I always get a little teary-eyed when the final credits roll on this film. The last image of the television floating away from the screen as it plays the opening credits to Flying Circus almost seems to me like a final goodbye. I realize that probably wasn't their intent when they made the movie, but in light of Graham Chapman's death a few years later, that's what it became.
And with the death of Chapman, there could be no more Monty Python. Python needed all six members. Without all six the balance was lost. If you need proof just look at the notorious 4th season of Flying Circus. Cleese left the show after the 3rd season because he felt they had already begun to repeat themselves. While the 4th season was funny and did have some truly inspired moments, it just wasn't [b]proper[/b]. It seemed unbalanced. The shows didn't gel as well. As a result the fourth and final season was cut very short.
So, yeah. I love The Meaning of Life. I think it's brilliant. It stumbles a bit more than Holy Grail and Life of Brian, but it's still far, far, far funnier than a rather large percentage of other comedies you might see.
[i]Whenever life gets you down Mr. Brown And things seem hard or tough And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft And you feel that you've had quite enough
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving And revolving at 900 miles an hour. It's orbiting at 90 miles a second, so it's reckoned A sun that is the source of all our power The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm at 40,000 miles an hour In the galaxy we call the Milky Way
Our galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars It's 100,000 light years side to side It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick But out by us it's just 3000 light years wide We're 30,000 light years from galactic central point We go 'round every 200,000,000 years And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions In this amazing and expanding universe
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding In all of the directions it can whiz As fast as it can go, the speed of light you know 12,000,000 a minute and that's the fastest speed there is So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure How amazingly unlikely is your birth And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space 'Cuz there's bugger all down here on Earth!
[/i]"Makes you feel sort of insignificant, doesn't it?"
Ahhhhh, nice. I just watched [b]Near Dark[/b] for the first time in several years. (I needed to wash the lameness of The Prowler from my palate.) Glad to say it really holds up. I'm even more convinced that this was THE vampire movie for 1987, and not a certain other glossy MTV vampire movie, [b]Lost Boys[/b], bleh.
Makes me kind of sad that Near Dark gets overlooked time and again while that one gets all the hooplah. Give me grungy white trash vampires over pretty boy vampires any day.