I remember watching “Robin Hood — Prince of Thieves” in the cinema back in 1991. I was 16 years old, and was extatic leaving the theatre. It was just the best movie ever!

The American Robin Hood.

But that was almost 30 years ago today! How does a movie like that hold up today, when I am slightly older and so much wiser(!?), having watched literally hundreds…even thousands of more movies?

Now, I have watched the movie several times since 1991, but it was in crappy standard definition, on small screens. So, I decided to hunt down an HD-version of the movie, and watched…

Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) was originally not intended to be involved in “Lethal Weapon 3"

I rewatched “Lethal Weapon 3” the other day. I remebered it as ok from when I saw it in the cinema, once upon a time. Riggs and Murthaugh are definetly two of the best action characters from the 1980’s, but unfortunately also two of the characters that have been most let down by their creators. And it began with “Lethal Weapon 3”.

My verdict this time is that it is an entertaining movie — BUT it is a far weaker movie than its two predecessors. There are elements to this movie that bothers my enormously:

  • uninteresting villain
  • weak script
  • unnecessary…

Chow Yun-Fat being Hard-boiled.

In the 1990’s, the Hong Kong movie industry produced plenty of violent action movies, often dealing with organized crime. Movies like John Woo’s “The Killer” and “Hard-boiled” are famous, and are by many seen as classic action masterpieces.

It is slightly less familiar to most people that the violence not only took place in the movies, but also in the movie industry.

Hong Kong is considered one of the safer cities in the world (although of course events during the latest years has affected this — but this is not the focus of this article). Violence involving firearms is rare…

Samuel Fuller, the director of ”Merrill’s Marauders”, served in World War 2 himself. He served in Africa and in Europe, not in Burma, where this movie is set. But it is obvious that Fullers experiences of real war has affected this movie.

”Merrill’s Marauders” is the story about the 3000 American Special Forces that were led by Frank D Merrill during the war. In 1943, the soldiers transported themselves by foot deep into the jungle of Burma, behind the Japanese lines. On 32 occasions they ended up in combat with Japanese forces, and they were also affected by disease and…

Ever heard of Sonny Chiba?

If the answer is yes, chances are that you have been watching the films of Quentin Tarantino. In “True Romance”, written by Tarantino, the protagonist Clarence attends a Sonny Chiba double-feature. And “Kill Bill” features Sony Chiba himself in the role of legendary sword maker Hattori Hanzo, the person Uma Thurman visits to prepare for her revenge on Bill.

Chances are that — if you are not Japanese — your knowledge about Sonny Chiba ends there. At least, this was the case for me. Maybe it’s because I am European, and his movies never found…

Trautman and Rambo hanging out in some trench.

Until recently, ”Rambo III” was the worst entry in the Rambo franchise. It’s funny how things change. I figured, why not give the movie the benefit of the doubt and rewatch it. It was probably at least 10 years since last time I saw it.

Much has been said about Rambo fighting with the mujahedin, considering how the situation in Afghanistan has changed since 1988. I won’t go down that road.

You are all probably familiar with the story. Rambo declines joining Colonel Trautman on a mission supplying Stinger-missiles to the Afghan resistance. …

With the Die Hard franchise, Hollywood has been quite successful in killing of a fantastic franchise very effectively. It takes a certain amount of skill to evolve a franchise from one of the best action movies ever produced, to one of the worst action movies ever produced. And to completely misinterprit and destroy a great character like John McClane.

Die Hard

Gruber and McClane at Nakatomi Plaza.

1988 was the year when John McClane reached our silver screens for the first time. For most people, “Die Hard” must have been a totally unexpected hit. Bruce Willis was mostly known from “Moonlighting” on tv, and the mediocre Blake Edwards…

Al Pacino as NYPD Detective Frank Serpico

I love streaming services like Netflix, but you are probably missing out on many older gems that the algoritms will not find for you. Here are some great 70’s movies, starring Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Edward Fox and Bruce Dern.

iTunes is a great source for finding these wonderful movies!

The Day of the Jackal

An assassin (played by one of my favorites, the great Edward Fox) is hired to kill French President Charles DeGaulle. Several previous assassination attempts have failed, and the security around DeGaulle is tight.

The movie follows the preparations of the hired assassin, the Jackal. …

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I am a movie fanatic, that love to share my thoughts about movies. 2021 I will spend a lot of time rewatching movies from the past.

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