Any list on the Internet is made to spark conversation, and there’s nothing that gets film fans riled up quicker than ranking classic movies. So no wonder that BBC Culture’s latest mammoth list, the “100 Greatest Comedies of All Time,” once again took the cinephile Internet by storm. Sure, Some Like It Hot and Dr. Strangelove may be expected heavy-hitters, but how about Life of Brian making it into the top 10 over Holy Grail? And where‘s Wet Hot American Summer?
On this week‘s episode of Little Gold Men, BBC Culture’s Christian Blauvelt joins us to talk about the list and the surprises that emerged, from the differences between male and female critics to which movie from this century ranked highest. As Blauvelt puts it, “I think with comedy, maybe critics are a little bit more charitable when it comes to recent films. It’s not as much a matter of time sanctifying a classic. It is just more what makes you laugh.“
This week’s jam-packed episode also includes a conversation between Richard Lawson and Ann Dowd, who earned two Emmy nominations this year for her roles on both The Handmaid’s Tale and The Leftovers. The actress has had a flourishing career for decades now, but the two roles mark a recent high watermark—though Dowd is far from letting it go to her head. “The wonderful thing leading up to the nominations was saying to myself, ‘the great thing is you have the work, lucky you,’“ she said. “My goal is to remain balanced about it. It’s an honor, my goodness, but to remember to keep your focus on the work. I was sort of able to achieve that, and since the announcement I’m kind of in a cloud, of course. I’m looking forward to putting my feet back on the ground. Work is the antidote, isn’t it?”
Plus, VF.com‘s Hollywood correspondent Rebecca Keegan stops by to share her interview with Lena Waithe, a star of Netflix’s Master of None who is Emmy-nominated for writing the episode “Thanksgiving,“ which follows her character, Denise, over a series of Thanksgiving dinners. The episode, in which Angela Bassett guest stars as Denise’s mom, is based on Waithe‘s own stories about coming out to her family, which she shared with the show‘s creators, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. “What was most interesting was what happened post-coming out. They really found a lot of fun and humor in what it was like when the gayness was being pushed into my family’s face, versus just ‘O.K., Lena’s gay, got it.’ That really was fun to play. This is just where the journey begins. A quick blip in a gay person‘s life is the coming out. As scary as it is, the truth is life begins after that.“
And that‘s not all! At the beginning of the episode we dive into some of the recent drama around two Weinstein Company releases, Tulip Fever and Mary Magdalene. (For a particularly entertaining rundown on the Tulip Fever saga, read Kyle Buchanan’s write-up on Vulture.)
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