The Boys Next Door

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In Bruges

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52 Pick-Up

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Money Talks

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Flashpoint

Flashpoint-revFlashpoint  (1984)    TriStar/Action-Thriller    RT: 95 minutes    Rated R (language, violence)    Director: William Tannen    Screenplay: Dennis Shyrack and Michael Butler    Music: Tangerine Dream    Cinematography: Peter Moss    Release date: August 31, 1984 (US)    Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams, Rip Torn, Kevin Conway, Tess Harper, Jean Smart, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Guy Boyd, Mark Slade, Roberts Blossom, Terry Alexander, Joaquin Martinez, Dick O’Neill, Henry Max Kendrick.    Box Office: $3.8 million (US)

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 Every once in a while, a movie sneaks into theaters and doesn’t get noticed by ticket-buyers and is gone in a week. At least this was true in summer ’84 when the action-thriller Flashpoint hit theaters on Labor Day weekend, the same weekend as the controversial Bo Derek sex dud Bolero. There are a lot of reasons that Flashpoint died a quick death at the box office (e.g. almost no advance marketing, absence of big stars, lukewarm reviews, etc.), but I think it deserved more attention than it got. I went to see it on a dull Sunday afternoon at the Barclay Square Theater. I didn’t even bother inviting anybody to join me because I’m the only one that knew of it apparently. There was only a smattering of other people in the theater.

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Nadine

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Boiling Point

boiling-point-revBoiling Point  (1993)    Warner Bros./Action-Thriller    RT: 92 minutes    Rated R (language, strong violence, sexuality, drug references)    Director: James B. Harris    Screenplay: James B. Harris    Music: John D’Andrea and Cory Lerios    Cinematography: King Baggot    Release date: April 16, 1993 (US)    Cast: Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Lolita Davidovich, Viggo Mortensen, Seymour Cassel, Jonathan Banks, Christine Elise, Tony Lo Bianco, Valerie Perrine, James Tolkan, Paul Gleason, Dan Hedaya, Lorraine Evanoff, Stephanie E. Williams, Tobin Bell, Bobby Hosea.    Box Office: $10 million (US)

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 Boiling Point, a noirish potboiler starring Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper, arrived in theaters without fanfare in spring ’93. The studio neither promoted it heavily nor screened it advance. It was marketed as a straight-up action movie in hopes that the same audiences that turned out for Passenger 57 (also starring Snipes) just five months earlier would show up for this one as well. They were understandably confused, and in some cases irate, when Boiling Point didn’t deliver exactly what they wanted. Instead of a kick-ass action flick filled with wild shoot-outs and high-speed car chases, it’s a stylish and subdued noir piece set in Los Angeles’ criminal underbelly. I have to admit that I hated it at first look. I actually fell asleep on it. It was slow and poorly plotted with a choppy, disjointed narrative. The crowd that opening night grumbled and expressed their general dissatisfaction as they exited the theater, some louder than others. The movie tanked and disappeared quickly from theaters.

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The Monster Squad

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Just One of the Guys

just one of the guys.revJust One of the Guys  (1985)    Columbia/Comedy    RT: 100 minutes    Rated PG-13 (language, nudity sexual content and references, cross-dressing, teen drinking)    Director: Lisa Gottlieb    Screenplay: Dennis Feldman and Jeff Franklin    Music: Tom Scott    Cinematography: John McPherson    Release date: April 26, 1985 (US)    Cast: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jacoby, Toni Hudson, William Zabka, Leigh McCloskey, Sherilyn Fenn, Deborah Goodrich, Arye Gross, Robert Fieldsteel, Stu Charno, John Apicella, Kenneth Tigar, Steve Basil.    Box Office: $11.5 million (US)

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 Cinema math equation: (Tootsie + The Karate Kid) x John Hughes = Just One of the Guys

 That pretty much sums up this enjoyable gender-bender comedy in which a girl disguises herself as a boy in order to win a coveted summer internship. Joyce Hyser (Valley Girl) stars as Terry, a popular girl with both looks and brains. It may sound like she has it all, but the truth is nobody takes her seriously because she’s a beautiful girl. At least that’s the way Terry sees it. An aspiring journalist, she takes it hard when her article isn’t selected for consideration for an internship at a local newspaper. So she does what any girl would do in this situation. She transfers to another high school as a boy. There are a few things wrong with this premise. Namely, how does she do this without parental consent? It’s mentioned that her parents are away on a trip (how convenient!), so who signed off on the transfer? I’m just saying. Then there’s the matter of Terry successfully passing herself off as a boy. Okay, it’s possible. At one point, she’s compared to Ralph Macchio of The Karate Kid. He had that androgynous thing going for him back then. Still, it’s hard to believe that Terry has everybody fooled. Surely at least one person must suspect something’s up. But such is the nature of cross-dressing comedies.

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