I loved "Live Free or Die Hard" - it was suitably aware of it's roots, it was a good continuation of the story, but also wasn't mired in the same decade as the earlier films.
Alien: Resurrection fared much better as a continuation of the story than I expected. Given the ending of the third film I was expecting to find it irritatingly contrived, but I really enjoyed what they did with it.
I liked Alien: Resurrection despite its flaws, though in recent years I've grown to like it less.
For me, I loved Galaxy Quest. It was an enjoyable movie on its own, but the more you knew about SF and fandom, the better it became.
Yes, that's a good parody film. It works as a film without knowing the references, and the more you know, the more gags you get.
It was also more of a parody than a spoof.
I found a fourth movie in a franchise that's pretty good: Thunderball. ;-)
Yes, yes, yes... I'm sleep deprived, you fucker! :P
"Yes, yes, yes... I'm sleep deprived, you fucker! :P"
I am, and quite an adept one too.
Well, that's not what I've been writing on toilet walls about you!
Was that you? You spelled analingus wrong. ;-)
Wow... that makes SM 4 sound watchable. I remember seeing the ads for it and going 'nope, not for me.'
Saw IV, assuming you get on board with the Saw franchise at all, is a lot better than Saw II and III I think.
Star Wars Episode IV is also brilliant, but I'm not 100% sure that counts.
Also, as mentioned above, Thunderball.
I'll end up watching Saw IV, because even with the flaws of 2 & 3 it's still an interesting idea.
I'm not sure what would be the 4th film in the Star Wars franchise. Caravan of Courage? Or Phantom Menace? Either way...
I haven't seen Die Hard 4 yet, nor Harry Potter 4, nor Rocky or Rambo IV; I wish I hadn't
seen Superman IV or Batman and Robin; and the kindest true thing one can say about Planet of the Apes 4 was that it was much better than #5
. The Universal Monster Movies either stopped at or before #3
, or should have done.
So far, the exceptions to the rule would seem to be Thunderball, Star Trek IV (which many feel is the best in the entire series), and Indy 4, and I'm sure some people would argue with the last.
I like The Ghost of Frankenstein for some of its ideas and for when the creature speaks - genuinely chilling.
House of Dracula I like because of Larry Talbot's story arc, that finishes with that movie.
I just watched Die Hard 4 just then and it was a bunch of fun. The "They stole our internets!" stuff was a little cringeworthy but I'd been warned about that and put my brain on a lower setting when those scenes were on.
I feel the need to defend Robin Hood; Men In Tights, a movie I watched at least a dozen times growing up. The only Robin Hood source material I had at the time was the Disney cartoon, and I still loved it. Maybe I was missing things, but it didn't feel like there were sequences of "hmm, this is sending up something but I'm not sure what". Even as an adult, I think it's a very funny film. Maybe not quite as funny as Blazing Saddles, but pretty darn funny.
Spaceballs I possibly can't judge as well, since I was familiar with Star Wars when I saw it. But once again it seems to have a lot of gags that are based more on silly characters, silly situations and yeah, OK, toilet humour than on sending up any particular moment from the source material.
Maybe this misses the point of parody, since the films are being funny in their own right rather than funny in reference - but then again, as you point out, if something is only funny in reference then it's not very accessible to an audience.
You can like Men in Tights - just because I think it's a seriously flawed screenplay doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. I have a handful of truly awful films that I love, even with their flaws. Hell, some I love because of their flaws, and some I love because of what they tried to do.
While I like Spaceballs, it's funniest and best gag is lifted from a Warner Brothers cartoon. Unless I enjoy it a lot more on a rewatch, it's not a film I plan to ever own.
Life of Brian is a good parody/film in its own right. There's enough Christian mythos around that you can't help but get some of the jokes, though I know that non-christians who saw it often wondered what other people were laughing about in some scenes. That said, I know theologians who said they killed themselves laughing at bits where the general audience were quiet. Apparently there's a tonne of extra laughs to be had if you've seriously studied religion.
Now that is good writing.
Now that is good writing.
Agreed, and that's also one of the things I loved about Shakespeare in Love. The more you know about Shakespeare, English history, theatre, or a variety of other subjects, the funnier it is.
I believe Lethal Weapon 4 was rather bad.
And you already know how much I hated Indy 4.
Good ones? I can't think of any off the top of my head. Or even off the medium of my head.
And Scary Movie 2 is one of the worst films I've ever seen. Scary Movie the original is pretty bad as well, considering the plot is essentially Scream.
But I did love that staircase joke. :)
I think the piano on the staircase works well because you can understand what it would be like to be running up a set of stairs and have a piano suddenly coming at you.
The other staircase gag, throwing an old woman at the villain, was simply unfunny.
Definitely the piano one. That was the one I liked.
There's a couple of other moments here in there that I enjoyed, but oddly enough I couldn't tell you which they were.
Not that I've seen Scary Movie 4, but didn't they steal that idea from Laurel and Hardy?
Probably. Either that or just another case of coming up with an idea that's been done before by chance.
I think it's more likely that they just happened to accidently come up with something that was funny.
Let's forget Duperman IV The Quest for Plot