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2019-04-20 2:43:16 PM  
Absolutely one of the best movies ever made
 
2019-04-20 2:46:48 PM  
Really? Really, Nathan J. Roberson? A think piece about UHF?

REALLY?
 
2019-04-20 2:49:42 PM  
I love UHF dearly, but that dude is stretching in ways a yoga instructor would never endorse.
 
2019-04-20 3:09:36 PM  
"Weird Al" Yankovic - UHF
Youtube NUi926ses94
 
2019-04-20 3:14:05 PM  
Movie was filmed in Tulsa and Sand Springs during the summer of 1988. Friends and I would be extras in the movie, and a bunch of the smaller parts were filled by local actors that I know. The rubics cube guy was the dad of one of my classmates. I just remember driving out to Sand Springs where they were filming the final act, and it was about midnight, and Weird Al, Fran Dresher(before she was big), Victoria Jackson(before she go weird), and Michael Richards(pre Seinfield) were all walking around the place.
 
2019-04-20 3:45:19 PM  
STUPID!! YOU'RE SO STUPID!!!
 
2019-04-20 5:35:32 PM  
Here's Weird Al doing one of his early parodies in 1979. Nearly 50 years later he is still going strong. Love that guy:

Weird Al Yankovic - 1979 - My Bologna
Youtube C4_G7HHJ0GE
 
2019-04-20 5:36:50 PM  
Supplies!
Youtube RB2GboGOuTI
 
2019-04-20 5:38:33 PM  
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2019-04-20 5:38:59 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/RB2GboGO​uTI]


Oh goddaammiiitttttttt
 
2019-04-20 5:39:20 PM  
Kudos to subby and the author. It's difficult to find examples of teamwork saving the day in cinema.
/s
 
2019-04-20 5:39:54 PM  
I like the idea of Victoria Jackson having been in a film that promotes socialism. It's the best use of actor I've heard since Kevin Sorbo had to spend half of Andromeda speaking in liberal humanist platitudes.
 
2019-04-20 5:44:01 PM  
There aren't a whole lot of movies I have paid to see more than once.

I paid to see UHF twice in the same day.

I saw it with my neighbor in the dorm at the matinee showing, and we had most of the guys on our hall back to see it with us that night.
 
2019-04-20 5:47:29 PM  
Since that film came out I have never spent a single day without a quality spatula.
Thank you, Weird Al.
 
2019-04-20 5:48:28 PM  
UHF?! May I remind you that Current Affairs is a news organization that should be competing with other news organizations...Not waxing philosophic about some punks, making movies in a closet!

...And take that ridiculous thing off!
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2019-04-20 5:49:15 PM  

BullBearMS: There aren't a whole lot of movies I have paid to see more than once.

I paid to see UHF twice in the same day.

I saw it with my neighbor in the dorm at the matinee showing, and we had most of the guys on our hall back to see it with us that night.


I took my younger brother, and his friend, who was the younger brother of one of my best friends.  Including the three of us, there were about 12 people in the theater, and the usher looked surprised when we had tickets to UHF, instead of some other hit movie, but we had a blast.
 
2019-04-20 5:51:19 PM  
When my girlfriend told me UHF was one of her favorite movies I knew I found the right person.
 
2019-04-20 5:51:24 PM  

Alphax: BullBearMS: There aren't a whole lot of movies I have paid to see more than once.

I paid to see UHF twice in the same day.

I saw it with my neighbor in the dorm at the matinee showing, and we had most of the guys on our hall back to see it with us that night.

I took my younger brother, and his friend, who was the younger brother of one of my best friends.  Including the three of us, there were about 12 people in the theater, and the usher looked surprised when we had tickets to UHF, instead of some other hit movie, but we had a blast.


Same summer as some of the biggest blockbusters of the 80s, right? Batman, Last Crusade, and wasn't there even a Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon sequel in there, too? Never got a fair shake, not by a long shot.
 
