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Demons of the Mind (1972)
A flawed, but cool flick. Different for Hammer
Demons In The Mind is a left turn for Hammer, taking the Gothic horror into different territories. This has a very similar look and ambiance comparable to the other horror films made by the studio. However, this is a very psychological horror film that is devoid of monsters(unless you count human ones), but still very much feels like a Hammer movie. The movie is unpredictable and sometimes gets confusing, but overall I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Patrick Magee from A Clockwork Orange appears and delivers a sound performance to this unusual film. Demons In The Mind is a little off the wall, but somehow works. The sex and violence is at around the same level as other Hammer productions at the time. While this was not well received around the time of its release Demons In The Mind is a solid piece of work and a very interesting film.
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
I must confess, I never read the book. However, on its initial run on cable I by chance viewing I saw the film and I have been a fan ever since. Even if it takes out the incest themes that are prevalent in the novels, this film still works in my opinion and even without that element Flowers In The Attic is disturbing enough. For its time there was not really anything quite like it and falls somewhere in between drama and horror. The late 80's most horror and movies in general had lots of campy humor and one liners. This film is serious as a heart attack and is presented in a Gothic style with dark atmosphere and really solid performances from the cast. In being an early vehicle for up and coming actress Kristy Swanson, she does a good job as the leading actress in this film. Later on she would grow up to be insanely hot and is best known for starring as the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The story is told from her character's(Cathy) point of view and in my opinion did a nice job carrying the story along. Most movies with a younger cast usually don't do as good of a job, but here it works and works really well. Originally Wes Craven was attached to this project and it would have been interesting what he would have brought to the table. However, he made a film The People Under The Stairs which is quite similar to this and reminds me a lot of Flowers In The Attic. Someday, I will have to make a point to read VC Andrews book, but I really like the film and has a lot going for it with good performances, nail biting tension,great sets and brooding atmosphere enhanced by Christopher Young's moody and depressing score. In my book Flowers In The Attic is a great Gothic melodrama and a classy, well made movie. This film really holds up in my opinion.
The Prophecy (1995)
Excellent concept that was brilliantly executed
My introduction to The Prophecy was sometime in the mid 90's when it was on The Superstation in heavy rotation on its initial run on television and I've been a fan ever since. The Prophecy was(is) a unique movie with a great story about The 2nd War In Heaven which has been ongoing since the birth of mankind, where rouge angels are at war with angels loyal to God over humankind as God favors them above angels as they possess something angels do not, a soul. Christopher Walken delivers a one of a kind performance and creepy presence as rebel angel Arkangel Gabriel who is trying to obtain the soul of the most evil man that has ever lived to bring Heaven And Earth on its knees with total armageddon being achieved that puts him at odds with Satan, with an early diabolical performance from Viggo Mortenson, who actually sides with humanity and God, but to suit his own needs. Eric Stotz also appears as an angel who is trying to save humanity. This concept was very compelling and well executed. The 2nd War In Heaven plays out on Earth and like all war is very bloody and messy. The film does a great job conveying that with great foreboding atmosphere and is carried by Walken's unique presence and performance. Overall, The Prophecy is great and spawned some much lesser direct to video sequels. Even so, this is a really original and well done horror movie that I can't recommend enough.
The beautiful people, The beautiful people...
While Interview With The Vampire is cast with hunky Hollywood pretty boy actors like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas . This is not the chick flick soap opera I thought it would be at the time of its release. Years later, I decided to give the film a chance and ended up really digging it. Based on a novel by Anne Rice, Interview With A Vampire is a very serious minded big budget vampire epic that was a refreshing take on the genre. The cast actually delivered solid performances in this very somber vampire movie. The epic and dramatic approach to the material was innovative with good storytelling and characters with strong visuals and excellent camerawork. While this brings a new approach to the genre, it still retains enough gloomy ambiance and thrills that are prevalent to Gothic horror. So, in as many ways as Interview With A Vampire is different, it still sticks to a lot of traditional Gothic horror conventions. Overall, this is a really good film and should appease both horror fans and more arthouse type of viewers that normally would stay away from this type of film.
