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The action comedy about…heavily damaged Vietnam vets?
Lethal Weapon often gets heralded at the preeminent buddy cop film, despite the fact that the genre existed for decades prior to its 1987 release. So what makes Lethal Weapon the mold-breaker? Is it (then) wunderkind Shane Black’s razor-sharp script? The legendary cast? The quotable quips? Or is that so many members of the audience identified with the characters because they too possibly felt a general sense of being too old for life’s shit?
How about the fact that Lethal Weapon is the Apocalypse Now of buddy cop movies? It’s true, Shane Black’s script is just as concerned with the heavily damaged psyches of Vietnam War veterans as was Apocalypse Now’s. Nearly every major character in Lethal Weapon, hero and villain alike, served in Vietnam and came back with a hefty amount of baggage. While this is reasonable considering the realities of that war, it »
- Brian Salisbury
Simon Brew Mar 14, 2017
The James Bond movie Spectre was in cinemas less than 12 months after production began. Here's a taste of just what a challenge that was.
A while back for this very site, I looked at the truncated production period that saw the movie Lethal Weapon 4 start filming in January 1998, before arriving in cinemas just over six months later. Warner Bros had a hole in its schedule it urgently needed to fill, and the Lethal Weapon sequel got the green light. The end result was a baggy film, more driven by comedy than action, but a very solid hit.
Lethal Weapon 4 was, whilst a very fast production, a more contained one, shot in and around the Los Angeles area. Conversely, the more I read about 2015’s James Bond adventure, Spectre, the more I’m »
Alastair Stewart Mar 2, 2017
It feels a long time ago that watching Saturday night TV with the family was the norm, but back in the 1990s, millions crowded around the box for the likes of Noel's House Party, Due South, The Generation Game, and of course, Bugs. The latter ran for four series between 1995 and 1999 and arguably holds the distinction of being embryonic of later, more intensive, tech-heavy UK shows including Spooks and Sherlock.
The general Bugs premise involved a team of crime-fighting gadget experts facing a range of modern (now charmingly redundant), technology-centred threats. The main triptych of regulars included Nick Beckett (Jesse Birdsall), Ros Henderson (Jaye Griffiths) and Ed (Neighbours alumnus Craig McLachlan in series »
3 items from 2017
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