Ranking the Guest Mockumentaries

December 11th, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Recently finally got around to seeing “Waiting for Guffman”, rounding out my viewings of the mockumentaries with Christopher Guest somewhere in them. IMDB purists say “Spinal Tap” is not to be included in this list because Guest didn’t direct, but I disagree enough to include it in the ranking:

  1. “Spinal Tap”: The best on a pure “test of time” basis. Like The Bible, there’s something in ‘tap for every one of life’s moments. And the sublime moment I had actually going to a ‘tap concert and watching two juveniles rocking out like they just had been for The Birdmen of Alcatraz made it something more than mere film.
  2. “Best in Show”: More manic than “Spinal Tap,” which I respond to well.
  3. “Waiting for Guffman”: Pretty fun. Short in a good way.
  4. “A Mighty Wind”: Least favorite by far. Goes in for the kill on jokes in a way that suggests Guest & Co. have figured out the formula and forgotten the timing.

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