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Keanu Capulet meets Patrick Montague.  

 

 

Keanu Capulet meets Patrick Montague.

The word “bromance” gets thrown around an awful lot these days.  Apparently, some out there think it means just any ol’ friendship that is pretty close.  This is a mistake.  For it to be a true bromance, there has to be some ambiguity.  There have to be awkward moments.  The bubbling undercurrent of homoerotic tension has to be ever-present.  Without it, you’ve just got bros, no mance.

Which brings me to this week’s pick, Point Break.  Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze really pushed the established limits in 1995 of hetero-hetero love in this one.  Keanu goes undercover to infiltrate Swayze’s surfing/skydiving/bank-robbing ring.  He gets in, but perhaps too deep, and feelings get in the way.  Sure, there’s probably some ’90s-hot love interest, but we all know what’s going on here.  A cop and a criminal.  Forbidden love.  And plenty of Gary Busey.

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You've gotta hand it to their marketing department.

You've gotta hand it to their marketing department.

So you’re young Patrick Swayze.  You’re the king of Smalltown High in Podunk, USA.  You spend your days tough-guying around with your little bro Chuck, and chumming it up with Mrs. McFly and Ferris’ sister.  

Then shit gets real.  

Paratroopers come and mow down your trig class with machine guns.  Somehow, tanks are everywhere and you’re on the run.  But what better way to take down a Soviet invasion than 8 annoying kids with guns and RPGs?

Red Dawn is an undeniable classic.  The early scenes of the invasion are riveting, the acting is terrible, and the script just won’t quit.  On the down side, it goes on too long, once La Résistance begins it’s pretty repetitive, and as much as I like watching Wolverines fail, the slow death of the gang is a little depressing.  That said, this movie brings so much to the table, I can’t fault it for licking a few dinner rolls.

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