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Throwback Thursday: Airplane! (1980)

Disaster movies are sometimes taken a little seriously.

That is why movies like Airplane! (1980) exist.

Ted Striker (Robert Hays) and Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) broke up a long time ago. But that doesn’t mean that Ted has moved on from his ex.  In a last-ditch effort to rebuild his relationship with Elaine, Ted is conveniently flying on a specific flight where Elaine is working as a flight attendant. Somewhere on route, everyone gets food poisoning. That is with the exception of Ted, Elaine and Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen).  Can Ted fly the plane and land it safely at its final destination or is the flight (and her passengers by extension) doomed?

This one of the funniest movies of all time for a reason. Not only is the screenplay is quotable, but the filmmakers took every narrative they could satire and still were able to create an entertaining story.

I absolutely recommend it.

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The Critics Were Wrong (Maybe)-Dracula-Dead And Loving It (1995)

Hollywood and science have a lot in common. When an experiment or a movie is a success, they repeat the formula and hope that the success will be repeated.  Sometimes, the experiment or movie is not as successful as it is hoped to be.

Mel Brooks has developed a reputation over the years to have a unique comedic sense. Not quite politically correct, but insightful, satirical and for the most part, entertaining.

His success in satirizing classics such as Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein, 1974) and Robin Hood (Robin Hood: Men In Tights, 1993) did not extend with the same success to Dracula-Dead And Loving It (1995).

When Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) starts to terrorize London, Harker (Steven Weber) must work with Dr. Seward (Harvery Korman) and Professor Van Helsing (Mel Brooks) to kill the vampire and save his fiance, Mina (Amy Yasbeck).

Were the critics wrong? I hate to say it, but no, they were right.  As much as I adore Mel Brooks as a comedian and a filmmaker, this movie is just not good.

Do I recommend it? No.

 

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