This was originally going to be a review of Ghostbusters (1984) but as I began writing I knew it wasn’t going to be worth the time at this given moment. I’ve got a more important thing to discuss, and that’s the missing link of today’s film and cinema.
Some may be wondering what exactly is the missing link?
“Is it a half man, half ape creature?”
“Is it the ghost of John Hughes?”
“Is it bacon?”
If you guessed the ghost of John Hughes, you would be really close. The one thing that is really missing right now is the partnership of Harold Ramis and Bill Murray.
When ever anyone hears the name Bill Murray, the first thing that comes to mind is Bill Fucking Murray, followed closely by Zombie Bill Murray (ala Zombie Land) and finally working the way down through Groundskeeper Carl (Caddyshack) to Steve Zissou and Ghostbusters.
When ever anyone hears the name Harold Ramis, the first thing that comes to mind is. . . Who?
Going on 30 years ago there was a man who was an incredible comedy writer who got a few of his screenplays picked up and turned into major films. Harold Ramis’ early years in comedy started with the Second City comedy troupe based out of Chicago. It can be said that SNL Wouldn’t exist without the Second City. Check out the history sometime and you’ll be shocked by the talent that flowed out of Chicago in the late 70s to early 80s. Ramis’ big break was with the film Animal House (1978) which starred a little known John Belushi amongst other great comics.
While working on the Second City Network television show he met up with Bill Murray and a friendship and partnership was born. The first to show these two working together was 1979’s Meatballs starring Murray as a camp counselor that would eventually influence my own experiences as a camp counselor.
Next was Caddyshack (1980), again it was penned by Ramis but only showcased Murray. That would change with 1981’s Stripes starring Ramis and Murray as two down on their luck guys who join up with the United States Army to get more direction in their lives. Hilarity ensues as the two work their way through basic and over to Switzerland to guard a prototype war machine.
After a three-year break the two joined forces once again in 1984’s Ghostbusters. Ramis played Dr. Egon Spengler across from Murray’s sardonic Dr. Peter Venkman. The success of which brought along the sequel in 89.
The last official time we’ve seen these comic geniuses at work together was 1993’s Groundhog Day which Ramis both Wrote and Directed.
It’s been far too long and I’ve heard too many broken promises as to when I can expect the third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise. As you can see here; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289401/ there are a lot of rumored cast members and no specific dates and really not a lot of helpful information at all.
I can’t remember the last comedy that really had me rolling around laughing. More so, I can’t remember the last recently made comedy that really got me going. I remember the last comedy that I watched that made me have a conniption from giggling and that was Stripes. Caddyshack never disappoints, and Ghostbusters is always easily accessible in my DVD collection because they were made when comedies were comedies, something you wanted to watch again and again. Anymore, when I see a movie I’m good seeing it that one time, I don’t feel the draw to watch it again because I know all the funny parts. That’s what’s changed, the quality and life of the jokes didn’t die when the credits started rolling in older comedies. Now we’re lucky to remember a joke by the time the credits roll in a current comedy. I’m trying to keep my eyes open to the next big thing, I’m trying but I don’t know when or where it will come or what form it will take when it finally takes full power in this world.
I’ll be thinking of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man till then. Hoping for the return of the Murray-Ramis team.
Also, the winner from the first ever Movie Quiz from earlier today was Jeremy. He only half won though. He answered with Empire Records so he got the movie half right, but the name of the character who said the line is still up for grabs.