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Animal House Review

America is a strange and violent land full of teens who think they can drink and drink that barely has alcohol in it. No such comments are made on that in Animal House, a time where drinking was a side order of stirring degeneracy rather than something that could cause it. How the times have changed. John Landis directs this frat comedy with a grand understanding not just of what makes the frat party a place for wild partygoing antics but engages with the National Lampoon caricatures and the shtick they provided audiences for decades. These are the party boys and the snooty sororities that looked down on the fun attitudes of the time. But did they exist? Probably not.

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Coming to America Review

An interview with leading man Eddie Murphy describing the process of hiring director John Landis reveals more than anyone could expect for Coming to America, a relatively safe and disengaged comedy. The late 1980s produced some of the finest films to date, but it was here that the comedy began to falter. Long gone were the laugh-a-minute barrages of Airplane! or the inventive chaos provided by Time Bandits, and the seeds of Saturday Night Live were slowly beginning to blossom. While it would be a couple of years before audiences had a taste of Wayne’s World, the passing of the torch was beginning to take centre stage. Case in point, Coming to America does indeed feel like a farewell to Murphy’s imperium of the genre.  

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