#SatMat’s Top 5 Riffs for Monty Python’s Life of Brian

FINAL

Salome at the blog BNoirDetour, who regularly Live Tweets a film-noir movie on Twitter.com every Sunday night at 9 p.m. EDT, said she’d let me co-host this week. I thought, what more irreverent way to end Easter weekend than with a Live Tweet of Monty Python’s Life of Brian?

Salome was so enthused that, even though it wasn’t a film-noir movie, she generously gave up most of her time slot and even helped me plug the Live Tweet. Too bad I wasn’t there.

My daughter had a bad reaction to lamb or some other Easter delicacy we were serving, and we ended up rushing her to the emergency room for a case of food poisoning. Thankfully, Salome soldiered on without me and still hosted “my” part of the Live Tweet (for which many thanks, Salome).

Judging from the riffs that were left, this was one of the best Live Tweets I almost hosted. So here are the top 5 riffs from #SatMat‘s March 27 Live Tweet of Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

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#SatMat Live Tweet double feature for Sat. & Sun., Mar. 26 & 27: PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY (2016) and MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (1979)

This weekend for my #SatMat Live Tweet, I’m doing two movies that don’t get me salivating with anticipation, but I feel I must cave to the zeitgeist.

PEE-WEE

 

First off, at my usual Saturday time slot of 4:30 p.m. EDT, I am hosting Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. I gave Pee-Wee’s feature filmography a chance 30 years ago, when a friend insisted upon showing Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure to me. At first, I thought I might actually be on to something, as I chortled mightily at the movie’s first 10 minutes. But after that, it got way too disjointed for my taste.

From all accounts, this three-decades-too-late follow-up follows a similar pattern, so I was prepared to ignore it entirely, but it has gotten surprisingly rave reviews. The icing on the cake was a glowing critique from my blogger-friend Salome at BNoirDetour.

So this Saturday, I am throwing the movie out there for whomever wants to bite. If I end up really and truly liking it, I will eat crow and write an appropriately nice review of it the day after at this blog. If you don’t hear from me on Sunday, you have only Salome to blame.

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Speaking of Salome, she is generously giving up most of her usual Sunday-night Live Tweet time slot so that I can present Monty Python’s Life of Brian at 9 p.m. EDT.

I must confess that, as much as I have revered the British comedy team of Monty Python for the past four decades, this is not my favorite film of theirs. In its native home of Britain, it’s one of the most acclaimed comedies of all time. But, like Pee-Wee’s initial feature film, I find it a bit disjointed, full of plot points that spring up and wither like so much crabgrass. (Click here to read my complete review of the movie at this blog.)

But there’s nothing Monty Python ever did as a team effort that’s completely without merit, and this movie certainly has its share of hearty laughs. And heaven knows, I can’t resist the irreverence of playing it online at the far end of Easter Sunday.

So I hope you’ll join the #SatMat group for one or both of these wacko comedies at Twitter.com this weekend. And happy Easter!

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