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Sunday, January 26, 2003

Kid Video

New feature, mostly since I can't write about politics or law all the time.

I'm going to recommend movies worthy of renting, should the latest box-office hit be out of stock by the time you get around to going to the video store.

I'm going to eschew obvious classic movies that everyone already knows about. You don't really need me to tell you that "The Godfather" is a great movie, or that "This Is Spinal Tap" or "Caddyshack" is a very funny movie. I'm also going to stick to things that might be in your video stores.

I'll start with comedy, my favorite genre to rent movies in. I like to laugh. I'll laugh at some pretty dumb things.

But anyway, without further ado, here are three movies you may not have seen that might be worth a rental.

"Office Space" (1999) - If you've ever worked in a cubicle, you need to see this movie. From a big picture perspective, it's almost absurdist, but no one scene in the movie is especially outrageous. It's directed by Mike Judge, of "Beavis and Butthead" and "King of the Hill" fame. It didn't do especially well at the box office and got mixed reviews from critics, but it's gained a cult following on video, and it's easy to see why. It even survives the "Curse of Friends" by having Jennifer Aniston and still managing not to suck.

"Clue" - Based on the popular board game. Given the horrible barrage of movies based on video games we've been subjected to over the years ("Super Mario Bros.," "Street Fighter," "Resident Evil") you'd think that'd be a bad sign for a movie based on a board game. But you would be mistaken. It's a riot of a movie with a wide array of comic performances. Tim Curry is especially funny as the Butler. Or is he the butler?

"CB4" (1993) - Sort of a "This Is Spinal Tap" of rap music circa 1993, with a significant nod to "Wayne's World." Critics mostly disliked it, but there's lots to like about this Chris Rock vehicle. It's far better than most other SNL-related projects of the last decade. From Chris Rock as a gangsta rapper to Allen Payne as his black militant siedkick to Phil Hartman as a right-wing politician, it'll get you chuckling.


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