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Die Laughing

The Barbican is currently running a season called This Made Me Laugh, in which figures from the world of comedy have chosen a film that makes them collapse into giggles. Had I the time and the money I would go to every single one, because apart from Bullets over Broadway, which I haven't seen, everything in the lineup is a favourite.

The Naked Gun, though, is probably my favourite film of all time, and it was this that yagfox and I arranged to see on Saturday.

The film was the choice of John Lloyd, who has his finger in many comic pies and directed the Police Squad!-based ads for Red Rock Cider. Lloyd gave a short speech before the showing and told some lovely stories about working with Nielsen on the ads.

Although I dread to think how many times I watched the copy of Naked Gun my family recorded off the TV, seeing it in the cinema was a first for me (I wouldn't have been allowed to watch it first time round, since the 12A certificate had yet to be introduced). It was interesting to see what different sections of the audience laughed at, and how things went significantly quieter during the baseball scenes as none of us knew any more about baseball than Frank Drebin does, and many of us significantly less.

'Probably my favourite film of all time' isn't hyperbole, by the way. It makes me cry with laughter, and it makes me happy, without fail, whatever else is going on in my life, and this is the most precious of all gifts.

My top moments:

  • "Everywhere I look, something reminds me of her."

  • "I've finally found someone I can love. Good, clean love, without utensils."

  • "Jane, since I've met you, I've noticed things that I never knew were there before. Birds singing. Dew glistening on a newly-formed leaf. Stoplights."


"Just think, the next time I shoot someone, I could be arrested"

I found its spirit alive in the oddest place* recently - Charlie Brooker's Touch of Cloth multi-mini-series (three lots of two) basically applies the Police Squad pattern to the modern U&K shouty policers. I realise that those are, to you, big shoes to fill, so I should probably not raise your expectations too much, but if you haven't seen them, you might enjoy them.

*okay, not the actual oddest.
Hm! I hadn't even heard of Touch of Cloth, but CB on his best can be a delight - sometimes with a brilliantly dark edge, as with some of Unnovations. I presume it's completely unavailable through official means? (As seems to be de rigeur with UK TV that isn't flagship material, viz The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, and The World's Most Dangerous Roads, which is vastly more fascinating than its dramatic title implies)
Er, well Amazon claim to be willing to sell it to me (admittedly on DVD) for a tenner? Of the others, The Mekong River is going to be reshown next week, and available on iPlayer afterwards apparently, and Amazon will sell you The World's Most Dangerous Roads for streaming.
Oh, jolly good show. ^_^ Admittedly, I'm strongly one for HD or better, but I'll take a DVD over nothing. Many thanks!

Quite why the BBC don't sell (as in, for permanent download) basically everything either themselves or via iTunes, I'll never understand, but then, I'm not even vaguely plausibly a TV executive. Thankfully, there is the wonder of get_iplayer, for downloading during programmes' period of availability on iPlayer - but it would be rather nice to be able to give them money in exchange for permanent copies in 1080p. (And I'd hazard there are some outtakes from TWMDR that might bear exposure =:)
I'm not a huge Charlie Brooker fan but you're not the first to recommend this one, so I'll try to give it a shot!
"Everywhere I look, something reminds me of her."

There's a landmark in GTA V that looks just like the landmark in that scene. Every time I fly something past them that line runs through my mind XD
That's got to be deliberate! :D

Edited at 2015-04-14 06:46 am (UTC)
It's San Onofre Nuclear Power Generating Station in Southern California, so no surprise something like it appears in a California-based game setting.

When the movie was made, it would have been relatively recently that they managed to install a 420-ton nuclear reactor vessel there back to front...

Maybe one day I'll visit and find just the right angle for a cheesy photo...
I was driven past it a couple of years ago on a visit and something reminded me of you!
That's my favourite comment in ages!
"The Naked Gun" is one of my favorite movies of all times, too, along with "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "Airplane!". In fact those Naked Gun movies were about the only ones that ever made me laugh so hard I cried; I still can't get over that scene where Frank Drebin breaks into that guy's office to search for evidence and ends up utterly demolishing it. Anyone who's not left in stitches by that must surely have their sense of humor surgically removed.
That is just wonderful, yes - and a scene I enjoyed even more for seeing it in an audience, all of whom were cracking up too. Not to mention the aftermath of his escape through the window...
Yes, that was simply hilarious! I laughed tears watching that.
I love slapstick comedies! Leslie Nielsen is so funny, when I was a little kid I always wished he would be my grandad haha.
I had...slightly less pure thoughts about him. I've always had a thing for silver foxes ;)
Oh gosh~ ♡

and hey! Your safe sex icon.. its a scene from the movie right?? I vaguely recognise it :p

I'm gonna see the movie again!
Yes! From about a decade ago when I learned how to screengrab from DVDs, made three or four LJ icons then got bored :)
Those Red Rock Cider ads were epic!
I'd definitely have bought some, if I hadn't been several years below legal drinking age!