Thursday, October 18, 2007
Nick Rivers, Superstar
For some reason Top Secret, the 2nd feature by the guys who made Airplane!, isn't as well known as it should be; I, for one, think it's one of the most deliriously funny movies ever. The premise is brilliant -- an Elvis Presley musical crossed with a Cold War thriller -- and it goes from one outrageous gag to another with such speed that you can barely breathe sometimes. In any case, I wasn't surprised later when Oliver Stone cast Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison; after his impersonation of the King here, it was obvious he had the right moves for the Lizard King.