2019-04-20 5:54:53 PM  

GoodDoctorB: Alphax: BullBearMS: There aren't a whole lot of movies I have paid to see more than once.

I paid to see UHF twice in the same day.

I saw it with my neighbor in the dorm at the matinee showing, and we had most of the guys on our hall back to see it with us that night.

I took my younger brother, and his friend, who was the younger brother of one of my best friends.  Including the three of us, there were about 12 people in the theater, and the usher looked surprised when we had tickets to UHF, instead of some other hit movie, but we had a blast.

Same summer as some of the biggest blockbusters of the 80s, right? Batman, Last Crusade, and wasn't there even a Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon sequel in there, too? Never got a fair shake, not by a long shot.


I've tried for years to remember what movie nearly everyone else was going to see, but I can't remember.
 
2019-04-20 5:55:04 PM  
One small question, you Honah: How, in a country that is allegedly a democracy, is the idea of egalitarian society a radical concept?

#fauxmocracy
 
2019-04-20 5:55:33 PM  
It's certainly an argument against media consolidation.
 
2019-04-20 5:58:32 PM  
Family Guy - "You can have the boat or the 'mystery box'"
Youtube yZpIog7e-R4
 
2019-04-20 6:06:43 PM  
And here we see the rare cross-posting of the Entertainment and Politics tabs in action. Let's see how it goes...
 
2019-04-20 6:06:50 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/RB2GboGO​uTI]


It took me an embarrassingly long time for me to get that joke....
 
2019-04-20 6:07:16 PM  
"Raul's Wild Kingdom" was the funniest scene in that movie. RIP Trinidad Silva.
 
2019-04-20 6:08:23 PM  
I hate articles that view every movie through the lens of their particular political filter. This article is about a socialist's interpretation of UHF, but the libertarians are the most insufferable at it.

"Ghostbusters is really about the struggle of intrepid entrepreneurs against draconian government regulations..."

/UHF is a great comedy
//don't try to see it as anything other than a stock 80s "save the cultural building/community center/skateboard park/ski lodge/carwash/clock tower/etc against the big mean corporation" plot.
 
2019-04-20 6:09:35 PM  

Alphax: I've tried for years to remember what movie nearly everyone else was going to see, but I can't remember.


It never stood a chance:

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2019-04-20 6:10:10 PM  
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2019-04-20 6:11:09 PM  
Also, one fantastic tidbit is when Weird Al wrote "Dare to be Stupid", he first asked Mark Mothersbaugh if it was OK to do a DEVO parody track. When completed: 

In an interview on VH1's Behind the Music, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically."
 
2019-04-20 6:12:26 PM  

Don't Lag Me Bro: Here's Weird Al doing one of his early parodies in 1979. Nearly 50 years later he is still going strong. Love that guy:


I hope your predication is true, time traveler
 
2019-04-20 6:17:39 PM  

Ishkur: I hate articles that view every movie through the lens of their particular political filter. This article is about a socialist's interpretation of UHF, but the libertarians are the most insufferable at it.

"Ghostbusters is really about the struggle of intrepid entrepreneurs against draconian government regulations..."

/UHF is a great comedy
//don't try to see it as anything other than a stock 80s "save the cultural building/community center/skateboard park/ski lodge/carwash/clock tower/etc against the big mean corporation" plot.


Not only that, but it's also a "My unique and quirky talent is actually special" movie that is both a staple and a pox
 
2019-04-20 6:18:33 PM  
Either Weird Al is just a genuinely good guy or has entertainment's best PR cover-up team in place.  Over 40 years in the business and you never hear a bad thing about the guy.
 
2019-04-20 6:19:38 PM  

Porous Horace: Since that film came out I have never spent a single day without a quality spatula.
Thank you, Weird Al.


A few weeks ago I told the kids we were going to spatula city because I could not find ours for pancakes. I had them believing it until one of them played the commercial on YouTube.
 
