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Blu-ray Catch-up 05/20

(posted in blog)

Welcome to the next segment in my ongoing stream-of-consciousness reviews of my physical media movie collection as I slowly rip them to my Plex server and re-watch them all. Going to keep things short and sweet.

And Now For Something Completely Different

This movie is essentially a “greatest hits” album from the Flying Circus TV show. Stand-out moments for me are the Lumberjack song (obviously), the wink-wink-nudge-nudge guy, and the twit race at the end. I remembered the dead parrot skit being funnier, it kind of fell flat this re-watch. Still all around a hilarious movie and a good way to introduce people to Monty Python.

The Meaning of Life

This took everything that Completely Different did well and magnified it by a hundred. The production values are higher, the transitions between skits are smoother, and there are incredible song and dance numbers. It also contains my favorite comedy skit of all time.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

My wife, kids, and I watched this whole series for the first time, two or three episodes per day.

Best. Show. Ever.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey

I moved these up my priority list when I discovered that a third movie in this franchise is coming out later this year.

The first movie was derided in reviews when it came out as having un-funny gags, being historically inaccurate, and glorifying stupidity. To those reviewers I say: OK boomer. You elitist relics were and are the reason everyone rightfully thinks that movie critics are a bunch of elitist douchebags. These glorious works of art have not only stood the test of time, they show us a present and future that could have existed if only we hadn’t decided to glorify stupidity. Can anyone honestly say that the world today is in a better place than the future depicted in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? That these movies, whose primary and oft-stated message is simply for people to be excellent to each other and party on dudes, somehow glorifies stupidity in a way that isn’t eclipsed a million times over by a reality in which we elect some of the objectively stupidest human beings to the highest offices in the world? Fuck no. And fuck everyone who ever had a bad word to say about Bill and Ted, two of the most wholesome and bodacious characters to ever grace our cultural zeitgeist. I love both of these movies and am stoked as hell that we’re getting another entry in the franchise.

Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove

I have the Stanley Kubrick ultimate Blu-ray collection and watched the first three movies from it back to back. They’re all really good. Re-watching Dr. Strangelove was probably the most enjoyable, but seeing the scenes in Spartacus with huge armies, knowing that they were actual armies of real people and not just copy-pasted CGI like they would be were this movie produced today made it so much more enjoyable to me. I hadn’t seen Lolita before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I liked the characters and story so much that I’ve added the book it was based on to my reading list.

Tremors

Still holds up as one of the greatest monster-horror comedies of all time. I’ve also ripped but not yet watched the next five movies from the franchise, none of which I’ve seen before. I’ll watch those and likely comment in a future article. I have no idea what kind of quality to expect from those.

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