Monday, 29 November 2010

Day 334, on which I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you. [29.11.10]

Dag tre hundrede fireogtredive. Gah, it's a sad day today. But I'll get onto that later. For now, here's some light music. *squeaky helium voice singing, eg. Justin Bieber*. Hurr durr, didja get my joke? Light helium? Ah, don't worry. Now, it seems we're going to end the year the same way we started it - waiting around for snow to come and fall on us. They said it would snow last weekend, but oh no - we couldn't have it. Anywho, I won't bore you with the no-snow-yet-grr-I-want-it-to-snow details, if you wanna see them go back to January this year. They're pretty dull.

Today, I regret to inform the uninformed of the death of the comedy genius Leslie Nielsen. You'll know him from his role as the doctor in Airplane!, plus his roles in the Police Squad TV series and the Naked Gun trilogy (Naked Gun, Naked Gun 2 1/2, Naked Gun 33 1/3, haha). He was a brilliant actor but I guess all things come to an end and so he died yesterday at the age of 82 from pneumonia. He's made some brilliant movies, truly he has.

And I don't blow the horn of every actor who dies - if someone stupid like Brad Pitt died, I wouldn't be so bothered. Patrick Swayze's death was just about on my botheredness scale, 'cause Ghost was a damn good movie and apparently he pulled some moves in Saturday Night Fever. But Leslie Nielsen has always been a part of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker partnership which has created Airplane!, The Naked Gun and Police Squad, and he's the key part of all of those movies.

Surely you can't be serious.
In memory of him I figured I'd watch Airplane!, which I bought off iTunes aeons ago. It's still funny now, very funny. Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker had this brilliant sense of humour which can be sodl to so many different countries, so many years in the future, and still have the same desired effect. Some of the jokes seem a little corny now (only because they were original back then and have been copied ad nauseam since ), and the effects are pretty crappy (fake punches and all that), but the slapstick and wordplay is still as current and as funny as it ever was. And so what if they have the racist 70s black stereotype, the two guys speaking 'jive', some fo' sho' nonsense? It's funny, if you can take it.

So, Mr. Nielsen. I'd just like to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.

~John

ps. Stop calling me Shirley! Ahahahahahaha so many Airplane! quotes.

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