In what is certainly the most comedically inclined Extra Milestone yet, I am joined by my very close personal friend Tyler Chambers to discuss a pair of classics within the genre. We begin with a lengthy rundown of Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam’s 1975 cult favorite Monty Python and the Holy Grail, complete with behind-the-scenes stories, details we’ve noticed over the years, our personal experiences with the movie, analyses of the film’s comedic stylings, and revisits of our favorite sequences. Then we move on to John Landis’s 1980 musical road comedy The Blues Brothers. We discuss the film’s story structure, cast, presentation, and deadpan sense of humor, as well as how all of those things compare and contrast surprisingly well with Holy Grail. Afterward, we both give a recommendation to pair with each movie, some much more unexpected than others!
NOTE: Due to a variety of unfortunate technical errors, the sound quality of this episode is a bit worse than usual. Sorry about that!
- 00:00:00 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- 00:59:05 – The Blues Brothers
- 01:31:50 – Our Recommendations for the Week
NEXT WEEK: Jason Read returns to Extra Milestone to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (his favorite film) and both of Joe Dante’s Gremlins movies!
Music in this Episode: “Homeward Bound” by Jack Trombey and “Country Wide” by Anthony Mawer, both from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Cinemaholics in this Episode: Sam Noland and Tyler Chambers
I’m with Sam. When someone tells me they like Blues Brothers I have no choice but to stan.
Same here. True taste acquired.
Definitely one of those “instant respect” movies 😀
Two comedy classics in one week?! Must be my birthday. Really dug the Life of Brian convo last year so really pumped to hear this.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Great episode, though I hope the audio improves on the next one. Tyler’s enthusiasm for Holy Grail is pretty infectious and you can really tell there’s a ton of chemistry. I’m guessing you both are friends in real life? Excited to hear you reunite with Jason and hopefully you talk about tons of faces.
Sorry about that! Hope you were still able to listen 🙂 Tyler and I have been friends for over a year, in large part due to our mutual Holy Grail appreciation.
Hi, love the show, but I have one minor point of clarification. I’m old enough to have seen Holy Grail in the theater when it first came out. I even went back more than once, as I was already a big MP fan. There was no dentist bit at the beginning; in fact I haven’t seen that at all. I look forward to seeing it, however, it sounds like something completely different! The original version went straight from the colorful “llama” credits to the shot with the wheel up in the air.
Keep them coming, Sam!
Good to know! Must have been a joke that was specifically created for home video releases of a certain era, which is a shame considering how funny it is. Thanks for listening!