Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cop and 1/2

On TV this afternoon they showed Cop and 1/2. This is the one where Burt Reynolds teams up with an under privileged black kid and together they bust up the bad guys, motorboat chase and all thrown in. Not only was it filmed in Tampa, Florida but the end title song was sung by Joey (Gimme a Break, Blossom, etc.) Lawrence. Filmed in Tampa and end title song by Joey Lawrence. What's your recipe for a blockbuster movie?
 Also watched the original Get Carter, still among the best British crime films ever made. Right up there with The Long Good Friday, Performance, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, etc. The soundtrack by Roy Budd still amazes me as to how ahead of its time it was (title track was covered years later by Stereolab). There is a bonus extra on the DVD showing him performing the title theme. Sounds like all the backing was previously recorded and was filmed overdubbing piano and harpsichord, played in tandem. To that he also overdubbed Rhodes piano. That made up for the fact that chapters 11-13 showed excessive pixeling, damaged done by the sun (this was a used DVD).
  Also, there's this curiosity I found on YouTube:
  It's an alien invasion movie (Gremloids) starring Paula Poundstone and Chris Elliot.
Again, what's your recipe for a blockbuster movie?

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