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Black Moon Rising
Meet Sam Quint... Stealing from him is the biggest mistake you can make.
An FBI free-lancer stashes a stolen Las Vegas-crime tape in a high-tech car stolen by someone else.
Written by John Carpenter and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Black Moon Rising is the tale of a thief (Tommy Lee Jones) who is hired by the government to steal a very important cassette tape. While being pursued by some menacing baddies, the thief hides the tape in a super fast race car named the Black Moon. That plan gets shot to shit when the Black Moon is stolen. You don't fuck with the government and a badass agent (Bubba Smith) gives the thief 72 hours to find the missing tape or else his ass is grass. Liquor store chit-chat. Busted window. Christine's well behaved cousin. Sheriff Dearborne? Hightower without Tackleberry. Billy the Kid. High-tech phone. Sarah Connor's hair. Super Grand…
It's a high-tech supercar movie written by John Carpenter and starring Tommy Lee Jones as a quasi-Hawksian hero. Shouldn't that be enough?
Tommy Lee Jones is in good shape. The movie isn't. It feels like your typical 80s movie and it has its moments but ultimately fails to stand out and deliver the goods.
I never considered you competition, Marvin.
A John Carpenter script produced by Roger Corman's studio New World Pictures. Those two elements alone should intrigue any fan of genre pictures. It's one of a handful of films Carpenter wrote but didn't direct, those duties went to Harley Cokeliss. He was one of the second unit studio directors on Empire Strikes Back and to be honest this is probably his biggest accomplishment after that, unless directing episodes of Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess brings a certain prestige to directors that I'm unaware of.
The film is made with 80s action movie sensibilities and doesn't seem to aspire to be anything more. The plot however is nothing but typical as it involves…
A professional thief is used by the FBI to get useful evidence for an investigation, unfortunately things go wrong and he has to hide the evidence on a prototype car.
I didn't know anything about this before watching it, only that i liked the title and that Tommy Lee Jones was in it.
This movie drowns itself on a sea of problems, starting with the tone, it goes back and forth from sort of neo noir tokind of action, but is never serious enough (even though it really thinks it is) to be noir, or has enough action, to be considered an action movie, in paper it seems like a heist flick but they messed that up too.
A John Carpenter script, an amazing cast(Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Richard Jaekel, Robert Vaughn, Dan Shor, Lee Ving, Bubba Smith & Keenan Wynn!), and a super-car. What more could one want in an 80s movie?
Feels like it'd make a nice double with LOOKER.
Huh. Remember when the Furious 7 trailer had a car smash out of a skyscraper and land in another skyscraper, and everyone was all like "whoa, they've really taken the action up a notch this time"? Well, Black Moon Rising did that exact same thing 30 years ago. Why doesn't this have six sequels?
Tommy Lee Jones plays a professional thief who stashes his latest prize in the back of a record-breaking supercar (powered by water, for some reason), only to have it stolen from under his nose by Linda Hamilton, who was recruited from the streets by Robert Vaughn to lead a team of high-tech car-thieves from his futuristic skyscraper fortress. Inevitably, Tommy and Linda have to team up…
A professional thief who works for the FBI steals a tape that's sought after by the Las Vegas mafia, and then hides it a into a high-tech car. But the car is in turn stolen by a gang, headed by a mysterious businessman, and stashed into a seemingly impregnable skyscraper.
Strictly routine heist flick that is based on a screenplay by John Carpenter (who had the good sense not to direct it). There is little here to excite or surprise even the most easy-to-satisfy viewer and Cokeliss's uninspired direction does nothing to help. At times it seems like a TV movie or a special episode of "Knight Rider".
Even the usually reliable Tommy Lee Jones doesn't fare well in this…
A Great Tommy Lee Film
John Carpenter co-scripted this exciting,action paced tale of a thief-for-hire(Tommy Lee Jones) who hides the stolen disc of a corrupt company inside the back of an experimental sports car,that is soon stolen by the employee(Linda Hamilton) of a luxurious car theft crime ring that's ruled by Robert Vaughn. Heavily pressed by both of their bosses(Jones with government chief Bubba Smith,and Hamilton with Vaughn),Jones and Hamilton eventually team up(with the car's creators) to steal back the car from Vaughn's skyscraper-based empire,amid a rival thief([ex-Fear singer-turned-actor] Lee Ving) who's in pursuit of Jones. Director Harley Corkliss(MALONE,DREAM DEMON) keeps the film fastly moving along and makes it highly intriguing,as well as gets great performances from his cast,making this one a worthy watch for action fans. With William Sanderson,Nick Cassevettes,and Keenan Wynn.
Fast & Furious 0
Para quien ansíe otro referente ochentero para Drive que no sea Thief y bajo los mismos parámetros, aquí tiene un suculento ejemplo.
All the ugly parts of the eighties condensed into one mega cheesefest so dated your could use it to replace the Mayan calendar with the same outcome: disappointment.
Il grezzume de #Ilgiornodellalunanera nasconde un film più godibile di quanto ci si aspettasse. Lo script è quello che è, ma ci si diverte.
Extra 1/2 star for Lalo Schifrin's wicked theme
Here is a list taken from the very funny book of the same list title these films span from 1970's…