RoboCop (1987)

RoboCop
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Cast: Peter WellerNancy AllenDan O’HerlihyRonny CoxKurtwood SmithMiguel FerrerRobert DoQuiRay WiseFelton PerryPaul McCrane

Plot:
Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) just started in Detroit’s police force – an extremely dangerous job, considering the state Detroit is in. But he gets along well with his partner Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) and they are quickly right in the middle of things. But as they confront a street gang though, everything goes wrong and Murphy is shot dead. Which makes him the perfect subject for a new project by OmniCorp, a huge robotics corporation. They take Murphy’s body and rebuild it with robotic parts, creating the RoboCop who takes on crime in Detroit, firmly under OmniCorp’s thumb.

RoboCop is probably one of those 80s action flicks you have to grow up with to appreciate them fully (like Die Hard or Terminator). I didn’t and watching RoboCop now certainly didn’t make me see its greatness.

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Writer: Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Based on: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby‘s comic
Sequel to: Iron Man, Iron Man 2 [here are all my Iron Man reviews]
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Miguel Ferrer and [SPOILER] Mark Ruffalo
Part of: Marvel movies

Plot:
After the events in The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is at least as shook up as his entire worldview. He tries to deal with things by tinkering around with his Iron Man suits but he doesn’t really get anywhere with it. In the meantime, a terrorist keeps setting off bombs and they aren’t close to finding him yet. In a bad mood, Tony challenges him and gives him his home address. And suddenly things get very personal indeed.

Iron Man 3 was very enjoyable and entertaining and far from being as dark as the trailer made it seem. I did have a couple of issues with it, but mostly it’s a wonderful continuation of the series.

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The Night Flier (1997)

The Night Flier is Mark Pavia‘s adaptation of a Stephen King story, written by Mark Pavia and Jack O’Donnell and starring Miguel Ferrer and Julie Entwisle.

Plot:
A killer is on the lose – flying from small airport to small airport and killing whoever is working there that night. Seasoned tabloid reporter Richard Dees (Miguel Ferrer) doesn’t think the story is extremely interesting but when new assistant Katherine (Julie Entwisle) convinces their boss that the story is worth pursuing, Richard gets put on the case. While he’s less than overjoyed at first, he soon discovers that there might be more to the “Night Flier” than just a psychotic killer.

The Night Flier neatly fits into the slew of most Stephen King adaptations: It’s fine, it has a nice B-Cast, it gets a bit cheesy, but in the end you see it with probably half of your attention, it entertains and then you forget it pretty much right away.

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