July 15, 1987
Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus brought the world some of the sclhockiest films of the last quarter-century. Cannon Films singlehandedly kept Chuck Norris and Chuck Bronson working with over sixteen films between them. Cannon Films.com is a tribute to the history of this defunct independent studio. How many Cannon Films have you seen? I have seen the following Cannon films on home video:
- Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (the worst of the Superman series)
- Lifeforce (English babes playing hot naked alien vampires; Patrick Stewart has a bit part)
- Alien From L.A. starring Kathy Ireland (I only saw this one on Mystery Science Theater 3000)
- Runaway Train (not a bad flick, actually)
- Cobra (Beverly Hills Cop was originally written with Sylvester Stallone in mind, but Sly had different ideas for the film- Cobra is the result.)
Each of the three Beverly Hills Cop movies was directed by a diffrerent man, and each has its own feel, almost as if each is a 'riff' on the same concept. The first is a perfect blend of comedy and crime action. Cop II, directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun), is much more serious, beginning with Ronny Cox's character getting shot (by Brigitte Neilsen, of all people!). Number II also stars Dean Stockwell and his 'sleazy bad guy' moustache. Cop III is pointless and non-funny, and directed by John Landis.