Revisiting . . . Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon is the pinnacle of the buddy cop picture.

It is also one of the finest action movies ever put to celluloid, and is perhaps the only production to rival Die Hard as the genre’s high point. The two films have many elements in common. Both movies feature black and white partners, both are set during the Christmas period, and both feature heroes who are much more relatable than characters who have appeared in the vast majority of action vehicles. It is this relatability that is key to both movies […]

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This Month in . . .1985 (December)

The first week of December would see a limited theatrical release for Golan-Globus thriller Runaway Train. Based on a screenplay by innovative Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, the movie is also notable for the debuts of Heat’s Danny Trejo and Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who would become a professional wrestler for a brief time in the late 1980’s after starring alongside Hulk Hogan in infamous WWF stinker No Holds Barred (1989). So badly received was the World Wrestling Federation’s first foray into the movie business that CEO Vince McMahon . . .

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Revisiting . . . A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda may be a largely British production, but it is an American who ultimately steals the show.

This is quite ironic when you consider the competitive nature of the movie’s characters, as a gang of zany caricatures go to great lengths to snatch some comic book swag from under each other’s noses. This is British pomposity vs American showmanship, the inescapably prudish vs the bold and the brash […]

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Revisiting . . . The Terminator (1984)

Conan the Barbarian may have catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger onto the Hollywood mainstream, but it was James Cameron’s sci-fi classic The Terminator that would make him a household name.

Ironically, Arnie initially read for the part of Kyle Reese, and it took some persuasion from James Cameron to convince him that the role of the T-800 was better suited. Arnie was still riding high after box office success as the heroic Conan, so it was something of a risk for Cameron to challenge his […]

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What if they Made . . . Lethal Weapon 5

Some sequels were just never meant to be, and probably for good reason. Still, it doesn’t stop us from wondering what might have been if producers had taken that extra punt, resuscitating long-dead characters with the aim of squeezing an extra few million, and as a consequence plunging their once-cherished creations deeper into the realms of ignominy […]

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This Month in . . .1987 (November)

The Cannon Group releases its fourth instalment of the Charles Bronson-led Death Wish series. Titled Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, the movie would lose original trilogy director Michael Winner along with a chunk of its usual budget, resulting in a much more limited release. Winner would refuse to return for the sequel after clashing with Bronson during the filming of Death Wish 3. Cannon had also begun belt-tightening thanks to […]

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Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

When it comes to 80s vampire flicks, The Lost Boys may have a bigger cult following, but for many Fright Night is the superior movie.

Rather than embrace ’80s culture like Joel Schumacher’s stylish, bratpack extravaganza, Tom Holland’s toothy antithesis paid homage to the traditional aspects of the sub-genre, giving us a Christopher Lee-like protagonist who […]

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