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Son of a gun, gonna have big fun down at the bayou: “No Mercy”

October 27, 2015

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I think in the 1980s there was some kind of an epidemic of partners being murdered. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure the only reason any homicides were solved at all in the ‘80s was because a cop’s partner was the victim. Like, 90% of the police work being done was in service of avenging a partner. Fortunately, avenging one’s partner allows for some pretty wide latitude (stealing from undercover FBI agents, invading Japan, etc.) In this, 1986’s No Mercy is a pretty straightforward example of the genre, notable only for its leads and the respective trajectories of their careers.
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Shooting blanks: “Street Kings”

November 30, 2008

200px-street_kingsmp08What kind of movie is Street Kings? It’s the kind of movie that thinks that a couch would offer reasonable protection against submachine-gun fire. It’s the kind of movie which spends its first act making a bunch of characters seem like they’re the bad guys only to reveal in the last act that, yep, they’re bad guys. It’s the sort of movie that casts Naomie Harris, yet gives her virtually nothing to do, while handing over valuable screen time to those acting titans Keanu Reeves and Chris Evans. It’s a movie for everyone who thought O.J. Simpson was framed, as the planting of DNA evidence plays a major role in the plot mechanics (“Juice, hold still while we get a blood sample…okay, good. Now wait over there by that white Bronco.”) It’s also a movie that doesn’t have any good reason for existing aside from showcasing Reeves’s increasingly-jowly face.

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What Went Wrong: “Miami Vice”

February 13, 2008

miami viceAs a television program Miami Vice has a special place in my heart, since it defined cool in my early teen years. Yeah, the show was faddish and burned out fast, but it also holds an important place in television history as the moment when serious money and talent began being funneled into television programming to narrow the divide between movies and episodic TV. The Shield, Deadwood, The Sopranos, the Wire were all made possible to some degree by Miami Vice. Before Vice, there was CHiPs.
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