Richard Pryor: Live! In Concert (1979)--You can argue all you want about who the funniest comedian of all time is, but unless you say it's Richard Pryor, you are dead wrong. In this brilliant film that sets the bar for all other comedy shows, Pryor delivers some of his best material. This is Pryor at his absolute best, while he was still nuts but before he tried to kill himself by setting himself on fire. The comic's incredible ability to give life to anything he's talking about--be it his pet monkey with a proclivity for humping Pryor's ear, to the car he shot, or his own heart trying to kill him--is part of what makes him so funny.
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Ed Wood (1993)--Tim Burton is a director best known for his incredible sense of visual style and his inability to actually tell a good story. The biggest exception to that rule is Burton's film inspired by the career of legendary director Ed Wood, popularly considered the worst filmmaker of all time. Johnny Depp gives one of the best performances of his career as the cross-dressing Wood, whose films include the abysmal Glen or Glenda and the infamous Plan Nine from Outer Space. Martin Landau gives an Oscar-winning performance as faded film star Bela Lugosi, who, near the end of his life, was befriended by Wood. Finally released on DVD after numerous delays, the special edition of Ed Wood includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary with Burton, Landau and others, and several documentary featurettes.