Archives for March, 2010
Finally, a couple of days late the epic webcast is here! A screaming child at our recording and one sick member of the team isn’t enough to stop the CineGeeks! This week we’re talking Walking Dead TV show, Hot tub time Machine, Jack Bauer’s last day, Lady Gaga, Facebook VD, and much more!
Directed by Mamoru Hamatsu
Featuring Voices of Sanae Kobayashi, Akiko Yajima and Toshiko Fujita
Drama-obsessed teen Maya Kitajima is pretty good at copying what she sees. Really pretty good. Good enough that former-actress-turned-scarred-creepy-old-lady Chigusa Tsukikage takes her under her wing in her acting school troupe to secretly train her for a role Chigusa believes no living actress after her can perform. …continue reading
Buddy Cop movies have been a staple of film almost since there were films. Buddy Cop movies can be comedy based or super dark, or action packed or even all of the above. Usually, the two cops are as opposite as night and day and often the main cop doesn’t really want a partner but his boss forces a new partner on him. These films are as formulaic as they come, but once in a while, one of them rises above the formula either in story or character making it a true classic of the sub genre.
The definition of what a buddy cop film is ,for the purposes of this list, is as follows: two law enforcement officers (cops, FBI agents etc.) forced to work together to solve a case. The parameters are simple but coming up with the ultimate list is not. Check the list below and add your own list or call me out on movies I missed!
10. Tango & Cash
Ok, so Tango & Cash is a cheesy movie. Is that always a bad thing? Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone surprisingly make a great team in this classic in the buddy cop sub genre. This is the kind of film that’s better than it should be. Stallone is the cop that has it all together, the one that makes headlines and always looks good doing it. Russell plays the grizzled messy cop that ends up getting the job done. The two of them end up working together to clear their names against Jack Palance as the villain. The super vehicle at the end of the film is awesomely hilarious.
9. Red Heat
Walter Hill, the man behind the classic film The Warriors, brought us a buddy cop film in 1988 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Russian Detective partnered with a nutcase cop played by James Belushi to track down a Russian drug dealer. Who knew Schwarzenegger could be funny? He mostly plays the straight man to Belushi but it works great in the action/comedy.
8. Bad Boys
Bad Boys was a career starter for both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith back in 1995 and it made major bucks for director Michael Bay. Smith plays a wealthy ladies man doing the cop thing only because he likes the work, not because he actually needs money. Lawrence plays the bumbling family man fighting the good fight for his family. The film, as is the case with all of Bay’s films, is completely over the top and full of eye candy but the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence holds the film together and makes it worth watching over and over again.
7. Rush Hour
Yes, making opposites work together is a troupe of the buddy cop movie and this takes it to the extreme by bringing Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan together. Tucker plays a sillier version of the archetype created by Smith in the Bad Boys films. He’s a slick ladies man, but he’s much goofier than Smith ever was. Chan plays an uptight cop that can kick ass. Some of the best scenes in the film involve Chan cleaning up Tucker’s messes by beating down everyone.
6. Demolition Man
In the future, people will use shells instead of toilet paper and all restaurants are Taco Bell. When a super villain from the past played by Wesley Snipes finds his way into this new calm ad controlled world, the only solution is to bring a super cop from the past back into action to save the day. Sylvester Stallone plays said super cop and he is partnered with the only cop currently on the force that knows anything about the past played by Sandra Bullock. Stallone does a great job playing the straight man to Snipe’s and Bullock who are both hilarious in the film. The Bullock/Stallone sex scene is just one of the classic moments in this sci-fi buddy cop classic.
5. Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 2 reunites Danny Glover, Mel Gibson, a director Richard Donner for another action romp. Gibson plays a cop willing to go to any length to solve a case while Glover plays a conservative family man just trying to get to retirement. New elements that really work in this buddy cop film are the additions of another comedy element in the form of Joe Pesci and a love interest for Gibson’s character in the form of Renee Russo. The villains in this film actually play into Rigg’s (Gibson) past adding a surprising level of depth and emotion to what on the surface appears to be just another action/comedy.
Update: Yes yes Renee Ruso actually came along in the 3rd film which was overall subpar to the first two so her appearance or lack there of doesn’t change this films place in the list. In fact Rigg’s love interest played Patsy Kensit was pivotal on the drastic change that he goes through in the final act of the film.
This buddy cop movie is much different than others on the list as it is super dark and humorless. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt play cops trying to track down a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his tool for murder. This is a really grim film with an ending everyone knows about. Freeman and Pitt work well together in this stylish film directed by David Fincher.
3. The Enforcer
The “Dirty Harry” series of films starring Clint Eastwood in the seminal role are some of the best cop films ever made. This one finds Harry with a partner he really doesn’t want. Tyne Daly, who you may know from Cagney & Lacey, plays his partner. The two are tasked with busting up a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam Vests. Not only is the film full of great drama and action, it also featured more social commentary than you might expect. This one is a true classic.
