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This piqued my interest: Devin on Twitter compared GANGSTER SQUAD to a gritty DICK TRACY. Paraphrasing- If you accept the movie is a cartoon, you'll enjoy it.

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One movie we haven't talked about, that's coming out right around the corner - BROKEN CITY starring Wahlberg and Crowe and directed by the Hughes brothers. That's a nice pedigree. Hoping it's better than a January dump.

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First shot from Non Stop...nothing special, Neeson with a gun, looks like shot Taken 3, but in plane lolbiggrin.gif

 

 

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One movie we haven't talked about, that's coming out right around the corner - BROKEN CITY starring Wahlberg and Crowe and directed by the Hughes brothers. That's a nice pedigree. Hoping it's better than a January dump.

I read two different drafts of it way back when. It was a decent PI story that builds to a real shattering ending...but then the later draft punked out and made it way more safe and generic. Hopefully things have changed since those drafts, but I'm not going to hold out much hope.

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Jason Stahtam against the World...guess who wins!? lol

 

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Okay, that was awesome. Statham sure has kicked and punched a whole lotta people!

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What I'm watching tonite:

 

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Now THAT looks seriously cool. Where did you find it? I'm assuming it's on VHS. It's amazing how they cut trailers back in the day or, just how formulaic they are now. I hope you give us a rundown on it for tomorrow.

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Mickey Rourke is a bad guys with accent in Java Heat...

 

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Didn't realize Kellan Lutz was jumping on the action bandwagon. I might give this a look when it shows up on Cinemax one night.

 

Scott Adkins with the Ninja 2 stunt team.

 

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Didn't realize Kellan Lutz was jumping on the action bandwagon. I might give this a look when it shows up on Cinemax one night.

 

Scott Adkins with the Ninja 2 stunt team.

 

 

Yeah...and he kind of buffed! On first still that I saw he kind of reminded me or Rock from Welcome to the Jungle (only with more hair)...

 

 

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Now THAT looks seriously cool. Where did you find it? I'm assuming it's on VHS. It's amazing how they cut trailers back in the day or, just how formulaic they are now. I hope you give us a rundown on it for tomorrow.

 

MOONRUNNERS is up on Youtube.

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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post

One movie we haven't talked about, that's coming out right around the corner - BROKEN CITY starring Wahlberg and Crowe and directed by the Hughes brothers. That's a nice pedigree. Hoping it's better than a January dump.

 

Yeah this is one I'm intrigued about. I've always really liked Wahlberg and with Crowe in it I hope it brings the quality up from being just another generic thriller. 

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Got Miami Connection on Blu-ray in the mail, so I should finally be seeing it later this evening. I hope it's as great as I've been hearing.

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Fat Elvis, I am not interested in...Broken City!  It definitely is not something that would be considered an Action Film or anything truly exciting.  Russell Crowe as...Javert, Jor El, The Gladiator...Awesome!  Crowe as a...Corrupt Mayor?  UGH!  The Last Stand is the...Only film of interest to me on January 18th!

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The last cool corrupt mayor I saw in the theater was Chris Sarandon in Safe, since he was letting Anson....MOUNT him, and had all the dirty info on James Hong and The Triads.

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Rene (Mr.Eko), I am sure the Mayor felt the...Safe thing to do, whilist Statham was...RUSSIAN around NYC, was to...Climb...MOUNT Anson!

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duke fleed, Statham was not only RUSSIAN around town, but he also got stuck with some COPPER towards the end too!

 

 

I'm watching Miami Connection right now. Eh. It starts off with a really cool sequence involving ninjas, and thugs with Mac-10's, but then it falls into a pit of atrocious acting, and one really hilarious scene of a black guy crying over a picture of his Dad while they all stand around with no shirts on.

 

 

I am loving the music though.

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Dammit Rene! Enjoy Miami Connection!

 

About to watch PM Entertainment's Firepower with Gary Daniels and the Ultimate Warrior. Whaaa?

 

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Steven Seagal owns a "Bulletproof Kimono".

 

I bet they needed a lot of yarn.

 

Oh. My god.

 

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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post

One movie we haven't talked about, that's coming out right around the corner - BROKEN CITY starring Wahlberg and Crowe and directed by the Hughes brothers. That's a nice pedigree. Hoping it's better than a January dump.

