Stream Police: Buddy Cop Edition

Posted in Screening Room by - May 05, 2015

This week’s Stream Police is a double threat featuring John and Chris giving their combined weekly picks. It’s the buddy cop edition you’ve all been waiting for, a Turner and Hooch-esque affair, with Chris as Turner and John as Hooch.

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation

John: The Next Mutation takes everything I loved about the original three live action-movies and warps it into a godless monster from the seventh circle of Hell. Joined by the female ninja turtle Venus De Milo, because apparently the renaissance had no notable female artists, the Turtles fight not only the Shredder but also Dragons, Yetis, a big game hunter, and random mook gangsters. If you’re a fan of the franchise, check out at least a few episodes just so you can bring it up the next time you’re having an ironic conversation at a house party.

Chris: This is, before the newest TMNT film, the worst thing to happen to the franchise in its storied history. The Turtles are no longer teenagers but rather adults who fight mystical dragons, all the while dealing with the appearance of the new female Turtle. It’s so bad that it stands alone without any canonical standing in the franchise, but it needs to be watched at least once so that one can see what happens when a good thing goes so so bad.

Hot Fuzz

Chris: While I know that John disagrees with me, I would have to say that Hot Fuzz is my absolute favorite film in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. While I do love Shaun of the Dead and have extremely mixed feelings about The World’s End, this really is the best film of the three. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are fantastic as the eponymous fuzz, and along with a great supporting cast, including Timothy Dalton and Jim Broadbent, make for a great film. It might actually be in my top five films of all time as there are few films as narratively tight, with as many callbacks and humorous one-liners as Hot Fuzz.

John: I do disagree with Chris. I like Hot Fuzz a lot, but I don’t think it’s the best in the Cornetto Trilogy. Shaun of the Dead’s zombies and World’s End’s booze and aliens were both more interesting to me than cops and robbers. Cop movies have never been my thing, but even so, Hot Fuzz is still an exceptional piece of satirical comedy. The beginning of the movie is extremely British, with dry wit and odd ball characters and  as the film progresses, it heads steadily toward a far more American-style, with a massive shootout and a 90’s style boss fight. It’s a great parody of the cop genre as a whole, and worth checking out.

From Dusk Till Dawn

John: From Dusk Till Dawn is a classic of American Pulp. With George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino playing bank-robbing brothers on the run, this movie ends up at a mexican bar unknowingly inside a mayan temple in which dwell a coven of sometimes sexy but totally bad ass vampires. When the vamps start to feed, Clooney and his group of highly religious hostages have to fight for their lives using everything from a super soaker filled with holy water to a cross made out of a chair leg and a shotgun. It’s worth the watch, especially if you’re a fan of Rodriguez’s body of work.

p.s. don’t get confused with the TV show that came out recently. That’s a sack of imitation turd.

Chris: What is there really to say about this movie? Vampires, booze, penis revolvers (courtesy of special effects guru Tom Savini), and a killer striptease music number featuring Tito and the Tarantula and Selma Hayek. While my only real issue with the film is that Quentin Tarantino acts in it, come on bro you aren’t known for your acting, George Clooney playing his brother Seth Gecko more than makes up for it. It’s essentially a heist movie that runs into a horror film, and all hell breaks loose, literally. It’s still Robert Rodriguez’s seminal work, with a close second being Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Jack Reacher

John: I watched Jack Reacher before I read the books. Afterward it faded into memory as a mildly enjoyable Tom Cruise film, which is saying something considering how much I dislike Cruise. A year or two later I ended up pulling a Jack Reacher book off my mom’s bookshelf and fell in love with not only the character but the narrative style choices made by Lee Child. After reading four Jack Reacher books in a row, I felt it necessary to go back and give Tom another shot at playing the hard nosed ex-MP with an eidetic memory. While the film doesn’t match up to the books completely – they never do – the film does a commendable job of bringing a mostly internally-voiced character on to the externally visual medium of the big screen. With exposition that doesn’t feel forced, plot twists that actually seem plausible, and a climax that is thoroughly entertaining, Jack Reacher is a legitimately entertaining modernized film noir that manages to survive the touch of Tom Cruise.

Chris: Unlike John, I hadn’t read any of the Lee Child-penned novels going into the film. All I knew was that Tom Cruise was going to be kicking ass. I wasn’t disappointed in that regard as Cruise plays a believable, if vertically-challenged, bad ass ex-MP who is called upon by name to investigate a seemingly straightforward serial murder. It takes twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, and ends with an awesome finale in a quarry. The supporting cast is decent, with a great turn from Werner Herzog, known for his behind the camera work, as the partially-fingerless villain. I didn’t go into it expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Chris: This film is hands down one of my favorite films due to the seamless blending of animation and live-action, along with the performance of the late Bob Hoskins. There haven’t been many films that have attempted to conquer the mixed media of animation and live-action on-screen together, with Space Jam being the only other one of true note. The film doesn’t feel like the traditional Disney film, and it’s too bad that Disney didn’t pursue more movies in the vein of Roger Rabbit, as I would have been totally on-board with them. Along with Hoskins, the other standouts in the film are Christopher Lloyd in a role that scared me to death as a child, and the only time Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse have ever officially been on-screen together. It’s one of the best films Disney has ever made, and one that truly breaks the mold of animated films.

John: I’m gonna side with Chris here. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an incredible piece of cinema. Any human that grew up watching saturday morning cartoons or, at the very least, young enough to still feel joy in their hearts will love Roger Rabbit. As Chris said, Christopher Lloyd’s part is notably horrifying, but absolutely brilliant. The comedy is varied enough to suit audiences of all ages, with adult jokes that children won’t understand, and children-targeted jokes that adults will still chuckle at. It’s a masterpiece of both live action and cartoon animated film, and one that any real film lover should see.

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Born in Arizona, he currently resides in Denton, Texas. When he isn't watching movies he's playing board games and drinking whatever he can get his hands on. John watches Djimon Honsou movies because he likes Spawn, which had Michael Jai White.
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