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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: A Bit Underrated Reply with quote

Murphy, who watched helplessly as his box office appeal plummeted after his directorial debut, the funky gangster comedy “Harlem Nights,”

I'm one of the few who actually thinks it's a pretty decent picture. Yes, it's contrived and derivative and saddled with way too many adoring close-ups of its star/writer/director, but I saw this opening night and found it very interesting and fairly funny as far as these things go.

As for Another 48 Hrs., another harmless cinematic endeavor. Was it a sequel that was just bursting at the seams to get made? No. But the action sequences deliver, the villains are colorful and menacing, and Nolte and Murphy still radiate some serious star chemistry. (Now, Another Stakeout -- that was one sorry-as-hell sequel!)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HARLEM NIGHTS needs to be revisited, that's for sure. It's been a long time...

I remember being overwhelmed by it at the time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not terrible, but its also not up to 80's Murphy standards. I think the last truly good film Murphy's been in was "Boomerang" which, entertaining as it was, still wasn't "Coming To America" which was Murphy's last 'great' film.

Some may include "Bowfinger" and yes, Murphy was actually extremely funny in it playing the hapless younger brother of... himself, but the movie that surrounds him just runs with the most obvious jokes about the industry and doesn't really do anything innovative with them (or actually funny for that matter) - best scene? Murphy running through traffic.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kand El wrote:
Its not terrible, but its also not up to 80's Murphy standards. I think the last truly good film Murphy's been in was "Boomerang" which, entertaining as it was, still wasn't "Coming To America" which was Murphy's last 'great' film.

Some may include "Bowfinger" and yes, Murphy was actually extremely funny in it playing the hapless younger brother of... himself, but the movie that surrounds him just runs with the most obvious jokes about the industry and doesn't really do anything innovative with them (or actually funny for that matter) - best scene? Murphy running through traffic.


Thought for a second you were talking about Holy Man. Oh wait, in that one he WALKS through traffic.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't be badmouthing Bowfinger.

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