 

I hope so too, after Wahlberg's last January smash Contraband was a knife to the crotch.

 

Will catch Zero Dark Thirty and Gangster Squad this weekend. A week till The Last Stand, guys!

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Just watched the  "No Exit" episode of Miami Vice.

 

The Special Guest Star is BRUCE WILLIS! Bruno plays a smart but brutal arms dealer. Not only does he try and sell Stinger missiles on the black market, he beats his wife as well. Bruno doesn't look like Bruno at all here, in fact in a weird way he resembles a better looking Mark Wahlberg spliced with a Frat Boy. He definitely looked more distinguished with age.

 

The episode is directed by none other than David Soul, who I'm afraid does a very uneven job. The scene where Bruno's wife is on the phone with her friend after some husband cruelty is really good (even harrowing), but later she does some really bad acting. I guess David didn't always have "Soul"!

 

I liked the henchmen in this episode: one is this jolly guy who was in the National Guard, was assigned to keep watch on the Stingers in the Armory while the troops assgined to the task went out for Pizza, then amscrayed with the weapons! The other henchman is this crazy man who sprays machine guns all over the place at the first sign of trouble. My favorite bit in the episode is the finale's "Take down montage", which takes place on an abandoned freighter, and features an awesome song ("Don't Care Anymore") by Phil Collins.

 

I briefly pondered what a 2013 version of Miami Vice might look like, then concluded it just couldn't be done. For one thing, the music scene is now all Techno/Dance, which I like, but wouldn't provide the same vibe as Phil Collins. Plus no one match Edward James Olmos, who has maybe 5 lines of dialog in this episode, but somehow you think the whole show is about him! And that's not slighting Don Johnson, who is stellar in this episode.

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Well, that's strange. Maybe it's just me but on both Chrome and Firefox, the Quote and the Multi buttons are broken and don't work. Figures. Today wasn't the best, besides the fact that I got to visit both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Not to humblebrag but I do have an annual pass to that place.

 

I don't always mention when I go there, but today I went and visited a new expansion to Fantasyland (it's circus-themed and while there isn't a lot to it yet the theming is quite good) and at Epcot they completely remodeled the Test Track ride, which ends up with you riding outside in a ride vehicle that looks like a car and you go over 60 miles an hour for a bit. It had opened in the late 90's but by this time it looked stodgy and out of date. They also added a deal involving you getting a plain white card and you swipe it to design a vehicle on a touchscreen pad... i.e. pick out one of four traits you prefer the most then pick out one of eight different colors that have slightly different qualities. On the ride the vehicle you pick gets its stats shown at a few points throughout... not quite what I was expecting from what I had heard, AND that system is poorly implemented, not well explained at all, and confusing. I expected more from Disney, you know. Then, there was all the dumbshits there; it's always a problem but it was pretty bad today. On one ride, having some Troglodytes yell and scream almost the entire time about the most inane shit when they're sitting right by each other... that doesn't make me a happy camper. At least the weather was real nice today and tonight.

 

Oh, and the layout of the remodeled Test Track... pretty awesome to me. It's an 80's-riffic design! It's as if you drank a few brightly colored liquids then vomited all over the original Tron's world; to me that's a compliment. I wasn't expecting a black background and neon lights, but to me it was awesome.

 

Now, to comment on a few things one by one:

 

oh lol at a "bulletproof kimono".

 

I wasn't expecting to hear that Gangster Squad was cartoony. I don't know what to make of that, as I still want to see it.

 

I do not remember where but somewhere I read a blurb of someone who had already seen Broken City and they did not care for the movie at all. I wish I knew where to go to re-read it and give a more accurate recap of what was said, but eh... like I said, it's that sort of day today.

 

I have not heard of Non Stop until just now. Looking online it's from the guy who directed Orphan... and Rene favorite Unknown.

 

Speaking of Rene, don't worry if you don't have a Potato in your Pants over Miami Connection. I disagree, but I certainly know others who think it's overrated as a bad movie experience. Sure, there are funnier and shittier bad films out there but I still think that MC is a great time, especially getting to see it live on the big screen with some of the stars in attendance.

