Men In Black (1997)

 Rated R for a few hits of naughty words.

MIB International comes out June 14th, so our Next 152 Project basks in some of that hype by jamming about the Smith/Jones sci-fi/comedy blockbuster that started this oft-crappy (and oft-gooey) franchise. The original flick is still really funny with Smith’s charisma, Jones’ deadpan laconicism and D’Onofrio’s buglike commitment bouncing beautifully off each other. The makeup, the F/X, Egger, the noisy cricket, the theme song, the creativity. This is director Barry Sonnenfeld’s finest hour. So much gold.

Don’t let an MIB flashy thingy you so you’ll forget to order some Sparkplug Coffee. That 10% discount is still available if you use our promo code “top100project”.

The little birdie is a good place to reach us: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis

For The Record: To be clear, the entirety of Frank the Pug was not a visual effect, just his mouth when he talks.


Coming Attractions Trivia Answer: ???

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1997 U.S. Box Office and Adjusted For Inflation

1997 in film

1997 Academy Award winners & nominees

Rick Baker’s Oscar acceptance speech

Links to: Men In Black II and Men In Black 3 and Get Shorty and Independence Day and Contact and Galaxy Quest and Dogma

YouTube links: The illegal immigrant metaphor writ large and “Give me…sugar” and testing the potential MIBs and J makes this look good and J the midwife and the MIBs bring down a spaceship and putting our universe in perspective and Men In Black music video

Previously on the Next 151 Project: Glory

June 10th on the Next 153 Project: Episode #300…Speed!