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BQB’s Classic Movie Reviews – Night Hawks (1981)

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Hey 3.5 readers.

As an aficionado of 1980s action flicks, as well as everything Stallone, I was shocked to find this movie starring Stallone and Billy Dee Williams as two cops chasing a terrorist, Rutger Hauer as Wulfgar.

So, I watched it and I have to say, overall I was impressed.  It has a degree of seriousness, almost in the vein of “Day of the Jackal” where a London based terrorism expert moves to NYC to educate Stallone and Williams on how to track Wulfgar, that this cunning sociopath is a master of disguise and deception and could be anywhere at any time.

The key plot point is that Stallone, as a cop, is also a master of disguise and deception.  The film begins with an old woman about to get mugged.  She kicks the muggers’ asses, and rips off her mask to reveal that she is Stallone and Billy Dee jumps out of the shadows to provide backup.

My main complaint is about halfway through the film, the subterfuge or cat and mouse angle of the film is blown and it goes from an understated mystery thriller to an all out action flick.  At the beginning, I thought the point was Stallone was going to lull Wulfgar into a trap, but he just goes at him guns a blazing.

Still, there are some riveting action scenes, as well as some prophetic discussions of terrorism and how terrorists operate that seem eerily accurate post-9/11.

Ironically, I think with a few tweaks and perhaps a more serious title, this film could have gone down as one of the great ones.  Instead, it became lost, at least to me, until I found it on Netflix and only then I was on a coronavirus inspired deep Netflix dive.

And I’ll give it this – the ending makes the whole thing.  I don’t want to give it away, but it really is a great, unexpected, and redeeming ending.

STATUS: Shelfworthy.

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#OscarsSoPretty – Abe Vigoda In Memoriam Snub and Sly Was Robbed

First, they left Abe Vigoda off the “In Memoriam” reel.  You know, every year at the Oscars they play a clip reel of all the actors/actresses that died in the previous year.

And they forgot Abe Vigoda!

In their defense, Abe did look like he was dead for many years, but still, he actually did die recently.  The guy was in the Godfather and they forgot to add him to the reel.

Can’t help but notice Abe wasn’t very pretty.

Then there was the Stallone upset.

Sometimes the Academy will nominate an old timer for a role that wasn’t very Oscar worthy on its own but the actor is old and there’s a desire to honor him for a long career.

That is what it seemed like the Academy was doing by nominating Stallone for Creed.  The original Rocky won best picture but Stallone has never been honored before by the Academy.

So it made sense.  It seemed like a nice thing to do.  He was an action guy.  A popcorn movie guy.  But he gave us Rocky and Rambo.  So give him one.

Then they give it to Mark Rylance.  He’s a good actor and I don’t want to dump on him.  He did a good job with his Bridge of Spies role.

But to nominate Stallone then not give him the award was just basically sticking it to him.  They shouldn’t have nominated him if they weren’t going to give it to him.

Eh.  Stallone’s not that pretty.  Was he in his heyday?   I don’t know.  You tell me ladies.  Then again Rylance isn’t that pretty either.  He’s partially bald in fact so maybe I can’t pin this one on an Oscars So Pretty situation.

What say you, 3.5 readers?  Was Stallone robbed?  Was Abe dissed?

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