Past Dissolve “Movie Of The Week” Airplane! airs on Epix2 tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, which is as good as an excuse as any to revisit all the pieces we posted about the film back in July: Keith Phipps on how Airplane! writer-directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker’s comic style relies on earnestly replicating whatever they’re spoofing; Mike D’Angelo on whether pop culture references in comedy can still be funny to viewers who don’t know the source; and The Dissolve staff kicking around various aspects of the picture. Or we could all use the Epix2 cablecast as a good reason to quote our favorite lesser-known Airplane! lines. (Here’s mine: “Shanna, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let ‘em crash.”) Airplane! is one of those movies that’s permeated comedy and cinema in a way that makes a lot of it overfamiliar. But there’s always some wrinkle to Airplane!’s performances or dialogue that reveals itself each time through, because the film’s just so incredibly dense.
November 04, 2014 newsreel