What Got This Director Here?: Groundhog Day, with a little Caddyshack/Family Vacation. And the stuff he wrote of course.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Caddyshack.
What Did I Watch: Groundhog Day, which I’d somehow never seen.
Where Does He Fit: Harold Ramis was a talented writer whose direction was usually rather pedestrian and invisible, which works fine for Caddyshack and Family Vacation but is a little more troublesome for Groundhog Day, which has his best script in combination with his least inspired direction. We badly needed a Michel Gondry for this even if it might be a little too Eternal Sunshine, but there are a few other problems in the form of Andie MacDowell’s pretty awful performance (so soon after Sex Lies and Videotape, too) and the fact that the side cast is a bit much. Still, Murray is wonderful, and my alma mater sort of gets a shoutout!
Most Valuable Asset: Humor.
Most Excited For: Uh…Analyze This? I think I’m done with his directed works, though.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Maybe if the list was expanded, but Top 250 is generous.
Coming Up Next: Lord of Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson.