Media Update 8/26/21

Tango and Cash

I really wish I had seen this movie earlier. This is a classic 80s buddy cop movie starring two action stars at the top of their game. Top cops Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are framed and must dodge their fellow cops as well as criminals to stop a conspiracy. Kurt Russell is really fun as the casual and loose Cash. Sylvester Stallone may have hit his peak with this one as the more straightlaced Tango. Jack Palance is great as a quirky and campy villain similar to the role he played in Batman. A very young Teri Hatcher was good as a snarky yet plucky young woman. There is the requisite appearance by Robert Z’Dar, an epic action movie villain. The movie’s strength is the snappy dialogue and fun tone even while things are getting very dark. The movie strikes just the right balance of action, drama, and comedy. I recommend this movie.

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

This is definitely a pretty mid-2000s movie. It is an ensemble crime movie. Officers at a decommissioned police precinct in New York are tasked with taking in prisoners from transport while they wait for the snow to blow over. Like the original, it depicts a siege with both cops and criminals forced to work together to surivive. The movie stars Ethan Hawke, a broken cop who is trying to figure things out. His co-star is the excellent Laurence Fishburne who has a great menace with a hint of humor. The rest of the ensemble is full of great character actors like John Leguizamo, Gabriel Burne, Drea de Matteo, Maria Bello, Ja Rule, Brian Dennehy, and Aisha Hinds. The movie seemed straightforward and then a lot of great twists and turns hit. I really recommend this movie.

The Crow: Wicked Prayer

This movie was fun but probably not entirely how the filmmakers thought it would be. This is the fourth movie in the franchise. It stars Edward Furlong as a reformed criminal who runs afoul of his old gang and must come back to put things right just as The Crows before him. The movie is heavily steeped in Native American mythos. The real draw of this movie is the total nutball villain played by David Boreanaz who has a great time mugging for the camera. Tara Reid is her usual so bad she’s good goofy self. They are accompanied by MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, martial artist Yuji Okumoto, and Marcus Chong. The movie is super goofy but also very fun. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Kizuna AI – AIAIAI (feat. Yasutaka Nakata)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – That Life

The Correspondents – Fear & Delight

Heaty Beat – One Day

Mashup of the Week:

CJ Goldug – Gangstas on Parade

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Resorting to Criminal Tactics”
I watched more Batwoman Season 2
I watched more Titans Season 1
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 2
I watched more The Flash Season 7
I watched a lot of YouTube and Twitch
I watched Untold: Malice at the Palace
I watched more Forensic Files

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