“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hollywood Cop (1987)
How bad is it? It has almost everything you want in a stupid cop flick. Should you see it? Sure.
I'd watch this film just for that haircut.
I missed this originally because I mistook it for the Penelope Spheeris film of the same name that came out the year before (better known as Hollywood Vice Squad). This was directed by the same guy who did the immortal "Samurai Cop," but it isn't quite as loony as that. A tough undercover cop battles the mob for the sake of a kidnapped boy. This has a z-movie all-star cast: Jim Mitchum, Cameron Mitchell, Troy Donahue and Aldo Ray. It also has visible boom mics in scenes where there's no dialog, obstructed shots and blown stunts; in the latter, a guy fails to jump out a car window and gets hit by the car on his way (I really hope he wasn't hurt). Not much makes sense, but it's fun.