The David Patrick Kelly/James Horner Double Feature
What a great time! The Somerville Theater has a "microcinema" in their basement. It looks like a regular theater, but teeny: 35 seats, with a decent sized screen, Blu-Ray player, surround sound, and digital projector. For $200 it's yours all day. We had a great time eating pizza, drinking beer, and enjoying two manly movies for guys. What a treat it was to watch two movies I'd never seen on the big screen, and certainly never with the sound turned way up! Just the Paramount logo and the opening notes of James Horner's 48 HRS score gave me chills.
James Remar is riveting as the vicious cop killer Albert Ganz.
|NOTE: grey sweater vest|
Landlines & Payphones: Obviously no one has a mobile phone in this movie. It seems every 5 minutes someone is placing a call on a landline. It's hilarious. I can only imagine what my son's generation will think.
|Don't stare at the lump on my forehead!|
It's also hard to watch Nolte driving a sky blue 1960 Cadillac convertible with a straight face. It's such a cliche, and maybe the worst possible car to drive in hilly San Francisco. Speaking of San Francisco, you may notice the lack of romantic "postcard" views of the city- I appreciated that. Also, I think the city's historic cable car system was being rebuilt during the time of filming, which would explain why we don't see any cable cars.
James Horner's non-traditional score, full of steel drums. That same year he scored Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but perhaps he's best known for the score to Titanic. Other memorable films include: Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Braveheart, The Pelican Brief, Glory, Field of Dreams, Aliens, and the second movie in our double feature, COMMANDO.
|Try not to stare at the vein bulging in his biceps.|
|Saturday is tree-carrying day.|
|Another grey knit sweater vest, and yes, it makes you look fat.|
Besides all the unintentional comedy in the action scenes, the movie hardly makes any sense. Unlike 48 HRS, which was too awesome to riff on, COMMANDO was a hot mess. We had a blast picking it apart.
I made all my friends pledge to host movie parties for each of their birthdays this year. If booked for a weeknight, it's only $100, or $10 each if nine friends attend. THINK ABOUT IT Adam, Angus, Brian, Brian, Geoff, George, Ilan, Jeff, Jose, Kevin, Scott, Tom, and Vinnie.