Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!

Yes, it can be at times. But I'm not talking about the real world. I'm talking about a hilarious movie my sibs and I finished watching today, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World! It was so long, it needed an intermission. But this is a great movie, full of non-stop laughs, especially close to the end!
This film was made in the early 60's and is chock-full of famous funny actors of the time: Sid Ceasar, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney and a bunch of other guys I don't know. There was also Ethel Merman, who played a loud and really annoying mother-in-law. I hated her, but she was funny. You know, the character you love to hate.

And there were many, many cameo appearances by different comedians, like Jimmy Durante (HA-CHA-CHA-CHA), Don Knotts (after hearing this guy's name on Animaniacs all the time [he's Wakko's hero, for some reason], I finally got to see him), Jerry Lewis (you cannot miss him! He's the guy who runs over the hat making hilarious faces!), The Three Stooges (they're firemen for about 3 seconds), Jack Benny and Buster Keaton (who I didn't catch, but read on Wikipedia that they were in it). Don't worry if a lot of these names go over your head. I'm a fan of old comedy stars. (They're usually better than the people we have today. :P)

Even if you're not fans of these stars, I bet anyone would love to see this old flick. A run-away criminal flys off the road and when several strangers go down to see if they can help him, the criminal guy tells them with his dying words where a large amount of money, $350,000, is hidden. Of course, everyone forgets about where they were going before (whether it was on a honeymoon or moving furniture or vacation or something) and go full speed ahead in an unofficial race to get to the money before the other people do.

The story was really great, the filming well done. It seemed they were really good about giving each group of characters a fair amount of screen time without you getting bored of their situation. Sometimes I could predict what was going to happen, but it was still always funny. I guess after watching a lot of Animaniacs (we're almost finished with the entire collection! I'm half happy, half sad about it. ^_^|~,~), it seemed to have the timing of a well-made cartoon. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who even vaguely appreciate this kind of comedy. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
In the meantime, I'm still looking forward very much to getting my ARC of The Maze Runner from Dashner! I hope it comes in before the week is out! Ooh, I'm still feeling the excitment of winning such an awesome prize!

The other day at the library, I reserved books with an inter-library loan for the first time. I could have done this at any time I wanted to read a cool, recently published book but couldn't reserve it because it was still too new. I wish I'd known this before! :P. So I put holds on The Hunt for Dark Infinity, by James Dashner (won't have to wait to go to the bookstore again!), The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum (I've heard it's a great book for Twilight lovers ^,^), and Farworld: Water Keep, by J. Scott Savage (also a book I want to read). Right now I feel a little silly, because I forgot about asking about Alvor, by Laura Bingham! I don't know why it slipped my mind. Now that's a book I believe I'd enjoy a lot. Meh. Guess I'll have to do that next time. (Sorry, Laura.)

1 comment:

J.N. Future Author said...

For a second there I thought you were going to post about the song 'Mad World'

Hourglass door is indeed the book Twilight fans will rejoice over! Its the same style just different. To put it simply Twilight is like Dusk while Hourglass is like Dawn. Its a lighter tone, and extremely imaginative! With undertones of a wonderful romance ^.^ all I can say is when I think of this book, I think of a nice golden color! (twilights was more of a dark color)