cook takes off his hair net and shakes his long jazz hair. "I see I'm needed up front. Hey, a job's a job."

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink


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