Good thriller with a fantastic early performance from Brad Pitt
Kalifornia is a pretty solid thriller that showcases Brad Pitt's talent as an actor early in his film career. David Duchovny of X Files fame and his girlfriend Michelle Forbes hit the road for California and on the way stop at murder sites to collect information and photographs for their book about serial killers. To make the trip affordable, they put an ad out for someone to accompany them on the trip and share the costs of travel. Earl responds to the ad and brings his girlfriend Adele(Juliette Lewis) with him. Knowing nothing about their new traveling companions, Earl turns out to be one of the psychotic killers Brian(David Duchovny) is writing about. Pitt, known as one of Hollywood's most hunky pretty boy actors gives a tremendous and convincing performance as a southern fried, trailer trash psycho killer. This is very similar to Oliver Stone's film Natural Born Killers which came out a year later and also starred Juliette Lewis, whose character in that film is also similar, but much more passive in this. Natural Born Killers is a better film, but is much different in the way it was approached. Kalifornia is told in a much more straight forward manner and is less stylized and devoid of the black humor and satire that was prevalent in that film. With that said, I still like this film and Kalifornia is a solid thriller that is underrated and worth checking out.
Classic and my favorite movie dealing with The Italian Mafia
Typically when it comes to Mafia movies most people cite The Godfather pt 1 or 2 or this as all time favorite. Goodfellas is my favorite and is among director Martin Scorsese's best work. This is excellent storytelling and cinema with top tier camerawork, writing and editing. The ensemble cast did a phenomenal job knocking this out of the park giving authenticity to these characters and with Scorsese's tight direction brings this story to life. Even though Robert De Niro is a in a supporting role, this is still some of Scorsese's best work. Ray Liotta was up and coming as an actor and rises to the occasion as the lead in this film as mobster Henry Hill, holding his own cast alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. As a whole the film comes together perfectly with great chemistry from the cast, no one outshines anybody and everything is done to service the story. The film might be longer than the average film, but never seems so as it has the viewer engrossed in the story. In my opinion this is perfect(or nearly flawless) film making. It is criminal that this did not win an Oscar for best film of that year, but through the years this really holds up and not only is this the best mob movie in my book, this is one of the best movies ever made and is mandatory viewing for anyone that wants to see a great movie.
The Iceman (2012)
Good thriller based on one of the most notorious killers ever lived
The Iceman is a well made drama/thriller based on the life of Mafia employed hitman Richard Kuklinski. If you want to learn about the life of Richard Kuklinski the best option is to watch the HBO documentary The Iceman Tapes: Confessions With A Killer and hear the story from the man himself. Or if you would like to gain further insight about his life and his time growing up the book by author Philip Carlo is also excellent and goes into much greater detail. This is a film and due to time restraints there is only so much detail that can go into it. Even so, knowing a lot about Richard Kukilski, I did enjoy the film. Michael Shannon does a good job here portraying a man that death is his occupation, but lives a separate life away from that as a caring and devoted father and husband. Always nice to see Winona Ryder as his oblivious wife. Having a crush on her since childhood, I am very happy to see her here and she still looks great and brought a pretty solid performance as well. Chris Evans is an interesting choice to play Mr. Softee where Kuklinsi ends up working with and learning new methods of killing and body disposal. This often gets compared to Goodfellas meets Zodiac and I think that description is fairly accurate. Speaking of which Ray Liotta is great here as a ruthless mob boss. The Iceman could have been presented differently, but does give the viewer an idea about the man, but other media gives a better , more complete description of his life and what made him this way. But The Iceman is a good film and recommended if you like dark thrillers and movies dealing with the underworld of crime.
Shanghai is a noirish styled espionage drama/thriller with great production value and a tremendous international cast set in Shanghai, China a bit previous to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. John Cusack is an American spy undercover as a journalist with Nazi sympathies investigating the murder of a friend and gets immersed in the underworld of Shanghai, with the personal lives, love triangles and shady dealings that were prevalent to the key players of this story in Japanese occupied China. Performances are outstanding and all the characters exist in the grey area. Shanghai is an excellent and deserved more of a wide theatrical release. I would have loved to see this in the theater and is the only movie that has John Cusack, Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li and Ken Wantanabe all in the same film and all of these top tier actors bring their A game to this absorbing WW2 drama.
