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The Rutles - All You Need is Cash
The Rutles - All You Need is Cash
DVD ~ Dan Aykroyd
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idle and Innes compliment each other perfectly, January 26, 2004
This little treasure is something that all Beatles fans, Python fans and early SNL fans should own. It's the one thing that Idle says he is most proud of, and for good reason. His little bits, which perfectly parody the Beatles that Idle so adored, fit seamlessly into Innes' fantastic songs. Idle comments that Innes' songs added another dimension to the Beatles songs they're based off of rather than becoming shameless parodies (are you listening Weird Al?) and he is quite right.
The film contains moments of comic genius, but mind you they're mostly subtle moments of comic genius. The people I've run into that didn't think this film is funny at all tend to like the blatant, loud, American-style humor. So be patient with the humor, enjoy the music and discover the true genius of the Rutles.

By the end of the film, I almost cared more about the fictional Rutles than I did about the actual Beatles. (And I'm a huge Beatles fanatic) It's just a fantastic, fun film for those who can appreciate the true, witty humor.

Rutland Isles
Rutland Isles
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, albeit odd, Idle jabs relentlessly at Palin., November 27, 2003
This review is from: Rutland Isles (Audio CD)
I love Eric Idle. His work is hilarious. This is not an exception.
Very weird, this CD will best be appreciated by people who can understand the strangest of Python. Because this CD is weird. It's almost bordering on Graham Chapman Concrete Inspector or Find the Fish weird. Still, it's got some brilliantly funny moments including the General Gucci song, Killing For God (an ironic song if I ever heard one) and Paranoia.
Eric's done better. But this is quite funny. Don't buy it if you can't handle strange. If you can however, and you're willing to listen several times, this CD can yield great rewards.

The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel
The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel
by Eric Idle
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, insightful and entertaining., November 27, 2003
I must admit that I adore Eric Idle, so I am biased, but truly this is a fantastic piece of fiction.
Idle weaves the story of two comedians, Alex and Lewis, who are trying to make it in a futuristic world of greed and sexuality. The human race is corrupt and Idle makes sure we realize it. Along their struggle for fame, Alex and Lewis meet up with a mega-diva Brenda Wolley (who represents the evils of fame) a mysterious, seductive young woman (isn't that always the case?) and various, notorious individuals. All of this is watched by Carlton, their curious android who has taken to studying comedy. Carlton provides many insights into why comedians do what they do, and the theories he creates are brilliant. One almost feels it's a pity Eric didn't just publish his theories so they'd be taken seriously.
Narrating all of this is the most dynamic character of the book- William Reynolds. Reynolds takes an active narrator roles in telling of his own problems with his girlfriend. Reynolds eventual spiral into corruption provides the most compelling story of the novel.
At the end, all of the story lines come together for a fantastic, albeit shattering, conclusion.
Idle inserts several hilarious in-jokes, plenty of one-liners, and enough comedy to keep it from over-drama. Still, the book is dramatic and, in several places, can be quite shocking. Inserting a heart-breaking passage about himself (a forgotten comic from the 21st century) Idle creates a self-aware, and touching, commentary on comedians.
Read this book. Twice. I didn't fully understand everything the first time, but I truly appreciate it on a re-reading. Anyone who wants to be a comedian should read this. In fact, you should just read this book when you get a chance. It's not flawless, but it is nearly so.

Ojril: The Completely Incomplete Graham Chapman
Ojril: The Completely Incomplete Graham Chapman
by Jim Yoakum
Edition: Paperback
43 used & new from $0.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the mind of Graham Chapman, November 27, 2003
Let's face it: Graham Chapman was weird.
Which isn't to say he made no sense. I'm sure he made perfect sense to himself and other alcoholics, but a lot of times he was just plain weird. Still, it's fun to step into his mind just simply because you never know what you'll find. Never predictable, always unexpected, if you ever enjoyed Monty Python you'll enjoy this unique look at Graham's unpublished work. Personally as a Pythonite, I relished and adored it. But even a casual fan will appreciate the unusual sketches and bits that this gem contains.
Pick it up. Read it twice. You won't understand all of it, but laugh, because you're not alone.

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