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MOVIE REVIEW | The Cotton Club (1984)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: And even at his worst, Coppola is incapable of doing bland or boring. When he fails, he fails gloriously.

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“In the next room, gentlemen, is the finest food, drink and pussy in New York at a price.”

The Godfather is one of the first legitimately great movies I remember loving. There had been plenty of movies before then that I was obsessed with, watching them over and over. But they were kids’ movies, dumb comedies, mindless actioners and whatever blockbusters I got to see at the time. But The Godfather is the first movie I can remember that made me think of the person behind it, the artist who made the creative decisions that resulted in this masterpiece. Because of that, I have found it hard to fault Frances Ford Coppola in the years since. I find it hard to admit that he could ever make anything truly terrible. Which is why it’s taken me so long to get around to The Cotton Club. I didn’t want to not like it.

In 1920s Harlem, the Cotton Club is the hottest night spot in New York. Frequented by gangsters, politicians, show business power brokers and everyone who wants to gain the attention of gangsters, politicians and show business power brokers. Local coronet horn player Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere) is happy to remain a horn player, but when he inadvertently saves the life of mid level mobster Dutch Schultz (James Remar), he starts to get a taste of the roaring 20s at their height. Which is great news for Dixie’s brother, wannabe mobster Vincent (Nicolas Cage). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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“Ever since there’s been a base here, there’s been what you’d call the Puget Sound Debs. The poor girls come across the sound on the ferry every weekend with just one thing in mind, and that’s to marry themselves a naval aviator.”

In the 90s, post Pretty Woman, Richard Gere was a pure movie star.  He churned out things like First Knight, Runaway Bride and Autumn in New York.  He was the dreamy, silver fox who movie going middle aged women could really get behind.  But in the 70s, he was a proper actor, making movies like Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven and Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo.  The turning point from one to the happened in the early 80s.   When Richard Gere transitioned from proper actor to movie star with a movie that perfectly encompassed both sides of his career, An Officer and a Gentleman.


A pre-teen boy arrives in the Philippines unaccompanied.  He’s met at the airport by a crusty old navy sailor who we learn is the boy’s long absent father, Byron Mayo (Robert Loggia).  He’s the kind of dad who immediately introduces his son to his two live in whores, and explains that he has no intention of being a traditional dad, who does traditional things, like give a shit about his son.  The son grows up fending for himself and toughening up on the mean streets to become Zack Mayo (Richard Gere).  In an act that is part tribute to his old man, part big ol’ ‘fuck you’, Zack signs on for officer’s training in the navy.  If he graduates, he’ll outrank the man who barely raised him. (more…)