Forgotten Friday Flick

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'To Live And Die In L.A.'

April 6th, 2012 1:45pm EDT
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The great Willem Dafoe is hitting theaters this week with the new Australian outing called "The Hunter," so we thought we’d take a gander at a past Dafoe ditty worth it’s weight in five-star flesh – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week’s selection is a personal favorite filled with corruption, murder and double crossing – and that just describes the good guys! The line between cops and criminals gets a bit blurry in the fantastic 1985 William Friedkin flick..."To Live And Die In L.A."

Secret Service agent Jimmy Hart is a man who has seen his fare share of the action. As an...

Forgotten Friday Flick- 'Miami Blues'

March 30th, 2012 12:22pm EDT
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I’m feeling a bit angry this week that there’s a sequel to a flick that I utterly detested. (See the remake of "Clash of the Titans" and it’s now needless sequel "Wrath of the Titans!") So I’m going with an outing about bitter angry man fresh from prison looking to wreak a little havoc – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! The pick of choice this week is from the brilliant mind of underappreciated writer/director George Armitage. A funny, nasty and all around engaging little nugget complete with vicious violence, dead Hare Krishnas and home cooked pork chops. We’re talking about the unf...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Hiding Out'

March 16th, 2012 12:22pm EDT
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With "21 Jump Street" in full movie release mode this weekend, it reminded me of another 80’s gem where an adult also goes back to high school with equally interesting results – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! While some youthful looking grown ups head back to teen land in pursuit of something, this is one underrated gem where the lead man is actually running away. Shaving the beard, dying his hair blonde and borrowing his name off a coffee can, were checking out the Jon Cryer 1986 vehicle..."Hiding Out."

Andrew Morenski is a successful stockbroker. He’s got a great job, a plac...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'What's Up, Doc?'

March 2nd, 2012 12:45pm EST
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With Hangover helmer Todd Phillips producing the party comedy "Project X" that hits screens today, it seemed right to go back to a past flick that guarantees its own gut-busting belly laughs...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! We go way back to 1972 to one of my favorite comedies of all time. A zany and wacky laugh-a-minute movie complete with mistaken identity, slapstick humor and double, no make that triple entendre galore. And since every character within the world has such a unique style, appeal and even memorable lines were gonna go about this examination a tad differently - storyb...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Chloe'

February 24th, 2012 12:45pm EST
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With the wide-eyed Amanda Seyfried hitting theaters this week via the kidnap thriller "Gone," we thought we’d pay homage to the blond goddess by resurrecting a little five-star nugget from her recent past that some may have missed – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! We’re going back to 2009 for a sexy and sultry little erotic thriller that had Seyfried playing a very grown up call girl brought in to help a jealous wife with the adulterous suspicions. But as with every great film helmed by Canadian wunderkind Atom Egoyan there’s more then meets the eye in the sensual and suspenseful flick...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Trancers'

February 17th, 2012 12:45pm EST
Feeling a tad on the nostalgic side this week, I noted that two selections in my Friday series have an actor in common and it led me to think – what is his best work? Welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! The actor in question is the one and only Tim Thomerson (the previous selections were "Cherry 2000" and "Near Dark!") and this weeks’ flick brought the fare-haired actor to big B-movie fame. He plays a hard boiled cop from the future sent back in time to stop a madman. Dry hair’s for squids – it’s the 1985 sci-fi adventure..."Trancers."

Jack Deth is a burnt out cop. Having lost hi...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Near Dark'

February 10th, 2012 11:22am EST
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Oscar promoting is in high drive right now, so why not look at a flick from a previous Best Picture winner to get the season started...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Kathryn Bigelow swept the 82nd Academy Awards (stick that in your Avatar and smoke it Jim Cameron!) with her stylistic war film "The Hurt Locker," but it was way back in 1987 she made a previous five-star film that some may not remember. (Shame on you!) It was a gritty tale of a band of traveling vampires that prey on the blood of innocent folks. Far from the charm of Tom Cruise in "Interview with a Vampire" and minus t...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Split Image'

February 3rd, 2012 10:05am EST
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With so many older flicks hitting Blu-ray this week (although "The Piano" was sadly sans special features – damn you!) it felt like time to shed a little light on a hidden gem that hasn’t even made it’s way to DVD yet – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! If there were any justice in the home video world, this week’s selection would see a fully restored special edition with a cast group commentary that would blow every cinefile mind. (And I’m not talking a Tony Kaye cut of "American History X" with Edward Norton and Kaye tag-team commentary!) It’s a film about kidnapping and cults (not ne...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Hardware'

January 27th, 2012 1:45pm EST
Seeing as how reclusive South African born filmmaker Richard Stanley is finally returning to the big screen with a segment in the horror anthology film "The Theatre Bizarre," why not bow to his debut feature...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! For those unaware, Stanley’s first film was a spectacular action/sci-fi/horror outing that had plenty of both style and substance. Targeted unfairly by the MPAA at the time for merely being released by the Weinstein Brothers helmed Miramax (which saw "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" get the NC-17 as well!) company Millimeter Films, the c...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Underneath'

January 20th, 2012 12:40pm EST
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With the glorious "Haywire" hitting theaters today, it seemed only fitting to further shout the sweetness of Soderbergh...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Yes, "sex, lies, and videotape" was game changing and "Traffic" was ever so dramatic, but there’s one film that seems to take the backburner on the Soderbergh stove, so we’re gonna turn up the heat! It’s his fourth and most savvy flick about a guy coming home to settle some old business. (And yes, sex and violence ensue!) We’re talking about the highly underrated 1995 little noir ditty..."The Underneath."

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