Hill Street Blues (1981) – Choice Cut, and Up in Arms

Seven episodes in writer Lee David Zlotoff brings us full circle with Choice Cut. First airing on 14 February, 1981, the episode sees Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) dealing with a hostage situation in a supermarket, not entirely dissimilar from what happened in the first episode. In fact, it’s the same hostage takers! They went…

The X-Files (2000) – Closure, and X-Cops

This episode tells us, in its opening credits to “believe to understand” instead of the usual “the truth is out there” as we dive into the conclusion of a two-parter which finally gives some resolution to Mulder (David Duchovny) in regards to his sister’s abduction. Written by series creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, this…

The French Connection (1971) – William Friedkin

William Friedkin’s 1971 classic has deserved a rewatch for awhile, and I was quite happy to settle in for it. I like Gene Hackman, who won himself an Academy Award for his turn as NYPD officer Popeye Doyle, and I’m a huge fan of Roy Scheider who plays his partner, Cloudy, and received a nomination…

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – Martin Brest

Man, do I remember the first time I saw this movie. I was twelve going on thirteen, and not only was this one of the first soundtracks (on cassette) I bought with my own cash once our family had moved to Bermuda, it was also the movie that really taught me how to swear. Quite…

The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese

I come to a rather interesting list in the Ten Bad Dates With De Niro book that has a couple of films that I haven’t previously covered for the blog. It’s a list of remakes that are arguably better than the original. And the critical reception, not to mention that of the audience, would seem…

Bad Boys II (2003) – Micheal Bay

I dig into another title in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, this time from a list of films it’s painful to admit you like. I’ve reviewed others on the list before, but hadn’t had a chance to watch Bad Boys II in forever. It’s exactly as I remember it. Maximum Bayhem, but with some…

The Unholy Three (1930) – Jack Conway

The Unholy Three is an unusual entry in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies for a couple of reasons. It’s Lon Chaney’s only talking film, and the ape featured in the film (we are in the monstrous apes chapter after all) is only seen a couple of times, and isn’t really used for much but…

Mother (2009) – Joon-ho Bong

The next film on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Oldboy for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is this Korean thriller that features a stellar performance by Hye-ja Kim as the titular, Mother. Living with her son, Do-joon (Won Bin), a slightlu challenged young man, Mother prepares medicines, and performs acupuncture…

Miami Vice (1989) – Miracle Man, and Leap of Faith

The penultimate entry in my rewatch of Miami Vice brings two of the four ‘lost’ episodes which were broadcast after the series finale, Freefall, but should have been part of the original run. Miracle Man sees vigilantism come to the streets of Miami in the form of a costumed would be hero. Written by Rob…