Directed by: Joel Coen
Written by: Joel & Ethan Coen
Starring: Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy
Erik: Fargo is great. The Coen brothers are geniuses. Nice going putting it ten spots below Private fucking Benjamin, AFI.
Seanbaby: Great comedies have memorable scenes that you and your friends can laugh about later. Like in Who's Harry Crumb when John Candy is on the ceiling fan and the little kid turns it on REALLY FAST. Or all the times in Austin Powers where Mike Myers says things and then says "baby!" Or in Fargo where Peter Stormare is feeding chunks of Steve Buscemi into the wood chipper and tries to kill the pregnant cop. Ha ha ha ha!
Kthor: Does Fargo really deliver the laughs of, say, Private Benjamin? To answer this, I advise you to employ your fast-forward button to the part where Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare are boning the two chubby prostitutes at the same time, in the same hotel room. If that doesn’t make you crack a smile, you’re a cold, cold bitch.
Death Race 2000
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Written by: Ib Melchior, Robert Thom, Charles B. Griffith
Starring: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, John Landis, Mary Waronov
Seanbaby: Death Race 2000 is like the cars that star in it. It's already pretty kickass, and then it gets a rocket and a giant bayonet welded to it. If there's one thing we love, it's our cars running over other people and their animals. That's why it happens so many thousands of times a year. So why is Roger Corman the only one who made a movie about our fascination with hitting people with cars? There are like 300 movies about asteroids smashing into the Earth, and nobody ever does that.
Erik: If I'd remembered it, I would have put this on my list too. It might have saved us all the embarrassment of the whole Dogma fiasco. The director, Paul Bartel, spent the entire rest of his life coasting on the underground success of this movie. He had parts in about five hundred films - all of them brief cameos - until his death from liver cancer. The fact that he ended up actually dying in the year 2000 is pretty spooky if you think about it while you're high on pot. Like David Carradine.
Seanbaby:: It would have been pretty SUPER spooky if he'd died during some kind of water balloon race in the hospital. If I was driving the hearse at his funeral procession, I would have driven that fucker so fast. And if a cop pulled me over, I'd say, "Look, chief. See that corpse back there? Paul Bartel." And the cop would put away the ticket and say, "Death Race 2000. Nice. Haul ass, kid."