Once in a while, a movie comes along that was decades ahead of its time. That’s “Nighthawks”.
“Another Take on Film” - Movies you may have seen before that are worth “another take” – watch them again and maybe notice some things differently the second time around. I’ll be continuously adding reviews of films from my personal library of thousands and thousands of titles and sharing what I think is special about each one. Every good film deserves another take.
If there was a time when the world was turning upside down, it was the 60s and 70s. The turmoil from Vietnam to Watergate made many question the things Americans relied on for decades. That anti-establishment arc found its way into many films. Sometimes it was overt, like in films like “Dirty Harry” and “Death Wish.” Charles Bronson could do what the entire police force couldn’t – confront crime and defeat it. Clint Eastwood had to defy police orders to get the bad guy, and he threw his badge into the river to put an exclamation point on it.
Oliver Stone make personal films. He fought in Vietnam, so he makes “Platoon,” “JFK,” and “Nixon.” His father was a stock broker, so “Wall Street” shouldn’t have surprised anyone.
I must confess an affinity for business movies and that has stayed with me through the years. “Wall Street” was really my first.
There was a time when Eddie Murphy was the single most talented new force in film. Although not my absolute favorite Eddie Murphy film, “Beverly Hills Cop” remains a great example of a film that is absolutely nothing without its star.
As the story goes, “Beverly Hills Cop” wasn’t even supposed to be a comedy. Picture Sylvester Stallone as Axel Foley.
Sly went on to do “Cobra” and the studio brought in Eddie Murphy, saving about $10 million and grossing over $150 million more in box office receipts.
Really good science fiction answers a really cool question that begins with “What If.”
Sadly, since Star Wars, science fiction his been thought to be spaceships flying through the galaxy or if we go back as far as the fifties, spaceships landing or attacking Earth.
Some really good science fiction doesn’t involve space, aliens or ray guns.
Time After Time takes off on two really great “What if” questions.
The first: What if H. G. Wells, instead of just writing “The Time Machine,” actually built one?
Norman Wexler, the reason I love Saturday Night Fever. He suffered from mental illness most of his life and was rumored to be the inspiration for Tony Clifton, Andy Kaufman’s stage alter ego.
But he turned a movie about nightclub dancing into a social commentary.
He was a screenwriter who twice was nominated for the Oscar for “Joe” and “Serpico”, two films dealing with the darker side of social commentary. Then Wexler was tasked with turning a magazine article about Saturday night disco dancing into something more than a dance movie.