A sub-standard slasher flick that spends more time admiring its unnecessary poker metaphors than it does developing characters.
Director Ruben Fleischer once again teams up with Jesse Eisenberg, the star of his previous film Zombieland, for 30 Minutes or Less. The outcome of this partnership is an amusingly farcical thriller that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
The original Tron was, for its time, a visually groundbreaking film. Embracing the arcade gaming culture of the early ’80s, it was a colourful, highly original visual feast. It was a love letter to the computer generation and it made no apologies for that.
But it hasn’t aged well. Not at all.
Time is cruel. It marches forward mercilessly, forcing us to grow older and more withered but not necessarily wiser.
Well, at least not in my case anyway.
Dripping with both style and blood, Lucky Number Slevin is a super cool but surprisingly violent crime caper that takes great pleasure in wrong-footing the audience.
A collection of borrowed ideas makes Automata a visually interesting tale, but not a very memorable one.
Despite being on the receiving end of some negative reviews at release, Walter Hill’s The Warriors went on to become a cult classic. I can’t really understand why.
A great monologue is a delicate balance between screenwriting and performance. When this perfect balance is achieved, we get unforgettable scenes that vastly improve the films they are in.
Good, well written and well delivered monologues can make us laugh or cry, they can be inspirational or they can just be a means of catharsis. The best monologues are slowly built toward, often serving as the key scene for their film and the defining moment of a character.
There are some actors that seem to be born for a specific role, a role that you just couldn’t imagine being played by anyone else. Whenever I think of Eddie Murphy, the first thing that springs to mind is his time spent as the wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley.
It was a career-defining role for Murphy, which makes it all the more unbelievable that Beverly Hills Cop was written with Sylvester Stallone in mind. How different would that have been?!
I grew up with two older brothers so I had access to some action/comedy gems during my formative years. One such film was Beverly Hills Cop. Seeing this film and it’s sequels for the first time at an early age makes me look back on them with fondness. When I watch them now I’m instantly taken back to my youth, but I can see now what I couldn’t see then; that not all action movies need to be serious and unsentimental. Beverly Hills Cop showed me that they could be silly and amusing too.
Anyway, that’s enough of my longing for days of old, here’s my attempt at rearranging the Beverly Hills Cop movies from worst to first. Starting with …
Mickey Rourke gives the performance of his career in this surprisingly heart-wrenching tale of an aging professional wrestler.