Boondock Saints is the cult classic that we are recasting this week. While we are going to pretend that the sequel didn’t exist (and apparently a third installment is coming soon), the original is definitely one of our favorite action films.
Starring a relatively unknown pair in Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, as well as great performances by Willem Dafoe and Billy Connelly, this movie feels like an independent film, but it’s actually far from the case. This began as a movie that was highly coveted by studios and was having some serious money thrown at it, which makes sense because the script is fantastic. However, it feels like everything was working against this movie, starting with the creator.
Reservoir Dogs; the heist movie with everything except the heist. This film put Quentin Tarantino on the map along with Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. It also caused a brief resurgence of Stealers Wheel. I don’t know what it is about Quentin, man. He just seems to be able to get the absolute best out of the actors he works with, and this film is no exception, on a shoestring budget no less. Although he can’t act his way out of a paper bag, he was supposed to play Mr. Pink and was dead set on it until Buscemi came in and crushed the audition so hard, he somehow overrode Quentin Tarantino’s ego, which may be the most impressive acting feat of all time.
Lethal Weapon, the 1987 action movie is what we are talking about this week. Starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (NOT Rene Russo and Joe Pesci, they came later), this movie touches on some really tough topics and does so in a (somewhat) realistic way. Mel plays a Vietnam veteran Martin Riggs who, in addition to dealing with the horrors of war, is on the edge of sanity after losing his wife tragically in a car accident. Roger Murtaugh is the grumpy older detective who is a family man on the edge of pension when he draws the reckless (and quite frankly dangerous) Riggs as a partner on a case that runs that gamut of sex, drugs, and murder.