Thursday, September 28, 2006

Top 5 Cameos

"We're gonna make 'em eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat their shit which is made up of our shit that we made 'em eat"
Here are the finest five of them all.

5) Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Will Ferrell, Jason Lee, Judd Nelson, Carrie Fisher, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Mark Hamill and basically all the people who have worked with Kevin Smith in the past. Most of them are making a favour to a friend, but in the end you get the feeling it wasn't all just for the laughs. I mean, every cameo is totally irrelevant with each other, they exist just as an excuse to give the movie a fake A-list glory, where quantity overcomes quality. Understandable though, cause this movie is actually based on cameos, otherwise viewing would be impossible. There isn't a chance Jay and Silent Bob could pull it off on their own. But, overall, it's a cameo driven movie, so that's more than enough to earn the 5th place. Mindless fun.

4) The Blues Brothers (1980)
This one is really special. It's like a blues/cinema fan's wet dream. Henry Gibson, Twiggy, Frank Oz, Chaka Khan, John Candy, Steven Spielberg, director John Landis, Paul Reubens,Carrie Fisher, and of course Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. All the cameos fit in, they dont's get tiring, they're sticking to the wacky mood of the film. They're elevating the movie's storyline, transforming it into something surreal.If there's a movie which can be called cult classic, then this is the one, and it's mainly due to its numerous cameos.

3) Zoolander (2001)
Where to start. David Bowie, Natalie Portman, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Trump, Christian Slater and dozens more. Half of America's showbusiness, basically. Though here, there is an actual story. The cameos are just for the laughs, plus they give the movie a more down-to earth tone. It's all out there to give you the feeling that Derek Zoolander is really out there. Threatening, isn't it? But they overdo it a bit, using every single celebrity they could get their hands on. Still, this is a cameo marathon, where you lose count after a while. And it's, if not the birth of the Frat Pack, it 's definitely the foundations. Keep an eye for Andy Dick as Olga the Masseuse!

2) Austin Powers In GoldMember (2002)
Amazing opening sequence. Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, Spielberg, it's Hollywood's creme de la creme. And the whole sequence fits perfectly in the whole movie's attitude. You get that silly grin/smile seeing them, exactly like in all the Austin Powers Movies. And then it's the Osbournes, Travolta, Spears, Rob Lowe... Smashing baby, yeah.It actually shows right up from the beginning, it's going to be the best of all three.

1) Alfred Hitchcock in most of his movies
This is actually an exception. This is a whole filmography of cameos. 35 of them. It's not like "appearing in his movies" is his thing. That's just with the blond chicks. We're talking about the king of suspense. When you're watching a Hitchcock movie, you get sucked up by the storyline, the atmosphere, you await the big twist, and of course you keep an eye for the blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. They're all carefully premeditated trademarks. So, the cameos actually serve a higher purpose, which doesn't really contribute anything to the story, but adds up to the whole experience.

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