Monday, January 11, 2010

Brooksfest 2010: Day 2

Boy, today just kept on going.  Actually, that's not accurate.  The school day seemed to zoom by, and I got more work done on my semester exam (I'm nearly up to 150 questions) while giving the kids time to work on homework and scenes.  I also put up the posters for the Variety Show today, which opens on Thursday night.  I can't wait, as I think its really going to entertain those who come to see it.  Also, the posters look amazing thanks to Bond.  I hope he charges me more for them when I have him do the senior class play and the musical, because I really would love to pay him what he's worth....especially since I'd be paying him with school money since they're for a school function.  Oh, and rehearsal went well today too.  Finally got the emcees worked into the rhythm and got the curtain working.  Should be smooth sailing tomorrow and Wednesday.

Tonight I bring you another Brooks film and again, it is lesser known.  This film was envisioned as a dark comedy, featuring gags as well as a thriller plot, as old Mel wanted to pay homage to the master of suspense...Alfred Hitchcock.  Hitch himself loved the film (he had a great sense of humor) and went so far as to send Brooks a bottle of wine with his warmest regards.  The film had vertigo, deranged doctors, twisted shots, and even a pulse pumping score...almost everything was there aside from Hitch himself, and it has a great title song.  Yes, High Anxiety is like watching classic Brooks and classic Hitch all at the same time.  The plot is simple...Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Brooks) has come to work at the prestigious Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY, Nervous where the previous head doctor was murdered and the staff (Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, and Dick Van Patten) seems very odd and shifty when he asks why.  It eventually is up to Thorndyke to solve the mystery of the hospital and save someone else from a murder.  Off to the sidelines we have Brophy (Ron Carey), Thorndyke's klutzy sidekick, and Victoria Brisbane (Madeline Khan) as the love interest and damsel in distress to add even more comedy to the proceedings.  There are, as always, a great deal of one liners and sight gags and some genuinely chilling (and yet funny) moments, such as Dick Van Patten's 'death by loud radio'.  This film is excellent Saturday night entertainment, perfect for when the sun has gone down and you need a good laugh.  So give it a chance if you haven't already, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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