 

For awhile I had heard of Firepower but despite knowing plenty of wrestling fans, even the most hard of the hardcore have never seen it, or at least have not admitted to it. I have to see The Ultimate Warrior act as a huge wrestling fan in the day; of course, now Warrior (yes, he changed his name to "Warrior") is a rather insane right-winger... him being conservative is fine and all but he's made some rather controversial comments in the past which I won't repeat here. Crazies on both the right and the left I feel the same about.

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Its happened to me too, Perfect. Losing the quote and multiquote. I believe you have to erase your cookies in the computer and some of that other saved stuff in the Internet Options in the control panel.

 

 

I did like the ending of Miami Connection. I just wasn't as grabbed by it as I was hoping I'd be after hearing everything about it. Perhaps I'll revisit it again in the future with my pal Rolando. Maybe I just need to see it with people? He and I saw The Room together on dvd, and we had a fun time with it.

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Yes Rene. I would say the key to Miami Connection is friends and beers! Enjoy.
 

Tonight, right now in fact, I thought I'd give another chance to a movie that everyone and their mother says is just okay. Smokin Aces. I thought to myself "self? yes. this man made Narc, and The Grey! yup. i think for 6.99 on blu ray i will give this another chance. damn straight." A couple beers later now and 30 minutes in and I'm loving it! I'm watching this with new eyes. Not saying it's the best thing ever, but it is very underrated.

 

Picked up Archer season 3 earlier and watched half of the whole season already. This one didn't hit me as hard either when it aired on cable last year, but now I'm really digging it too. And once again, official thread animated series!?! The episode with Burt muthafucking Reynolds is tits! New season starts tonight! Holy shit can't wait!

 

Going to Gangster Squad this weekend! Then I wanna play some Dead Connection. An awesome game I discovered on a friends hacked xbox.

 

Rene I'm gonna check out your podcast later, please check out mine too!

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Its happened to me too, Perfect. Losing the quote and multiquote. I believe you have to erase your cookies in the computer and some of that other saved stuff in the Internet Options in the control panel.

 

That's odd. I usually clear that shit every day. But, it's working now so it's a moot point. Thankfully I do feel better now just dicking around online instead of doing anything of note. Dammit, I really need to watch more than one film tomorrow.

 

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Tonight, right now in fact, I thought I'd give another chance to a movie that everyone and their mother says is just okay. Smokin Aces. I thought to myself "self? yes. this man made Narc, and The Grey! yup. i think for 6.99 on blu ray i will give this another chance. damn straight." A couple beers later now and 30 minutes in and I'm loving it! I'm watching this with new eyes. Not saying it's the best thing ever, but it is very underrated.

 

I believe I saw that on the big screen; I know a little later I watched it on DVD. I remember it being fine enough as it was wacky and had odd characters; I wasn't sure about the ending, though. Maybe it deserves a revisit sometime way in the future, along with watching the sequel for the first time.

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Folks seem to like THE LAST STAND.   Well, Devin said he liked it, and Drew McWeeny said it "surprised me enormously".

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People seem to think it's going ot be a run of the mill Schwarzenegger action film. Always forgetting Kim Ji-Woon made it.

Checked out Lockout. Meh, Snow deserved a better film and a franchise.
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People seem to think it's going ot be a run of the mill Schwarzenegger action film. Always forgetting Kim Ji-Woon made it.

Gotta admit it does look more of an Arnold flick than a Ji-Woon film.

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I will most likely check out your podcast on my lunchbreak, Rene! Although I only get an hour so I probably won’t be able to finish it until later.

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I think people thought his style would be supressed by the studio system and possible translation problems, as happened with Woo on HARD TARGET.  Although I like that movie.

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Gotta admit it does look more of an Arnold flick than a Ji-Woon film.

Oh, the green band trailers absolutely do. The red band one is pure Woon.
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Oh Perfect Weapon, please don't ever do that to yourself and watch the dtv sequel to Smokin, it is god awful and I couldn't even finish it.

 

Now what!?! I've got more Archer, or The Spook Who Sat by the Door is sitting here also. Good times ahead for me either way.

 

Woot!
 

