Top 5 Buddy Cop Films

I had an awesome cinematic childhood. My father let me watch every movie that was sure to be inappropriate for my age. At 5, my dad let me watch Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, The Godfather and Friday The 13th, Part II! My dad rocks. He also had a taste for buddy cop films. You know, the ones where two cops with different styles and backgrounds are forced to work together only to become like brothers. This list is in celebration of those clichéd, yet awesome films that are worth your time any night you want action and laughs!

5. Rush Hour (1998) 

What do you get when you mix fast talking funny man Chris Tucker with Kung-Fu master of laughs Jackie Chan? A damn good time is what you get!

When a Chinese diplomat’s daughter is abducted in the US, a friend of the family and detective inspector from Hong-Kong, Lee (Chan)  rushes to America to help in the investigation. Unfortunately for him, the FBI wants none of his help and he gets partnered up with reckless LAPD detective James Carter (Tucker) to stay out of the action. Little does the FBI know that both men are on a mission to save the girl and make it to the big time of the FBI.

This movie is full to the brim with action, and racial stereotypes that will keep you chuckling for hours after you’ve rewound the VHS of Rush Hour.

4. Bad Boys (1995) 

Whatcha gonna do when Will Smith and Marton Lawrence run wild on you, BROTHER!?

This is another knee slapping good time. Bad Boys follows best-friends and narcotics detectives from Miami as they protect a murder witness as they solve the case of a boat load of stolen herion.

While mixing in a lot more drama and suspense in the plot when compared to Rush Hour or Bon Cop, Bad Cop. Lawrence and Smith keep the laughs coming while dealing with that serious sh!t. Their opposite lifestyles and attitudes are pure gold. You have the serious family man cop who complains too much with Smith’s too cool for school attitude that make the pairing of Walden Schmitt and Alan Harper seem tame and colourless. And it ends with a boom! Tony like big booms.

3. Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) 

Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a wonderful export from Québec. Mixing the two official languages of Canada: Anglais and French! Starring Patrick Huard as the wild Québecois cop who doesn’t stop until the job is done, unless it involves the rest of Canada. So when a murdered man falls from the sky directly on the border between Ontario and La Belle Province (Editor’s Note: Not The yummy restaurant you fools! Québec!) he is forced to associate himself with single dad and dignified detective Martin Ward (Colm Feore) from Ontario.

Many laughs are to be had at both provincial stereotypes. Many gags about hockey and the queen are had. This is a film for eastern Canadians and those who know a bit about the northern part of the Americas.

With the current NHL lockout, it’s fitting that we all take a moment and laugh at Gary Bettman Harry Buttman.

2. Men In Black (1997) 

Will Smith is so nice, he made the list twice!

While Men In Black isn’t about cops, it does involve a secret non-government agency the polices the galaxy, so we’ll let it slide into number two on our list!

This time around it’s Smith who’s playing second fiddle to Tommy Lee Jones. Agent K (Jones) recrutes young hothead cop James Darrell Edwards III (Smith) to “Devision Six” the Men In Black (MIB.) What follows is 98 minutes of laugh out loud funny with space blasters, aliens and the comedic of Jones and Smith. It’s light hearted and doesn’t try to get up in your head like the two sequels. This film is all about having a good time, which you will have if you decide to watch it tonight.

1. Lethal Weapon (1987) 

This is THE BUDDY COP FILM. You have pre-crazy Mel Gibson with Danny “I’m not related to Donald Glover” Glover as cops who don’t seem to be liking their jobs  or each other. That all starts to change when they  must stop the drug smuggling GARY BUSEY!

Why do I even have to continue? That’s magic right there. Gibson, Glover and Mother Effin Gary Busey!

Anyways, this film has it’s fair share of deep and dark moments revolving around aging, suicide and drugs. But that doesn’t stop Lethal Weapon from delivering the laughs. It’s a must watch for anyone who likes, cops, Cops the TV show, comedies, dogs, onions, and unicorns.

These are my top 5 Buddy Cop films! There’s plenty more. What are yours? *Points index finger at screen!*

Top 5 Christmas Films

I’m fairly certain that I am not the only person who sits back every Christmas break for some Christmas themed film marathon. It’s a staple like that uncle who gives oddly long hugs as he caresses your back or the two cousins who haven’t spoken to each other in 10 years but still make it a war to see who wears the better dress. It’s a season for getting together and enjoying life and what we have. (Also to enjoy what we just got!) For a cinefile like myself, movies play a huge role in the holiday season! So here’s a countdown of my top 5 Chrsitmas films!

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) 

Peanuts! This has been playing every year in my house for all 23 Christmases that I have been alive. Let me tell you, it might be one of the last things I watch when I die. A Charlie Brown Christmas which was created in 1965 was already talking about over-consumerism during the holiday season! With the world forgetting what Christmas is all about our boiiii Chuck Brown goes out of his way to bring Christmas spirit and joy back into his gang’s world. Unfortunately, like that football, Charlie Brown misses his mark. That is until everyone comes to their senses and they have a merry old time around that tiny Christmas tree.

Why is it so good? Well for starters if you have to ask, go brush your teeth. You have smell breath. Secondly, this is a warmhearted tale of Christmas values. Not religion, not money spending. But rather spending quality time with your near and dear. As Peppermint Patty would say: Thanks, Chuck!

4. Lethal Weapon (1987) 

Making another appearance on one of my “Top 5’s” is Lethal Weapon! Staring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover this may not seem like your typical Christmas flick! But it does revolve around Christmas time. I mean Riggs spends Christmas day at the Murtaugh house after nearly being killed with Roger some time before while hunting down a gang of drug smugglers.

