Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling directs from a Cameron Crowe screenplay, which he adapted from his own book, so you knew going on that with Heckerling and Crowe on board the film was in good hands. And then the cast was filled with up and comers, and an iconic scene which any teen boy who grew up in…

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) – John Landis

Seven years after Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) went to Beverly Hills, he headed back one last time when his boss, Todd (Gilbert R. Hill) is killed, and the evidence leads to a theme park in California, WonderWorld. John Landis takes over directorial duties, having worked with Murphy before, and puts him up against Timothy Carhart,…

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Tony Scott

Eddie Murphy returned to the character of Axel Foley in 1987’s follow-up to his box office smash Beverly Hills Cop. This time around Tony Scott settled into the director’s chair to guide Foley on his next adventure, and while the film was fun, and recognisably Foley, it now had Scott’s signature visual style of saturated…

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…

Hanging with Axel Foley

I revisited my old friend Axel Foley this weekend. In the 80s the first two were simply awesome, it’s just too bad that they made such a misstep with the 3rd film. The first film directed by Martin Brest, is Eddie Murphy at the height of his hilarity, but for all that, the film isn’t…