Ghostbusters

Why are there only ghosts in New York City? And Godzilla, King Kong, Spiderman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and 90% of all television programs for that matter?

Why didn’t they just have middle earth set in New York City?

This is obviously Bill Murray in his prime, his brand of comedy has stood the test of time (sorry Chevy). I decided to re-watch Ghostbusters after years of not viewing it to see if I still thought it was funny. It passed the test. There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to go around.

When the Ghostbusters initially bill the hotel manager they could’ve priced it at anything and people would’ve paid that amount. It’s like animal control billing somebody to get a bear out of their backyard, who’s going to question the amount? And we can now officially say that this movie came out so long ago that Larry King was still on television. His cameo will certainly show the age of the movie for future generations. As will the special effects that were considered so great back then. The demon dog creature running through the park is just laughable now-a-days.

How convenient is it that all these ghosts come out of nowhere the same time that the Ghostbusters go into business. And how convenient is it that the person who gets their fridge taken over by demons is an attractive lady that catches the eye of Bill Murray? It’s like they were trying to create a small love interest or something (wink). Her apartment is going to be hard to lease to somebody in the future. Who’s going to want to lease that place when it was an epicenter to a demonic takeover of New York City? I would not sign that lease without a major discount, they could come back. Those demons are like cockroaches, they always come back.

There were too many one-liners in this movie to count. Ghostbusters made people laugh-out-loud before the world knew what “lol” meant.

Dr Ray Stantz: I think we’d better split up.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Good idea.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Yeah… we can do more damage that way

Dr Ray Stantz: My parents left me that house. I was born there.
Dr. Peter Venkman: You’re not gonna lose the house, everybody has three mortgages nowadays.

Dr Ray Stantz: Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.
Dr. Peter Venkman: You’re right, no human being would stack books like this.

That’s just a small taste of it.

And side note: who buys three arcade games for your new business if you’re low on cash? And there is also some nice “I know who that is” moment. Reginald VelJohnson from Family Matters plays a cop in the city jail, he latter plays a cop in the hit television comedy after playing a cop in Die Hard (typecasting maybe?).

What the 1980s lack in top quality Oscar type dramas they definitely make up for it in big time legendary blockbuster movies. Here’s a short list:

Star Wars episode V and VI, Indiana Jones, E.T., Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Batman , The Terminator, and Die Hard to name a few.

Every decade has their big movies but I would stack those against any other decade comparing just name value.

The only thing I wanted to do as soon as I was done watching Ghostbusters was to watch the sequel. They really don’t make movies like this one anymore. Here’s a thought how did Sigourney Weaver’s character score that amazing apartment in New York city overlooking the park being a musician? I can’t believe that one. And I know what you’re thinking “why are you picking that detail of this movie out as the unbelievable fact?” Well you’ve got to pick and choose your battles and there’s now way a musician can afford that apartment without some serious help from her parents. Thoughts like these are the reason I can’t sleep at night.

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2 responses to “Ghostbusters

  1. Well at least he didn’t throw out Ashton Kutcher’s name. Aykroyd needs to understand that noobdy gives a crap about ghostbusters in general- Venkman, Stantz, Egon and Zeddemore are what drive the film, that’s who people want to see, and we don’t want to see them broken down and shitty. And why would the Ghostbusters be hiring new people this late? Is it going to be like 2, where despite saving an entire city of people literally cheering their names in the previous movie, now they’re broke and noobdy gives a shit? Jesus, just give us another video game set in the 90’s.Seriously though, somebody gave Dennis Miller another show? Guy’s got no audience- Tea party views with a smug intellectualness that puts Keith Olberman to shame.

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