Bob Morton: What are your Prime Directives?
RoboCop: Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law.
Movie Number: 8
Running Time: 102 minutes (“R”)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
It’s tough to admit to watching classics for the first time, but better late than never, right? That said, Robocop was a first-time viewing for me (in fact, all the movies I’ve watched this year have been first-time viewings, which is great). This is one I should have watched years ago, though. The Detroit backdrop is only the candy coating on the incredible action flick that is Robocop. This has some of the greatest gore special effects I have seen in any 80s movie, and through the violence, still manages to have a heart at its core, driving the story forward. Peter Weller and Kurtwood Smith (whom I adore from That 70s Show) are wonderful as protagonist and antagonist, and I can’t stress enough just how incredible the special effects are. It blows most CGI effects out of the water. Robocop is an awesome staple to the action genre.
Randall Adams: If there was ever a hell on earth, it’s Dallas County.
Movie Number: 6
Title: The Thin Blue Line(1988)
Running Time: 103 minutes (“NR”)
Director: Errol Morris
This documentary is so important because of the real-world impact it had: this film was successfully used to help a free man get out of the prison he was sentenced to die in. The use of re-enactments was new for its time, and anyone can appreciate the fact that the filmmaker almost never butts in, instead allowing the people he interviewed do all the talking. The Thin Blue Line is rightfully considered a top-tier documentary, and one that everyone needs to see at least once.
Movie Number: 3
Title: The Fisher King(1991)
Running Time: 137 minutes (“R”)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. My first rendezvous with Gilliam was a couple months ago with Brazil, and I was urged to give The Fisher King a viewing. Sticking true to Gilliam’s style - doses of the fantastical mixed with reality and imagery - The Fisher King is filled with excellent performances from Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, and Amanda Plummer. It also contains one of the single greatest scenes I’ve ever witnessed when the late, great Michael Jeter sings in drag. It is a thrill to behold Jeter’s talent. The Fisher King is beautiful, and well worth your time.