“So I got that going for me, which is nice.”

With a background at Second City and National Lampoon, comedy was right up Harold Ramis’ alley, and while he had early opportunities to write and perform comedy, it wasn’t until the third feature film on which he was involved that gave him the opportunity to direct. Luckily for him, that movie was “Caddyshack” and the rest, as they say, is history. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we begin our Harold Ramis series with his directorial debut from 1980 – “Caddyshack.” We talk about Ramis and his co-writers, Brian Doyle-Murray and Douglas Kenney, how they came up with the idea for the script and how so much of what ended up on the screen was improvised. We discuss the older talent – Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Bill Murray – and how their performances really forced the filmmakers to diminish the story of the caddies, notably Michael O’Keefe, and what are thoughts are on this. We chat about the story of the kids as it compares with the story of the adults and what our thoughts are on these two stories. We talk about the gopher and how he figures into the story. And we chat about how endlessly quotable this movie is. It’s one of the best, if not the best, golf movies out there and certainly a fun movie to add to our list. So check it out then tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

  • Andy’s Trailer: The Other Side of the Door — “Okay, so this doesn’t look that great. Despite the horrible family tragedy that starts it, there is a creepy vibe to it. So that at least gives it something for me to latch onto for a late night screening.”
  • Pete’s Trailer: Captain America: Civil War — “I’m on the record as being a fan of the first Cap. You remember, the one everyone hated? Yeah, I was the other guy. So it should come as no surprise that I’m just as excited about the next Cap, a darker tone that boasts some potentially interesting internal conflict in the MCU. Bring it on.”
Pete Wright