Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with David Koechner

by | March 19, 2014 | Comments

If you need a good cinematic laugh, look no further than David Koechner‘s films. Among them are Semi-Pro, Paul, and Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy (whammy!). His latest film in theaters signals something of a departure from these comedies — which is a nice way of saying that although Cheap Thrills isn’t without laughs, it’s much darker than his usual fare. His Five Favorite Films reflect both of those sides of his personality.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Ian MacNaughton, 1974; 97% Tomatometer)

I saw it when I was 13 and it had an amazing impact on me, I couldn’t believe something was so funny and so smart. The level of writing is so crazy; it’s a continual inspiration. It blew my mind. I was at home babysitting my younger siblings. My parents were out dancing, and it came on at 1:30 AM. I would watch Saturday Night Live, and it was on after. I thought it was a horror film to start because it’s dark and there’s the pop-pop-pop and there’s smog. In the movie, that’s their preamble thing that I missed, so I didn’t know it was a comedy.

Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979; 99% Tomatometer)

It’s so epic and so well-acted, it’s got a literary lineage, and it’s just amazing. I was a fan of all the music, and it’s so well-used in the picture. I was always intrigued and fascinated by the Vietnam war and this made me feel like I was there. I was surprised by so many things about the reality of war. When Martin Sheen’s character is going up the river and he goes to this one place where they’re blowing up a bridge everyday and he says, “Where’s your CO,” and he says, “Ain’t you him?” and I was just like, “Oh shit.” And the other thing that still stays with me today, the way the character acted — the helicopter pilot that’s going down — he says “Mayday Mayday, we’re going down.” He doesn’t overdo it; he gives information that’s necessary for other people to hear, and so for me that was a big acting lesson. I didn’t know it at the time. Any other actor — he may have been a real pilot — any other actor would have chewed that up, screaming, “Mayday,” but a real pilot has to convey information to the tower. He goes, “I’m in trouble, I’m in trouble,” and that’s it.

Hearts of Darkness makes that movie even better.

That should be my next film. But instead…

The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980; 87% Tomatometer)

I’ll say The Blues Brothers. I love it. I just love it. I was 13 when SNL started so I was a big fan of everything those guys were doing. Belushi, Aykroyd, et al, so that was a movie I still love. I was on a tour bus last year and it came on, and I was just so delighted and blown away.

Henry V (Kenneth Branaugh, 1989; 100% Tomatometer)

I’ve never seen Shakespeare so easily digestible. Everything is so perfectly played and [Kenneth Branagh] is so wonderful. For me, it’s unparalleled. Every actor is just so fine tuned and so good. I love every inch of that movie.

Man Bites Dog ( André Bonzel & Benoît Poelvoorde, 1991; 75% Tomatometer)

Man Bites Dog is a Belgian film in 1992. It’s about a film crew that starts following a serial killer around, and he’s charming and disarming and delightful, and he kills people with this film crew never interceding. The first time you see it, you’re like, “Wait a minute,” and you laugh a few times, and the second time, you laugh the whole time. It’s a bleak, dark comedy, but my god, it’s so funny. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was before the onslaught of reality television, but it makes a perfect comment on it now. It had subtitles and I still loved it. I laughed so hard.

Cheap Thrills opens everywhere this Friday.


