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2022-06-28 8:08:23 AM  
I didn't get a happy birthday out of that guy!
 
2022-06-28 8:09:51 AM  
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Have a saddle-blazing birthday, Mr. Brooks!
(not an intended fart-joke this time - honest)
 
2022-06-28 8:10:27 AM  
I love Spaceballs, History of the World, and The Producers.
 
2022-06-28 8:14:03 AM  
In the time he's lived, he's seen a lot of changes...
 
2022-06-28 8:14:20 AM  
A candle for the cake
Put the candle back - Young Frankenstein - Gene Wilder
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2022-06-28 8:24:06 AM  

Marcos P: I love Spaceballs, History of the World, and The Producers.


Young Frankenstein is an absolute masterpiece that works beyond just being a wacky satire.  With Spaceballs, it was obvious that brooks wasn't really a sci-fi fan and just kinda hit the lazy and obvious jokes.  It's still good, but it feels like it's poking fun at the genre from the outside instead of as part of the genre like YF.

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.
 
2022-06-28 8:31:20 AM  
His work was pretty meh overall. I know you were all waiting eagerly for my opinion.
 
2022-06-28 8:39:19 AM  
Enjoy the day, Private Kaminsky. Al Jolson was proud.
 
2022-06-28 8:39:55 AM  
My favorite Mel Brooks quote;

"Life, you go out for a cup of coffee and a danish, and you come back and you're sixty-five years old."

He must have said that 31 years ago.
 
2022-06-28 8:40:20 AM  
And as an aside, if you add up all the ages of the Staff and Stars of "Your Show of Shows", they equal the 2000 year old man.
 
2022-06-28 8:46:48 AM  
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2022-06-28 8:55:35 AM  

Subtonic: His work was pretty meh overall. I know you were all waiting eagerly for my opinion.


Not many people can be called a blessing upon the earth. You're not one of them, Mel brooks is.
 
2022-06-28 8:59:33 AM  

NeoCortex42: Marcos P: I love Spaceballs, History of the World, and The Producers.

Young Frankenstein is an absolute masterpiece that works beyond just being a wacky satire.  With Spaceballs, it was obvious that brooks wasn't really a sci-fi fan and just kinda hit the lazy and obvious jokes.  It's still good, but it feels like it's poking fun at the genre from the outside instead of as part of the genre like YF.

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.


Put
The candle
Back!
 
2022-06-28 9:15:13 AM  

NeoCortex42: Marcos P: I love Spaceballs, History of the World, and The Producers.

Young Frankenstein is an absolute masterpiece that works beyond just being a wacky satire.  With Spaceballs, it was obvious that brooks wasn't really a sci-fi fan and just kinda hit the lazy and obvious jokes.  It's still good, but it feels like it's poking fun at the genre from the outside instead of as part of the genre like YF.

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.


You're right.  With "Men in Tights," he leaned very heavily into the PoT plot.  However, even those direct jokes i.e."Unlike other .... I speak with an English accent" and the drowning Little John, they do have good baselines as jokes regardless of familiarity.
 
2022-06-28 9:21:37 AM  
If you want to make it to 96, you have to lay off the snappy peppy.  Murray Weintraub, remember him, Murray Weintraub?
 
2022-06-28 9:22:23 AM  
High Anxiety.  Harvey Norman and Cloris Leachman both just kill it in that movie.  The 'werewolf' scene kills me.
 
2022-06-28 9:26:57 AM  

NeoCortex42: Marcos P: I love Spaceballs, History of the World, and The Producers.

Young Frankenstein is an absolute masterpiece that works beyond just being a wacky satire.  With Spaceballs, it was obvious that brooks wasn't really a sci-fi fan and just kinda hit the lazy and obvious jokes.  It's still good, but it feels like it's poking fun at the genre from the outside instead of as part of the genre like YF.

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.


Young Frankenstein is definitely his best movie.

Spaceballs and Robin Hood are both close 2nds for me.  Jokes just fly every second on them.

Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety (which I just watched) are pretty funny but their plots are a complete mess.

Silent Movie (which I'd love to see again, it's been 20+ years since I saw it the first time) and The Producers are both pretty good too.

Honestly, the only movie of his I've seen and really don't like is History of the World.  That movie was dreadful.

/I've heard Dracula and Life Stinks suck, so I've just avoided them.... which means The Twelve Chairs is the only one left.
 
2022-06-28 9:27:37 AM  
Brooks followed The Producers with another broad comedy, The Twelve Chairs (1970), that was set in newly communist Russia and concerned a trove of jewels hidden inside a dining-chair leg.

Know how I know this writer never saw the movie.
/Fail
 
2022-06-28 9:29:47 AM  

jake3988: /I've heard Dracula and Life Stinks suck, so I've just avoided them.... which means The Twelve Chairs is the only one left.


