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Reel Reviews – This Is Spinal Tap

This is Spinal Tap

Reel Review #13: Time to catch up with one of England’s loudest bands! This is a hilarious “rockumentary” that actually spawned the “mockumentary” as a sub-genre in film. Not only is this film a comedy classic, but also the music is pretty catchy. This film’s impact on pop culture has been astounding. If you don’t know why all your friends laugh when emphasizing that something goes to eleven, this the film that will solve the puzzle. Remember: “There is such a fine line between stupid and clever.”

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7 Responses to “Reel Reviews – This Is Spinal Tap”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 metz Dec 3rd, 2004 at 10:31 am

    I agree with you that Eugene Levy and Fred Willard are comedy gods. Spinal Tap and the rest of the mockumentary series are hidden treasures. Unfortunately the movies are moving in the same doward bell curve as Spinal Tap’s career with A Mighty Wind being the worst of the 4.

    Keep up the good reviews.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 curtis & the cat Dec 3rd, 2004 at 11:15 am

    mike, another great choice. love that this film inspired stuff like “waiting for gaufman” and “best of show”. the only thing it’s missing is parkey posey as the over-bearing yoko character. reiner is a genius.

    i’m pretty sure the recurring drummer deaths are mocking the grateful dead, who had similar issues with their piano players.

    fred willard is getting play on leno, just a bit more than howie mandell… ouch. i agree, he deserves better.

    curtis & the cat

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Michael Dec 3rd, 2004 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I’m glad to hear there are others who appreciate Fred WIllard. Makes me want to try to find tapes of Fernwood 2Nite. Got to love when he played Jerry Hubbard. Metz, you are right on with the bell curve call. (Nice tie in!) You know, everytime I watch the BBC series The Office, I can’t help but think the Christopher Guest has to recruit Martin Freeman, the guy who plays Tim Canterbury to be in his next mockumentary – if there is one. Martin would be perfect for that group and might help spice it up.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 lippe Dec 3rd, 2004 at 6:07 pm

    I love your choices so far, can’t wait to hear you do When We Were Kings!

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Michael Dec 4th, 2004 at 9:52 am

    Lippe – good recommendation. I think I caught it on IFC or Sundance late one night. Enjoyed it – heck with Ali and Foreman in Zaire how can you not? Ali – Bumaya!

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Pete Prodoehl Dec 5th, 2004 at 3:15 pm

    The Getaway is a classic… Any chance of reviewing other McQueen films?

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Michael Dec 5th, 2004 at 7:23 pm

    Pete – I was just thinking the same thing. I am itching to do either Le Mans or Bullit. I’ll see what I can put together.

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