Sergio Corbucci's SUPER FUZZ (1980, 97 min.) on YouTube.Remember when this, "The Nude Bomb" and "Beastmaster" used to be on all the time on HBO in the early 80's? Terence Hill plays rookie Miami cop Dave Speed, who after a nuclear accident (which is the most got damn hilarious thing I've ever seen) gets superpowers and a catchy electronic theme song ('Super supeeer!') to go along every time he uses them. It's like "Modern Problems," "The Greatest American Hero" and "The Secret World of Alex Mack" with all the anxiety and brooding removed. If you put "Super Fuzz" side-by-side with "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" the former is having so much more fun (and us along with it) than the latter. Besides, Terence Hill is such a cool mother fucker that he can still beat ass with baseball mittens even when Italian thugs flash the color red (Dave's Kryptonite). If it was 15 minutes shorter and had Bud Spencer instead of Ernest Borgnine as Dave's partner "Super Fuzz" would be an almost perfect PG early 80's Italian comedy.How's that, Gabby? ;-)
That'll do JM. That'll do.
Psycho Cop (1989)Wow, what a piece of crap. That being said this is probably the most exploitation-y film I'd seen yet (Bleeding Movie title was a good sign of this.) So basically a bunch of teens go to a house in the woods- horny, drunk, etc. Instead of Jason Voorhees showing up its Psycho Cop who of course right before he kills someone says "You have the right to remain silent". I swear Jason has better kill lines then this guy and he doesn't talk. Theres also a ton of bad ADR and the fight scenes (if they can be called that) are as awkward as a first date with Lights Camera Action. I will admit a few unintentionally funny lines but not enough to keep a smile on my face for long.8 word review (In preparation for SMM)"Police Academy Mission to Moscow- your looking good"
So you won't be watching Psycho Cop Returns?
No, no I will not, but thanks for asking Lindz
Reservoir Dogs (1992)I haven't watched this in a few years, so I thought this was a good excuse to see it again. Still so good. I think I actually like it a little more than Pulp Fiction. I only wish that Randy Brooks was in it more though. I love his character so much, and his scenes with Tim Roth are some of my favorites. Where's Harvey Keitel been lately? I need more of him in my life.
Dredd (2012)I had more fun with this than I thought. Female villain, yay. I like how the whole thing is set in a contained futuristic council estate. It committed to what it was, even if that thing is very serious, not that I wanted Dredd to be self aware, after all he is the law. The slow motion sparkly smoke got a little annoying, the violence was more effective when it was quick and brutal. The Factory (2012)John Cusack is in a typical serial killer movie. It's okay I guess. Though it does quickly descend into a very special episode of Criminal Minds.L.A Confidential (1997)Not very exploitative (though non of my choices have been so far), but it was just an excuse to watch this movie. I love L.A Confidential.
Crime Busters (I due superpiedi quasi piatti) (1977)Terence Hill and Bud Spencer are two crooks, who through a series of misunderstandings end up training to be cops and finally become police officers, no matter what they do to get thrown out. Goes without saying that they also happen to be the only ones who can catch a gang of evil smugglers and bring justice to the family of one of their victims (kinda). Who would have thought, they have hearts of gold after all!There are very few better things in life than seeing an army of goons going up against Bud Spencer one at a time and getting bitchslapped.
I need to see this. I discovered Bud Spencer in last year's Junesploitation and I can't get enough of that dude.
Amen. Hill and Spencer are like the Abbott and Costello of comedic brawlers.
Watch out we're mad and the Trinity movies are really fun
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)How the fuck was this made in 1984? 31 years ago? Eddie Murphy? Judge Reinhold? What ever the fuck Taggert's real name is? That dude that played the bad guy in RoboCop? You know the one. No, not that guy...the other guy. Yeah, that one. I almost bought that dining room table with the decapitated heads spinning around on plates. I give it 5 super gay Damon Wayanses out of homophobic.
