by Patrick Bromley
It was a great year for movies that we're celebrating this week at F This Movie! in the lead up to #FThisMovieFest. There were recognized classics. There were great genre movies. There were also great movies that kind of fell through the cracks, relegated to cable TV replays and VHS also-ran status. Those are the movies I want to highlight with this list: the ones that haven't gotten quite enough love over the years.
1. Shakedown (dir. James Glickenhaus)
This terrific buddy action movie (which is also known internationally by the much, much better title Blue Jean Cop) from great "that guy" director Glickenhaus casts Peter Weller as a lawyer and Sam Elliott as a cop working together to bring down police corruption in New York. Two great performances and some stellar setpieces highlight this underappreciated actioner, including a memorable sequence on a roller coaster and a finale that finds Sam Elliott hanging from an airplane in flight. They don't make them like this anymore.
2. Shoot to Kill (dir. Roger Spottiswoode)
3. Casual Sex? (dir. Geneviève Robert)
4. Jack's Back (dir. Rowdy Herrington)
5. Monkey Shines (dir. George A. Romero)
6. Permanent Record (dir. Marisa Silver)
7. Mystic Pizza (dir. Donald Petrie)
8. Cherry 2000 (dir. Steve de Jarnatt)
Is it underappreciated? No. Is it probably appreciated the exact right amount, which is to say not very much? I think so. Is it very good? No. Do I still genuinely love it? Of course. Does it star Justine Bateman as the leader of a mostly-girl rock band (which also includes Julie Roberts on bass, Britta Phillips on guiter, Trini Alvarado on drums, and Scott Coffey on keyboards) having One Crazy Summer? Exactly. Does Justine Bateman perform all her own singing? You bet. Does she have a good voice? Not quite. Was the movie such a stinker that NBC changed the title to Girls of Summer when they showed it on TV? That's right. Did I once write an impassioned letter to 20th Century Fox to get it out on DVD? I did. Was it eventually released? It was. Will Disney be putting out a Blu-ray? No chance. Should Kino Lorber? I think so. Would I record a commentary? You bet.
10. The Prince of Pennsylvania (dir. Ron Nyswaner)
Happy 1988 Week, everyone!!