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Movie Cookies

“Go home everyone!”

I seriously can’t believe I’ve never posted about this. It’s one of the few times in life I’ve been “in on the ground floor” of something — been there enjoying it from the beginning.

It’s doubly cool for being an overlooked secret in plain view. Something like a great restaurant hidden behind a plain door down the street from the obvious places. It isn’t some great secret, these taste delights; it’s that most people walked out too soon and never saw them.

I’m talking about movie cookies (they aren’t something one eats, but they are a delight).

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BB #41: Cookies Come Early

movie cookiesDoes everyone these days know what a movie cookie is? I’m talking about the little scene a director sticks at the very end of the credits. They aren’t quite the same as outtakes — those are bits with muffed lines or where props didn’t work, and they’re often shown during the credits. And obviously, both are different from deleted scenes, which are bits that the director artistically excluded from the final product.

For a long time movie cookies were rare and always came at the very end, after all the final credits. They were a special treat (a cookie) for sophisticated movie goers who watch the entire movie rather than heading for the door the moment the final music begins.

Recently, cookies have become common, and are appearing early in the credits!

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Funniest Movies Ever

Earlier this week I read an NBC News blog post that cited a Telegraph (UK) post concerning the funniest movies ever. The British article involved a study by a movie subscription service. The study attempted to rank the funniest films ever based on laughs per minute. The NBC article added their own informal staff picks to the mix.

What tickled me is that the Brits named Airplane! as the funniest movie ever. I’m not sure I have a definite all-time #1 pick, but Airplane! is unquestionably in the top three. A while back, I wrote about my funniest films, and Airplane! was my first pick (of four—third place had a tie).

So the Brits and I share a funniest movie pick, but we diverge from there.

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Sideband #15: Funniest moments

An earlier Sideband references the, “These go to eleven,” bit from This is Spinal Tap. As I mentioned, some people I know consider it one of the funniest bits in all of film, but the phrasing I just used should clue you in that it’s not mine.

Make no mistake, I do consider it a classic moment, a very funny moment, and a moment that has become a cultural icon. But it didn’t make me laugh until I hurt too much to laugh anymore.

And that begs the question, “So what are those funniest moments?”

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