Short stories and essays by Shaun Costello, as well as excerpts from manuscripts in progress.

The Ten Funniest Films I Can Think Of At This Moment

 

THE PRODUCERS

Well, of course.

http://www.reelzchannel.com/movie/171868/the-producers/

 

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

 

 

Mel Brooks rates a second. Pound for pound, more tasteless laughs per minute than any film ever made.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOPTriLG5cU

THE LOVED ONE

Tony Richardson – 1965

  The tag line was, “Something to offend everyone”. Scathingly tasteless, and recklessly hilarious screenplay by Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood. And yes, Liberace is priceless – So is Rod Steiger as Mr. Joyboy, who’s saving up for Mom’s big tub.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62FuWtAvNpo

 

MY FAVORITE YEAR

Dick Benjamin – 1982

A Personal favorite. You had to be there, and you had to know that Errol Flynn really did appear on the Sid Caesar show a year before his death, which is what the story is loosely based on. And you had to have a special appreciation for Sid Caesar, who played the saxophone at my parent’s wedding.

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/index.jsp?cid=32119

 

THE WRONG BOX

Bryan Forbes – 1966

Hey, it made me laugh a lot. I’ll bet most of you have never even heard of this. Find it – it’s out there. You’ll thank me. Or, maybe not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsLmhwZu6LQ

 

THE LADY KILLERS

Alexander MacKendrick – 1955

So many brilliant, zany comedies from Britain’s Ealing Studios in the Forties and Fifties, and this is the best of the lot.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoPaqgKWWv0 

OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU

The Coen boys – 2000

The Odyssey, a comedy? Yeah! Did the Sirens really turn John Turturro into a toad? Does it matter? It’s a smoldering gag that builds over maybe eight minutes, until you wet your pants. Funny, funny stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1C2gCXo4Gs

 

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

Preston Sturges – 1941

You can’t do a list like this without including Sturges’ take on things funny, and this is his funniest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGQem7F_FAg

 

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, WORLD

Stanley Kramer – 1963

I know, it’s corny, and looking a bit dated and long in the tooth these days, and I don’t think much of Stanley Kramer, but look who’s in it – everybody! More comedic talent crammed into one mad chase farce than, well – anything else.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH4nVMJEopU

 

AIRPLANE

 

Jim Abrahams, and those Zucker boys – 1980

Last but not least. Well, something had to be tenth, and why not Airplane. I thought about Caddyshack, but no, it’s Airplane.  Look who’s flying the thing. And it’s even got Harriet Nelson. You can simply listen from another room, and it’s still funny. You can’t not laugh at this. It’s irresistible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaXvFT_UyI8

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