The Last Samurai (2003)
Tom Cruise is The Last Samurai? Yeah sure, why not?
Before I sat down to watch the film, thought the premise of Tom Cruise as The Last Samurai was completely ridiculous. But in the context of the film it makes sense and The Last Samurai is a great movie indeed. Tom Cruise is an a self loathing alcoholic soldier that gets a job abroad in a rapidly modernized Japan to train Japanese soldiers. In a battle with their enemy, the last remaining clan of samurai he ends up in captivity. In the months that follow after living with the samurai, he ends up embracing the traditional Japanese culture and changing his ways. This is easily my favorite movie that Tom Cruise has made and he delivers a great performance as the lead. Ken Wantanabe gives a extremely powerful performance in his English language debut as the leader of the samurai clan. The film itself is really well put together and beautifully shot and scored. The battle scenes look fantastic as well. This is really well done epic film making and great entertainment. This is mostly a good story about a man and his personal journey of redemption. But also brings to light western imperialism and racism that runs deep in our culture and how it has effected the world at large. Great movie, really well done.
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
"Only a ninja can stop a ninja"
Revenge Of The Ninja is the 2nd in the Cannon Ninja trilogy and Sho Kosugi is the hero and good ninja this time around. His son Kane appears as well and was also skilled in the martial arts as a little kid. Ninjas are cool and around this time ninja stuff was everywhere in the early to mid 1980's. Revenge Of The Ninja is a great showcase to capitalize on the ninja craze and delivers the goods big time with great fights, great weaponry and great kills. The violence in the film gets quite gory(especially for the time period) and was originally cut and censored in some places. My blu ray is uncut and all of the cut violence is restored and while it might be a little campy with some of the cheesiest bad guys on celluloid, Sho Kosugi and the main villain Arthur Roberts are stone cold serious. While very much being very 80's, that is a good thing and was a great time for action classics like this one.
Forced Vengeance (1982)
Great, one of my favorites from The Norris
Forced Vengeance is an early Chuck Norris effort before he became a household name with Cannon pictures classics like Missing In Action and The Delta Force. Chuck Norris is a Vietnam vet who went to Hong Kong after the war for some r+r and ended up staying. He was employed at casino The Lucky Dragon as head of security and ended up in a close friendship with the owner and was very tight, like family. As events unfold with the syndicate murdering the casino boss and son, he goes out on the streets and starts knocking heads with fast paced,cultural urban melting pot Hong Kong as a backdrop. This is in my opinion Chuck Norris's most dapper and smooth character. He is a very well dressed cowboy karate man that has incredible fighting skills, is a hit with the ladies and comes across as very cool. Forced Vengeance has lots of karate action, cool one liners and looks great. The direction was pretty tight, directed by James Fargo who previously directed Clint Eastwood in Every Which Way But Loose and The 3rd Dirty Harry film The Enforcer. He did a great job with this and the film looks great. Forced Vengeance is my favorite of his early film works and this really shows that Chuck is a great leading man in action. While his acting skills may be limited, he does great here without saying much and makes up for his lack of acting with his screen presence and charisma(and let's not forget his fighting skills).
Good Guys Wear Black (1978)
Decent early Norris
Early Chuck Norris vehicle that is pretty decent and directed by Ted Post. This action/thriller is low in action compared to Norris's other output. Chuck's acting is not the best and this type of story needed a better actor for the lead. Still, I think this is pretty decent and Chuck did the best he could. What he lacks in acting chops, he made up for with karate chops.(when he does occasionally have a fight scene) Good Guys Wear Black is more of a suspense/thriller than an action movie and is very much in 70's style. It does have elements of his later work Missing In Action and The Delta Force, but has the most in common with Clint Eastwood flick The Eiger Sanction.
