|Movie Title/Year and Brief Description, Including Great Quotes and Scenes|
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Writer/director Peter Farrelly's very low-brow, crass physical comedy (with requisite bodily-function jokes) starred Jim Carrey (already famous for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and The Mask (1994)) and Jeff Daniels as imbecilic Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne - two manic, intellectually-challenged buddies on a cross-country road trip from Providence, R.I. to Aspen, Colorado to deliver a left-behind briefcase.
In this deliberately tasteless buddy road film about the two lovable losers, Lloyd was pursuing disinterested, married dream girl Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) from Providence to Aspen in Harry's customized sheep-dog van (for his dog grooming business called Mutt Cutts), and engaging her in a hilarious proposal scene. After she told him that their chances were "one out of a million," he exclaimed: "So you're tellin' me there's a chance?! Yeah!" Harry also complimented Mary about her owls: "Nice set of hooters you got there!...The owls. They're beautiful!"
"Yeah, we can be civilized...Whoa, check out the funbags on that hosehound!"
The excruciatingly-funny yet gross scene of Harry's extreme agony on the toilet while suffering a reaction to a large dose of a laxative put in his drink by Lloyd - and Mary's comment to him: "I hope you're not using the toilet, it's broken...the toilet doesn't flush" - and his response: "I was just shaving."
The famous ski-resort scene in which brain-dead Harry exclaimed: "Ooh, look, frost" to Mary as they rode on a ski-lift chair - and his tongue became fused to the frozen metal frame pole - and the hilarious scene as they pried him free while his tongue stretched elastically.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Quentin Tarantino wrote the story for Oliver Stone's controversial study of mass murder - a severely-edited (to get an R rating instead of an unrated or NC-17 rating), over-the-top, visceral satire on the desire of the violence-obsessed, exploitative media in America to maximize profits. The film was visually-riveting (eclectic and MTV-style with color-switching), controversial and brutal - and came under critical fire for its own graphic, on-screen violence. Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis starred as Mickey and Mallory - two image-conscious serial killers on a psycho road trip killing spree who were pursued by sleazy TV show host/reporter Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.). In the film's shocking ending, the two outlaws in a rural setting shot Gale - broadcast live on camera.
The energetic film precipitated at least eight 'copycat' murders and violent incidents by self-professed 'natural born killers,' including two Oklahoma teens who watched the film repeatedly and then went on a similar shooting spree. Some viewed the protagonists as glamorous and romantic folk heroes -- similar to what happened after the release of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971).
The flashback of the abusive family life of Mallory Knox portrayed as a situation-comedy parody called "I Love Mallory" (with a canned laughter track) featuring comic Rodney Dangerfield as Mallory's perverted, beer-drinking dad Ed. In the scene, Mickey killed Mallory's family, including drowning her father in a fishtank.
The incredibly violent live interview/prison riot-escape scene.
Also, the controversial see-through view of the bullet hole in the right hand of Wayne Gale, who made the duo famous celebrities for his sensationalist "American Maniacs" show.
Writer/director and B-movie fanatic Quentin Tarantino delivered this non-formulaic and inventive hit - his second feature - an 'independent' film distributed by Miramax, that featured guns, femmes fatales, deadly hit-men, and drugs. It was a stylish, immensely-popular, violent, off-beat, modern B-movie cult classic about corruption and temptation in LA's sleazy underworld among low-life criminals, thugs, drug-dealers, hitmen, a washed-up crooked boxer, and restaurant-robbing lovers. Small-time hold-up artists, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer), plotted a robbery in a restaurant. Meanwhile, philosophically-talkative hit men Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) carried out a hit for their vengeful, underworld boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) against double-crossing college-aged kids.
Vincent entertained Marsellus' irresponsible moll wife Mia (Uma Thurman) one evening - and then she unexpectedly overdosed on heroin. By not taking a dive, boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) scammed Marsellus during his last bout and planned to skip town. The two hitmen called on gangland cleanup specialist The Wolf (Harvey Keitel) when their jobs got messy. The film brought new fame and a revived career to star John Travolta (in an ensemble cast) and a revolutionary script structure with its three interwoven (and fragmented) stories or vignettes told in non-linear order. The unpredictably shuffled, post-modern film, winner of Cannes' prestigious Palme d'Or, shocked with its hip combination of violence, sex, drugs, and profanity (including 269 F-words).
"And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."
"Zed's dead, baby."
The odd dialogues between hitmen Jules and Vincent, including the one about the name that a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese was known by in France: "A Royale with Cheese."
The Jack Rabbit Slim's restaurant dinner date scene, and twist dance sequence (recreating the Batusi).
The OD sequence of Mia Wallace requiring a hypodermic needle injection of adrenaline directly into her heart to be revived.