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Vern reviews ZERO DARK THIRTY

 

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Oh Perfect Weapon, please don't ever do that to yourself and watch the dtv sequel to Smokin, it is god awful and I couldn't even finish it.

 

 

I was wondering about that one myself.

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Now this is a surprise.

 

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Oh Perfect Weapon, please don't ever do that to yourself and watch the dtv sequel to Smokin, it is god awful and I couldn't even finish it.

 

 

 

If you want to watch something similar to Smokin Aces, try Lucky Number Slevin. Great cast, decent movie. 

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Want to know what is in the Extended Director's Cut of Total Recall (2012)?

 

Its the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset guy!

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Now THAT looks seriously cool. Where did you find it? I'm assuming it's on VHS. It's amazing how they cut trailers back in the day or, just how formulaic they are now. I hope you give us a rundown on it for tomorrow.

 

A very fun 70's drive in B. It's more THUNDER ROAD than "Dukes", but that's cool.

 

It did have Waylon voice over narration. And I'm of the opinion every Action movie would be improved with said narration.

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Japanese trailer for MAXIMUM BLOW... sorry THE PACKAGE, a.k.a. MAXIMUM BLOW in Japan

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Posse in effect: I'm finally seeing DJANGO tonight!

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Looks like Nicolas Winding Refn out for Denzel's THE EQUALIZER.

 

Disappointing, I really can't wait to see what he does next.

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I'm actually quite surprised at how excited I am for Only God Forgives.

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Japanese trailer for MAXIMUM BLOW... sorry THE PACKAGE, a.k.a. MAXIMUM BLOW in Japan

 

 

I like it! Way more action packed than i expected.

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Checked out Lockout. Meh, Snow deserved a better film and a franchise.

 

I don't think it's that terrible. Definitely a passable flick, but Pearce REALLY does carry it, so much so that the film falters to death without him in it or another guy playing it.

 

Not to mention, THAT motorcycle chase in the beginning. -shudders in the fetal position-

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I don't think it's that terrible. Definitely a passable flick, but Pearce REALLY does carry it, so much so that the film falters to death without him in it or another guy playing it.

 

Not to mention, THAT motorcycle chase in the beginning. -shudders in the fetal position-

I would have liked to have seen Snow's undercover mission that went so horribly wrong, but I don't think the film had enough time to breathe to create a world worth returning to. It was all non-stop to keep the pace up. 

 

Is anyone going to see The Baytown Outlaws? It is allegedly coming out this Friday, but only in one theater in NYC. I think I'll take the hit because I've got nothing else going on.

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Loved DJANGO!

 

PULP is still my favorite QT, but BASTERDS and DJANGO are vying for the silver. I give the slight edge to DJANGO because I've always been fascinated by Race in America (especially the South), and boy does this flick deal with that unflinchingly. Jaimie Foxx is amazing, updating Fred Williamson's Blaxploitation Western Hero. Props due however to Sam Jackson brilliantly - and bravely- playing such a controversial, despicable character.

 

Also, this movie is very funny. Especially the Don Johnson segments.

 

Oh, and an Old South plantation shoot out scored to 2 Pac? Not since Beatty went crazy to N.W.A. in BULLWORTH has Hip-Hop been used in such an unexpected, brilliant way.

 

The soundtrack on first may be the one area i was kind of let down. Besides 2 Pac nothing really blew me or opened my ears to interpreting a song a new way like in the past (DEATH PROOF gave me a new appreciation of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich). In some cases song choices were a bit on the nose (more so than usual anyway).

 

Still, a great film, and new classic.

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Revisited Repo Men earlier for the first time since the theater back in 2010. It was still pretty good. Really dig the Oldboy style fight that happens towards the end, and an ending straight out of Brazil.

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Still in state of QT euphoria from DJANGO, I'm putting on RESERVOIR DOGS.

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Lifeforce is up for pre-order over on Amazon at 20 bucks! Pre-ordered it along with The Vampire Lovers since that one is 14 bucks. I'm glad that Lifeforce is finally getting the special edition treatment it deserves.

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Checked out Lockout. Meh, Snow deserved a better film and a franchise.

 

For sure, for sure. In hindsight I can't even believe I saw that on the big screen. At least right afterwards I saw The Raid: Redemption and that made up for all the disappointment.

