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I am a college student who has some free time, and an insatiable, ravenous obsession with film. I have a wide variety of tastes and I try for quality films, and I almost never say Not Interested. I love mind bending films, screwball comedies from the 30's and 40's, romantic comedies, classic and low budget horror, coming of age films, silent slapstick, feel good, and generally 70's cinema. I rate films with a mixture of "What the film is" versus how much I enjoyed it. If you want to read about my opinions on modern film, here's a link to my column in my college newspaper: http://badgerherald.com/author/ssemonson/
 

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Saturday Night
12 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you have previously read the book "Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live" you are not going to get anything new out of watching this film. A lot of what is in that book is much more fascinating and insightful than what student filmmaker James Franco has to show us. More than that, this is a very amateur film that shows us the process, but not what makes it fun for the writers and performers on the show. Actually, there's this bittersweet quality to the entire film that stresses how difficult the show is to put together, and what it takes to work at SNL, rather than the zaniness of comedic creativity. More often than not we watch the mechanics of a joke, rather than its execution, and the behind the scenes quality of the film makes it seem very voyeuristic, in a bad way. That and James Franco pandering to the camera, letting himself be interviewed alongside show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels was a little too self-aggrandizing for my taste. While this may be a treat for those unaware of the mechanics of the show, it probably isn't the roller coaster of fun many are expecting.