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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 29, 2010 at 11:03 AM

“Airplane!” among those added to National Film Registry

Quiet week, isn’t it? Which leaves me plenty of time to ponder why seemingly every freaking movie coming out in the next few months has Natalie Portman in it, but that’s a problem for another day. (For the record, I’ve seen “The Other Woman,” back when it was at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009 and called “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” and it was Not Good. But more on that later.) Meanwhile, let’s note that the National Film Registry has added another 25 titles to its ongoing list of films selected for special preservation programs. Some are little-known historical short films, for whom preservation will surely save them from completely disappearing; some are blockbusters like “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Exorcist” and one of my favorite comedies, “Airplane!,” described by the NFR as “characterized by a freewheeling style reminiscent of comedies of the 1920s,” and as introducing “a much-needed deflating assessment of the tendency of theatrical film producers to push successful formulaic movie conventions beyond the point of logic.” Because we’re all still mourning Leslie Nielsen, and because, on a slow week, any mention of “Airplane!” is a kick, here’s a fun parody trailer for the film found on YouTube. You may find yourself filling in the blanks . . .

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