A Week In Film #528: Stockings out

Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man title screenHarley Davidson And The Marlboro Man
Terrible would-be screwball/buddy comedy about a pair of wisecracking dickheads (Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke) teaming up to avenge a friend murdered by evil zzzz. From the Simon Wincer, the genius who also gave us D.A.R.Y.L., Operation Dumbo Drop and The Phantom.

War Dogs title screenWar Dogs
Unsatisfying torn-from-the-headlines arms trade bullshit, sort of Lord Of War by way of The Wolf Of Wall Street, with Todd Phillips, better known for frat pack fare like Old School and Starsky & Hutch, handling things efficiently. With Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in the lead roles.

인천상륙작전 AKA Operation Chromite
Korean War business, with an elite team of southerners infiltrating deep behind northern lines to glean intelligence and spread misinformation ahead of an imminent invasion. Interesting story, some strong set piece action sequences, but a bit too hung ho and noisy. From John H Lee Jae-Han.

The Hard Way title screenThe Hard Way
Michael J Fox plays against type/satirises himself as a spoiled Hollywood star who wants to take on grittier roles and so hangs out with hangdog New York street detective James Woods amidst a serial killer’s ongoing murderous campaign. Some great interplay between the leads. Directed by John Badham.

Jack Frost
Bar band journeyman Michael Keaton neglects his family, dies but is reborn as a snowman, tries to make amends, or something. Mawkish, sentimental, trite dross, but somehow still has moments of connection. Troy Miller – who did the rather amusing Bob Odenkirk/David Cross HBO show Mr Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run! – directs.

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