I remember really not liking Dracula when it first came out, but I haven't seen it since then.  I've thought about giving it another shot.  Some people say it's actually not that bad.
 
2022-06-28 9:35:59 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: High Anxiety.  Harvey Norman and Cloris Leachman both just kill it in that movie.  The 'werewolf' scene kills me.


I will DIE defending High Anxiety. So underrated, but I'm a huge Hitchcock fan.
 
2022-06-28 9:36:17 AM  
Whatever you do, don't invite Frau Blucher to the party!

*whinnie*

Young Frankenstein(1974) - Frau Blucher
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2022-06-28 9:50:10 AM  

Combustion: Chief Superintendent Lookout: High Anxiety.  Harvey Norman and Cloris Leachman both just kill it in that movie.  The 'werewolf' scene kills me.

I will DIE defending High Anxiety. So underrated, but I'm a huge Hitchcock fan.


Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup.
 
2022-06-28 9:58:14 AM  
Who else saw him trending this morning and assumed the worst?
 
2022-06-28 9:58:22 AM  
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2022-06-28 10:01:24 AM  

jake3988: NeoCortex42: Marcos P: I love Spaceballs, History of the World, and The Producers.

Young Frankenstein is an absolute masterpiece that works beyond just being a wacky satire.  With Spaceballs, it was obvious that brooks wasn't really a sci-fi fan and just kinda hit the lazy and obvious jokes.  It's still good, but it feels like it's poking fun at the genre from the outside instead of as part of the genre like YF.

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.

Young Frankenstein is definitely his best movie.

Spaceballs and Robin Hood are both close 2nds for me.  Jokes just fly every second on them.

Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety (which I just watched) are pretty funny but their plots are a complete mess.

Silent Movie (which I'd love to see again, it's been 20+ years since I saw it the first time) and The Producers are both pretty good too.

Honestly, the only movie of his I've seen and really don't like is History of the World.  That movie was dreadful.

/I've heard Dracula and Life Stinks suck, so I've just avoided them.... which means The Twelve Chairs is the only one left.

Life Stinks

doesn't just suck -- it's absolutely horrible.  Better yet, it sucks great, big, giant, donkey balls.  Saw it in the theater with some friends (we were all Navy guys just wanting to see a movie).  Total number of people in the theater was six.
 
2022-06-28 10:08:12 AM  

Combustion: Chief Superintendent Lookout: High Anxiety.  Harvey Norman and Cloris Leachman both just kill it in that movie.  The 'werewolf' scene kills me.

I will DIE defending High Anxiety. So underrated, but I'm a huge Hitchcock fan.


Fun fact: The bellhop with the newspaper is future Oscar winning Rain Man director, Barry Levinson. Who also co-wrote this movie.
 
2022-06-28 10:11:47 AM  
jake3988: Honestly, the only movie of his I've seen and really don't like is History of the World.  That movie was dreadful.

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2022-06-28 10:12:31 AM  
I was gonna make espresso...
 
2022-06-28 10:41:07 AM  

gunga galunga: Combustion: Chief Superintendent Lookout: High Anxiety.  Harvey Norman and Cloris Leachman both just kill it in that movie.  The 'werewolf' scene kills me.

I will DIE defending High Anxiety. So underrated, but I'm a huge Hitchcock fan.

Fun fact: The bellhop with the newspaper is future Oscar winning Rain Man director, Barry Levinson. Who also co-wrote this movie.


Also: Mel Brooks wrote the song that somehow murdered Dick Van Patten. "If You Love Me Baby Tell Me So!"


/OHHH!!!
 
2022-06-28 10:44:23 AM  
I hope this apple pie will in some small way say thank you for your...ingenuity and courage in creating all these movies.

Of course, you'll have the good taste not to mention that I spoke to you.
 
2022-06-28 10:55:20 AM  
It is good to be the King.
 
2022-06-28 11:01:34 AM  

NeoCortex42: I remember really not liking Dracula when it first came out, but I haven't seen it since then.  I've thought about giving it another shot.  Some people say it's actually not that bad.


No, it's pretty bad. It's one of those movies that didn't "get" Leslie Nielson and made him an over the top goofball instead of a straight-man. And if I remember correctly, it sort of got serious towards the end and tried to be an actual horror/action movie.
 
2022-06-28 11:21:15 AM  
Some finance hucksters wanted to trade movie box office futures, and the government denied them, quoting specifically "a Producers like scam." That's up there w/ George Carlin's dirty words, where the joke informs actual legal policy.

Robin Hood's main problem was that not all of the cast was up to par. The sheriff specifically wasn't very good.
 
