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One of the best cop/slasher thrillers from the 1980's. I also felt that this was one of Bronson's best films. I always felt that this film was unfairly criticized for being too violent or in poor taste. The film is about a serial killer who kills women who reject him. He also kills them in the nude, so as to minimize evidence. The killer played by Gene Davis is a composite of the serial killers Ted Bundy & Richard Speck. It's a very clever film, due to the fact that you know who the killer is at the beginning. It's interesting how Bronson tries to "get" him. I have seen very few films of this genre done this way.
There are unpredictable twists & turns in the plot in re to getting off on legal technicalities which is a recurring theme in Bronson films, & criminals escaping the law due to lack of evidence. Then when the killer goes after Bronson's daughter played by Lisa Eilbacher to get back at him it becomes very exciting. There are really good performances here. I always had some issues with the ending & some of the editing. But it is still a really good & controversial film. I heard there was supposed to be a remake, but it never got off the ground due to the controversial nature of the film. The film had a lot more substance than it was given credit for at the time. It's a shame that many really good performances got overlooked due to the nature of this film.
There are strong actors here within a unique plot. Do not skip this one in re to the subject matter. It became an obscure film due to unfair critiques of the film & this film's genre. It is one of the best cop thrillers ever made & one of the best of this genre in the 1980's.
An obscure teen comedy from the 1980's that is a very underrated film. Personally, I think it was one of the best from the 80's in this genre. There is a definitive implied meaning to the film. It does not matter what kind of background people come from; if they are compatible & they love each other deeply they can make it work romantically. People can rise above the opinions of divergent class levels & the bias of their friends.
The film is directly comparable to films from the 80's such as: Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982), Pretty in Pink (1986), & Making The Grade (1984). I always felt this film was much better than Fast Times. They are both classics, but Valley Girl is definitely more thought provoking. You may also find aspects of this film in other 80's flics such as Sixteen Candles (1984) & the very 90's teen sex comedy Trojan War (1997).
With a good soundtrack & really good performances all over the board. Do not miss this hidden gem of a film.
Good political thriller that suggests that the US is really run by the far-right business establishment & presumably the CIA to keep the status quo. That is the way the US is actually run since the 1960's. Beatty is really a metaphor for the public's distrust of the government & their distrust of "official" conclusions on supposed lone nuts killing politicians. Almost all politicians since antiquity that are assassinated are killed in conspiracies that involve financial reasons or control reasons. The far-right runs this country, because Big Business is in control. 1 thing I never liked about this film was the fact that the reasons for the assassination of these "Independent" male politicians was never explained in enough detail. I think the film can be interpreted to say who actually killed JFK although their motives are murky in the film. I can appreciate the film as a political conspiracy classic, due to the fact that I published 2 political conspiracy novels: "The Shadow Faction" & "The Financial Parallax". The film is a classic for Beatty & the genre.
Trojan War is a really good film that few people saw back in the late 1990's. The film played almost no where & essentially became a direct to video movie with almost no marketing whatsoever. It also became 1 of my favorite films. The film is really about what true love actually is & if people who start out as friends can actually progress into a romantic relationship.
Brad(played by Freidle) is in love with a very shallow airhead (played by Shelton). But he can't see love right in front of his face with his best friend (played by J. Love Hewitt). The film analyzes very well the games people go thru trying to find the one or true love in their late teens or even early 20's. Brad is basically in love with a "human Barbie doll". You have to be at least about 30 to truly understand what the film is getting at. There is a deeper implied meaning to the plot amongst funny "teen speak & chaos". The film is directly comparable to the movie "Secret Admirer" (1985) from the 80's.
The premise of the movie is that "real mature" love is about compatibility, moral values, & respect not just sex & physical attraction although those attributes are still important. With strong performances from Hewitt, Freidle, & Shelton & nice cameos from Hall, Lee Majors, & Griffin; it's a comedy you won't want to miss. 1 of the best teen comedies of the 1990's with a good soundtrack.
The film was way ahead of its time. In my view, the film is heavily misunderstood & that is why some of the reviews are negative. The premise of the film is that Big Business runs the US, & they will always try to keep alternative energy off of the market for obvious reasons. In this film, the US government presumably the NSA/CIA establishment had fears the whole economy would collapse if this "free fission energy" ever hit the market & the US would plunge into chaos even anarchy. The reason we now fight wars is for oil. The film very adequately describes the how the military-industrial complex, Big Business, & the NSA/CIA run everything, & their real power comes from the coalescing of the 3. I could really appreciate the film, due to the fact that I published a political conspiracy thriller "The Shadow Faction" that describes some of the same issues in re to alternative energy & its enemies & Globalization. A must see for the types who are interested in the controversies surrounding those who are against getting the US & the world off of oil. It's a pro-alternative energy movie.