March 1, 1991
The Hard Way
Nick Lang: [picking up a tape recorder] Fuck was that great! Can you just say that one more time for me, please?
Directed by John Badham, one of my favorite directors of the 1980s no one talks about. He's been directing only TV since 2003, but he had a great string of action movies in his earlier days: After breaking out with the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, he directed Blue Thunder (which kicked off the helicopter craze of the early 80s); WarGames, Short Circuit (which I was very fond of but isn't actually that good); Stakeout (a buddy cop movie I like as well as Lethal Weapon or 48 HRS); and Another Stakeout, plus misfires Bird on a Wire, Point of No Return, Drop Zone, and Nick of Time.