Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead might not be the definitive doc National Lampoon fans are waiting for, but it's still almost as transgressively funny as the magazine in its heyday.

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From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability - and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon's Vacation, launching dozens of huge careers on the way. Director Douglas Tirola's documentary DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON - tells the story of its rise and fall through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine's prime). The film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, who were its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.

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  • This documentary is a stunning visual achievement, with director Douglas Tirola using perhaps thousands of images to give us a real sense of the seminal, savage American satirical magazine National Lampoon.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What makes Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead feel particularly vibrant is how the Lampoon's specific art direction is put to use.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is an orgy of boomer self-congratulation -- yet it lacks even that movie's ironic notation of how a bastion of white-male privilege managed to pass itself off as radical.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Tirola's documentary is brisk and entertaining, if not especially thoughtful. But then neither was the magazine, whose militant bad taste spawned "Saturday Night Live" and so much more.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • We can only imagine with glee what these comic geniuses could have done with some of today's political and cultural figures.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A frenetic, rough-edged, unapologetic tribute to the Lampoon, featuring some amazing archival footage, nifty bits of animation and dozens of straightforward talking-head interviews that crackle and pop.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4

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