2019-04-20 6:24:53 PM  

Znuh: Also, one fantastic tidbit is when Weird Al wrote "Dare to be Stupid", he first asked Mark Mothersbaugh if it was OK to do a DEVO parody track. When completed: 

In an interview on VH1's Behind the Music, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically."


Al got permission from everyone before he parodied their songs. Kurt Cobain spoke to him by phone right before Nirvana went onstage at SNL. He agreed immediately to let him do Smells Like Teen Spirit, then stopped and said "wait, it's not going to be about food, is it?"
 
2019-04-20 6:24:58 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Don't Lag Me Bro: Here's Weird Al doing one of his early parodies in 1979. Nearly 50 years later he is still going strong. Love that guy:

I hope your predication is true, time traveler


I get what you're saying but the idea that Weird Al is entering his fourth decade of work is freaking me out

/TMBG too
//I'm not getting old you're getting old SHUT UP
 
2019-04-20 6:25:45 PM  

HedlessChickn: [YouTube video: "Weird Al" Yankovic - UHF]


Man, he absolutely nailed all those pop star parodies in that video.
 
2019-04-20 6:27:14 PM  

Ishkur: I hate articles that view every movie through the lens of their particular political filter. This article is about a socialist's interpretation of UHF, but the libertarians are the most insufferable at it.

"Ghostbusters is really about the struggle of intrepid entrepreneurs against draconian government regulations..."

/UHF is a great comedy
//don't try to see it as anything other than a stock 80s "save the cultural building/community center/skateboard park/ski lodge/carwash/clock tower/etc against the big mean corporation" plot.


Everything in this post has to do with your slashies.
On the one hand, I agree that it is a product of the 80's. And that it's great.
However, one of my problems with criticism of the movie is that it frequently faults the movie for lack of substance. But farce has been an important part of cinema since the beginning. No one similarly criticizes the Marx Brothers because they are old and established as "serious" comedy.
 
2019-04-20 6:29:31 PM  

Biledriver: Either Weird Al is just a genuinely good guy or has entertainment's best PR cover-up team in place.  Over 40 years in the business and you never hear a bad thing about the guy.


That made his cameo on Garfunkel and Oates all the more hilarious. He just lights into them for co-opting the names of two of his favorite songwriting duos while they stare at him in shock.
 
2019-04-20 6:33:19 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Znuh: Also, one fantastic tidbit is when Weird Al wrote "Dare to be Stupid", he first asked Mark Mothersbaugh if it was OK to do a DEVO parody track. When completed: 

In an interview on VH1's Behind the Music, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically."

Al got permission from everyone before he parodied their songs. Kurt Cobain spoke to him by phone right before Nirvana went onstage at SNL. He agreed immediately to let him do Smells Like Teen Spirit, then stopped and said "wait, it's not going to be about food, is it?"


And IIRC Al answered, "No it's going to be about how nobody can understand your singing."
 
2019-04-20 6:33:37 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: I love UHF dearly, but that dude is stretching in ways a yoga instructor would never endorse.


exactly the point of his article.
 
2019-04-20 6:36:07 PM  

Ishkur: I hate articles that view every movie through the lens of their particular political filter. This article is about a socialist's interpretation of UHF, but the libertarians are the most insufferable at it.

"Ghostbusters is really about the struggle of intrepid entrepreneurs against draconian government regulations..."


I hate that shiat too.

You know why Ghostbusters features the EPA as a villain?  It's not because it's a libertarian treatise on the rights of entrepreneurs (as many have noted, Dickless had a point), it's because if you sit down and brainstorm a list of potential sources of conflict for a small business, one of the things you're going to write down is "government regulators."  Another thing you'll write down is "obnoxious customers," and the film has got one of those too.  "Banks" are another, and while the conflict is more implied than shown, we get a famous line that lets us know the banks took their turn screwing the heroes too.

Stories are about conflicts.  Conflict, conflict, conflict.  To have conflict, you have to have antagonists.  Sometimes you start with an antagonist and find your hero by figuring out who could stop this fiend.  Other times you have a protagonist with a goal, and you find your antagonists by asking "who would oppose this goal?  who would stand in their way?"