The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991) Dir. Sidney J. Furie (the legend) but if you told me Craig Baxley, I'd believe it!I'll be way over 50 words to include the plot so I'll just say this is a freakin' gem and I can't believe I slept on this film for so long. Has it all for an early 90's film- the soundtrack is definitive of the era - EMF, Keith Sweat, Faith No More, Janet Jackson, chase scenes, explosions, shoot outs, SWAT tanks blowing up houses, ninja stars with no ninjas, Robert Davi, Ken Wahl, Max Headroom, Ferris Buellers' Dad, awful one liners ("your ass is mine, Quarterback" only to be followed a minute later by "Touch Down, Asshole!") and it just keeps getting better. I could go on and on about this one :) Has vaulted to one of my favorite action movies, ever.
YES! Another F-Head up against the Wahl!
I can't believe this movie isn't talked about more. Props to Patrick for giving this the Heavy Action treatment two years ago!!
Thanks! It is sublime. If you're all-region capable, there is a german Blu-ray of the movie (never even released on DVD in the US!) that's just called Boomer!
Yep, I ordered it immediately after watching it!
Coogan’s Bluff (1968, dir. Don Siegel) (First Time Viewing): Cowboy cop Clint Eastwood brings his backwoods brand of misogyny to the big city in the height of the swinging sixties! Highlights: There appears to be a stunt gone wrong where Clint throws a female stunt double off a balcony onto a mattress but she totally misses the mattress! It quickly cuts away… Yikes, hope she was ok! Also a very good motorcycle chase through a park. It looks super-dangerous. These guys are going very fast, not wearing helmets, and not harnessed to wires that will be CGI’d out later. Plus Lee J. Cobb. Highly Recommended.
Policewomen (1974) directed by Lee Frost 99 mins. Stars Sondra Currie as the tough female cop that don't take no shit from the men-folk always underestimating her skills. The real star for me is Jean Bell (TNT Jackson, Mean Streets). Sample dialogue: "you better start runnin' or say goodbye to yo asses!" After Jean gets her frizzy jailhouse hair cut into a tight 'fro she exclaims: "you cut good naps". This movie is never as boring as most of its ilk and is highly recommended.
Q & A (1990, Sidney Lumet). Nick Nolte at his best as a dirty cop. And also very interesting because of that actor who's always kinda cool, he's also in Pulp Fiction. Who's name I never knew but now I've finally looked it up: Paul Calderon.
Not decided what to watch yet but I like the Wolfcop tagline ;)
WOLFCOP!Other's have sung it praises better than I, so I'll just add...It made me very happy!I have also been inspired to organize a local Drink and Shoot in my community. Perhaps it could lead to the 1st F! This Movie All Twitter Drink and Shoot?
Police Story (1985)Jackie Chan is what would happen if Bruce Lee and Buster Keaton went through the Brundlefly machine, and he's in top form here as a cop fighting and goofing his way through criminals, corrupt cops, and every single pane of glass that gets in his way. Not only did he break all of the glass in China, he also broke several of his actual bones filming these stunts, the footage during the credits looks unbelievably painful. Those stunts are pretty spectacular, though, and it's a kick seeing some stuff that was lifted wholesale by American movies later on (Tango & Cash and Bad Boys II being particularly egregious examples). Lots of fun.
Ha! All true. Love the Brundlefly idea.
I love this movie so frivgin much! Jackie Chan is the man. I have an A4 poster of him that looks like punched through my wall. It is awesome.
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)The law is evil and justice is blind, but this cop's justice is one of a kindHe's homicidal and maladjusted, but when he busts in your ass is busted!You won't get a ticket or pay a fine, you might as well be dealin' with Frankenstein!He's big and ugly with a busted jaw!You know he's the wrong arm of the law!You better stay away from this man in blue, and don't call the cops cause he'll knock 'em too!They killed him once, but he came back!He's the Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-maniac!
Do you like Maniac Cop 1 or 2 better? Most people like 2 better but I prefer 1, it's one of my fav horror movies. Gotta love that Maniac Cop rap though.
I haven't actually seen MC1, and this was my first time watching 2. I chose 2 because the general consensus seemed to be that it was the better exploitation movie.
I think they are both good exploitation movies. You should check out 1. More Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins, can't go wrong there.
