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Tournament Showdown – Movie Comedies (First Round, Part 2 – VOTE NOW)

In case you missed the original reason behind this tournament, click here.

The first half of the first round voting is over, with a few upsets in the making (at least seed-wise). Top-seeded Animal House destroyed Anchorman in a battle I thought would be much closer, but #4 seed South Park was the round’s biggest upset loser falling to the big bomber Happy Gilmore. Other favorites falling early were #16 Big and #20 Legally Blonde, which lost by the biggest margin 92% to 8% of the vote to Office Space. As for my picks, I went 11-5 in predicting the winners, which is pretty much right on par with how well I pick the first round of March Madness.  Although I am sad to see Young Frankenstein bow out in the first round, I had high hopes for that to make it far.

So now it’s time for the second half of Round One to pick the funniest movie of all-time* and again your votes will determine a winner.  Take a few seconds to look over the matchups and vote for your choice in each to advance to the second round.  Voting for the bottom half of the bracket is open until Tuesday night 10pm (est), with voting for the second round to be opened immediately after.

Here’s a quick look at the top half of the bracket first round results…

FIRST ROUND RESULTS (with percentage of overall vote listed after the winner) Continue reading

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Thanks for the good feedback on the first Fischer’s Friday Five (Top 5 Movies of 2000s). Can’t believe how many people were disappointed that I didn’t include The Departed on the list. I will say that if there was a second tier honorable mention list, it would have made the cut, along with; Best In Show, The Queen, The Bourne franchise, Ocean’s 11, Inglourious Basterds, Traffic, Meet The Parents, Minority Report and Lost In Translation. Sorry Gladiator fans, the movie just hasn’t held up for me over the years.

Speaking of movies, if you haven’t yet voted for the first round of the Funniest Movies of All-Time, um, I guess go vote would be the general point I am trying to make here.

Last week I gave you the best movies of the past decade, so it’s only fitting to move to the small screen and give you the best television shows the past decade had to offer. I have a strong feeling that Joey, According to Jim and the show about the Geico Cavemen are just gonna miss out on cracking the five best.

I’m Fischer, it’s Friday, and here’s my five for the week… Continue reading

Tournament Showdown – Movie Comedies (First Round – VOTE NOW)

In case you missed the original reason behind this tournament, click here.

It’s Round One to determine the funniest movie of all-time* and your votes will help determine a winner.  So take a few seconds to look over the matchups and vote for your choice in each to advance to the second round.  Voting for the top half of the bracket is open until noon Sunday (est), with voting for the bottom half of the bracket to be opened immediately after.

(* – remember these were based on Bravo’s terrible list of greatest comedies, not mine.  Yep, that’s gonna be my excuse if you hate the results.  I wonder what else I can blame on Bravo?)

FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS Continue reading

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Looks like she’s playing the hokey-pokey in her sleep again. “you put your left paw in, you put your left paw out…”

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This…Is American Idol…Blog (Dallas Auditions)

It’s Doogie Howser Idol tonight in Dallas. Actually that’s a great idea for a new reality show, 12-year olds with no medical training or education, audition to become surgeons. The winner has to perform open heart surgery live on stage in front of millions.

Let’s hope that tonight showcases some good talent, as right now this season has been lacking in hopefuls. I mean, when Victoria Beckham and Avril Lavigne are in the top 5 best singers we’ve seen on the show so far this season, you know it’s been a rough go of it. Continue reading

This…Is American Idol…Blog (Los Angeles Auditions)

Idol goes back across the country this week to Los Angeles where 11,000 hopefuls are outside the Rose Bowl hoping to be the next superstar. The first contestant has entered the room…

Avril Lavigne – oh wait, nevermind, she’s a guest judge this week. How embarrassing, I thought she was trying out.

Neil Goldstein – wow Chris O’Donnell has really let himself go. Damn, I was hoping he’d make it through to the next round and be the best Jewish singer since Paula Abdul (yes, little known fact, Paula Abdul drinks the Manischewitz wine when she takes her crazy pills).

Hopefully the rest of the contestants aren’t as terrible and sweaty. Continue reading

Tournament Showdown – Movie Comedies

I’m not sure how or why, but I got emailed a list of the Top 100 comedies of all-time as put together by Bravo. So, either out of sheer boredom, or because it’s really fun to do, I’ve decided to have a 64-movie tournament to decide the funniest movie of all-time (at least according to Bravo’s top 100). Movies will be seeded based on Bravo’s rankings and will be judged on your votes and mine, which include several factors; laugh-out-loud moments, memorable/quotable lines, re-watchability, and coin toss if none of the other factors help pick a winner.

Now before I begin, I should mention that upon further research, this list was compiled in 2006, which makes it even stranger that it wound up in my mailbox. So this list will not have any of the great comedies of the past 3 years, such as, The Hangover, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Little Miss Sunshine and Borat. Also, this apparently was a TV special where they showed clips and did a countdown, so it wasn’t just a random list posted on their website.

Also, this is Bravo’s list, not mine, and there are some definite omissions to the list that warrant mentioning. Let’s bow our heads and acknowledge these forgotten favorites: The Money Pit, Planes Traines and Automobiles, Liar Liar, Orange County, Home Alone, Spaceballs, Coming To America, Hot Shots, Tommy Boy and Billy Madison. Wow, actually I could probably make a list of Top 100 comedies that aren’t on Bravo’s list. Hmm, possible future blog?  With all those great comedies missing from the list, I wonder if that explains why Bravo has since removed the list from their website.

Here’s the Top 100 list according to the people at Bravo who have all since been fired for putting together such a terrible list and not knowing what true funny movies are.

Let’s see who makes the field of 64. Continue reading