Tag Archives: Leslie Nielsen

Airplane: Felled by Fish

THE PLANE’S GOING TO CHICAGO! THE PILOT’S GOING TO NEW YORK! THE PASSENGERS ARE GOING TO PIECES!   “Our survival hinges on one thing – finding someone who not only can fly this plane, but didn’t have fish for dinner.” A funny quote from one of the great comedy classics, Airplane!… right? Well, yes, Leslie … Continue reading Airplane: Felled by Fish

An American Carol

LAUGH LIKE YOUR COUNTRY DEPENDS ON IT.  As America-bashing documentary filmmaker Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) is preparing a campaign to have July 4th abolished as a holiday, he is visited by the ghost of John F. Kennedy. From a right-winger’s point of view, this take on Dickens’s “Christmas Carol” is a clever idea executed as … Continue reading An American Carol

Superhero Movie

THE GREATEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME (NOT COUNTING ALL THE OTHERS). Teenager Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly and develops superpowers; after creating a superhero alias for himself, he turns his attention to a villain called The Hourglass (Christopher McDonald). Another cheap genre spoof, but thankfully without Jason Friedberg and … Continue reading Superhero Movie

Poseidon Adventure: From Top to Bottom

HELL, UPSIDE DOWN. When I was a kid I fell in love with disaster movies. I’m not sure why, but I know that I still love to watch a group of people fight for their lives in an isolated area. Survivor is a great idea for a reality show. My favorite among the disaster movies is The Poseidon … Continue reading Poseidon Adventure: From Top to Bottom

Forbidden Planet: Tempest in Space

IT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD! The 1950s saw plenty of exciting, original and intelligent genre films, but Forbidden Planet truly became the symbol for the thinking man’s science fiction movie (at least until Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky made 2001 and Solaris). When writing their space saga, Irving Block and Allen Adler had the unusual … Continue reading Forbidden Planet: Tempest in Space

Scary Movie 4

THE FOURTH AND FINAL CHAPTER OF THE TRILOGY. Cindy (Anna Faris) moves into a haunted house and familiarizes herself with the neighbor (Craig Bierko)… but then aliens attack Earth. Director David Zucker’s second stab at this franchise mainly spoofs War of the Worlds (2005), but includes many other parodies, such as one of The Village (2004) that is … Continue reading Scary Movie 4

The Naked Gun: Nursing a Legacy

YOU’VE READ THE AD, NOW SEE THE MOVIE! It opens with a meeting where the most evil leaders of the world have congregated to discuss a major plot to gain control of the world. Gaddafi is there, as well as Idi Amin, Gorbachev and Ayatollah Khomeini. Suddenly, one of the men serving drinks at the … Continue reading The Naked Gun: Nursing a Legacy

Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult

MOSTLY ALL NEW JOKES. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), the pride of the LAPD, has retired but is called back into action for an undercover assignment in a prison. This third chapter offers a few bright ideas, such as a spoof of The Untouchables (1987), but this is largely a disappointment – and somewhat of a freak show, considering the … Continue reading Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult

The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear

FRANK DREBIN IS BACK. JUST ACCEPT IT. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) stumbles on a conspiracy hatched by powerful representatives of the oil, nuclear and coal industries. This sequel is quite similar to the original; Priscilla Presley’s character is once again working for the bad guy and even some of the jokes are recycled. Still, resisting a … Continue reading The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear

Scary Movie 3

YOU’LL DIE TO SEE THESE RINGS. Finally, they got rid of those Wayans brothers and hired the people who virtually created this genre, including David Zucker. Primarily it is The Ring and Signs that are being spoofed here, as a reporter (Anna Faris) finds out that a deadly videotape has something to do with circles in crop fields. But … Continue reading Scary Movie 3

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

YOU’LL DIE LAUGHING. THEN YOU’LL RISE FROM THE DEAD AND LAUGH ONCE MORE. Director Mel Brooks is back spoofing horror movies once again, but this is a far cry from Young Frankenstein (1974). The target is Dracula and the story is familiar from every other movie about the count; he leaves his Transylvanian castle for … Continue reading Dracula: Dead and Loving It