With our next To the Polls, we lighten things up a bit with a discussion about the best Film adapted from a Saturday Night Live Sketch.
This one could get ugly.
One doesn’t realize the Highs and the Lows of the Saturday Night Live movies until you see them all listed out. There are Classics for sure. Cult classics? Absolutely. Objectively bad films? Yes. Awful films that shouldn’t be talked about again? Oh, unfortunately, yes more than just one.
We honestly, do not talk enough comedy here on The Movie Isle. One of our goals this year is to give Comedies their share of writing and podcasting space in 2020. Here is where it starts. With a topic our EIC finds infinitely interesting; Saturday Night Live.
For close to fifty years now SNL has survived and weathered even the worst of seasons (there were a few in the 80s that felt like Lorne Michaels was just going to close shop and focus on Kids in the Hall, another altogether interesting show and era for our EIC) and best of season. SNL had given us so many talented people it’s almost shocking. Not just funny, but stars, actors, directors. Just look at some of the alumni;
John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murry, Chevy Chase, Gilda Ratner, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Tina Fey, Mike Meyers, Larry David, Will Farrell, Conan O’Brien, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam McKay, Kristen Wiig, Michael O’Donoghue, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Chris Rock, Michael Schur, Bill Hader, Kate McKinnon, Tracy Morgan, Phil Hartman, Billy Crystal, Al Franken, Fred Armisen, Jan Hooks, Janeane Garofalo, Leslie Jones, John Lovitz, Michael McKean, Tim Meadows
That’s just off the top of my head. Look at that list! You’ve got people Super Stars, Legends, Talk Show Hosts, Iconic Standups, Icons, TV Show Creators, and Award Winning Filmmakers. That list and all the people I’ve not mentions are serious no-fucking-joke heavy hitters. So, one asks why are there so few SNL Movies?
Well, it’s a question to ask yourself and if interested, read a few books about SNL to understand the dynamics. The ones we do have starred and been written and directed by a who’s who of talented Comedic Artist (I like that term). There are at least two true-blue dyed-in-the-wool classics but we’re honestly wondering if they’ll win because of newer cult-comedies on the list that have active fan bases.
We will definitely be talking more SNL, Comedy and such in the coming months but without further ado, here are your choices;
The Blues Brothers
Blues Brothers 2000
Night at the Roxbury
Stuart Saves His Family
The Ladies Man
Wayne’s World II
Enter as many times as you like, as often as you like. Again the Winner will be announced next Tuesday, March 3rd!