R.I.P. Harold Ramis 1944-2014

Harold Ramis

 

Well, for me, it’s the relationship between comedy and life – that’s the edge I live on, and maybe it’s my protection against looking at the tragedy of it all. It’s seeing life in balance. Comedy and tragedy co-exist. You can’t have one without the other. I’m of the school that anything can be funny, if seen from a comedic point of view.

 

Harold Ramis, comedian extraordinaire, passed away February 24th at the age of 69. He wrote many of the best comedies from 1978-1993. Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Back to School, culminating in one of my very favorite movies, Groundhog Day. I count myself lucky to have caught Regal’s special showing of it just a few weeks ago.

Ghostbusters

Netflix has three of his movies available for streaming: Ghostbusters (writer and actor), Ice Harvest (director), and Baby Boom (actor). Ghostbusters is the obvious choice (of those) for remembering him.

Ghostbusters (1984) – Rated PG

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious college, a team of parapsychologists creates a business exterminating ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests — and are soon hired by a cellist to purge her digs of a demon.

R.I.P. Harold Ramis – Thank you for making us laugh. You will be missed.