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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Underrated '85 - Cinemonster

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Turk 182! (1985; Bob Clark)
You have to be proud of something you put an exclamation point after, don't you? So plot heavy and engorged with chaos that it almost collapses, this David v Goliath story pits Timothy Hutton's graffiti vigilante against Robert Culp's Mayor of NYC who denied disability benefits to Hutton's brother. His brother, a fire fighter, was was injured while saving some kids from a fire while drunk and off duty. Turk gives a fantastic and detailed picture of a New York that is now solidly in the rear view, and highlights what was a fantastic graffiti culture from the late 70's into the mid 80's. Another solid film from the unsung Bob Clark and reminder of how beautiful Kim Cattrall was. 

Mafia vs. Ninja (1985; Robert Tai)
Must be seen to be believed. Preposterous kung-fu film centers around two sewer workers who get pulled into an Asian gang war after they are hired to protect a mafia honcho who is subsequently killed. They, of course, seek revenge and what follows is high grade action, fun fight choreography and performances and effects that will almost cause you to wet yourself. Oh, someone may or may not defend himself with a tree. I suggest you wear Pull-ups. :)

Moving Violations (1985; Neal Israel)
Siblings of more famous actors populate this Neal Israel directed 'Police Academy Light' comedy set in driving school. One of many 'piggyback' comedies of the 80's, it is more enjoyable than most as the cast is charming enough and the laughs are stupid fun. It is probably more notable presently for being some of actor Don Cheadle and DP Robert Elswit's earliest work. 

Insignificance (1985; Ken Russell)
An off-beat examination of fame, guilt and despair wonderfully crafted by Nicolas Roeg, and featuring great performances highlighted by Teresa Russell's turn as The Actress. Clearly a filmed play, but a fascinating piece of cinema never-the-less. You don't see cubism in too many narrative films.
The play, written by Terry Johnson, was inspired by a news piece that he had read that listed an autographed picture of Albert Einstein among the late Marilyn Monroe's possessions.

Beer (1985; Patrick Kelly)
An advertising firm, desperate to keep a brewery client, utilizes and lionizes three schmucks who were sort-of involved with thwarting a robbery at a bar to 'relaunch' the brand. One ridiculous (and successful) ad campaign after another change everyone involved in different ways. Great early performance from David Alan Grier stands out but the cast, highlighted by Rip Torn and Sally Kellerman, are fun as hell. Beer is funnier than it has any right to be and, as with most comedies, goes well with beer.

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