Saturday Night At The Movies: 'MacGruber,' 'Wayne's World,' and the legacy of 'Shrek'
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Even so, there's a project I've been working on for a while now, and it seems like this weekend might be the perfect time to kick it off. I'm a film geek first and foremost. I’ve had the bug my whole life. Well, since I was seven, anyway. Like many people who are in their mid-30s now, it was "Star Wars" that first spurred me to pursue my interest in film. For a while, I was only into certain types of movies. Sci-fi, monster flicks, fantasy films, cartoons... these were the shared dreams that first infected me. As I grew older, my tastes grew broader as I realized that it was the medium itself with which I was in love. It’s the potential for all types of storytelling that excites me.
I have a particular fondness for great comedy. My list of favorite comic influences is long and diverse, and I find different things funny at different times. The slapstick of the Three Stooges, the anarchy of the Marx Brothers, the wry wit of "The Thin Man" movies, the elegant precision of Buster Keaton, and the willing surreality of Monty Python all appeal to me equally depending on my mood. When discussing film comedy, though, there’s one television show that is literally impossible to ignore.
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