Nah, "Maniac Cop 1 & 3" both suck (though the first at least is OK and has Campbell and Atkins doing yeowman work). "Maniac Cop 2" for the win!
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)Holy shit. So there's these people with a mutation and it allows them to grow fucked up weapons out of their decapitated limbs. These people are in a war with the police and our samurai wielding heroine is caught in the middle. Monsoons of blood ensue. I'm conflicted about this movie. It's very creative and it will show you shit you've never seen before but the chaotic camera style and questionable cgi made it feel like I was watching a cheap video game a lot of the time. The violence is insanely over the top and too cartoonish for my taste. It didn't fully work for me but god damn it I'm fascinated by it. It also had Robocop style commercials through out that made me laugh so major points for creativity.
Classic! Love this movie. Good choice!
I went for this too!
Great minds think alike Gabby lol
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)Turns out this one really pushes the boundaries of the definition of "exploitation" (it won an Oscar and has been reprinted by Criterion).The story is about a high-ranking police officer who commits a crime in order to see if he'll get caught. It alternates between the investigation and flashbacks to the officer's relationship with the victim, and all throughout it sprinkles in a rich political backdrop about the nature of state power and popular resistance. Work both as a standard murder mystery and as a character study. It was really, really good.
SPECIAL I.D. (2014) Hot damn! Donnie Yen plays an undercover cop in too deep with the triads, and his fellow cops worry he’s too reckless. The plot is boilerplate police vs. the mob stuff, but it’s all an excuse for some of the most badass fighting I’ve seen in a while. It’s not The Raid/The Raid 2, but it’s right up there. The fights hit just the right balance between elaborate choreography and harsh brutality. Also, I want to see an alternate-universe Hunger Games with actress Jing Tian as Katniss. #HeavyAction, indeed. Accompanying short film: KEYSTONE COPS: LOVE, LOOT AND CRASH (1915) The world’s clumsiest cops pursue a male crook disguised as a woman. It’s all about the big car chase at the end, with some damn impressive stunts for the time.
This looks legit! Added to watchlist!
Deadly Justice (1985, dir. Karen Arthur)Richard Beck (Richard Crenna), homicide detective, plays by his own (actual) rules, like "Beck's Standard Manual of Police Procedure, Rule 81: coroners don't know jack." He lets a rape suspect go free after making a deal with him, so as a wacky punishment the chief reassigns him to the sex crime division. Beck has little sympathy towards victims until he himself is raped by Nicholas Worth and M.C. Gainey. Worth says to Gainey: "You ever been pig hunting? They squeal when you stab 'em!" There's a scene where Crenna terrorizes his girlfriend (Joanna Kerns,) pulling her hair, breaking dishes, and screaming "You make me sick!" Thinking that all this was going on in primetime on ABC on a Monday night kinda made me swoon. aka The Rape of Richard Beck and co-starring Meredith Baxter, this was released the same week Crenna was in First Blood Part II. Trailer
Meredith Baxter and Joanna Kerns in the same film? That's like my childhood fantasy :) Only one missing is my girl, Ilene Graff!
DREDD (2012) & THE RAID (2011)Doing these back-to-back because while they share a similar premise (which I'd say is more of a coincidence than anything else) the execution of each couldn't be more different, in my opinion.I love them both for completely different reasons save one: THEY'RE FUCKING BADASS.
Sometimes you want steak, sometimes you just want Mcdonalds Tonight i wanted something fun so Bad Boys 1995pretty much always makes me smileMarcus Burnett: We're your new neighbors.Mike Lowrey: Don't be alarmed, we're negros! Im smiling already, where are the cup holders?
Brannigan (1975)Brannigan is a really enjoyable film if you don't try to make Dirty Harry comparisons. Wayne is wooden but it works. (alliteration, son) The main thing I enjoyed was the confident and stylish direction from Douglas Hickox, a name I hadn't even heard before. He directed several television shows and movies, as well as a few features, but I feel like his talent might never have been truly tapped. It's a fun watch if you're a fan of 70's hard-nosed cop movies in England, which I'm assuming everyone reading this is.
