September 11, 2006

Eight Potential Subjects for Christopher Guest Films

I have been a huge fan of Christopher Guest from the first time I saw This is Spinal Tap, and that affection has only grown with each movie he participates in. From Waiting for Guffman to A Mighty Wind, Guest keeps me laughing with the oddball worlds he creates in his films. He seems to choose areas of human experience that are just waiting to be lovingly spoofed (dog shows, the folk music circuit, small-town theater), areas that highlight the all too human need for recognition and the lengths we go to get it.

This fall he returns to the screen (with many of his usual co-stars) with For Your Consideration, a look at the Hollywood awards season. I can’t wait to see this film, especially since Guest newbie Ricky Gervais (The Office) is on board.

Although I wouldn’t presume to give Baron Haden-Guest direction about what his next project should be, here are a few suggestions of what I’d enjoy seeing him tackle.

  1. Competitive Figure Skating
  2. Child Beauty Pageants
  3. Eating Competitions
  4. Las Vegas Magic Shows
  5. Sci-Fi Conventions
  6. Little League baseball
  7. Celebrity Chef Culture
  8. Professional Blogging

Update: This post was featured in The Carnival of Cinema #2.

2 Responses to “Eight Potential Subjects for Christopher Guest Films”

  1. Karen Anderson said:

    5 – SF Conventions. The ultimate spoof has already been done, that being Galaxy Quest (1999) with Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Tony Shaloub and Sigourney Weaver.

  2. Morgen Jahnke said:

    I agree, Galaxy Quest is excellent, but I’d still like to see the Christopher Guest mockumentary take on the topic.