The Frisco Kid: A Solid Western Comedy

The Frisco Kid is a solid Western comedy following an immigrant rabbi and the bank robber who befriends him along the journey. After watching both Blazing Saddles and Jews of the Wild West, The Frisco Kid feels like appropriate viewing. It’s quite a different film from the Mel Brooks comedy. While this film may be a comedy, it feels more true to the Western experience. I mean, just watch Jews of the Wild West and…

"The Frisco Kid: A Solid Western Comedy"

Blazing Saddles: One of the Best Comedies Ever

Blazing Saddles, the 1974 film starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, is one of the best comedies ever made in the history of cinema. “You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know…morons.” – Jim the Waco Kid. Mel Brooks movies are among the films that I watch when battling depression. While I almost opted to watch The Producers,…

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Timothée Chalamet, Willy Wonka, and Roald Dahl

Timothée Chalamet was recently announced to star in a Willy Wonka origin story based on works from the antisemitic Roald Dahl. Is this film really necessary? I’ll dive into my thoughts of the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, shortly. But before I do, let me talk about some of the other recent projects originating from Roald Dahl works. When I first watched Steven Spielberg’s The BFG in 2016, many of us were just learning about Dahl’s antisemitic…

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The Producers: Mel Brooks Classic Gets New Blu-ray

The Producers gets a new Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and while the laughs are still there, the bonus features fall short of previous editions. While the film isn’t being released in 4K Ultra HD, this version is a 4K restoration. The bonus features are a bit different from Shout! Factory’s 2013 collector’s edition. The key difference being a Playhouse outtake substitutes for Mel and His Movies: The Producers. Since the Shout! Blu-ray is now unavailable,…

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The Producers: One Of The Best Comedies Ever

Mel Brooks’ feature directorial debut starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, The Producers, is one of the best comedies of all-time. When producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) learns from accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) that he can turn flops into money-makers, it changes everything.  Hysterics ensue for a solid hour and a half.  There’s nothing more to say about the plot.  Mostly, this is because the film is over 50 years old.  You know what…

"The Producers: One Of The Best Comedies Ever"