Nine times out of ten, the choice of antagonists -- especially secondary and tertiary antagonists who are only intended to be obstacles and threshold guardians -- has nothing to do with making subtle allegories or spinning complex metaphors.  Often the choice is driven by necessity and the fictional context and nothing more.  Often a cigar is just a cigar.
 
2019-04-20 6:37:26 PM  

Theory Of Null: "Raul's Wild Kingdom" was the funniest scene in that movie. RIP Trinidad Silva.


Everybody's favorite scene seems to be the "badgers" sequence, or occasionally teaching poodles to fly, but I would like to submit for the record that no one will ever shake an ant farm quite like him again.

"Oh look! They're really mad now!"
 
2019-04-20 6:40:15 PM  
So...

Who wants to drink from the fire hose?

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2019-04-20 6:41:14 PM  
My favorite Weird Al song is still Nature Trail to Hell (in 3D)

I'm sure there's dozens of us.
 
2019-04-20 6:46:14 PM  

Md37: Movie was filmed in Tulsa and Sand Springs during the summer of 1988. Friends and I would be extras in the movie, and a bunch of the smaller parts were filled by local actors that I know. The rubics cube guy was the dad of one of my classmates. I just remember driving out to Sand Springs where they were filming the final act, and it was about midnight, and Weird Al, Fran Dresher(before she was big), Victoria Jackson(before she go weird), and Michael Richards(pre Seinfield) were all walking around the place.


You should get in touch with these folks to talk about the movie
https://www.uhf62nd.com/
 
2019-04-20 6:48:49 PM  

Hypnotic Harlequin: Nine times out of ten, the choice of antagonists -- especially secondary and tertiary antagonists who are only intended to be obstacles and threshold guardians -- has nothing to do with making subtle allegories or spinning complex metaphors. Often the choice is driven by necessity and the fictional context and nothing more. Often a cigar is just a cigar.


It's like the literary criticism where someone goes on and on about the symbolism of the drape colors in a scene, after which the author comments that they were that color because his own drapes in his writing room were that color.
 
2019-04-20 6:53:07 PM  

Biledriver: Either Weird Al is just a genuinely good guy or has entertainment's best PR cover-up team in place.  Over 40 years in the business and you never hear a bad thing about the guy.


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2019-04-20 6:58:55 PM  

ingrown: Alphax: I've tried for years to remember what movie nearly everyone else was going to see, but I can't remember.

It never stood a chance:

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Wow, look at When Harry Met Sally. That must have really been a word of mouth movie.
 
2019-04-20 6:59:56 PM  

Znuh: Also, one fantastic tidbit is when Weird Al wrote "Dare to be Stupid", he first asked Mark Mothersbaugh if it was OK to do a DEVO parody track. When completed: 

In an interview on VH1's Behind the Music, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and... I hate him for it, basically."


After I heard about that I had all new respect for both Weird Al and Mothersbaugh.

Devo struck me as one of the biggest examples of unrealized musical potential ever. So much of their stuff is good, and so much more is just *so close* to genius that you sigh and wonder what they could have done if they'd had just a little more talent in the room. Seeing Mothersbaugh recognize that within Weird Al only makes it hurt even more.
 
2019-04-20 7:01:42 PM  

Ishkur: I hate articles that view every movie through the lens of their particular political filter. This article is about a socialist's interpretation of UHF, but the libertarians are the most insufferable at it.

"Ghostbusters is really about the struggle of intrepid entrepreneurs against draconian government regulations..."

/UHF is a great comedy
//don't try to see it as anything other than a stock 80s "save the cultural building/community center/skateboard park/ski lodge/carwash/clock tower/etc against the big mean corporation" plot.


Keep in mind that in the article the author evens says it may not have been intended that way, but it can be read that way. That's how movie/book/musical studies work.
People have said basically every alien invasion movie in the 50s was really about communism and I highly doubt most of them were. Consciously ,at least.
 
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