Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day (1993)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Danny Rubin

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Andie MacDowell

Chris Elliot

Stephen Tobolowsky

Blurb:

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize until my recent re-watch that I have this entire movie memorized. It would be one of the easier movies to memorize since so much is repeated, but I hadn’t known I could do it before.

Groundhog Day is a fun movie and I can easily see myself doing just about everything he did, although, having this happen while single and with kids is clearly the way to do it. I don’t even want to think about what this could be like with kids.

The humor in the movie is dark, understandably so, and Bill Murray’s sarcastic humor adds to it. I could do without the “romance” in the plot. Rita is boring on so many levels and him trying to be a better person to deserve her rubs me the wrong way. I like to think that she’s the catalyst that gets him on the path but that he ultimately does it for himself and not her.

This is a film I can come back to over and over and I enjoy it each time I do. Groundhog Day is definitely a classic and most years I’m not content to watch it just once. Obviously, not getting rid of this one, and highly recommend it.

Ghostbusters II (1989)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Dan Aykroyd

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Dan Aykroyd

Sigourney Weaver

Harold Ramis

Rick Moranis

Ernie Hudson

Annie Potts

Peter MacNicol

Blurb:

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Thoughts:

I will show just how uncultured I am by saying that I enjoy Ghostbusters II more than the first one. I said it. It’s out there. My husband and the internet have informed me I’m wrong, and I accept that. The thing is, I enjoy Ghostbusters II more. Don’t get me wrong, I love the humor in the first movie. It’s hilarious, and the song is much better, but there’s just something about a giant Statue of Liberty walking through New York with upbeat music playing that hits me in the feels.

The film was a flop because I am in the minority. It so thoroughly killed what could have been a huge franchise that we didn’t get another movie for decades. Which, of course, was hated for entirely different reasons. There’s another movie coming out later this year, but all signs point to it being closer to the original than the sequel. Still, it has Paul Rudd in it, so it can’t be all bad.

Weaver was a much better mother than Alley was in Look Who’s Talking. Anytime something was happening to Oscar, it’s like she sensed it almost immediately, and she reacted. She also didn’t question herself and went to people she knew would help. She’s a great character with sus taste in men. Murray’s character is hilarious, but he’s so self-destructive I’m not sure how I would feel being in a relationship with him.

The Wikipedia article is expansive filled with all kinds of information, but nothing stood out as interesting to me. Murray was a bit of a diva again. The movie apparently has a fatherhood subplot with Murray’s whole relationship with Oscar. Eh, I rarely pick up on things like that and prefer to think of Weaver being a super mom.

I’m almost through the 80s! Just four more movies.

Ghostbuster (1984)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Ghostbuster (1984)

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Dan Aykroyd

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Dan Aykroyd

Harold Ramis

Sigourney Weaver

Rick Moranis

Annie Potts

Ernie Hudson

Blurb:

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Thoughts:

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters is hilarious. He’s dry and sarcastic and makes the movie. Reading more into the film, though, it sounds like he was a bit of a diva. He said he’d do the movie but never actually signed anything, so it was never a sure thing. He also took a lot of time away from Ernie Hudson, who took a pay cut to be in the film because he liked the role so much. So while I love Bill Murray’s character in the movie, I feel bad for the people who worked with him.

Ghostbusters is one of those films that a LOT of people have truckloads of nostalgia connected with it. Oddly enough, I don’t. It wasn’t one I got to watch much growing up, so while I think it’s great, I do feel like I get to look at it from a distance. It’s fun and entertaining, and unique. The closest modern equivalent, besides the reboot, would have to be This is the End. Even that’s a stretch, though. It’s crazy that no one tried to emulate it. That’s what Hollywood does, after all.

And now it’s time for Random Facts from the Wikipedia Article!

-The day before the deadline for Slimer’s puppets Richard Edlund, his creator, was informed they wanted it to look like John Belushi. Edlund took three grams of cocaine and believed Belushi’s ghost guided him in Slimer’s creation.

-Universal owned the rights to the name Ghostbusters because of a children’s show but allowed Columbia to buy the rights for $500,000 and 1% of the profits. Which, of course, never happened because movies never make a profit. This only happened, though, because one of the people originally attached to Ghostbusters became the head of Universal.

-One of the only things that made it through all versions of the script was the Marshmallow man. It sounds like it was Aykroyd’s favorite part, and the movie wouldn’t get made without it.

– Julia Roberts was considered for the role of Dana Barrett

And that’s the end of another edition of Random Facts from the Wikipedia Article!

It’s always interesting to know who potentially could have been cast. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role of Dana after seeing Sigourney Weaver. Likewise, I can’t imagine Eddie Murphy in the role of Winston.

Ghostbusters is a highly quotable, classic comedy that everyone should see at least once.

Re-watch: Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director:

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Andie MacDowell

Chris Elliot

Plot:

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Review:

This is the start of my romance movie marathon for the month. It’s not a conventional romance, but it’s there! I promise. Plus there’s the added bonus of Groundhog Day being February 2nd and it’s the 3rd.

I’ve watched Groundhog Day many, many times. It’s not the normal Bill Murray comedy, but it has it’s comedy elements. From what I’ve read Murray wanted the movie to be more serious than it was, but Ramis wanted more of a comedy. Even with the tug of war going on in the background I think it’s an excellent film.

Phil, Bill Murray, is an arrogant, self-absorbed, weatherman at the start of the film. After thousands of repeated days he discovers that way down deep inside he’s not a bad guy. It took him a while, but after he slept with all available attractive women, ate and smoked whatever he wanted, killed himself a few different ways, he got around to self-improvement. Probably exactly what I would do too, minus the killing myself. Maybe.

Unlike 12 Days of Christmas I really think that Phil probably stuck with the new and improved version of himself. After that much time, stuck in the same place, learning so many new skills, and obtaining so much knowledge, I think he would have to be changed to his core.

I like the fact that he pursued Rita, Andie MacDowell, so persistently and she always shot him down. It wasn’t until he “found” himself that she really did anything with him romantically. I know he sort of melded himself to be the man she wanted but along the way I think (hope) he started doing it for himself.

If you’ve somehow managed to live your life without seeing this movie it’s time to change that.

5/5