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MOVIE REVIEW | Judgment Night (1993)


In the early to mid 90s, I had a not brief obsession with the Young Guns movies. Between about ’92 and ’95, I’d be surprised if a single week went by without me watching one, or both of those movies. And with the central role as the awesomely cocky Billy the Kid, Emilio Esteves was the main reason those movies seemed so cool to me then. Re-watching them a year or two ago, they still held up. Maybe it was nostalgia for my teen years, or maybe they’re just awesome neo-westerns with great performances by a group of young actors in their prime.

The names Esteves, Sutherland and Diamond Phillips might not top too many marquees these days, but the Young Guns movies caught these dudes at the perfect moment. Just three years later, that Esteves juice had lost enough punch to headline a major block buster, but it still had just enough to snag the lead role in a slightly goofy, pretty cool B picture, Judgment Night. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Stakeout (1987)

Stakeout“Isn’t love great, Chris? One minute you’re a god, the next minute you’re a scum-suckin’ pig.”

When I was a kid, there were things called video shops. And the beauty of video shops, was judging books by their covers. I saw so much shit, and the odd gem, just because it had a cool cover. Then, there were a few movies that made the short list on almost every visit, but would inevitably always be trumped by some flashy new release, or re-hire of Police Academy 3 for the hundredth time. Movies like Don’t Tell Her It’s Me with Steve Guttenberg, and Ghoulies II, the one with little Gremlins rip offs coming up out of a toilet on the cover.

Another cover that always got me interested enough to read the back of the case, but never converted to me actually hiring it, was Stakeout. I still haven’t seen Don’t Tell Her It’s Me, or Ghoulies II, but more than a quarter of a century later, Stakeout can finally be taken off that list. (more…)