 

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Oh Perfect Weapon, please don't ever do that to yourself and watch the dtv sequel to Smokin, it is god awful and I couldn't even finish it.

 

Oh OK. I will keep that in mind. Maybe I can laugh at its shittiness.

 

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If you want to watch something similar to Smokin Aces, try Lucky Number Slevin. Great cast, decent movie. 

 

Yeah that is a film I've been interested in seeing but of course with me it hasn't happened yet.

 

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Japanese trailer for MAXIMUM BLOW... sorry THE PACKAGE, a.k.a. MAXIMUM BLOW in Japan

 

Both of those titles make me giggle, I can't help but admit it.

 

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Not to mention, THAT motorcycle chase in the beginning. -shudders in the fetal position-

 

Oh yeah. Many of us here have noted how it's PS1-level graphics going on in that scene, and no one has a real good explanation as to why that's the case. Talk about starting the movie off on the wrong note, and it doesn't get much better from there.

 

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Is anyone going to see The Baytown Outlaws? It is allegedly coming out this Friday, but only in one theater in NYC. I think I'll take the hit because I've got nothing else going on.

 

It's a movie I've heard of but I have no idea if it's going to be any good or not. At least there are familiar faces abound (Billy Bob Thornton, Andre Braugher, Zoe Bell) and some nice-looking dames, like Serinda Swan and Brea Grant.

 

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I'm glad that Lifeforce is finally getting the special edition treatment it deserves.

 

I bet you are; naked Mathilda May in 1080p... it may be a pants-free screening for Rene! It's more than understandable, though.

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Watched a couple from the past over the last few days...

 

80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY'S, directed by Gary Weis (on YouTube).  A 1979 documentary on the street gangs of the South Bronx featuring the Savage Skulls, the Savage Nomads and the Police Squad that both went after them and praised them.  A worthwhile look at a days gone by in one of the most burnt out areas of old New York.  Keep an eye out for footage of the real Father Louis Gigante, credited by many to have spearheaded the initiative to clean up the South Bronx.

 

BATTLE CIRCUS (1953), directed by Richard Brooks (on VHS).  Humphrey Bogart's wartime drama as the chief surgeon in a military medical unit in the Korean war juggling his romantic interest in a new staff nurse with keeping his people safe under fire on enemy lines.  Some cute moments that predate Robert Altman's classic M*A*S*H by nearly two decades, but lacking the overall greatness that would make it one to truly remember.  It does feature a great little performance by a young, energetic Keenan Wynn.

 

AMERICAN FLYERS (1985), directed by John Badham (on VHS).  Two years before THE UNTOUCHABLES and NO WAY OUT made him a household name, Kevin Costner co-starred in this underdog sports story of two brothers in a dangerously high speed bicycle race.  Typical early-to-mid-80's fare, raised slightly above the norm with it's more serious subplot, it's impressive Rocky Mountain cinematography, some fun work from co-stars Rae Dawn Chong, a terrific John Amos, a sexy young Alexandra Paul, a pre-HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE Robert Townsend... and the most laughably eeeeevil bicycle riding villain I've ever seen.

 

EDGE CITY (aka SLEEP IS FOR SISSIES, 1980), directed by Alex Cox (on YouTube).  Cox's UCLA film project is your typical student film, but somewhat more interesting due to it's fractured narrative and technical sections.  Some decent performances (one from Cox, himself) and some satire of American impeprialism, paranoia and consumerism, some portrait of the artist stuff.  35 minutes long or so.  If you're a fan, you might get something out of it.  It even ends with Sid Vicious' "My Way."  A bit of foreshadowing, there.

  

TONY ROME (1967), directed by Gordon Douglas (on DVD).  Ring-a-ding detective Frank Sinatra is a houseboat-living P.I. in Miami up to his martini glasses in bruisers, broads and bullets.  You get some cool locations, some silly tough guy patter, some beatdowns and gunplay and some serious sex appeal from Jill St. John.  In the end, it doesn't add up to so much.  But it's a fun ride getting there.  I just found the sequel, THE LADY IN CEMENT, on YouTube, and it looks a little more fun with Raquel Welch and "Hoss"  from BONANZA.  Looking forward to that one.

 

Must sleep now.


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