THE NAKED GUN (1988, David Zucker)For the fourth day of the Junesploitation-marathon we had to choose a cop-movie!!As a European citizen I could easily grab one of those edgy and fast paced 70's-police/euro crime-movies from Italy and show everybody how European-poser-cool I am.But screw that!!!!I followed my heart and it led me to the most hilarious police officer in cop-movie-history: Frank Drebin!!!!!After almost 27 years THE NAKED GUN (and its sequels) is still so funny to watch!!!I mean, not funny like:"Ha-ha,nice..!" NO!!!It's like:"HAHAHAHA....I'm pissing my pants...!!! Stop it!!! Stop the movie!!!!"Sorry,that was too much, I know!!It doesn't matter how many times I watched this movie or after how many years I revisit it, it's stil awesome and hilarious fun!!!!!!
Super Snooper aka Super Fuzz (Poliziotto superpiù) (1980)What's to say that J.M. Vargas didn't already say? Terence Hill stars as a police officer who becomes a superhero who can do pretty much anything the plot happens to require, except when he sees the color red. Ernest Borgnine is his partner and Marc Lawrence, as always, plays a gangster boss.A hugely fun film, although the framing device about main character getting executed doesn't really fit with the mood. Also, "You're gonna marry me whether you like it or not" isn't really something a good guy should say.
21 Jump Street (2012)This was unabashed fun. I'm a sucker for a self aware genre film, and this hits the sweet spot of subverting expectations while still hitting the traditional beats. The chemistry amongst the entire cast is fantastic, and it's the rare film where I immediately wanted to seek out the sequel. Also, Korean Jesus.
Had low expectations for this movie when it came out. in fact I didn't even want to see it. To my surprised I loved every minute of it. The young Jay Leno line still cracks me up. Have not watched the sequel yet was thinking of making it my cop movie.
I really like the first one. A lot of chemistry which makes it very enjobable
RENT-A-COP (1987)I could not imagine a more 80's movie. Liza Minnelli plays a call girl who has to team up with Burt Reynolds to solve a crime and it turns into this weird, unbelievable romance that simply had to happen because we are in a movie. Also, the main villain is called The Dancer, because he likes dancing to 80's pop music. Minnelli is really shrill and annoying and I don't understand her appeal. Did people really like Liza Minnelli back in the day? Am I just too young to understand it? Anyway, I enjoy Burt Reynolds enough to have watched this, but I can't suggest anyone else do so.
As a member of the rai bow nation I say Liza is a goddess. She came out of Judy Garland! I have not watched Rent a cop but it doesn't sound like the best matetial haha. Have you seen Arthur?
No but it looks like it could be a fun time. And I don't think Liza Minnelli is a bad actress, I more think that this role of the motor mouth street smart girl is almost always annoying. It's such a thankless role. Like she's supposed to be likable but annoying, courageous but scared, and above all ditzy and clumsy for laughs. That role shows up so often and I hate it.
District B13 (2004 dir. Pierre Motel) In the future of 2010, an undercover cop and reformed criminal team up to stop a druglord that has a neutron bomb. How? Pakour, of course! As a with most Luc Besson screenplays, the focus is the outlandish action sequences, not the plot or dialoge. The two leads are fine but are better at action than at dramatic acting. Recommended if you love the Transporter movies(at least the first two).
To my recollection this was the first major movie to use Parkour as it's centerpiece and I was blown away when I saw it. After that, they used it in the opening for Casino Royale and everyone else jumped on board. Was recently remade as "Brick Mansions" too. Nice pick!
The Parkour scenes were really great in "District B13" and I appreciate its significance, but that scene in "Casino Royale" is near perfect.
It's great, but that's interesting you say that. I LOVE Casino Royale, it's my favorite Bond film, but I saw DB13 before it so I felt like, "awwww man, their taking this from DB13", so I wasn't as impressed although it was good, of course. But I wonder how I would have felt had I seen them in reverse as you have. Interesting.
I kinda liked Brick Mansion (RIP Paul Walker) I've been wondering if I should check out the original. I can't freaking stand Luc Besson though.
