|Original Theatrical Poster (1982)|
At this moment in time Sylvester Stallone was at the top of his game when he made this film. He wrote and directed the film, was in the best shape of his life, and complete total control over his work, and had the star power to do and make whatever he wanted. Mr. T was incredibly charismatic in the film. He had so much personality it was just pouring out of the film! Also making an appearance in the film was wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips! Now it's a shame that Stallone will never get the kind of respect and accolades that other filmmakers and actors receive. When we think of great actors we think Robert Di Niro, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, or George Clooney. Or how about directors such as Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, or George Lucas. But here is a man that won an Oscar for his screenplay for ROCKY back in 1976! Believe it or not, Stallone is a very talented filmmaker, screenwritter, and actor. His films a very personal and has his personality can be found in all his films! The movie was originally released by United Artists on May 28, 1982.
|Theatrical Movie Poster (1994)|
Jean Reno as Leon, a professional hitman who lives in a New York apartment with a twelve-year old girl named Mathilda (Natalie Portman), whose whole family was killed by a police raid led by corrupt and psychotic cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman). Soon Leon takes revenge on the police officers that killed Mathilda's family, which makes Stansfield very upset.
Directed by Luc Besson (LA FEMME NIKITA, THE FIFTH ELEMENT), the film is an extraordinary masterpiece of cinema. Besson's directing is just incredible, Reno's acting is superb, and young Portman just radiates as the foul mouthed Mathilda. I consider this the perfect film: it has a great story, well developed characters, a fantastic cast, action, humor, pathos, and amazing directing. I have seen this film several times over the years and the film just keeps getting better with each viewing. Truly a classic from the early 1990's! The film was originally released by Columbia Pictures on November 18, 1994.
|Theatrical Movie Poster (1995)|
Not only was this Sci-Fi thriller of a film directed by Bigelow, but the screenplay was written by her then husband, Academy Award winner James Cameron (TERMINATOR 2, TITANIC, AVATAR)! With its depictions of hi-tech trafficking, jacking in, and nihilistic future, the film was a head of its time. In fact, the film was released two whole years before THE MATRIX, which featured a lot of the same themes and features. But for some reason, the film was D.O.A. at the boxoffice. However, since then it was rediscovered on VHS first, then DVD and cable and is now considered to be not only a cult classic, but one of the unsung greats from the 1990's! The film was originally released by Universal Pictures on October 15, 1995.
Well folks, there you have it Another amazing M4M show has come and gone! But there's another show next month at the Castro Theatre on Friday, April 19th so mark that date on your calendar! To learn more about Midnites for Maniacs, visit their website at www.midnitesformaniacs.com. To view upcoming shows at the Castro Theatre, visit their website at www.castrotheatre.com.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!