Bill F---ing Murray: The Video Essay

By Katey Rich 2013-04-04 12:10:56discussion comments
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Were you expecting a three-part Bill Murray video essay when you woke up today? Probably not. But as it turns out, it's totally the perfect way to spend your afternoon, revisiting some of the highlights from nearly all of Murray's films, but not necessarily focusing on all the most famous stuff. There are instantly recognizable clips from Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, of course, but not necessarily the most famous lines, plus scenes from movies like Tootsie and Little Shop of Horrors that are rarely remembered for Murray's roles in them.

Then there's movies like Where The Buffalo Roam and Mad Dog and Glory, which I had never even heard of, much less remembered Murray's roles in them. The actor who once seemed so synonymous with his most famous characters has actually managed to reinvent himself in recent years, and it's amusing to see roles as different as The Royal Tenenbaums' Raleigh St. Clair and Ernie McCracken in Kingpin put side by side. The montage even ends with the perfect Zombieland death scene-- though montage mastermind Nelson Carvajal has the decency not to actually include a clip of Garfield to illustrate Murray's regret.

And lucky for all of us, not just those of us who like a good Bill Murray montage, the actor has a lot of good stuff lined up in the future, retiming yet again with Wes Anderson for the massive ensemble in The Grand Budapest Hotel, working opposite Melissa McCarthy in the fantastic-sounding St. Vincent de Van Nuys, and yet another killer ensemble in George Clooney' Monuments Men, which is due in theaters this December.
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