Tag Archive | Peter Boyle

The World According to Arnie – Red Heat (1988)

Red-Heat-bannerBuddy movies are the comic book movies of the 80’s. When Walter Hill’s ’48 Hours’ proved a surprise hit in 1982, it spawned countless variations on the theme. The buddy movies of the 80’s are nearly always based around cops from different walks of life who become partners (‘Lethal Weapon’), or cops and criminals thrown together (‘Midnight Run’, yes technically he’s a bounty hunter, but that movie is awesome and I wanted to mention it!). But the formula dates back further. The earliest successful buddy movie (that I can think of) is Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’. It’s an easy formula, because all you need to do is put two completely different personalities together, have them clash, then find a common ground (in the case of the buddy cop movie, it’s always the villain) and as they work together towards their goal, they become friends.

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Just Pillow Talk’s Birthday Nightmare: Taxi Driver (1976)

Pillow’s agonising trawl through the dregs of cinema just took a serious turn for the better. After the disappointment of the much-heralded Shampoo, he’s drawn what almost everyone considers to be a classic. Taxi Driver is one of Scorsese’s finest films, and has a great script from Paul Schrader. As an aside, Schrader has an interesting story about an alienated young man, exactly like Travis Bickle, turning up at his office with a gun wondering how Schrader has put his life on the screen. There are some frightening nutters out there.

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The Underrated: Hardcore

Looking for images from this film has made me despair of humanity. Seriously. I knew it was going to happen, and it is asking for trouble, but you just try typing “hardcore” into google and see what you get. Eventually, on page 900, buried beneath a quite impressive selection of gay porn (and weirdly the odd photo of Darth Vader) you will eventually locate Paul Schrader’s 1979 classic. Read More…