Tag: Dr. Strangelove

My Movie List For July 4th

There’s something about July 4th that usually gets me feeling contrary. It feels like such an aggressive, bombastic holiday, demanding emotions from me that I refuse to feel simply because they’re demanded of me.

My response to it has been to counter-program it, in my own quiet way, by watching movies that air my grievances about my usually-better-in-theory-than-in-practice country of origin. (It’s very Festivus, I know.) I sometimes let this go when my country and I are on better terms, but as you may have noticed from recent posts, our relationship has become strained recently.

So here’s this year’s list, which I quite enjoyed.

  • The Pentagon Wars
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Network

I traditionally include All the President’s Men in this list, but I’ve been watching it too much lately.

So ends the airing of grievances. Now for the feats of strength.

What Are My Ten Favorite Film Comedies?

Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum listed his top movie comedies, prefacing the list by saying, “They say you can tell more about a person by what he laughs at than by what he cries at.” I’m not sure who “they” are, or if “they” are right, but I’ll list my top ten, in no particular order. Make of it what you will.

Top Secret!

Real Genius

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

A Shot In the Dark

Tropic Thunder

Life of Brian

Arsenic and Old Lace

Blazing Saddles

Trading Places

Bedazzled (Stanley Donen version)

It saddens me a bit that only one of these movies was made in the past twenty years. In that time, comedy has become mostly a creature of television. I’m sure that’s true for comedy fans in other countries as well.

Oh, well.

So now you know what makes me laugh. What makes you laugh?