- Once (2006)
- All the President's Men (1976)
- Being John Malkovich (1999)
- In the Year of the Pig (1968)
- In The Mood For Love (2000)
- Hole, The (1960)
- Tokyo Story (1953)
- Ocean’s Eleven Blu-Ray Review
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- Gilda (1946)
- Rounders (1998)
- Masque of the Red Death, The (1964)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Fat City (1972)
- Amélie (2001)
- All That Jazz (1979)
- Night of the Hunter, The (1955)
- King of Comedy, The (1983)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
- Sullivan's Travels (1941)
- Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
- Hecklefest Four-Word Film Reviews! August '12 - Week 4
- Playtime (1967)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
- Haunted Castle, The (1921)
- Last Wave, The (1977)
- Naked Lunch (1991) * Weird and Wacky *
- Phantom Carriage, The (1921)
- Lolita (1962)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Genre: Action Crime Comedy
Starring: Eddie Murphy (The Adventures of Pluto Nash • 48 Hrs.), Judge Reinhold (Fast Times at Ridgemont High • The Santa Clause)
Directed By: Martin Brest (Scent of A Woman • Gigli)
Overview: When the friend of a Detroit Cop gets murdered, detective Axel Foley goes to Beverly Hills to find the killer, and learns that cops in the Hills do things just a little differently.
Beverly Hills Cop begins with action. The opening sequence is not so much a car chase as a demolition derby, where we’re graced with a massive transport truck plowing through at least a dozen parked vehicles while being chased by police with Detective Foley hanging off the back. The movie starts with an adrenaline rush and ends with one, and the creamy middle is filled with comedy drama and Eddie Murphy’s antics, and that’s its strength. Beverly Hills Cop is Eddie Murphy as I remember him best. The “Saturday Night Live” / Coming to America / Eddie Murphy Raw years where he wasn’t post-2000 making films for kids with Eddie in a fat suit talking to Eddie in a fat suit while being hit on by Eddie in a fat suit. Wait, let me put it simpler: Beverly Hills Cop is Eddie Murphy when he was good and funny. His supporting cast, golden as it is, certainly gets out of the way to give Eddie his spotlight. Judge Reinhold and John Ashton aside, Axel’s tough as nails boss who can’t finish a sentence without a swear word in it, played by Gilbert R. Hill, is great. It was fun seeing Ronny Cox as a good-guy police Lieutenant instead of an evil corporate Robocop sociopath. Jonathan Banks was great to see too, easily recognizable in the nigh-identical role of goon in “Breaking Bad”. A nice little cherry to top the cast is a very short part played by Damon Wayans as an extremely queeny hotel employee in the credited role of Banana Man. He was awesome.
Sergeant Taggart: Why didn't you identify yourself as a police officer when you were arrested?
Axel Foley: 'Cause I was mindin' my own business. Hey, where the fuck do you guys get off on arresting somebody for getting thrown out of a window?
Performance: 9 Cinematography: 8 Script: 8 Plot: 8 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 82% (Head To The Hills!)
Can you believe I only just now made the connection of our character’s name and the super famous title track of Beverly Hills Cop repeated at least five times throughout the film, “Axel F.”? Duh. Yes I’m an idjit. At least I use it for the power of letting you laugh at me.