Raw Justice (1994) (aka Good Cop, Bad Cop)
Also, Barb Wire (1996)
Baywatch's surgically-enhanced and buxom super-babe Pamela Anderson starred first in Raw Justice - an exploitative, low-budget action murder mystery. Its only claim to fame was her add-on plot accessory role as sexy blonde prostitute Sarah who became involved in solving the murder of the southern mayor's daughter Donna Stiles (April Bogenschutz) (who died during a nude shower scene). The star's much-excerpted scene in this cliched film (it was one of the film's two soft-core topless, simulated sex scenes) was her love-making - rear-entry and standing up - in an alleyway with tough and angry cop Mace (David Keith) after he had removed her top and shorts and kissed/massaged her all over.
Pamela Anderson Lee then attempted a comeback in her feature film career in the smarmy futuristic, post-apocalyptic thriller Barb Wire (a complete gender-swapping rip-off of the classic Casablanca (1942)), in which she took the role of the title character based on the Dark Horse Comics creation. She was a tough cyberpunk heroine actually named Barbara Kepitski - who was the kick-boxing, bounty-hunting owner of the Hammerhead Bar and Grille in the year 2017 in the city of Steel Harbor.
"Don't call me babe." (Barb Wire)
- "I do believe I'm falling in love."
The opening dance scene in Barb Wire of Barb laced tightly and zippered into a black-leather outfit, while performing a Flashdance-like strip in the midst of water-spray that revealed her overflowing chest.
Raw Justice (1994)
Barb Wire (1996)
Bad Boys (1995)
Sequel: Bad Boys II (2003)
Bad Boys was action film director Michael Bay's first feature film (it was produced by actioners Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer) - his first of two films laden with special effects. His directorial style was known for hyped scenes of fast car chases, blasting firearms, sex-jokes, profanity and noisy explosions especially attractive for hyper-active teenaged boys. The original film paired black stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as Miami narcotics cops Marcus Burnett (a sexually-deprived family man) and Mike Lowrey (a swinging playboy bachelor), who were forced to switch their marital roles (with Burnett impersonating Lowrey) during an investigation. The buddy duo was entrusted with protecting informant Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) who witnessed the murder of her pretty best friend-prostitute Max Logan (Karen Alexander) by the film's leading suspect - a villainous French drug dealer Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo) who stole $100 million dollars worth of impounded heroin from the police department.
In the sequel, the due were in pursuit of ecstasy drug dealer/smuggler Johnny Tapia (Jordi Molla). Jamaican gangsters tossed cars (15 Mercedes Benz) from a transporter at the detectives driving high-speed on the freeway, resulting in carnage-damage to dozens of cars on the freeway, the transporter, and a boat. The film also featured the disturbing and controversial fascistic characters of the two detectives, including aiming a gun and threatening a 10 year old boy, making wisecracks while tossing corpses out of a morgue transport vehicle onto a freeway, and the demolition of a Cuban tent city with tanks.
- "Now back up, put the gun down, and get me a pack
of Tropical Fruit Bubblicious."
"You know, you drive almost slow enough to drive Miss Daisy."
"You know I'm a better cop when I get some in the morning, I feel lighter on my feet."
In Bad Boys, the climactic shootout inside an airplane hangar, including the explosive destruction of a 727 jet airplane.
In the memorably gruesome, disrespectful but funny morgue sequence in Bad Boys II, the two cops searched through various cut-open body cavities of bodies in search of concealed drugs. Voluptuous Jessica Karr (as "Female Corpse") was laid out on one of the cold slabs -- Marcus confessed to Mike that he couldn't help but innocently ogle the naked female's stiff chest ("What? I ain't doin' nothin'. What am I gonna do with these big-ass fake dead titties?"), and was then forced to hide under the sheet next to the well-endowed cadaver.
Bad Boys (1995)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Producer-director-actor Mel Gibson's 13th century melodramatic historical war epic was a major award winner, including Best Picture and Best Director. Although it was often historically inaccurate (faces weren't painted and kilts were not worn by the Scots), Gibson memorably portrayed the heroic Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace in this rousing, three hour film, who victoriously fought against the army of the oppressive and tyrannical King Edward I "Longshanks" (Patrick McGoohan) at Stirling Bridge in 1297. The central battle sequence was vividly portrayed and masterfully filmed to increase tension ("Hold...Hold...Hold"). He was spurred to revolt and righteous anger against the monarchy after his childhood sweetheart and secretly-wed wife Murron (Catherine McCormack) was raped and had her throat slit.
Wallace's rousing, emotional and inspiring speeches to his loyal often outnumbered followers were frequent, such as:
"I AM William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my country men, here, in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?...Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live - at least awhile. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take OUR FREEDOM!"
However, Wallace was defeated at the Battle of Falkirk, captured and tried for high treason, and beheaded in a long and sadistic torture scene at the film's conclusion in which he cried out: "Freedom!" Wallace was courageously tortured ("I'm not dead yet"). He was partially hung, racked, disemboweled, and beheaded (offscreen) - while reuniting with his already-murdered wife seen walking in the crowd as a ghost.
(chronological, by film title)
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