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#3 Funny Movies

Saturday, September 08, 2018

My friend and I are starting a monthly movie club at our town library. The plan is to introduce the film, then watch it, then discuss it. We will both have to read up on what we should discuss about the film - in terms of its technical aspects, for example. Luckily, there are people living in our town who are in the film making business, and we hope to tap into their expertise.

For the first year of the club, we plan to show funny movies. We will start with movies from way back, maybe in the 30's or 40's, and move on up to the present. (Of course, since we are meeting monthly, we won't get to show more than 9 or 10 movies in total.)

The idea is to discuss what was considered humorous back then and compare it with today's humor in movies. It should make for some interesting discussions. I think some topics that were considered funny years ago could be 'politically incorrect' today.

So, we are both making lists of humorous movies. And what fun THAT is! The internet has many lists of the 100 funniest movies of all time - created by different groups, from movie reviewers, to people who are in the movie business.

Here are some movies that made me laugh out loud (at the time):

1958--Auntie Mame
1959--Some Like it Hot
1964--A Shot in the Dark (Part of the Pink Panther series with Peter Sellers. I laughed at most of those movies.)
1968--The Odd Couple
1971--The Hospital
1978--Animal House
1979--The In-laws
1984--Beverly Hills Cop
1988--Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
1991--City Slickers
2000--Best in Show

I am looking forward to enjoying some of these movies again. (We'll see if I have the same reaction that I had when I first saw them.)

On that topic, I remember years ago telling my two sons how SCARY Alfred Hitchcock's shower stabbing scene was in the movie, Psycho. I remember people in the theater screaming out loud when it was shown. So one night, we all sat down to watch it on our television. When that scene came - it was very anti-climactic -- and not scary at all any more. It seems that given all the graphically violent movies made since Psycho, we had all become conditioned to require more than just loud music and blood going down the drain to get us scared. Interesting!

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