Miami Vice (1989) – Too Much, Too Late, and Freefall

Valerie (Pam Grier) is back, in this, the penultimate episode of Miami Vice, and the fourth and final of the ‘lost’ episodes, which aired after the finale. Written by Jack Richardson from a story by John A. Connor, this episode finally debuted on television on 25 January, 1990. Valerie returns to Miami to help out…

Jackie Brown (1997) – Quentin Tarantino

One of my favorite Tarantino films is the up next thanks to the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, which recommended the previously reviewed Pulp Fiction. His only film to date that is based on previously published material, Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, Tarantino’s film is top-notch and lets the…

Miami Vice (1985) – Prodigal Son

The season two opener was a feature length entry for the hit series. Directed by Paul Micheal Glaser (Strasky), it was written by Daniel Pyne, the second season got underway on 27 September, 1985. Vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) head north to Tubbs’ old stomping grounds in New…

Miami Vice (1985) – Made For Each Other, and The Home Invaders

Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) get a bit of a break in the first episode this week. Made for Each Other was written by Allan Weisbecker, Joel Surnow, and Dennis Cooper, and first aired on 8 March, 1985. Switek (Michael Talbott) and Zito (John Diehl) take centre stage in this…

Miami Vice (1985) – Rites of Passage, and The Maze

Rites of Passage was penned by Daniel Pyne and first debuted on 8 February, 1985. The story finds Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) rekindling a romance with an old flame, when Valerie Gordon (Pam Grier), a fellow cop from New York, comes down to Miami in search of her sister, Diane (Tery Ferman), to save…

Ghosts of Mars (2001) – John Carpenter

Natasha Henstridge leads a bit of a cult cast in the next John Carpenter film up for a look-see in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. In a bit of an iffy film, and one that saw Carpenter at his most burnt out on the Hollywood scene, Henstridge stars as Lt. Melanie Ballard, a Mars police officer…

Escape From L.A. (1996) – John Carpenter

I love me some John Carpenter, and his work with Kurt Russell is always enjoyable, but this next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book isn’t as good as it could have been, but I still enjoy parts of it, I mean there’s Kurt as Snake Plissken, again. This time the year is 2013, L.A. has…

Foxy Brown (1974) – Jack Hill

The iconic and lovely Pam Grier stars in this blaxploitation film that makes a very welcome appearance on the 101 Action Movies list. Grier is sexy, kicks ass, and sets the stage for future action heroines as the titular Foxy Brown. When her boyfriend, the original Battlestar Galactica’s Colonel Tigh – Terry Carter, a narcotics…

Call Me Snake…

I’m off to a sneak preview of the new sci-fi actioner Lockout this evening. When I first saw the trailer, the only thing I could think was that it looked like a John Carpenter/Kurt Russell film without either of them (though some of the dialogue looks even cheesier) and more importantly, it looked like a…