Ted Turner jokes are STILL funnier to those who remember what they were about.Ben wrote:Gremlins...count me in as a bigger fan of the second film too. Just like Batman Returns, it's one of those times when a director didn't really want to make the film but got control and just ran wild.
And the running joke of Phoebe Cates saying "I remember Lincoln's Birthday..." made it clear that nobody in the audience missed young Chris Columbus on the script again. It was so rewarding to hear cathartic revenge coming from its own director.
But again, "Small Soldiers" was the dividing point at which we pretty much officially gave up on Dante as too goofy and and disorganized to handle his own neato-geek urges in the manner in which they deserved. (Looney Tunes:BIA has already been discussed, and we'll save "Explorers" for another time.)
The fact that the title characters were marketed to kids and then played as disturbing villains in the movie confused the audience, and the whole Phil Hartman subplot was distracting when weren't in on the real-life joke, and creepy to watch when we did know.