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Very cheesy and absurd sequel
Depending on what you want to see, you will rate it accordingly. If you want to see a serious minded vigilante thriller than this easily gets a 1. However, if you want to see an over the top action movie that is so bad its good, I can see why lots of folks could give this a 10. I am a little more conflicted as I can see good arguments in favor or against the film. Let's get this straight right off the bat Death Wish 3 is bad, really bad. But I can't say that I didn't find this to be hilarious at times either. There is no comparison to this and the 2 previous films. The realism and dismal tone of the last 2 films is gone. While I thought Death Wish 2 was over the top, this goes way over the top and nothing about this film could happen in reality. Paul Kersey returns to NYC to visit a friend and his neighborhood is a warzone with crime rampant at a level where martial law would be declared and there would be tanks rolling down the street. Now don't get me wrong NYC in 1985 was a rough place(ask Agnostic Front or the guys from Cromags if you don't believe me), but two pit street gangs that live in abandoned buildings are not capable of controlling their neighborhood at that level. For that you would need a Mafia like organization for that and in that case, NOBODY messed with anyone in that neighborhood without serious repercussions. For the most part if you didn't bring much attention to yourself and know how to handle your business, you will most likely be alright in these rough neighborhoods. The villains are cardboard cutouts and stereotypes of what most old people or yuppies would think of as "bad", being one dimensional and completely amoral and violent at all times. Also, they are completely not credible as tough as they are constantly getting beat up by a 65 year old man. Most criminals don't look favorably on harassing or hurting old folks either, they have families too and its bad for business. In this crime ridden environment Charles Bronson is a one man army, but unlike John Rambo he has no military training or tactics and has seen no combat(unless you count his shootings of street hoods in the other 2 films) and is an old man. Granted, for his age Bronson was in fantastic shape, but nothing compared to Stallone(then or now) that makes him as credible as the action heroes that were doing that sort of thing at the time. But if you want to turn off your brain and have some fun at the ridiculous action scenes, cringeworthy dialogue and horrible acting then Death Wish 3 is comedy gold. This movie is silly and ridiculous even by 80's standards and is a really dumb movie where the street hoods should put away their Halloween costumes and leave the senior citizens living in the projects alone.
Death Wish II (1982)
The best and most respectable of the sequels
Death Wish 2 is a pretty good follow up to the classic 1st film. While the sequel lacks the depth of storytelling or the layers to the Paul Kersey character, this still has the same grim tone as the original and is a continuation of the story. The film is more violent and sleazy then the 1st with some vicious rape scenes and some pretty savage kills. Set in USA's second largest city Los Angeles, on a mission of personal vengeance Bronson takes out the trash in a different river of slime. This film is less realistic and more over the top than the 1st film, but was still done well enough to be taken somewhat seriously. The rest of the sequels have a real hard time achieving that(at least with me).The director of the original Death Wish and frequent Bronson collaborator returns and did a good job of putting this together. Charles Bronson still really delivers in his older age and(Paul Kersey is the coldest killer in cinema). Bronson excels in this role and does so without saying much. This type of grindhouse vigilante flick might not be for everyone, but I think this is a good film and the last of the Death Wish movies that I can take seriously.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
Great, Stallone still doing action and doing it well
In comparison with the last movie Rambo(the 4th film in the series), I thought that was hard to beat. Even so, Last Blood may not be as great as the last movie, it still is very good and I enjoyed it a lot. Taking the original plot from what was going to be the last Rambo film, where John is living back at home trying to live a peaceful life, but family matters bring him back to his violent nature. This time however, it is personal and Stallone goes Bronson style in taking down human traffickers in this grim tale of revenge. Before he turns back into the killing machine we all know and love, this shows a more human side to the man until darkness descends and he comfortably goes back to the violent world he knows best. This has the most in common with 70's and early 80's post Deathwish movies, but in a modern time and a bigger budget. I am reminded a lot of Rolling Thunder, which is still quite different than this and actually predates the original First Blood movie by several years. Rambo takes out these scumbags in a variety of different ways and is quite savage. In the brutal finale he uses his military training and experiences in Vietnam to dispatch his foes with what looks like relative ease. As a fan of the series Sly did not let me down and he is in better shape as senior citizen then lots of people(athletes even) that are half his age.
