Directors To Dig: Christopher Guest

Soon Netflix will be releasing Mascots. Another hilarious looking fake documentary from Christopher Guest, only this time we’ll be following a bunch of mascots and the mentally unsound individuals who inhabit the costumes. Once again we’ve got a great cast, a Christopher Guest trademark, some familiar Christopher Guest film faces and some fresh ones as well. Check out the trailer… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swTWozTxQ-E

With Mascots on the horizon now is the perfect time to refresh and prepare yourself by diving back into the films of Christopher Guest. Christopher Guest isn’t just the guy who killed your father and is now preparing himself to die, he’s also a genius director who’s arguably the king of the mockumentary.

This is Spinal Tap is probably one of the first examples of a “mockumentary”. Although Guest didn’t direct it, Rob Reiner did, he was one of the writers, one of the stars, and one of the reasons that movie will go down in history as one of the funniest movies of all time. I think seeing This is Spinal Tap is mandatory is most grade schools in North America, or at least it should be…

Waiting For Guffman is another movie with an amazing cast that includes but is not limited to Guest himself, Eugene Levy (and his eyebrows), Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara (Kevin!), Parker Posey, and Michael Hitchcock. In Waiting For Guffman, Guest plays a (slightly effeminate) theater (community theater) director who (attempts to) puts on a play that will hopefully (but probably not) lead them to broadway. Waiting for Guffman is criminally underrated so show some respect and search for this movie (although I’m not sure how easy it is to find…unless you have access to the internet).

Then there’s Best in Show, one of my favorite comedies and one of Christopher Guest’s best movies. Best in Show is a mokumentary that follows a prestigious national dog show and the people who put their dogs and themselves…on the line. Once again the characters are for the most part mentally unsound and once again there’s an amazing cast featuring many of the familiar faces Guest uses in his films. Mascots certainly has the same vibe as Best in Show and I believe and am hoping thats a good thing.

Now these are just my personal favorites for Christopher Guest. Sure he’s had a couple of stragglers along the way, pretty sure no ones that quick to defend Almost Heroes (RIP Chris Farley). But Guest has had a long career and during that career he’s made some of the best comedies of all time. That is why Christopher Guest is without a doubt a director to dig. See Mascots when it becomes available and if you haven’t seen any of the movies mentioned do yourself a favor and check them out.

If you have any thoughts on Christopher Guest or any of his movies or you happen to have six fingers and you murdered my father, feel free to leave a comment and thanks for reading.

Photo Credit: Snagged from birthmoviesdeath.com


Waiting For Guffman

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