We could all use a laugh right now, and luckily Mel Brooks has got one: Blazing Saddles, the last word on Western comedies and a surprisingly sharp send up of race relations in America (among other things). It was released 45 years ago today in 1974, the first of two masterpieces that year from Mr. Brooks.
While it’s not nearly in the same league, if you’re looking for something different, check out F/X, Robert Mandel’s thriller about a special effects artist (Bryan Brown), on the run from a sinister conspiracy, who turns his unique skills against his pursuers. Movie nuts will love his little bag of tricks, and while far-fetched, the plot holds enough water to let the central premise do its job. The film opened today in 1986.