THE ENFORCER: I Had Them Dead Bang

The Enforcer (1976) – Directed by James Fargo – Starring Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, Tyne Daly, DeVeren Bookwalter, John Mitchum, John Crawford, and Albert Popwell. After the first two really good cop movies, THE ENFORCER presents the Dirty Harry franchise with its first stinker. THE ENFORCER is the kind of movie that just…

MAGNUM FORCE: A Good Man Always Knows His Limitations

Magnum Force (1973) – Directed by Ted Post – Starring Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Felton Perry, Robert Urich, Tim Matheson, Kip Niven, and John Mitchum. MAGNUM FORCE is one of my favorite sequels of all time, and serves as a perfect example of how to make sequels more about story and…

DIRTY HARRY: Don’t Let Your College Degree Get You Killed

Dirty Harry (1971) – Directed by Don Siegel – Starring Clint Eastwood, Andy Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Mitchum, and John Vernon. “I know what you’re thinking: “Did he fire six shots, or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is…

PARKER: Take Off Your Dress

Parker (2013) – Directed by Taylor Hackford – Starring Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Patti Lupone, Carlos Carrasco, Michah Hauptman, Emma Booth, Daniel Bernhardt, and Nick Nolte. Fifteen years. I was not expecting the number to be that high, but it’s been fifteen years since Jennifer Lopez…

INCEPTION: Weebles Wobble But They Don’t Fall Down

INCEPTION (2010) – Directed by Christopher Nolan – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. Sometimes when you wait forever to see a movie you become as aware of the cultural discussion surrounding the movie as about the movie itself.…

BULLITT: You Work Your Side of the Street, I’ll Work Mine

Bullitt (1968) – Directed by Peter Yates – Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Robert Duvall, Norman Fell, and Jacqueline Bisset. BULLITT is not what you think it is. That is to say, if you haven’t seen Peter Yates’ 1968 crime flick but have heard about “the car chase,” then you might think BULLITT…

JACKIE BROWN: Tarantino’s Quiet Masterpiece

Jackie Brown (1997) – Directed by Quentin Tarantino – Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro, and Chris Tucker. JACKIE BROWN is cinematic bourbon, a seductively slow burn punctuated by hard shots of action. It is likely Tarantino’s least revered film (with the possible exception of DEATH…