48 Hrs.

I must have seen this, many years ago, but nothing looked familiar.

The first thing that hits you when watching this are the racist and sexist jokes, I guess in those days (1982) it didn’t raise many eyebrows.

Nick Nolte was really getting into his part (he played football, basketball, and baseball in college so he was a rough and tumble guy). There was one scene where he chased down Luther (played by David Patrick Kelly, the “Waaaaarriors, come out to plaaaay” guy) and set about getting information out of him. David Patrick Kelly is a small guy and Nick Nolte a large chap, and at one point Nolte was shaking poor Walter around like a rag doll, it was obvious Walter was having a rough time, even Nick looked a bit exerted (see video below).

This was Eddie Murphy’s first film (followed by Trading Places), and while he was funny this was not the Eddie Murphy that we saw in Trading Places or Beverly Hills Cop. It is a pity we haven’t seen Eddie in a starring role for some time now, I rate him quite highly as a comedy actor. There was talk of a Beverly Hills Cop 4, but that seems to be off at the moment.

Reading about this on Wikipedia I found that Clint Eastwood and Richard Pryor were first considered for the two main roles. Clint decided he wanted to play a criminal role so bailed and went on to make Escape from Alcatraz instead. I imagine though that it might have worked just as well with Clint and Richard.

This gets good reviews on the intertubes, most saying it is a great buddy cop film, and I guess my 1982 self would agree, but not these days. It is watchable though.

Date watched: April 4th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2016: 65

The rag doll business starts at 1:30…

Trading Places

Yet another film I have seen, many years ago, but had largely forgotten.

I didn’t really know what to expect of this, being an eighties film, but it turned out to be better than I expected. The star of the show was Eddie Murphy of course, but Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliot (he was great), and Don Ameche were all funny too.

Bo Diddley had a small part as a pawnshop broker, Frank Oz was a cop, and Jim Belushi a party dude in a gorilla suit. Reading up about Jim I found that he is going to be in Twin Peaks next year.

Worth a watch for a bit of Eighties nostalgia, and just a fun film overall.

Date watched: 21st
Score: 8/10
Film count 2016: 34

Tower Heist

Not long after watching Drive I watched this one.

Not many laughs for a comedy and the story is very implausable but it was mild entertainment on a long flight. Alan Alda played the rich business dude who scams millions in a Ponzi scheme and also had Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Good to see Eddie Murphy again.

Date watched: February 26th
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2012: 30