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Good Bruce Willis action from director Tony Scott
The Last Boy Scout is a slick looking 80's styled Bruce Willis action vehicle directed by Tony Scott. Willis is good in this as a self loathing, alcoholic private investigator with a five o'clock shadow and a cynical and sarcastic demeanor. After some baddies smoke Halle Berry, he teams up with her boyfriend, gambling addicted ex football flunky Damon Wayans. The Last Boy Scout is a good buddy movie with some snappy dialouge and whole lot of gun play that leads to a nefarious NFL team leader( Noble Willingham, who is best known for playing CD Parker with The Norris in Walker Texas Ranger, one of the greatest shows ever on television) that is behind a lot of political corruption with sports betting and bribery. I would not regard this to be the best work from either Bruce Willis or Tony Scott, but this is a good action flick with great cinematography, great shootouts, acting and direction. The Last Boy Scout gets the job done for some good testosterone filled entertainment.
Great movie,seriously underrated
Trespass is an excellent, tense action thriller written by Robert Zemeckis ans Bob Gale and directed by the legendary Walter Hill. Bill Paxton and William Sadler are Arkansas firemen who while on the job discover a map for stolen treasure in an abandoned building in St. Louis . While they are on their quest for fortune they end up in a conflict with King James(Ice T) and his street gang that also includes Ice Cube as a hot headed gangster. Most of these characters exist in the grey area and the excellent cast gave great performances in bringing this story to life. There is lots of action and the shootouts are excellent. The score by Ry Cooder is fitting as well and the movie itself was hard hitting, suspenseful and fast paced. Walter Hill did a great job in putting this together and like a lot of his work Trespass is criminally underrated and 1st rate action cinema.
Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
The boys are back in town
48 Hours is in a class of its own,although Another 48 Hours is not quite as good, it still is a worthy follow up to the 1st film. Much like the 1st this is essentially an urban western where Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond reunite to face a common foe in the concrete jungle. Eddie Murphy is still on top of his game and really funny and Nolte is still convincing as a bad ass cop. The story is pretty good, but I would love to see the film as it was originally intended before the studio cut it before its theatrical release. As far as the buddy cop/action comedy genre, Another 48 Hours still is one of the best and gets the job done for fast,furious and action packed entertainment. My only real critique of the film is the actor who played Ganz's brother is kind of weak compared to James Remar's performance in the 1st film. Even so, Walter Hill did a great job of putting this together and I still really enjoy this classic.
48 Hrs. (1982)
One of the best
48 Hours is easily the best buddy comedy action flick there is. Tough cop Jack Cates and wise cracking convict Reggie Hammond(Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy) team up to take down ruthless criminal Albert Ganz and his buddy Billy bear(James Remar and Sonny Landham). 48 Hours is fast paced,gritty and tough. In this violent world of cops and thieves there are still lots of funny jokes mixed with the fights and shootouts. This along with The Warriors is director Walter Hill's most successful and most memorable film work. James Remar is one of the best villains I have seen totally cold blooded and ruthless(and hard as nails). In my opinion, he is massively underrated as an actor and his performance here is absolutely balls out and bad ass. Sonny Landham is also great here as heavy as well. Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy are also great and play off each other perfectly. Walter Hill is one of my all time favorite directors and here he was really cooking with one of my favorite action movies ever. 48 Hours delivers as great entertainment and was very influential to future action movies and holds up really well as some 1st rate violent and tough entertainment.
Trading Places (1983)
Essential comedy classic, one of the best movies ever made
Trading Places is awesome, 1st rate cinema that was done so well, it holds up better than most movies of its time. Most comedies these days are more like long skits with a large emphasis on cramming as many jokes into an hour and a half as possible. This is a prime example as a comedic vehicle that also is a great movie, with a great story, dialouge and characters with top notch direction and cinematography. Even all these years later, Trading Places looks great. This is also Eddie Murphy at his best, Dan Ackroyd is really good as well, but is slightly overshadowed by Murphy who is easily THE comic talent of his time ,as well as one of the greatest of all time. The plot is brilliant and while this could be seen as serious social commentary, Trading Places never ceases to be funny . This film, along with 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop is Eddie Murphy's absolute best film work that put Eddie on the map as a superstar. Trading Places is a great, great movie and is one of my favorite movies ever that I cannot praise or recommend enough.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Great, the best movie to come out from a Saturday Night Live skit
The Blues Brothers is a great movie with brilliant comedy director John Landis behind the screen and the winning team of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in front of the screen. Belushi and Aykroyd are on mission from God to get the band back together to raise money to save the Catholic orphanage they grew up in. The film looks great and there are a lot of legit musical legends like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker that not only provide good tunes, but gives The Blues Brothers serious musical credibility. The supporting cast is memorable as well, especially Carrie Fisher(who looks amazing in this) and John Candy. The car chase scenes are done really well and The Blues Brothers really holds up as a really fun and cool movie. It is no surprise that this turned out to be a big hit and has a large cult following that continues to exist today.