Infernal Affairs (2002)I love the Departed and have been meaning to watch the original Chinese film on which its based. This movie is surprisingly good. To me it feels like a sleek version of the Departed. The plot does not get bogged down with extra character building like the Departed and feels very short. The actors also feel very much connected to their roles. Ultimately I still like the Departed a little more. I guess its just more familiar and personal to me. I enjoy some foreign films, but I am not a big fan of subtitles when the dialogue is very quick like in this movie. This movie also looks amazing and is shot with a lot of attention to detail. If you like the departed you should watch this too.
I love Infernal Affairs more personally but I love the pacing and the characters. Good choice!
Yeah I'm with Gabby on this one INFERNAL AFFAIRS is a lot more streamlined and a lot better paced than THE DEPARTED. And I like THE DEPARTED, but it can feel kind of bloated at times.
Two words: Action Jackson.
Two more - fucking amazing!
...and I LOVE that's all you had to write then drop the mic, Mike!
Tokyo Gore Police: Hahaha! Yesss! Junesploitation is here! I must see this again sometime. So bonkers and gore-gallorre
IMO, Tokyo Gore Police is the definitive and really, only movie you need to see within that genre. After watching numerous ones after that, nothing even comes close. That's awesome you liked it!
Yea it really earns that Gore in its title lol
:) No doubt. It's crazy stylish too.
Wolfcop (2014)A blast from start to finish. Good action, great jokes and a sex scene for the ages...Bring on Wolfcop II!
haha I feel like this and Zombeavers are the stars of this year's Junesploitation.
I certainly seems so! Thought about not watching Wolfcop as everyone else seemed to be. Glad I did, though.
Let's Be Cops (2014) How about; 'Let's Forget I Ever Watched This'
How about lets be funny and not waste your 2 charismatic leads Lets Be Cops
Stray Dog (1949) I love this film. Toshiro Mifune stars in this classic Kurosawa film about a police officer looking for his lost pistol. Kurosawa makes exquisite use of weather to address emotion within the film. You can feel the heat; oppressive and suffocating coming off the screen while finally, cathartic cooling rain at the climax.
Team America: World Police (2004)Really funny. Really awesome, in a way only America can be. America. F Yeah.
Freedom isn't free, it costs folks like you and me.
That's a hefty fuckin' fee
The Last Stand (2013)Small town cops vs big time cartel.How did I let this slip by me!?As a fan of Ji-Woon Kim's Korean films, I'm glad to see his sensibilities still intact in his American debut. Really great action movie!
That's a really good flick right there.
I watched The Last Stand with my dad a while ago! This movie was a blast!! A pretty simple story, but great action!! Comparing with Sylvester Stallone's solo-movies, Arnie is doing it way better than Sly!! Nice choice,dude!!!
Just sitting down to watch Jackie Chan in Police Story 3: Supercop. Because you know, cops.
48 Hrs. (1982)A real no brainer. The cast; the soundtrack; the hazy neon-drenched cinematography; James Horner's score he would later self-plagiarize in Commando; from top to bottom a movie I love more and more with each subsequent viewing, and a constant reminder that I need more Walter Hill in my life.
Kung Fury (2015, David Sandberg)First of likely several swaps from my original list for the sake of time/other factors. This movie was exactly what I expected it to be. It stuffs so many narrative cliches into its 30 minutes that it's never exactly boring, but I only laughed once or twice. The Kickstarter trailer was just about all of this aesthetic I really needed in my life.
I feel you on this. I really wonder how it could have been had they met the goal to make the feature length. I still liked it though.
Oh my god I just watched this and it made me so happy inside. I could've watched it hours I loved it so much. Tricericop is pure genius.
I'm almost afraid the feature length version won't be able to hold up.
I can't call it. Could be much better if they had more scenes like the "mustache" one or could be a movie that we say "should've been a half hour shorter. I have a feeling they are testing it and looking to get a TV series out of it. It debuted on YouTube, DVD and the El Rey network all at once.
I'm really relieved to hear you say this, Ghost D. I wanted to talk about it on the Doomsday podcast but forgot. I so wanted to love it because it really combines a lot of what's great about Junesploitation, but it left me almost completely cold. It all just felt like a lot of ironic air quotes to me. It's impressively done (especially for the budget, Kickstarter or not), but fails to capture the spirit of anything. I don't want to throw the word 'hipster' around, but that was the vibe I was left with. Oh well. I know people are loving it, so maybe it will help create new Junesploitation fans!
