This is where we give OFPL staff members an opportunity to write about some of their favorite books – or in this case, movies.  This month, Sean in Circulation suggests a laugh-out-loud film sure to entertain. FYI, Sean makes the Binge-Boxes of DVDs, so let him know your appreciation and requests.

A Million Ways to Die in the West: A completely ridiculous and raunchy movie that is funny from start to finish. Written by, directed by and starring, Seth Macfarlane, The creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Orville.

A Million Ways to Die in the West, rated R, is packed full of top stars, such as Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, and Neil Patrick Harris, and with cameos from Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown and Ryan Reynolds as Ryan Reynolds.

It takes place in the wild west where there is law (maybe), justice (probably not), and comradery (sometimes). The movie starts with our “hero” Albert freshly getting dumped by his girlfriend, Amanda Seyfried. Hitting a new low, he wallows in depression before meeting a mysterious new woman, Anna (Charlize Theron), and befriending her.

Their friendship turns to romance and gets it onto the radar of Anna’s outlaw husband Clinch (Liam Neesan) where Albert gets challenged to a duel in front of the whole town. Not wanting to be known as a coward or to lose the woman he’s in love with, he steps up to the duel and brings a twist.

My favorite scene is when the character explains why ice blocks are so large. But I won’t spoil it for you here.

Hands down, A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of the best comedies around. From its cast to its story, it’s a fantastic movie.

Inspired by Sean’s Recommendation:

Blazing Saddles a Mel Brooks film- Never give a saga an even break! Blazing Saddles is an iconoclastic, not-politically-correct parody; one of the 1970s most successful, and popular films. Is every clichéd element from every Western ever made, turned upside down and inside out, but featuring all the familiar caricatures, eh, characters of the genre: a dance-hall girl, a gunslinger, a sheriff, and a town full of pure folk. Mel Brooks redefined film comedy, and proved that even sophomoric, scatological humor could be used to ridicule prejudice, injustice, and apathy.

Cast:Cleavon Little (Bart), Gene Wilder (Jim), Slim Pickens (Taggart), David Huddleston (Olson Johnson), Liam Dunn (Rev. Johnson), Alex Karras (Mongo), John Hillerman (Howard Johnson), George Furth (Van Johnson), Claude Ennis Starrett Jr. (Gabby Johnson), Mel Brooks (Governor Lepetomane), Harvey Korman (Hedley Lamarr), Madeline Kahn (Lili Von Shtupp)

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