Nielsen Ratings: Mr Magoo (1998) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Mr Magoo (1998) Review

Picture the scene – it’s the mid-1990s and adapting cartoons is all the rage for some reason. Disney studios turns its attention to multi-Oscar winning cartoon character Mr J Quincy Magoo, an elderly, wealthy and extremely near-sighted retiree who constantly gets into scrapes thanks to his refusal to acknowledge his near-sightedness. He’s a character very ..

Nielsen Ratings: Tammy And The Bachelor (1957) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Tammy And The Bachelor (1957) Review

Launching a franchise based on the novels of Cid Ricketts Sumner, “Tammy And The Bachelor” (also known as just “Tammy”) is first and foremost a vehicle for the undeniable charms of Debbie Reynolds. Nielsen, though, plays the titular bachelor and romantic interest for homespun country girl Tammy as she takes her first wide-eyed steps into ..

Forbidden Planet (1956) Review

Forbidden Planet (1956) Review

Immortalised in the opening song of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – and deservedly so – “Forbidden Planet” is a Sci-Fi milestone which propelled the genre from B-movie cult appeal to A-list mainstream success. As part of Realweegiemidget Reviews & Thoughts All Sorts ‘Now & Then’ Blogathon, I’m taking a look at a time before ..

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988) Review

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988) Review

Concluding my contribution to Realweegiemidget Reviews & Thoughts All Sorts ‘Now & Then’ Blogathon, we leap forward 32 years from the 23rd century sci-fi kitsch of “Forbidden Planet” to the mean streets of 1980s Los Angeles in hard-boiled detective spoof “The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad!”. Los Angeles Police Detective Frank Drebin ..

Nielsen Ratings: The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Review

Nielsen Ratings: The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Review

Although his role is not a large one in terms of screen time, Leslie Nielsen’s contribution to Irwin Allen’s seminal disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure” is a pivotal one, literally. As the Captain of the ill-fated SS Poseidon, it is he who reluctantly follows the orders of the ships new owners to proceed at full ..

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994) Review

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult “Naked Gun 33⅓” isn’t quite the insult to the previous movies it claims to be but it’s hard to ignore that it feels flatter than either of its two predecessors. Nielsen still makes it work, of course, and it’s more conspicuously star-studded than either of the previous ..

Dracula: Dead And Loving It (1995) Dractober Review

Dracula: Dead And Loving It (1995) Dractober Review

It may open with a Hammer-esque galloping horse and carriage but this Mel Brooks spoof has the whole Dracula oeuvre in its sights. From Lugosi to Coppola, Brooks and his co-writers leave no coffin unopened in the search for gags. A pity, then, that they found so few. When Renfield (a wildly overacting Peter MacNicol) ..

Nielsen Ratings: Repossessed (1990) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Repossessed (1990) Review

While his role as Doctor Rumack in “Airplane!” proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Nielsen could do comedy, it wasn’t until “The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad” that he showed that he could headline a comedy movie too. Quick to capitalise on the success of Frank Drebin’s big-screen debut was ..

Nielsen Ratings: Santa Who? (2000) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Santa Who? (2000) Review

Given his famously snow-white hair and twinkly-eyed charm, it’s a wonder that Leslie Nielsen didn’t play Santa Clause more often. In a sixty-year career spanning over one hundred films and one thousand, five hundred episodes of television in which he portrayed more than 220 characters, his Santa tally amounts to a total of twice. Of ..

Nielsen Ratings: Ransom! (1956) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Ransom! (1956) Review

It was ten years ago today that Leslie Nielsen passed away, robbing the silver screen of one of its most prolific, most recognisable and often most underrated stars. By the time Nielsen made his feature film debut – in this thriller co-written by future Bond writing mainstay Richard Maibaum – he was already a familiar ..

Nielsen Ratings: Prom Night (1980) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Prom Night (1980) Review

The original “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Prom Night” is a classic old-school slasher film, but from Canada, eh? Six years ago, High School seniors Kelly (Mary Beth Rubens), Jude (Joy Thompson), Wendy (Anne-Marie Martin) and Nick (Casey Stevens) have been hiding a terrible secret: the truth about what happened to ten-year-old Robin ..

Nielsen Ratings: Spy Hard (1996) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Spy Hard (1996) Review

Of the post-“Naked Gun” Leslie Nielsen-led spoofs which followed the closing of the trilogy, “Spy Hard” is probably the best of the bunch. It’s broadly a fourth “Naked Gun” by another name, with Agent Dick Steele being substituted for Frank Drebin and the whole thing given a pseudo-James Bond makeover. When the evil General Rancor ..

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) Review

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) Review

Nielsen Ratings: The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear When “The Naked Gun” hit big, a sequel was all but inevitable and three years later, Leslie Nielsen picked up Frank Drebin’s badge and gun once again for “The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell Of Fear”. With Jerry Zucker off directing “Ghost”, David Zuker took ..

Nielsen Ratings: The Creature Wasn’t Nice (1981) Review

Nielsen Ratings: The Creature Wasn’t Nice (1981) Review

Hard to find these days, and not helped by it changing titles more often than “Edge Of Tomorrow”, “The Creature Wasn’t Nice” aka “Spaceship” aka (in light of the runaway success of “The Naked Gun”) “Naked Space” may have been a passion project for writer/ director/ star Bruce Kimmel but, to be brutally honest, you’d ..

Nielsen Ratings: Airplane! (1980) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Airplane! (1980) Review

“Airplane!” is, without question, the absolute pinnacle of parody movies. Often imitated, sometimes almost equalled but never, ever bettered. It’s so densely packed with gags that even now, forty years after it was first released you can always spot a new one you’ve missed on previous viewings, regardless of how many there have been. A ..