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In the wake of his recent sci-fi epic (and flop), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we turn to French director Luc Besson’s previous big budget sci-fi epic (and flop), The Fifth Element. Yes, when it was first released in 1997, the Fifth Element polarized critics and did meager box office numbers in the US. But, it has since gone on to be revered amongst the sci-fi community, and, with the help of international receipts, eventually became a financial success. But, where do Dave, Ivan, and Mike stand on Besson’s goofy, colorful version of the future? Worthy of cult status? Or, a loud, annoying, tonal misfire?

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Vaya con dios, broheims! Time to catch a sick wave and rob some banks with Kathleen Bigelow’s 1991 action crime thriller, Point Break. Although it was remade in 2015 and essentially ripped off plot-wise by the inaugural Fast and the Furious in 2001, there’s only one true original. So, does it hold up? Is this a compelling action film? Or just another cheesy 90s action flick that somehow got elevated into the cultural lexicon? Grab your board, dude, and lets find out!

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To honor the late great Bill Paxton, we turn to James Cameron’s big budget action comedy, True Lies. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, and, of course, Bill Paxton (perfectly cast as a sleazy used car salesman), it was the first film ever to have a production budget over $100 million. But, with all that cash behind it, is it actually a good movie? How does it fit into Cameron’s blockbuster oeuvre? Are the jokes still funny? Is the action still…um…action packed? Tune in to find out!

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The name Shane Black is synonymous with buddy cop films. And, on this episode of the podcast we dive back into the one that started his storied screenwriting career: Lethal Weapon. Directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, it’s a film that spawned three sequels and countless catch phrases. But, now that we are nearing Lethal Weapon‘s 30th anniversary (and Gibson has become ostracized by the Hollywood system), we have to ask the question, is the movie just “getting too old for this sh!t?”

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With the release of 1988’s Midnight Run, the follow-up to his smash success, Beverly Hills Cop, director Martin Brest seemed poised to be Hollywood’s next great action comedy director. But, while his career eventually fizzled with the release of the much-maligned Gigli, it’s interesting to look back at Run and its impact on all the action/comedy hybrids that would follow. Does this buddy crime caper still have the goods? Do the jokes still work? More importantly, does anyone remember when Robert DeNiro used to pick good projects? Dave, Ivan, and Mike take a road trip back to the 80s to find out.

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By listener request, we finally tackle the seminal action film Die Hard. And, our timing is sadly prescient: beyond discussing the movie, we reflect on the recent passing of the incredibly talented Alan Rickman, who with is portrayal of Hans Gruber, made one of the most memorable action movie villains of all time. So, yippee-ki-yay—join us on the Nakatomi Plaza building in downtown Los Angeles for 40 stories of sheer adventure.

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Get ready for rush hour! Dutch Director Jan de Bont’s “Die Hard on a Bus” was a humongous success when it was released into theaters in the summer of 1994. Not only did it make big bucks at the box office, it launched the careers of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock into the stratosphere.  Pop quiz, hotshot: as we enter the summer blockbuster movie season 20 years later, does this action flick still hold up? Are the thrills still there? Listen to this podcast while traveling over 50mph— we’re gonna do our darnedest to find out.

 

When it was released in 1984, Beverly Hills Cop was a veritable cinematic sensation. It was the highest grossing film of the year, topping the box office for 14 consecutive weeks. It also became the highest-grossing R rated film of all time, a rank it would hold until The Matrix Reloaded in 2003. Over 20 years later we take a look at this classic action-comedy. Is is it still entertaining? Do the jokes still hold up? How about Eddie Murphy’s fast-talking performance and Martin Brest’s direction? We travel to the sun-soaked, high priced hills of Beverly to find out.

And, as promised, here is a link to the Playboy article about director Martin Brest’s mysterious disappearance from Hollywood. It’s a very interesting read.