I have adored watching all of movies that I have sat through to get me to this point, even the really bad ones. I have loved hooking up with friends at the cinema and dragging my family along to the movies every other week. I have loved sharing my thoughts and the events of my life with all of my readers on my blog and I have loved the process of building up an almanac of worthy and 'spicy' movies for others to consider watching.
Last night the theme of the evenings celebrations was comedy, and everyone was encouraged to share their favourite comedy scene or funny moment in a movie with the group. We watched scenes from old but still hilarious classics like Duck Soup and Young Frankenstein as well as modern comedies like Bridesmaids, Nacho Libre, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Mr Bean's Holiday, Rat Race, The Wedding Singer, Kung Fu Hustle, What We Do In The Shadows and Clerks. Even the unlikely thriller American Psycho managed a look in with Christian Bale's raincoat wearing "Hip to be Square" routine.
There was much laughter and hilarity, and it was really lovely to be able to share a couple of drinks and some good company in the name of Spicywatch.com. I have really been overwhelmed by how supportive and positive everyone has been of my website, which really has been a labour of love for me and sometimes a bit of writing therapy from time to time as well. I really have poured a lot of my spare time and energy into maintaining Spicywatch.com and the continued support of my readers has been incredibly overwhelming and deeply meaningful to me.
Dear readers, without your support Spicywatch.com may not have made it any further than it's first birthday. Your shared interest in quality cinema and commitment to reading my constant rants has meant more to me than words could ever really express. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so much my lovely spicywatch supporters and I will certainly endeavour to keep offering you more experiences of cinematic worthiness, along with the contents of my head, in the years ahead.
Keep on watching, and please do keep on reading xxx
Release Date: 1933
Running Time: 68 mins
I believe that Duck Soup is easily the best and funniest of all the Marx Brothers offerings. With their wacky vaudeville style of comedy, the Marx Brothers are never outdated. Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, and directed by Leo McCarey, Duck Soup was a box office failure in 1933, however it has since gone on to receive the cult classic status that it so justly deserves.
The country of Freedonia has fallen into bankruptcy. A wealthy widow is willing to offer financial aide as long as Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is made president. However, Rufus' inability to keep things in order leads to an all out war with the neighbouring country of Sylvania.
Harpo Marx really steals the show here as the Sylvanian spy Pinky, and his famous 'lemonade stand' routine is still considered to be one of the greatest comedy scenes of all time. Rife with political satire and reliant on visual or insult comedy, the sheer silliness of this is certain to entertain even the stiffest of audiences.
FINAL SAY: I've got a good mind to ring his doorbell and run!
3.5 Chilli Peppers