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The Ten Best Scenes from Mel Brooks Movies


Mel Brooks has been getting a lot of love lately. Recently, the AFI gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award. PBS aired an American Masters episode about him. Last December, HBO aired a lengthy interview with him. This type of attention is well-deserved for a man who contributed so much to the world of comedy in his lifetime. He was the right man at the right time- a brilliant mind, unafraid to cross the line, and he dabbled in rich parodies of pop culture in an age that embraced that type of humor. Here are the ten best Mel Brooks scenes. Continue reading


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The 10 Best Drunk Sequences in Movies

You’ve seen it countless times before–the drunk montage. Nobody really knows where it began. It was certainly present in the 1940s, and it may even go back to the German Expressionist era of the 1920s and 1930s. A character gets annihilated and then stumbles around town late at night often on rain-soaked streets. All the while, neon signs for seedy establishments float in the air, superimposed behind the drunkard, implying the sheer insanity of their evening. The drunk sequence has evolved over the years, with films from a variety of genres absorbing it as their own. Here are the 10 best. Continue reading


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Icons of Comedy: Mel Brooks

I’m starting a new series called “Icons of…”, in which I’ll shine the spotlight on a hero of two of my favorite genres–comedy and horror. Historically, both genres have given us directors and especially actors whose careers embody all of the things that make those genres so great. Today, I’ll focus on one of comedy’s true titans, Mel Brooks. Continue reading


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100 More Things I Love About the Movies

When I passed the 100,000 hit marker in November, I honored the event with what became one of my most popular entries- 100 Things I Love About the Movies. As it turns out, my odometer recently rolled over another milestone- the 200,000 hit marker. As logic follows, I’m due for another stroll down 100 Things Avenue. So without further ado, here are 100 More Things I Love About the Movies: Continue reading


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