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Sep
07
2011

Operation Guillaume: Put. The Candle. BACK.

Crabs plus Mel Brooks equals Happiness

Two bushels of crabs plus Mel Brooks = Happiness!


Operation Guillaume was a huge success! Because of your votes for Young Frankenstein, our jokes about candles will no longer be met with puzzled silence, and we will finally be able to rope Guillaume into singing "Putting on the Ritz" with the appropriate pitch. You also gave us good reason to take over part of a nearby courtyard and stuff our faces full of steamed crab and beer. So thanks, folks!

Guillaume's review of Young Frankenstein:

Young Frankenstein is certainly quite different from the movies that were selected before. The beginning was a little laborious and didn't appear immediately geeky, and while I definitely enjoy black and white movies I was surprised by this choice for a movie filmed in 1974. Once the story got established however, things got a lot more funny and the style chosen by Mel Brooks made a lot more sense. It makes me think oddly as a link between Chaplin's movies and the Princess Bride.

The first degree humor is actually quite similar to the one in some French comedy movies and it makes me think that I could subject the ThinkGeek crew to a geeky French movie someday without them getting too drowsy. I really enjoyed in particular Marty Feldman's performance - it makes me want to look at other movies he starred in. The Abby Normal joke (and the brain soap we sell) now make sense, and the whole scene was pretty hilarious.

I must admit that I looked up online after the movie to understand why the horses freaked out each time Frau Blucher's name was mentioned. Various places seem to agree that there's no deep explanation and that it's just for the comical effect, which worked as intended then as far as I'm concerned.

Also, I was expecting Elizabeth to fall for Igor at the end, not the monster. Actually, the end was not as predictable as I thought!

Lessons learnt that day:

  • Read the last page of any book of experiments. If it says "will turn into a monster and rampage through the town", improve the restraints.
  • I need to use liberally "you are talking about the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind".
  • Many crabs died to bring us this movie.
  • Carrie wields the metal mallet of crab crushing. If crabocalypse comes, I'm following her.




  • Next on the movie agenda: Ferris Bueller's Day Off!

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Comments

meaningless icon! Give them a little Jean-Pierre Jeunet. You cannot go far wrong with Micmacs and I would love to have geeky goodies from La cité des enfants perdus, or perhaps you could sell copies of L'australien with the Geek Tools!
ChristopherC said this 1120 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think you'll really enjoy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's one of my favorite movies! :D
Stasia said this 1120 days ago.
meaningless icon! 6 words: History of The World: Part 1. once you start mel brooks you cannot stop
djlenny said this 1120 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'd love to hear Guillaume's recommendations for geeky French movies!
Maeveish said this 1120 days ago.
meaningless icon! You want geeky? Real Genius. For French movies. I would recommend the 3 La Cage Aux Folles, the French Man With One Red Shoe, Too Shy To Try.
Shotobouv said this 1120 days ago.

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