Monday, August 17, 2009

Underappreciated Movies : Brian Donors (1992)

Let's get to the movie, I'll take care of the shameless self promoting later.

My favorite movies are the ones that don't get a lot of press. The B-movies, the ones that Mystery Science 3000 would spoof. But some of the movies that I watch are those that may have been passed over by narrow minded members of the Academy.

Especially those that stars people that we believe one day will be given recognition by the Fascist Hatemongers at the Academy of Motion Pictures... never mind.

"Religion is a crutch. Only cripples need crutches."

And this cripple needs to get back onto subject.

Let's talk about a good comedy when you are in a bad mood. You've had that bad day and your wife is on your ass about taking the garbage out. You need something brainless, mindless.

You need a brain transplant. Insert Brain Donors from 1992.

From the Brain Donors open using Claymation to the final scene if you have a funny bone it will be tickled with the comic genius that is John Turturro.

Turturro plays Roland T. Flakfizer, an ambulance chaser that loves money as well as client acquisition and countries with loose extradition treaties.

Let's cut to the chase, it's a total remake of A Night at the Opera (1935).



Now for 1992, David and Jerry Zucker allow the scene to be updated...



The Marx brothers:



And Brain Donors :



Now there is the simple plot of money grubbing snooty men and the young understudy that would never have a shot without Roland and the crew.

I give it a A- for mindless entertainment and *** for content for a total of 84 points in the FilmChaw Unofficial made up point scale which means you should watch it if you are looking for senseless comedy, and are not stuffed up and pompous, you will enjoy Brain Donors.

Turturro shined in Gung Ho and when he NAILED Barton Fink, he was rewarded with Brain Donors to allow his comedic glow to shine before cast as the annoying Herb Stemple in Quiz Show.

If you like Turturro in Brain Donors you will LOVE:

Unstrung Heroes
Lesser Prophets
Rounders (DUH)

Next time, I will tell you about one of my favorite actors and his part of an Academy Award Rarity, Longest period of time between first nomination and eventual win.


Sean D is a radio programmer and movie snob. He also writes about his battle with poker in Instant Tragedy and his personal blog at Instant Sean. He is an Aries and soon to be saddled up with a 2nd wife, which will mean more chick flicks to be seen. Sigh.

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