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MOVIE REVIEW | Tough Guys (1986)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s an outright hilarious, and not always deliberately so, take on 50s and 80s stereotypes. ”

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“We’ll steal the whole Goddamn train and ride it to Mexico.”

The best thing about modern entertainment technology is, we have absolutely everything at out fingertips.  Pretty much any movie I have ever heard of is a few mouse clicks away, or streaming right into my telly when I want to watch it.  The worst part is, we have absolutely everything at out fingertips.  When there are things out there you know you’ll love, there’s no need to ever take a risk on something you know little about.  But when I was a kid, having only four TV channels meant often having to settle for whatever was on.  That meant sitting through some real shit bombs, but it also mean stumbling across movies that I love to this day.  Movies like Tough Guys.

30 years before the movie starts, Archie (Kirk Douglas) and Harry (Burt Lancaster) became legends as America’s last train robbers.  Caught and convicted, they spent three decades in the clink and are finally released.  Fish out of water in a world that moved on, their legend has faded and almost disappeared, and they’re no longer the young, good time gangsters of the 50s.  They’re old men in a new, 80s world.  A world where Harry is forced into mandatory retirement and Archie has to take a minimum wage job pouring frozen yoghurt for spoilt kids.  All the while, veteran cop Deke (Charles Durning) is convinced they’ll reoffend, and is determined to be there when they do.  Also on their tail is a vengeful, shotgun wielding half blind man (Eli Wallach) with a score to settle. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Self aware enough to know this is a slight, fun, almost goofy.”

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“You know, it’s always a business doing pleasure with you, Charlie!”

Aaaah, 1982, a time when you’d be hard pressed to find two bigger stars than Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds.  Dolly can still sell out live shows all over the world these days, but I can’t imagine she’s attracting many new fans under 40.  And poor old Burt did his best to immediately squander the comeback Paul Thomas Anderson gave him via Boogie Nights almost 20 years ago.  But thanks to the wonder of film, it’s possible to relive those glory days of 1982 when these two were at their best, via The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

For the last century or more, a brothel nicknamed the Chicken Ranch has operated on the outskirts of small town Gilbert, Texas.  It’s the kind of community that openly accepts the house of not so ill repute, welcoming it as a necessary service for the town’s men, young and old, and is even a source of income for the town.  These days, the Chicken Ranch is run by madam Miss Mona (Parton).  She keeps her women and the patrons clean and healthy, and contributes generously to the local community. (more…)