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Most people know Sylvester Stallone from his legendary Rambo and Rocky roles, but it's easy to forget that between 1980 and 1995 he starred in some of the most beloved (and completely bananas) action and sci-fi movies of that era. Nighthawks, Cobra, Lock Up, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Assassins, and Daylight -- sure, nobody's saying these films belong anywhere near the AFI's top 100, but this stretch of work was Stallone at the top of his game. I strongly recommend Nighthawks (co-starring Billy Dee Williams), it's seriously one of the great unsung action films of the early 80s.
Of course, we all know about Kurt Russell's epic run of action and sci-fi during this same period (starting with Escape from New York and ending with Stargate). It's arguable who's the better actor, but you have to give Stallone the edge for cultural impact during the 80s and early 90s.
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- David Kozlowski
Action got apocalyptic in the mid-’90s. Advances in special effects revived the disaster genre of the ’70s, resulting in the box office hit that was Armageddon and any number of big-budgeted imitators. Some of the latter were good (Deep Impact), but most were lame (Volcano, Dante’s Peak, The Core). And then there was 1996’s Daylight, which found firefighter Sylvester Stallone leading a cast of character actors through New York City’s Holland Tunnel after an explosion sealed off all the exits. It bombed in the U.S. and has since dropped off the cultural radar, but the gang at GoodBadFlicks is hoping to repair that reputation.
In this nine-minute analysis, GoodBadFlicks unloads a treasure trove of trivia and making-of info, with highlights including the almost-casting of Nicolas Cage, Stallone’s fear of water, and the use of 2,000 trained rats. That latter detail points to what ...
- Randall Colburn
2 items from 2017
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