Bustin' Loose (1981)
Great overlooked drama/comedy from Pryor
Bustin' Loose is nice movie starring Richard Pryor that is a cross country comedy that is warm hearted without coming across corny and still be funny on top of that. Richard Pryor is a thief on parole and as a condition of his parole, his parole officer has him drive a bus full of special ed kids from Phiily to rural Washington to live on teacher's aunt and uncle's farm after funding was cut and the kids need a place to go. Throughout the course of the trip, bus driver Joe Braxton grows to dig the kids and bonds with them. The characters in this movie are no angels and are portrayed in a more realistic manner than some fluff that Disney or The Hallmark Channel would crap out. They are presented as real people with real problems, who aspire to travel to Washington for a better life. There still is a lot of really funny stuff in this movie and Richard Pryor is one of the best comic actors of all time, but he also delivers on the more emotional scenes as well, really making Joe Braxton a likeable guy.
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Not quite as good as the 1st, but not that bad either
Cannonball Run 2 is pretty decent as far as sequels go and in my opinion its at least better than Smoky And The Bandit 2. By this time Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham have done this good ole' boy car racing comedy to death. Like the original film there is a huge star studded cast and a lot of the original cast returns here as well. Burt and Dom still have great chemistry and continue to let the good times roll. The Rat Pack returns as well with Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin returning bringing their good buddy Frank Sinatra as well to join the party. Jackie Chan returns and does a couple of scenes showcasing his kung fu skills and Daisey Duke is some serious southern eyecandy. However, eventually the film goes too over the top and degenerates into sillyness and absurdity. Even with that being said, Cannonball Run 2 still delivers for gonzo entertainment and is still quite watchable even if this is not the best movie in the world.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Cocaine is a Hell of a drug...
The Cannonball Run is a completely insane comedy that no major studio would touch in today's market. Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham collaborate on another major box office smash. However, not everyone loved it, critics tore it to pieces upon its release. Which is fine, this was not made with them in mind. The Cannonball Run was based on a real illegal cross country race and made for a really wild and fun movie with a great ensemble all star cast with Dom DeLuise( who is hilarious as JJ(Burt's buddy) and steals the show as superhero alter ego Captain Chaos), also Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Roger Moore and an early US appearance from Jackie Chan. For good looks Farrah Fawcett and Adrienne Barbeau make a good showing as well. There is a whole lot of content in this movie that would not play well in today's more PC climate. While the film might be a little rude and crude, there is nothing mean spirited or malicious about this movie. The Cannonball Run is just insane fun and I'm sure it was snowing on that set, if you know what I mean. Great movie.
City Heat (1984)
Somewhat of a dissapointment, but still passable entertainment
City Heat is the one time pairing of Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, as a big fan of both, this project is a bit underwhelming and a missed opportunity to do something great. At this time Clint and Burt were two of the biggest movie stars in the world and City Heat was pretty much dead on arrival as a critical and commercial failure. As a whole, this movie seems poorly put together with a convoluted story, bad slapstick comedy and the most stereotypical portrayal of Eastwood(a one dimensional tough guy) and Reynolds(a buffoon). Even so, these guys were on top as leading men for a reason, both possess a lot of charisma and with that, it carries along this somewhat substandard( and really dumb) prohibition era buddy picture. While it seems this was put together quickly with very little thought, it also moves by fast as well with lots of action and has a good supporting cast to boot.. I may be a little hard on City Heat because I should expect more out of what should have been a winning team with Eastwood and Reynolds, but I still find that I enjoy it even though this is a bad movie. It is no surprise the much better and innovative Beverly Hills Cop decimated this at the box office, but for an evenings entertainment you certainly could do much worst.