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The absolutely hilarious ‘Frat Pack’ have been around for decades, and includes such stars as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.
While they aren’t in full force in Old School, we are given the immensely likeable brother to Owen – Luke – as the lead here. He plays Mitch, a man downtrodden and hurt after his girlfriend cheats on him while he’s away on a work trip.
With some cheering on by his domesticated buddies Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn), Mitch’s new pad soon becomes the site for a new fraternity house.
The three men find themselves and – perhaps misguidedly – try to recapture their youth as they live like 20-year-olds again, much to the chagrin of the dean of the school – played by Jeremy Piven – and the women in their lives.
This one is hilarious, with a fantastic cameo from Andy Dick and more one-liners and pivotal comedy scenes than we’ve witnessed since Animal House.
It’s crass and it’s certainly not PC, but man, is it ever funny.
Saving Private Ryan
If asked about the best film scenes of all time, the storming of Normandy in this one comes to mind without fail.
It is one of the most beautifully shot, intense, emotional pictures of all time, much to the credit of auteur Steven Spielberg.
His handling of this material is fantastic, and the story about a group of U.S. soldiers who go behind enemy lines to get a paratrooper whose brothers were K.I.A. is one of the most courageous journeys ever caught on film.
It won Best Director, Cinematography, Sound, Film Editing and Effects at the 1999 Oscars, for good reason, because it’s a sheerly epic film in all ways, shapes and forms.
The acting is incredible, from leads Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Matt Damon to players Barry Pepper, Edward Burns, Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi. There isn’t a single weak point here.
This is a film of true craftsmanship, told with emotion and grace, and if you haven’t seen it, I urge you to stop what you’re doing and turn it on.
School Of Rock
There are few films that transcend their genre to just become good movies, not just good for ‘what they are.’
Who would have thought 2003 kids comedy School Of Rock would be as simply stunning as it is.
Filmmaker Richard Linklater – Boyhood, Dazed & Confused – directed this flick about down-on-his-luck Dewey Finn, a substitute teacher at an elementary private school who just can’t seem to do what he’s told.
Dewey pushes against the grain and forms a rock band with his class, to the chagrin of officials and delight of the children.
Jack Black received a Golden Globe nomination for what is frankly one of his best, most energized turns, and the young cast around him is incredible.
It’s one of those movies that stays with you, whether you had planned on letting it or not. School Of Rock lives up to its name, and it’ll have you waving your lighter in no time.
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
This is one of the weirdest, most bananas films I’ve ever watched, and yet I found myself really resonating with the material.
Watching a strange journalist and his absolutely crazed lawyer travel to L.A. to get into all kinds of trouble is the kind of updated Jack Kerouac bad-assery I’m always on board for.
Hunter S. Thompson has always been a strange writer, and visionary, strange director Terry Gilliam brings the book to life.
Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro give suitably weird and quirky performances, and fit together perfectly in this odd mishmash genre film.
They are so fantastic – so incredibly off-kilter – that I couldn’t help but keep my eyes on the screen.
It’s not for everyone, but if you like your flicks weird, give it a try.
I came across this hilarious show by accident this week, and I couldn’t be happier that I did.
It’s been done before, surely, but never this well. This comedy series about a man-child teacher who works at a private school in the history department is so funny it’s insane.
The British show is no-holds-barred, and you’ll constantly be surprised by how far they’re willing to take things.
Lead Jack Binstead is the perfect mix of crass and adorable, with a knack for delivering snappy one-liners that will leave you reeling. But the kids who start with him are also pretty incredible.
This is a show that – if you don’t mind bad words – you can’t afford to keep sleeping on.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.