Monday, February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis Should Have Made More Movies-R.I.P.
So at the link below I learned that Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69. This is incredibly sad. Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray are more famous but Ramis is, as a movie maker and writer, even funnier than they are. His movies bear watching again and again. One aspect of them is the warmth of the characters. Caddyshack, Ghostbusters (I and II); National Lampoon's Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, Back to School, Analyze This and particularly a movie I think will be watched in a hundred years from now, Groundhog Day, are never mean spirited. One masterpiece is a lot, five is amazing. (I count Groundhog Day, Animal House, Ghostbusters, Stripes and Back To School--in that order). As an actor he seemed to have enormous fun, he did a wonderful turn as a physician who makes house calls in As Good As It Gets. It appears Harold Ramis never got an Oscar--for anything. That shows the incredible undervaluing of comedy in Hollywood. Its by now a cliche but Harold Ramis really will be missed. http://www.today.com/entertainment/harold-ramis-ghostbusters-star-dead-69-2D12156583 Here are some Ramis clips: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2014/feb/24/harold-ramis-ghostbusters-groundhog-day-caddyshack-clips