National Lampoon Presents: Dorm Daze

The National Lampoon films are usually defined by a certain style of comedy. Since Animal House kicked things off in 1978 the films have generally had pretty simplistic plots peppered with what many would consider crude and juvenile humor. The last thing I’d expect out of the Lampoon is a complicated, door-slamming farce…but that’s what…

National Lampoon’s Cattle Call

In this time of #MeToo and revelations involving producers like Harvey Weinstein allegedly trading roles for sex, we come to a film that is not going to have aged well for many. It’s one thing, though, when it’s a creepy overweight dude like Weinstein, and a whole other story when it’s a bunch of young…

National Lampoon’s Pledge This!

There was a time when National Lampoon films were making movie stars out of performers like John Belushi or Chevy Chase. That was the distant past, though, by the time we reached the year 2006. It was a dark time, for rather than centering their films on exceptional comedic performers, they were putting the name…

National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers

In the 1920’s and 30’s there was a very popular series of musical films known as the Gold Diggers series. The original 1923 film, simply called Gold Diggers, is actually a lost film. Five more Gold Diggers films would follow, thankfully all of these still exist. None of those films, though, have anything whatsoever to…

National Lampoon-a-Palooza!

Now that it’s Thanksgiving, the official start of the holiday season is here!  Of course, one of the most popular movies that folks revisit at this time of year is Christmas Vacation.  Actually…technically…the film is called National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.   The National Lampoon was originally a magazine, but in 1978 they decided to take their…