Hot Fuzz (2007)

Fuzz never felt so good. I feel like with me, this movie is underrated. I hardly ever feel like watching it. I think I understand now. It’s not as fun as Shaun of the Dead, it has a slower build-up to its awesome climax… but once that fuse is lit, this movie explodes into some awesome action. I think I just need to remind myself that the wait is worth it and when the sea mine blows, this movie will blow you away. Timothy Dalton steals the show for sure, but I love Nick Frost. Simon Pegg is pretty unlikable, but I understand the need for his character. There are other good cameos too that build the movie up. It has a good sense of mystery and some action that will make you want to go to the pub for a pint afterwards! A must watch for Edgar Wright fans.

90/100

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The French Connection (1971)

Pardon my French, but this film was pretty bien. Gene Hackman was brilliant as always. I loved the characters (plus their nicknames) of Popeye and Cloudy. One funny thing I picked up on in this movie is this: have you noticed that the French aren’t normally the villains in films? I’m sure there are examples, but I sure can’t think of any. There are some good, bloody action sequences and some good car chase scenes, although I could have cut a few of those just to make the movie a little shorter. All in all I made this connection, gritty 70’s cop films are pretty good. This one is worth watching.

83/100

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Cop Car (2015)

They copped out a bit with some of the story, but I enjoyed this tense film about two kids who steal a cop car from a shady Policeman. Kevin Bacon does a good job of trying to remain calm while his whole corrupt world is falling apart around him. The kids were both pretty great, although I’m still not a huge fan of child actors. They sure had me nervous while they were playing with guns and defibrillators. I had a few laughs and I loved watching the kids walk through a field just cursing and doing what boys do, exploring the open wilderness with a friend. I really wish this movie would have answered some of my questions like what the heck Sheriff Bacon was up to and why he had all that crazy stuff in the trunk. Oh well, the film had my attention arrested so I won’t file any charges.

70/100

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Let’s Be Cops (2014)

This movie didn’t have me under arrest, but I had fun on this ride-along. I thought there were maybe two scenes in the movie where I laughed really hard out loud, and then there were a lot of jokes that I didn’t find funny at all. I would say that this movie fails as a comedy, but has unexpected success as a cop drama. Even though Russian arms dealers aren’t a new concept, I liked when the two friends pretending to be cops get mixed up in this underground world of violence. Jake Johnson was a blast and was perfect for this role, I wasn’t as happy with Damon Wayans Jr. His character was way too whiny and I found it hard to connect with him. Nina Dobrev was a new actress to me and I found her very easy on the eyes, even though her part was pretty small in this film. So, in my final report I’d say that this movie isn’t worth interrogating as a comedy but it might be a movie of interest if you like cop movies. If you are looking for a great comedy, move along, nothing to see here.

72/100

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Filth (2014)

I feel pretty dirty after watching this but it was so much fun watching James McAvoy destroy everyone in his path on his way to a promotion to head Detective. The movie takes some really strange turns and I must heavily warn anyone who watches it that it has some really strong themes and is very rated R. I have heard some people complained about this movie because it was promoted as a “funny cop movie”. Yes, there are some funny parts but the last quarter of the film gets very dark. I laughed so hard at some parts though, my stomach hurts from all the laughing. The cast is all excellent and there was some interesting make-up work when McAvoy has his animal hallucinations. A lot of great actors from the U.K. make up this film, they all have great chemistry. There is a roller coaster of emotions, you’ll be laughing at him prank calling his friends wife and you’ll want to cry when you hear about his condition and his past. An excellent movie if you aren’t easily offended by McAvoy’s filthy lifestyle and unconventional police work.

95/100

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First Blood (1982)

This may be the blood that came first, but that doesn’t mean it was interesting. This is a weird first installment of a series. Now, granted I’m sure the series has evolved a lot since this film, but I guess I had no idea how Rambo started. It’s a pretty uncomfortable and weird movie to watch. You mainly see a poor veteran getting harassed by cops and then he starts fighting them out in the woods. I wasn’t expecting the police to be the bad guys and Rambo isn’t the killing machine you think of him as, in fact he doesn’t personally kill anyone in this film. It also feels quite dated, but I did like some of his traps and survival methods. I guess I just feel uncomfortable cheering against police and seeing vets disrespected in the same movie. I’d pass on this one.

62/100

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The Blues Brothers (1980)

Talk about a film that won’t give you the blues! This movie was hilarious. This was my first time seeing this film and I must say, what have I been doing these last 30+ years? Dan Aykroyd not only did some fine acting but did some great writing for this movie. John Belushi was also awesome as Aykroyd’s brother Jake. I nearly busted a gut laughing in this, especially in the many amazing chase/crash scenes with the cops, Nazi’s and angry people from Nashville. The movie was not only a great comedy and action film but it was an amazing musical with awesome cameos like Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles. Carrie Fisher was my favorite part as the would-be assassin of Jake Blues (Belushi). This film is a really great time, I suggest you see it.

95/100

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