HOUSE PARTY (1990)

A very fun teen time capsule from 1990 that has a lot on its mind but resists any major dramatics.

MANHATTAN (1979)

HOW WAS THIS EVER OK, BABY BOOMERS? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? But the cinematography is pretty and there are a lot of great one-liners.

PULP FICTION (1994)

Even if you have not watched it over and over, the people who made the movies you have, have.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989)

Sort of the prototypical modern romantic comedy, beloved by many. I appreciated it more than enjoyed it, I think.

THE PARTY (1968)

I get why some people probably love this virtuoso exhibition of physical comedy by Peter Sellers, but not only is it super racist, I think it should be re-titled “Social Anxiety: The Movie.”

THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD! (1988)

An extremely silly cop spoof with an extended, chaotic climax at a baseball game. As comedies go, this one’s right in my wheelhouse

WAKING NED DEVINE (1998)

The winner of the vote for our St. Patrick’s Day feature is a gentle comedy about the effect of a lottery win on an impossibly bucolic Irish village.

THE QUIET MAN (1952)

John Wayne romances Maureen O’Hara against a backdrop so stereotypically Irish, you might puke.

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941)

One of the best remembered comedies of the great Preston Sturges, about a director who is tired of making comedies.

COMING TO AMERICA (1988)

The sequel to this hit Eddie Murphy fish-out-of-water comedy comes out today. I had never seen the original before, but I think it was pretty funny.