2. Point Break
At first blush, Kathryn Bigelow may not appear to be one of the best directors of action films working today but in fact, she is. She brought us Near Dark, Blue Steel, and the recent Oscar winning The Hurt Locker but she also directed Point Break. Point Break stars Keanu Reeves as a brash young investigator partnered with Gary Busey as an aged drunken wash out tasked with busting up a ring of bank robbers. There’s solid drama and some of the most fantastic action sequences ever put on film. The film also stars Patrick Swayze in the best role of his career.
1. Lethal Weapon
The first Lethal Weapon film sent Mel Gibson’s career into the stratosphere. He’d already done the Road Warrior films but this mainstream buddy cop film made him a true household name. In this film Danny Glover played a good cop forced to partner with Gibson as a cop on the edge even considering suicide after the death of his wife. The film culminates with a fantastic and brutal fight between Gibson’s character and a mercenary played by Gary Busey.
That’s my top 10! A year, a month, or a day from now ,I might feel different but at this point, these are the most entertaining buddy cop films out there. What’s your list?
Written by Felicia Day
Art by Jim Rugg
The Guild is a prequel to the same-name web series of a woman and her online friends hooked on a generic fantasy MMORPG (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, in case you were wondering). The book follows the main character Cyd, showing her beginnings in the world of online gaming and the real life issues that drove her to living a fantasy life online. The book is written by series creator/writer/star/singer/former Dr. Horrible crush Felicia Day …continue reading
By David Wellington
Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Vampires these days either seem to be Hot Topic rejects or shoe gazing pathetic glittering emo kids. Occasionally, there have been vampires with more, well more teeth. David Wellington attempts to pull vampires out of the doldrums with his book 13 Bullets. The book originally came out in 2007 but has recently found its way to the Audible audio book service so I gave it a listen. …continue reading
Directed By: Grant Heslov
Starring: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Root, Stephen Lang
When Bob Wilton’s wife leaves him for his one armed editor he follows the time honored tradition of heartbroken men and goes to war. Well at least he tries to. After being stuck in Kuwait for a month waiting for permission to enter Iraq he runs into Lyn Cassidy. A name familiar to him because of an interview he had done months earlier with Gus Lacey, a self described physic warrior who claimed to have been trained by the government. Gus explained that there was even one man in his unit who could stop the heart of a goat with his mind, Lyn Cassidy. …continue reading
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Voices by Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Bruno Campos, Terrance Howard, John Goodman
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
While I am more of a Pixar Animation or Aardman Animation fan, I have fond memories of seeing classic Disney films played on TV in my childhood, in particular The Lady and The Tramp (1955) and The Jungle Book (1967). So, this return by Disney to hand drawn animation had me interested. The Princess and the Frog was recently released on Blu Ray and I gave it a whirl. …continue reading
At the heart of each gripping real-life manhunt will be the cinematic reconstruction of the exhaustive efforts that take place, often in very dangerous conditions, to find and bring a fugitive to justice. …continue reading
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Olivier Coipel
And with a simple battlecry, the tables are turned…
After opening with a presidential meeting about Osborn’s offensive against orders (something the commander-in-chief is not all too happy about), the issue picks up right where issue 2 left off with Cap’s shield flying into Osborn’s helmeted face. Thus the battle of the Avengers begins. …continue reading
This week we chat about three inches, Caprica on the bubble, Captain America casting, and Hack/Slash!
Created By: Patrick Sean Smith
Starring: Spencer Grammer, Scott Michael Foster, Amber Stevens
OMG!! Now that Frannie has stolen Rebecca Logan and several other ZBZ’s for the IKI house it looks as if the IKI’s are set to become a major player in the Greek system. But why are Rebecca and Casey having secret meetings? But more importantly, why are Cappie and Evan being nice to each other? And is Rusty really trying to steal one of his fellow Kappa Tao’s girlfriends? And is Dale really dating his landlady? Scandal awaits!! …continue reading
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Voices by Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Hitoshi Takagi
“Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart.”
If you haven’t discovered the enchanting films of Hayao Miyazaki yet, your eyes and heart have missed something truly wonderful. This is your chance to catch up; at least with this film (Miyazaki has directed 10 feature animated films). The 1988 animated film My Neighbor Totoro was recently released on a two disc special edition by Disney. …continue reading
Created By: Sterling Silliphant
Starring: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glen Corbett
So you’ve just graduated from Yale, ready to join your father in running the family empire. But suddenly your father dies and the empire turns out to be a charade. After all of the bills are paid the only thing your left with is a brand new Corvette. What do you do? Well if your Tod Stiles, played by Martin Milner, you pack a suitcase and strap it to the luggage rack of that Corvette and hit the road with Buzz Murdock, played by George Maharis, another young man from an entirely different background who used to work for your father. …continue reading
Written and Art by Chris Weston
Spearhead features the obscure Golden Age castaways from J. Michael Straczynski’s currently-paused miniseries, The Twelve. This single issue takes us back to WWII to see these heroes on a mission before the accident that led to Straczynski’s miniseries. …continue reading
On this episode we have way too much caffeine and discuss the Green Lantern movie, the Conan movie, a new super hero TV series featuring Summer Glau, tons of comic book news, game console sales and much more! …continue reading