recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
The strong arm of the law.
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
This is a great movie, but that's not why I'm here. I just want everyone on Letterboxd to know that I shaved Brian Thompson's face. Physically, with my hands, touched and shaved his beard. This is a true story, it's my reality, no one can take this from me.
I'm always going to wonder why Cobra cut that slice of pizza in half with a large pair of scissors.
This is why you should give this film a pass:
- cutting pizza with scissors
- 'This is where the law ends and I start...........sucker!'
- Matchstick toothpick.
- Dennis Leary once said he wanted a cheese helmet so he could put it on and eat cheese the entire day. This is that.
- There is no plot. This is a good thing.
- Lots of A-team violence.
Brigitte Nielsen is awful. It's like watching an East European shot put athlete trying to act.
Without any irony or that "aware of how silly it is" quality people for some goddamn reason champion in action movies these days, this Sylvester Stallone penned thriller hurls a big sleazeball of post-Dirty Harry fascism at your eyeballs faster than you can say MTV. I would argue that Cannon Films generally, and this film in particular, represent the nexus of low brow exploitation and slick Hollywood spectacle (and perhaps its apex too). This is a nasty and mean piece of work, that, though never overtly graphic, feels as grimy and ludicrous as some of the stuff that played on 42nd Street in the decade prior. It's all coated in a sheen of style from director George P. Cosmatos and…
"Go ahead, I don’t shop here."
The overcompensation of violence when rule of law comes up short.
Sylvester Stallone plays Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti. His gun has a cobra on the handle and he drives a black 1950 Mercury Monterey with the license plate "AWSOM 50". He wears reflective aviators and chews on a matchstick. He gives his coworkers nutritional advice ("Try some fish!") and tells them not to swear in public. He shoves a journalist's face at a corpse when they ask if he used excessive force ("Tell that to their family!"). But more important than anything else, he eats cold pizza with scissors.
Cobra feels like the result of a semi-dystopian 80's crime thriller being made by a recent…
Lol, I don't even know what to say. The characters are cardboard cutouts, the violence/action is hardly UK 18 material, and the villain is the ugliest man I've ever seen.
[English/ Spanish review]
If cinema was a disease, surely Stallone would be the cure. Or was it the other way round? Nice robots, by the way.
Si el cine fuera una plaga, sin duda Stallone sería el remedio. ¿O era al revés? Por cierto, robots muy chulos.
When Sylvester Stallone were signed to play the lead in Beverly Hills Cop, he did a lot of work on the screenplay, turning it into an action extravaganza that the studio could not afford. He eventually left Beverly Hills Cop and channeled his ideas for that project into this movie. Most 80's action heroes were called John (John Rambo, John Matrix, John McClane etc.). However, in this movie the hero is named Marion, which is the real first name of the epitome of the cinematic tough-guy, John Wayne.
Cobra were incredibly cheesy but is still very entertaining all these years later. It had it all: a beautiful damsel in distress, extreme violence, groovy car chase scenes, and Stallone at his kick arse best. Crime were the disease, Cobra were the cure.
Love it for what it is
Every action scene more than delivers and its pretty much 100% action scenes.
Should have cut the killer in half with a big pair of scissors at the end of the movie.
Crime is the disease, and Marion Cobretti is the cure. This movie is pure 80s action and a shitload of fun.
Cutting up a cold pizza with a pair of scissors.
Accorgersi solo ora che nel ruolo del fotografo che ci prova con Brigitte Nielsen c'è David Rasche, poi protagonista di quella spettacolare parodia di Cobra e i suoi fratelli che era Sledge Hammer.
In no particular order.
Only a small handful will be re-watches.
Feel free to suggest which ones are most essential.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…