A fun motion picture that sees Gary Busey and Yaphet Kotto teaming up to take down Seymour Cassel (uh) and William Smith (OK, now it’s a fair fight), this is mostly a Death Wish retread by way of the first Mad Max in which Busey battles the motorcycle gang that killed his wife and left his daughter comatose; it also borrows a weaponized vehicle from the A-Team and Knight Rider, and throws in the Rocky II theme a couple of…
Killing Dad (Or How to Love Your Mother) 1989
To date the only film adaptation of an Ann Quin novel (Berg), this is worth watching precisely for that reason. Not as good as the book, but it has its charms.
Arnie made a better fake Bond film with True Lies, but this one is still OK, it’s just his Octopussy or Never Say Never Again. There are some good gags, namely the alligator bit and all the eraser nonsense, and while it drags on a little too long, no one involved ever takes it too seriously. Still, don’t be surprised if your memory of this movie ... winds up erased.
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The core of this film—the downtown L.A. bank robbery, and the subsequent protracted car chase involving a hijacked ambulance—is thrilling, especially as Bay keeps tossing in new characters, escalating the proceedings into an outrageous high-speed circus carnival. Those two-thirds of Ambulance are wild and inventive, even as Bay cribs from movies like Heat, The French Connection, and To Live and Die in L.A., not to mention his own past films; there’s enough spin on the fastball (or the speeding ambulance)…