2022-06-28 11:26:22 AM  
I can't believe this hasn't been posted yet:

Mongo knocks out a horse!
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2022-06-28 12:15:27 PM  
You're doing the French mistake, subby.
 
2022-06-28 12:36:21 PM  
NeoCortex42:

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.

I'm a huge fan of his earlier works (Producers, Blazing Saddles, YF), but my personal opinion is RH:MiT is where he was starting to lose his touch (for clarification, you are absolutely free to keep liking what I don't like).

All through that movie, there are plenty of great gags that hit their mark perfectly; like a Zucker Brothers-esque blink-and-you'll-miss-it sight gag that never fails to elicit a chuckle. And they would be fine if left alone to do just that. But it bugged me that the characters would then (metaphorically) wave their arms and shout "Hey Audience! Did you see this gag? This one right here? Did you get it? Funny, right? We can explain it, if you didn't get it. Cool?"

It's been many years since I've seen the movie, so the only specific example of this I can remember is the one about Maid Marion's chastity belt. But I remember leaving the movie theater at the time very disappointed at how such seeming lack-of-confidence in his own subtle jokes apparently had Brooks doing this throughout the picture.

Haven't seen much of his later works after that (not avoiding them, just...haven't seen them) so I can't really comment on if they're any good or not.
 
2022-06-28 12:44:27 PM  
To Be or Not To Be is an underrated gem of his.
 
2022-06-28 12:57:11 PM  

Madeup Farkname: But I remember leaving the movie theater at the time very disappointed at how such seeming lack-of-confidence in his own subtle jokes apparently had Brooks doing this throughout the picture.


But the name of the town was "Rottingham"...instead of "Nottingham". That's GOLD!
 
2022-06-28 2:13:53 PM  
I just finished his autobiography ALL ABOUT ME - and it absolutely is, he toots his own horn all the way through.  I liked most of it, specifically his childhood and growing up with his mom and brothers and his army life and breaking into showbusiness.

However, after a bit he devoted a chapter per film, and it became painfully obvious which films of his own he disliked.  Some chapters were full of the creative process, while others were mostly written dialogue excerpts of scenes he liked (looking at you, DRACULA).  Very little about the behind the scenes or making of.  But then he goes ga-ga over the Broadway version of PRODUCERS.  You can definitely see where he made more of an effort or not.  Still recommend.
 
2022-06-28 2:49:22 PM  
Mel Brooks is 96 years old??  It's twue, It's twue!!!
 
2022-06-28 4:38:41 PM  

Madeup Farkname: NeoCortex42:

I also have a soft spot for Robin Hood: MiT.  Although I think it works a lot better if you've already seen Prince of Thieves, which I don't think most modern audiences have done.  Prince of Thieves was everywhere when that movie came out, but seemed to have dropped from the public consciousness pretty damn quick.

I'm a huge fan of his earlier works (Producers, Blazing Saddles, YF), but my personal opinion is RH:MiT is where he was starting to lose his touch (for clarification, you are absolutely free to keep liking what I don't like).

All through that movie, there are plenty of great gags that hit their mark perfectly; like a Zucker Brothers-esque blink-and-you'll-miss-it sight gag that never fails to elicit a chuckle. And they would be fine if left alone to do just that. But it bugged me that the characters would then (metaphorically) wave their arms and shout "Hey Audience! Did you see this gag? This one right here? Did you get it? Funny, right? We can explain it, if you didn't get it. Cool?"

It's been many years since I've seen the movie, so the only specific example of this I can remember is the one about Maid Marion's chastity belt. But I remember leaving the movie theater at the time very disappointed at how such seeming lack-of-confidence in his own subtle jokes apparently had Brooks doing this throughout the picture.

Haven't seen much of his later works after that (not avoiding them, just...haven't seen them) so I can't really comment on if they're any good or not.


I agree.  Spaceballs was the first Mel Brooks movie I saw in theaters, and it was good.

MIT was  the last, so busy explaining its dad-jokes, that they really didn't have space to be funny.

They and subsequent movies felt like he was too busy trying to keep his phoney-baloney job to risk the powers that be in the studio.

or maybe he was just making dad-joke movies his son would find funny.
 
2022-06-28 10:26:44 PM  
He is a damn funny writer. I loved The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World Part 1, Robin Hood Men in Tights..
Waiting to see what the HOTW 2 series will be like on Hulu.
 
2022-06-29 8:44:28 AM  

Diamond Joe Biden: He is a damn funny writer. I loved The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World Part 1, Robin Hood Men in Tights..
Waiting to see what the HOTW 2 series will be like on Hulu.


I'm curious, but not optimistic.  The Spaceballs series was bad.  Like, unwatchably bad.
 
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