Tag Cloud

DC Comics crossover Rocky spanish language OWN Comedy GoT chucky Walt Disney Pictures Schedule Marathons Amazon Prime dc Freeform Cannes Western elevated horror NYCC The Academy comics directors YouTube Red Set visit breaking bad Awards Spring TV franchise harry potter police drama The Purge dramedy FOX streaming Watching Series game of thrones reboot critics scary movies criterion cops Apple TV+ Toys video on demand Turner Classic Movies Awards Tour Countdown Hear Us Out zero dark thirty Marvel Studios video Reality Competition First Look Cartoon Network Pixar TCM Food Network Paramount Plus ITV hollywood dark Election toy story cinemax Lifetime Christmas movies joker Pop TV TBS Hallmark Christmas movies NBC doctor who Netflix Pop CBS All Access witnail Shudder rotten television facebook football cancelled New York Comic Con Ellie Kemper Britbox 20th Century Fox Marvel ghosts Mary poppins Binge Guide Mindy Kaling ABC Family foreign Disney GIFs Music rotten movies we love nfl women National Geographic Sundance SundanceTV ID 2016 cults Thanksgiving screenings Comics on TV TruTV Vudu PaleyFest TNT sag awards OneApp Fantasy Avengers CMT rt archives psychological thriller stoner Paramount mutant Tarantino spy thriller Logo south america Amazon Studios DGA USA 2015 laika disaster Trivia jamie lee curtis christmas movies strong female leads TLC Infographic WGN HBO Go Stephen King Extras justice league talk show Emmy Nominations blockbuster The CW RT History Mystery Alien cats historical drama Rom-Com universal monsters what to watch halloween tv Lifetime A&E Classic Film spider-man zombie satire Nominations Epix Television Academy cars HBO President political drama Heroines YouTube Premium batman Black History Month Apple TV Plus remakes Hallmark japanese Musicals Valentine's Day Crunchyroll psycho Shondaland Mary Poppins Returns documentary news Brie Larson canceled sequels Opinion VICE scorecard Superheroes comiccon dceu Writers Guild of America Kids & Family vampires 24 frames Pet Sematary medical drama crime thriller classics See It Skip It children's TV LGBT CW Seed australia unscripted SDCC Turner Marvel Television spanish cancelled TV shows TCA Awards 007 CNN Universal french Martial Arts Funimation Drama crime drama Chernobyl adaptation Family sequel VOD screen actors guild Baby Yoda Acorn TV best Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt animated Columbia Pictures LGBTQ anthology spain werewolf canceled TV shows adventure Spectrum Originals Crackle Box Office Nickelodeon films Esquire robots Paramount Network American Society of Cinematographers The Witch asian-american reviews BBC james bond SXSW boxing Disney Channel renewed TV shows Red Carpet TCA tv talk Holiday indiana jones rom-coms Calendar Grammys blaxploitation 45 transformers kids space festival Fall TV diversity IFC Films latino Hulu MSNBC ViacomCBS name the review crime archives Comedy Central The Walt Disney Company worst Tumblr parents E3 serial killer social media singing competition Arrowverse Dark Horse Comics USA Network obituary die hard period drama Fox News The Arrangement BAFTA Women's History Month El Rey Certified Fresh biography Character Guide TCA Winter 2020 sports History anime Ovation San Diego Comic-Con independent 2019 Bravo Elton John PlayStation supernatural toronto 71st Emmy Awards zombies VH1 a nightmare on elm street Starz movies FX hispanic Song of Ice and Fire cancelled television Star Trek travel WarnerMedia science fiction deadpool mockumentary TV richard e. Grant fresh trailers Television Critics Association Amazon Action teaser Quiz 2018 pirates of the caribbean concert war BBC America Black Mirror revenge Adult Swim romantic comedy MTV APB 99% A24 Year in Review cartoon comic books Pride Month X-Men Reality mission: impossible TV renewals Netflix Christmas movies Photos Country ESPN ABC Signature Endgame DC Universe Premiere Dates Biopics Peacock binge Syfy stop motion comic Ghostbusters hist Rocketman Sundance TV Winners BET Awards Trailer DC streaming service Disney Plus Trophy Talk Creative Arts Emmys Video Games YouTube discovery Super Bowl movie cancelled TV series RT21 Lucasfilm based on movie comedies nature ABC BBC One Mary Tyler Moore BET IFC Best and Worst Winter TV venice free movies CBS Animation Sundance Now cooking First Reviews miniseries HBO Max AMC stand-up comedy twilight FXX 21st Century Fox 4/20 dogs GLAAD spinoff Superheroe Disney+ Disney Plus Anna Paquin Film Festival Tomatazos 72 Emmy Awards dragons Rock Emmys versus casting 2017 PBS Travel Channel indie Academy Awards TV Land child's play aliens true crime docudrama sitcom finale Film Fox Searchlight nbcuniversal black Summer Horror emmy awards Mudbound Amazon Prime Video YA green book worst movies Podcast quibi Interview FX on Hulu jurassic park superhero italian theme song composers E! Teen Sony Pictures Oscars TIFF halloween TCA 2017 Cosplay 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Polls and Games DirecTV The Walking Dead Spike Masterpiece boxoffice Tubi Comic Book Disney streaming service Christmas festivals Star Wars documentaries ratings Pirates technology game show romance slashers Musical Nat Geo thriller golden globes Sci-Fi Discovery Channel golden globe awards TV One all-time politics MCU Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Apple book Showtime 2020 series Warner Bros. fast and furious Captain marvel Holidays Lionsgate award winner Sneak Peek natural history