I was nominated for the 5-Day Challenge this week by Charlotte but I am going to take it a step further - I will be satisfying all these challenges in one epic post of recommendations. So sit back, kick your feet up, and smoke'em if you got'em. It's about to get real recommendy up in here!
5 Day Recommendation Challenge:
Day 1: Recommend a 90s Comedy (TV or Movie)
If I were going to recommend a TV Comedy from the 90s, it would be Seinfeld (I say this as a man who has seen every episode of Seinfeld and Friends repeatedly though I loathe Friends with the disdain Yahweh felt when he shipped Lucifer to hell).
Recommending a 90s Comedy Movie gets a bit trickier if I am tasked with choosing just one. I am one of those old school Adam Sandler fans (yeah I said it, haters have a seat please). Sandler's comedies in the 90s were gold, every one of them (minus Going Overboard) - even the slightly sappy The Wedding Singer was hilarious. The two Adam Sandler movies that stand out to me as the best are Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. If you can watch these movies and not lose your shit multiple times, you may need a long, thorough massage and a stiff drink to loosen you up a bit (it's cool, we all get uptight sometimes).
If you really just can't stand Adam Sandler at all (I know you people exist), check out There's Something About Mary - perhaps one of the funniest movies of all time. "Is that...hair gel?"
Day 2: Recommend a Cult Movie
When I think of cult movies from the 90s that didn't explode onto the scene (like Tarantino's first two), only one movie comes to mind as a go-to recommendation for anyone who hasn't yet seen it - Army Of Darkness.
Sam Raimi's Army Of Darkness is actually the third movie of the Evil Dead trilogy that started in the 80s. It follows our hero, Ash (played by Bruce Campbell), from the cabin in the woods to medieval times. Army Of Darkness is filled with hilarious exchanges between stereotypical, one-dimensional medieval characters and a modern day man who finds himself trapped in time after his vacation in the woods takes a terrible turn (that persists for the first 2 movies, both excellent as well). If you haven't seen Army Of Darkness, do yourself a favor and find it, watch it, and cherish it. The movie's cult popularity has spawned a video game and, more recently, a TV Show that is slated to air later this year (Ash Vs The Evil Dead). Side note - anybody else notice how Duke Nuke'em pilfered some of his one-liners from Ash?
Day 3: Recommend a TV Series That Ended Before its Time
A TV Series that ended before its time that I enjoy immensely still to this day is Rocko's Modern Life. The silly wallaby named Rocko, complete with his dog Spunky, and friends Heffer and Filbert, was the perfect awkward nice guy in a weird world of subtle perversion and outright lunacy. Between the utterly ridiculous stories and the hilarious mesh of outrageous characters and spot-on sound effects, Rocko's Modern Life remains one of my favorite cartoons to this day. If you haven't watched Rocko (and you don't understand references to Wacky Deli or Conglomo, or "I'm nauseous" and "turn the page, wash your hands") you should probably take an evening off from life and watch the entire series (52 episodes). You won't be disappointed.
Day 4: Recommend a Movie That Got Critically Panned
I am not a person who puts much stock in what critics say. If someone has a different taste in movies than you, would you take his or her opinion on a movie as the definitive summation? For that reason, there have been a lot of good movies that have been critically panned. For this article, I am going to recommend you watch Scrooged with Bill Murray. Not only is Bill Murray hilarious (obviously), but this may be the funniest Christmas movie of all time (Christmas Vacation and Jingle All The Way are up there on my list too, but I digress). This modern adaptation of the story of Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas who haunt him on Christmas Eve is packed with hilarity. Murray plays a great Scrooge - an asshole that you can't help but love - as he is paraded through his past, present, and future by the most unique ghosts I have seen in this classic tale. Definitely worth a watch, especially if you are a fan of Christmas stories and/or Bill Murray.
Day 5: Recommend a Comic Book Movie (that isn't Marvel or DC)!
I am not a big fan of comic book movies. I really enjoyed Nolan's Batman trilogy, but other than that I have been unimpressed with the recent explosion of super hero movies being paraded out to the theaters every 6 months or whatever. So I had to do some research just to see what movies belong to which studios and came across a movie that everybody should have seen by now - the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I watched this movie so much on VHS growing up (yes, I realize some of you may not know what a VHS is) that I actually wore the tape out and had to get (have my parents buy) a new copy. This movie still makes me laugh today when I watch it with my own kids (who don't like it as much as I did, but what can ya do, right?) and it makes me wonder if there are still people who haven't seen it. If you haven't, and all you know of The Turtles is the TMNT cartoon nonsense and the Michael Bay produced recent remake (which wasn't too bad, had some funny parts), you should find a way to watch the original movie and give it a go. "Hey Donny, toss me a ninja slice!"
Besides being hilarious, this movie has one of my favorite endings of any "kids movie". I won't give too much away, but it was a pretty intense showdown with The Shredder on the rooftop followed up by a boss monologue from Master Splinter - something that really shines in the original over the ending in the most recent reboot.
So those are my recommendations as dictated by the list I was provided. Take it or leave it, but I suggest you watch'em all. Why the hell not? If you haven't seen these movies and you dig what I have to say, or you think you can gel with my taste in fiction, these are all must-see movies.
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