Robert Hays and the wonderful Julie Hagerty play it straight, too, as Stryker and his stewardess girlfriend Elaine, whose love story is dreamily recalled in flashbacks that nod to Saturday Night Fever and From Here to Eternity. Watching Airplane! multiple times, the jokes that stand out tend to be the ones where ZAZ have an idea that’s so outrageously labored, it’s funny just to think about how much they were straining for a laugh. There’s the names, for one, like the “Who’s On First?” confusion of populating the cockpit with men named Oveur, Roger, and Victor (“Over, Oveur. Roger, Roger. What’s your vector, Victor?”), or having Oveur carry on separate phone conversations with someone from the Mayo Clinic and another gentlemen with the surname Ham (“Give me Ham on five, hold the Mayo”). But there’s effort beyond all sorts of other bits, too: the escalation of the fight between parking zone announcers (“You … [Read more...] about Airplane! at 40: the best spoof comedy ever made?
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Co-star Selma Blair was reported to have left the show because of the actor's behaviour. According to TMZ she'd called Sheen a "menace," to work with and in response he'd allegedly issued an ultimatum saying unless she was let go he would quit - a day later it was confirmed she would not be continuing in her role. … [Read more...] about Inside Charlie Sheen’s Hollywood career from early movie success to ruling the small screen
It’s going to be a summer of drive-in firsts. Here comes a sentence I never thought I’d write. Britain’s first ever drive-in, red-carpet premiere will take place at Brent Cross, London, on 22 July. While I feel about Brent Cross the way Elvis Costello felt about Chelsea, the movie in question, Break, sounds like a riot. The blurb describes it as a life-affirming Britflick about an inner city kid (Sam Gittins) wasting his life on drugs and knife crime until he meets a former pool champ played by David Yip, and a tough club owner interpreted by Rutger Hauer in his last screen appearance, in a movie that involves a prestigious snooker tournament in Beijing. I’ll be donning my face mask and catching the 210 bus across London , if only to see the socially distanced talent strutting on that red carpet. Only Britain would carpet a drive-in at a grim shopping centre off the ring road and pass off the event as glamorous. … [Read more...] about Honk if you like my arias: the summer of drive-in culture
Now, far-Right activists have vowed to defend Churchill's sculpture. Violent clashes between rival demonstrators are not improbable. One reason the Tories won December's election was because their defence of our history and values provided an alternative to the Left's nonsensical obsession with igniting culture wars. … [Read more...] about DAILY MAIL COMMENT: ‘A nation that forgets its past has no future’: Confronted by the Nazi threat, Churchill led this country through its darkest hour
Eurovision’s essence is truly camp in its mildness – the show is gentle, ridiculous, sincere, serious and self-aggrandising all in one go. Eurovision is self-mocking, sure, but it isn’t knowing. Other films have displayed the right tone: for instance Bavo Defurne’s Souvenir (2016), which sees Isabelle Huppert playing an ex-Eurovision singer reduced to working in a paté factory. Souvenir is imperfect but manages a few good forays into kitsch, and also knows its Eurovision (just google “France Eurovision 1970s” to see the sort of prim, wispy singer Huppert is riffing on). But it’s not simply a question of proximity: Australia also gets Eurovision and something of the show’s essence is visible in classics such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel’s Wedding, which are rooted in people being taken out of their misery by joyous camp. … [Read more...] about No kitsch and sink: why Netflix’s Eurovision film hits all the wrong notes