I don't think it was done ironically. I felt like it was a well made little movie done by a guy who truly loves the movies it's riffing on. I didn't feel like it was making fun of anything, it was just exagerating what we all love about those movies. It was humorous but it hit a sweet spot for me where I was entertained as well as thinking it was funny. I think if he could've sustained that energy for 90 minutes I believe it could've worked as a feature but who knows if he would've been able to do that. It probably would've ran out of steam but as a 30 minute short movie I think it works perfectly.
No, I don't think they were making fun of anything. But I also felt like there were only a few moments where I understood WHY they loved these things beyond the surface "they are cool." It rarely extended beyond the ironic hipster embrace of ninjas and unicorns; I think that's what I meant. I'm still trying to process it, so just ignore me.
I think the guys heart was definitely in the right place and even though a lot of the jokes fall flat and come across corny, we have to remember that his frame of reference of the nostalgia might be different as he is from Sweden. Sometimes I have no idea that a Japanese film is even making a joke. Also, I'm still not sure what a hipster is. I always thought it was someone who was too cool for anything that was resonating with a majority. Smug is what always comes to mind. But if that's the case, I would think all the hipsters would hate Kung Fury, right? I dunno, I thought it was 30 minutes of great low budget nostalgia that could've been better but at least it wasn't a three hour Interstellar.
I will not ignore you Mr Bromley, how dare you even ask such a thing.
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence- My review: Maniac Cop is resurrected by voodoo to fight crime. It's that tipping point in a series where they just say fuck it and cram everything in before the franchise goes belly up. It's the American Ninja 3 of Maniac Cop Movies. If you understood that reference you've probably already seen this film. In short, if what I've described sounds awesome to you, you will like this movie. If what I described sounda dumb to you... you will dislike this movie. It's really as simple as that
48 Hrs. (1982)I can't believe I had never seen this before! I second the sentiments from a few comments above...but throughout most of this all I could think about what Nick Nolte's mugshot...
The sequel, Another 48 Hours, isn't half bad, either.
I'm sure I'll check it out at some point. There's a lot of stuff I want to watch though after reading these comments!
Hot FuzzA badass cop gets transferred to a quiet village because he is makeing the police look bad. Soon people in the village start getting murdered. This is one of my very favorites and everyone should watch this movie
Revolver (1973)This one has been sitting in my collection, unwatched, for too long, and it was superb. Oliver Reed is a prison warden whose wife is kidnapped. The kidnappers want Reed to swap his wife for prisoner Fabio Testi, hasn't a clue who the kidnappers are or why they want him. Reed is incredible in the film, especially when you know the circumstances behind the scenes. Let's just say his drinking was really out of control. But it certainly doesn't show on screen, and at times I suspect it actually helped his performance. Fabio Testi holds his own quite well. RESERVOIR DOGS and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS fans, this one's for you.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)Not the most adventurous pick but my first time for this one and I really liked it. One of the most impressive aspects is how they were able to make the siege of a police station in Los Angeles without anyone noticing actually seem plausible. Definitely one of Carpenter's best.
I'm watching it for the first time right now too! So good so far. I can't believe they did what they did in that ice cream truck scene. Holy shit.
Watched this for the first time recently and loved it. Think it has my favourite Carpenter score and I too was shocked by the ice cream truck scene!
Oh man, my jaw dropped! My wife was on her phone not paying attention to it and looked up right for that part and was like, "What are you watching?!"So fucking casual and SPOILER ........... the revenge was surprisingly uncathartic, eh? I got no satisfaction.
Maniac Cop 2In case any one was confused by the complexities of the plot, we get a recap of the first. THANKS!
Filth (2013)I've been wanting to watch this for some time. Reminiscent of Bad lieutenant, as we follow the story of a dirty drug using detective that will stop at nothing to try and get a promotion. While trying to catch a gang who is responsible for a murder, he's also is dealing with family issues and hallucinations as his world is in a downward spiral. James McAvoy kills it in this movie.
