It’s comforting to know that 30 years after their heyday, the madmen of Monty Python still have the power to offend and outrage. In The Meaning of Life, these Brit twits tweaked sacred cows so remorselessly that they still leave bruises.
Robert Wise was never an auteur in the sense that Hitchcock, Fellini and Bergman were auteurs. Instead, Wise was a Hollywood director-for-hire who could tackle just about any subject. Some of his movies are classics.
Warren Beatty's directorial debut, Heaven Can Wait, was one of the biggest comedy hits of 1978, thanks to a great cast, fine performances and witty dialogue that helped make the clunky plot go down a whole lot easier.