Rob Reiner’s directorial debut has developed into a cult phenomenon. The film that invented the “rockumentary” has now outlasted most of the bands it mocked. Following the ill-fated American comeback tour of an aging heavy metal group, this film has joined the ranks of the greatest comedies ever made. —The Criterion Collection
The successful director of movies that run the gamut of styles from This is Spinal Tap and The Sure Thing to Stand By Me, Misery and A Few Good Men, Rob Reiner has also produced, written and acted in a great many of the most popular films of the past two decades. But it was in his Emmy award-winning portrayal of Michael “Meathead” Stivic, in the CBS comedy series All in the Family (1971-1979), that Reiner made himself a household name.
Reiner was born March 6, 1947, in the Bronx, NY, to comedian Carl Reiner and actress/singer Estelle Reiner. Rob’s first large-screen acting role was in his father’s film Enter Laughing (1967). He had a series of guest roles in television series like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gomer Pyle and The Beverly Hillbillies, and other small film roles in Where’s Poppa? (1970) and Summertree (1971), before he landed the part in All in the Family.
He co-wrote the first episode of the series Happy Days in 1974, and in 1978 he wrote and produced the romantic… read more
Trust me when I say that I'm not that guy, the guy who finds a universally-loved film with a cult following and has to shit on it because no one else does. But I only really laughed once at the 11 part. I didn't really think it was smart or funny and felt all of the jokes were just too easy. Even more odd, I really liked "Best in Show" and "For Your Consideration" so why not this? I guess it just went over my head.
It's not the first mockumentary ever made, but it's easily the best. The filmmakers are able to deliver brilliant improvisational comedy while staying faithful to the structure of a documentary. And, intentionally or not, it's a pretty potent take on where rock and roll was at that time.
Its 1982 and Spinal Tap, proclaimed “One of England’s loudest bands”, is touring the US in support of their latest album, “Smell of the Glove”. Marti DeBergi, a director of television commercials… read review
I once used the “This amp goes to 11” scene to illustrate an argument in a philosophy class in college. We were talking about the two schools of thought: Rationalists and Empiricists. Listen to what… read review