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memories of the ’80s – My Favorite Year

This early¬†1980s comedy is a flashback for a young writer when he met his favourite actor in My Favorite Year. Starring Peter O’Toole as charismatic Allan Swann and Mark Linn-Baker as narrator Benjy Stone, My Favorite Year was written by … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Silent Movie

Fans of satire and slapstick comedy got a dose of cultural commentary in the Mel Brooks film Silent Movie. Co-written, directed and starring Mel Brooks, Silent Movie is a parody of the silent film era, and starts Brooks as Mel … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Stripes

The 1980s were a goldmine of comedy movies, and one of the films that helped Bill Murray make his mark was Stripes. Directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Harold Ramis, Len Blum and Daniel Goldberg, Stripes starred Bill Murray … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – The Barefoot Executive

A Walt Disney production that was a cross between a kid’s film with a dash of adult comedy, The Barefoot Executive starred a chimpanzee who was deciding the fate of television series. A satire of television networks, this film starred … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Little Big Man

Despite the entrenched view of the cowboy in American culture, in 1970 a satire challenged the stereotype with the film Little Big Man. Based on a humourous novel by Thomas Berger published in 1964, Little Big Man for the big … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Greatest American Hero

For tv viewers of the 1980s, being a superhero wasn’t all rescues and dangerous situations – sometimes it came with laughs like on The Greatest American Hero. Produced by Stephen J. Cannell, the series launched with a two hour movie, … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

There’s always room for spoofs and satire – as Carl Reiner brought to the screen with Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. A send-up of film noir and pulp detective films and books of the 1940s, the film was written by … Continue reading

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