Netflix Funny Stuff – Bernie, The Muppet Movie, John Pinette

I don’t always watch horror – occasionally I like a good laugh from my streaming Netflix.

John Pinette: Still Hungry (2011) – Rated TV-14

“Larger-than-life funnyman John Pinette is still hungry for laughs in this sold-out comedy concert filmed live inside Chicago’s historic Vic Theater. The crowd eats up Pinette’s humor as he questions the sense of panini makers and arugula.”

This special is quite funny but definitely watch John Pinette: I’m Starvin’ first. I’m Starvin’ is hysterical – Still Hungry is not as good but they make a good double feature.

Bernie (2011) – Rated PG-13

“In this black comedy inspired by a true story, affable Texas mortician Bernie befriends the small town’s wealthiest widow and then kills her. But despite the suspicious nature of her death, no one wants to think anything but the best of Bernie.”

The three of us in the house have very different tastes in movies. It is rare for all of us to agree but we all very much enjoyed Bernie. It is bafflingly offbeat – half the film consists of a series of interviews with the ‘townspeople’ who witnessed the actual events, the other half contains wonderful performances by Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. This is very low-key and not at all what you would expect from Jack Black.

The Muppet Movie (1979) – Rated G

“After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Kermit the Frog goes on a cross-country trek to find fame in Hollywood. Along the way, he meets Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the Muppets cast, and voilĂ , the Muppets are born.”

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? While I enjoyed Jason Segel’s good-hearted revival of the Muppet franchise, it doesn’t hold a candle to the 1979 original. The Muppet Movie is hysterical and is also a movie I can watch with my three-year-old granddaughter. It also features a mind-boggling series of cameos: James Coburn, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Edgar Bergen, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, and many others.

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