A Letterboxd community poll (though I post these in Facebook cinema discussion groups as well, so if anyone in those…
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.
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
My review -- this film is now on DVD and on my research it looks like this project was a TV production which basically means it went straight onto TV networks. The storyline/contents well as viewers we meet the lead role Quint as he steals this bit of computer software and hides it somewhere as a very last option, but then it comes to his attention that he needs to find a way to get the computer software back in his hands but this is where things become interesting, but as always you will have to watch the film to find out what happens. This particular film project was made in 1986 and to be honest with my readers I…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #2 in my Turkey Time: Thanksgiving Mid-Week Film Fest
Nice to know Sneakers has a father. (Grandfather?) The car stuff is not exciting. And that's pretty much the main draw of the movie. The fighting scenes are okay. Tommy Lee Jones gives us a somewhat atypical action hero: the kind who despite his slickness and eternal resourcefulness only barely makes it out of harm's way alive with the Tech Item of Importance in-hand. He also shows the signs and scars of his battles throughout which makes him at least more relatable if not interesting. (No, definitely not interesting- thanks to a dense plot that left me asking too many questions. The biggest one, of course, being: How the fuck…
This one has the 80s written all over it. A nice bit of nostalgia. I thought I had seen it back in the day, but none of the scenes rang a bell, although there are bits that could easily have come out of other films. Not one you should rush out and buy, but if it comes on TV and you have a hankering for something with a bit of action, adventure and an 80's feel, you could do a lot worse.
A fun way to start the day. If you've ever thought to yourself that Tommy Lee Jones needs to swerve his career into current Liam Neeson territory, then this is the audition tape you're looking for. He swaggers about in a leather jacket, mutters lines like "You're just not a winner, Marvin. You're not even a runner up" and manages to bed Linda Hamilton without hinting that he might fancy her at all. Smooth.
The film begins with Quint - good, solid 80s action name - grabbing a coffee from a gas station and essentially laughing in the face of the kid who comes in waving his gun in all directions, desperate for some money from the cash register. Quint…
Here is a list taken from the very funny book of the same list title these films span from 1970's…