Fear In The Night (1947)A film noir thriller about a man played by Deforest Kelley (Star Trek's Dr McCoy in his feature film debut) who dreams he kills a man and then begins to suspect it was real! He and his police detective brother in law then investigate. The film is not great. It's interesting at times, but mostly dull and the twist at the end is dumb and disappointing. The cinematography is also noticeably not good. I enjoyed the music though. Oh well. But here's to Deforest Kelley!
Gen-Y Cops: Paul Rudd? That Hair!Hollywood Vice Squad: I spent a lot of time staring at the VHS box in the old video store days. Finally was able to slip it by my parents between the copies of Police Academy 2 and Mac & Me
Killer Cop (La polizia ha le mani legate) (1975, dir. Luciano Ercoli)There's not anything really wrong with this Italian poliziottesco movie, but it's pretty much a straightforward drama and not what I want out of a Junesploitation movie. I want to squeeze in a viewing of Deodato's Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man just to get really get my fix but there probably won't be time. #JunesploitationProblems
Rampart (2011)A much better cop movie than anything I've seen by David Ayers. Some great tracking shots of Harrelson on patrol. I almost went with something goofy or cult classic-y but I'm really happy I went this way. Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Brie Larson were nice surprises in the cast.
WolfCop (2014)If I were to make a guess, WolfCop will end up appearing on more days than any other movie this year.Overall, I liked it. I don't think they quite nailed the tone. It's in on the joke a little too often for my tastes - but the horror/comedy genre is probably the hardest to pull off, so I don't blame the filmmakers for not finding that sweet spot between the two genres.It all comes together for awhile in the middle act - especially with its deliberate homage to Robocop and that character's first night out on patrol. It made me giggle and cringe at the same time multiple times. I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone.Also, it added "gitch" to my vocabulary. Pretty darn happy about that.
Hard To Kill (1990)Been watching a lot a Seagal recently, this is one of the better ones I've come across. In it, a cop called Mason Storm (great name) films a senator plotting a devious scheme, and so his wife is killed and he's put into a coma. 9 years later....he wakes up. Some great/terrible one liners and a few fun action sequences, nothing to dislike here.
You can take that to the bank.
Demolition Man (1993)Wesley Snipes makes a Rambo reference in this movie. So meta.Get seriously, how did I miss this one for so long? This movie is weird, funny and violent and I LOVED IT. I was constantly laughing at how bizarre this movie is. I mean that in the best way. And I recognize Sandra Bullock isn't great in this, but she's so darn adorable and charming! I know it's getting cliche to say, but why don't we get blockbusters like this anymore? What a blast!
BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984) I actually wasn't super on board with this one until about a half hour in, then it got to all the Investigation stuff and it totally won me over. Such a great movie, and definitely shows RENT-A-COP how to do cop comedies.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)This was my first time watching this one and I thought it was really great. I'm a fan of the remake but this is a whole other thing. Super suspenseful, great acting, terrific filmmaking, wonderful score. Definitely shot up my list of favorite Carpenter movies. Glad Junesploitation gave me the excuse to finally check this one out.
Robocop (1987) and Robocop (2014)I actually liked Robocop (2014) when I saw it last year - yes it's a compromised product, but it was full of some decent ideas and clearly going for a wider audience than the original. However, after watching them back-to-back.... ugh. The remake painfully comes up short.
Super Troopers (2001): first viewing! Pretty absurd, and also pretty funny. Some really inspired bits (mixed in with some stuff that doesn't work as well). I can imagine this being on every college dorm TV in the early 2000s.
The Seven-Ups (1973) (first time viewing)It's got everything you need in a 70's cop drama: tough cops, mobsters, an epic car chase, and the most tense music you'll ever hear at a car wash. Great Netflix This Movie recommendation from the Fcrew.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)I REALLY REALLY liked the movie. A LOT. It reminded me of Night of the Living Dead, and the scene with the ice cream truck was great. Honestly, the movie was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I LOVED the cinematography and the rest of the movie (acting, writing, etc.) also holds up really well.(ARRGG!! I'M SO FAR BEHIND!!!!)