As soon as the old detective starts talking about buying a boat and all the fish he’s going to catch, or what the view will be like from his back window when he retires, you pretty much know he’s not gonna make it. Or maybe he will, but not without taking a bullet in the gut first just to psych you out. It’s not because he’s not a good guy – in fact he’s often the most genuinely decent, likeable character. It’s because life isn’t fair, and bad guys are only clearly bad if they hurt good people. And, like a bad boyfriend/girlfriend, the movie wants to hurt you so it can be the one to make you feel better. Continue reading…
Posted August 12, 2014
Producer and director Menahem Golan has died. Golan produced (and sometimes wrote and directed) many, many films including: The Delta Force (1986), Death Wish (1974), The Apple (1980), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Missing In Action (1984), Invasion U.S.A. (1985), American Ninja (1985), Lifeforce (1985), Cobra (1986), Masters of the Universe (1987) Bloodsport (1988), Breakin’ (1984) and Breakin’ II: Electric Boogaloo (1984). He also produced: Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1984), The Company Of Wolves (1985) Barfly (1987) and Street Smart (1987). The New York Times, The Dissolve and The AV Club have obituaries. Cinemablend examines Golan’s influence on Hollywood. Here is a segment from a BBC documentary on Menahem Golan and Cannon Films.