It’s place on the list comes after watching it yearly at Christmas along with the first 90 minutes of The Godfather. You know up to the point where the guy wakes up with a horse head in his bed and screams for 5 minutes. Classic.

3. Home Alone (1990) 

Name me one kid who didn’t want to have the experience growing up and I’ll give you a nickel! (What? I ain’t not no rich guy) Starring a pre-weirdness Macaulay Culkin; Home Alone tells the story of a big modern family taking off for some fancy vacation for the holidays. Stupidly, they forget their little blond boy who slept in the attic the night before. While home alone Kevin (Culkin) actually does normal stuff like laundry and showering.

Things go askew when The Wet Bandits, known for flooding the homes that the burglarize target the boy’s home. He sets out to protect his pad with awesome homemade boobytraps. (hihihi booby)

2. Bad Santa (2003) 

Put the kids to bed before turning this bad boy on. Bad Santa stars Billy Bob Thornton as Willie the world’s worst mall Santa. He’s a drunk with poor morals and a question level of personal hygiene. He along with his helper elf Marcus scope out the yearly different mall they work in and rob the joint after hours. Along they way they encounter a bunch of odd and interesting folk. Including a very naughty Lauren Graham. After seeing this movie, you never see Santa the same way again. You’ll even think twice before letting your little one sit on jolly ol’ Saint Nick’s lap!

Adding to all this holiday bliss is the late Bernie Mac who simply destroys (in a good way) every scene he’s in. Bad Santa is a Good Holiday flick!

1. The Muppet Christmas Carole (1992) 

What more could I possibly say about The Muppet Christmas Carole that I didn’t already in my review of it last year?

This is a good time filled with little Muppets and Michael Caine! Together the reenact Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carole’ and knock that thing out of the park. (Baseballs/Sports reference. Man points) You don’t need to be a fan of either Dickens or The Muppets to dig this holiday cheer. But if you Humbug them little dudes; you’re just a Scroogie-Jerkface.

So sit back this Christmas season with loved ones and warm beverages with surrounding that new TV you may or may not have gotten from under the tree and plot in one or all of these films! I promise it’ll be a good time!

Merry Christmas or Happy Celebration Time to you and your gang.

Cheers!

Top 5 Comfort Films

We all have those films we pop on the TV when we’re sad, sick or lonely. They may not be good, but they do the job at entertaining, distracting or even comforting us when life is just a tad grey. No not one of the 50 shades, I’m talking when you’re blue. Not Eiffel 65 “Blue” either. In this list you’ll find films that DO NOT highlight acting or performances. In fact much of the acting in these films is downright abhorrent. But these films aren’t on this list for their talent. No sir, they’re here because you can’t help by smile when the credits start rolling.

5. Mallrats (1995) 

Podfather Kevin Smith’s second attempt at film making. And it’s much campier than his first: Clerks. Is it as loved? Not really. It’s more inline with the humour that he’s known for nowadays; just with an almost PG filter. This is a buddy flick where two guys sulk at a mall when they’re coincidentally confronted with lady troubles on the same day. This film is also set in the same “askewniverse” as Clerks and Chasing Amy.

What makes Mallrats a great comfort film is the fact that it’s incredibly simple. boy(s) have girl(s.) Boy(s) lose girl(s.) Boy(s) get girl(s) back. All while having supporting characters Jay and Silent Bob run around in B-scenes keeping the chuckles coming. Bonus: BEN AFFLECK.

4. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his prime, before   Jingle All The Way. Directed by Ivan Reitman, Kindergarten Cop follows Arnold, a no nonsense bad ass cop as he gets stuck playing the role of kindergarten teacher while investigation a ruthless killer who may be after his estranged family.

This flick is deserves a place on this list because it reveals Arnold’s tender maternal side without the stupidity of Junior. It’s ridiculous and a good time. Props to Arnold for saying words like arithmetics. Bonus: Ferret.

 

 

3. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) 

Unlike Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, this flick didn’t have a bazillion dollar budget. Many have just called it a longer episode that at least remained in canon with the series. Another good point considering the first film was forgetting by the show’s producers.

Turbo follows the usual Power Rangers formula: New bad guys arrive, Better powers and suits are needed. Some rangers are replaced like kleenex. However, this time the new Blue Ranger is Justin, A LITTLE KID. My child mind blew a breaker.

Why is this a good comfort film? It’s super heros in spandex and giant mecha-cars fighting a big lava monster with an evil pirate-empress who’s boobs are about to pop out!

2. Grind (2003)

Before Adam Brody exploded on the scene with The O.C. He starred this little skater boy fun film. Adam and his buddies decide to take off after high school graduation and try to be pro-skate boarders for a summer. Little known fact: Brody starred in Sausage Factory earlier in his career. You’ll thank me later.

Good times and great memories follow in Grind. It’s a plain good time. No deep lessons or complex stories. Just guys going big or going home.

 

 

 

1. 10 Things I hate About You (1999) 

Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz and JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT! Holy crap is this film pact to the brim with talent of the early 2000’s! Loosely based of off William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of The Shrew,” 10 Things I Hate About You follows a ragtag gang of high schoolers as they scramble for love and such during prom season.

This one holds a dear and special place in my heart as I once caught the flu in the middle of JULY while I was painting my room. I was out of commission and could barely move. The one thing the kept my sanity was this film. It played a total of 18 times that week on Canada’s CityTV. I believe I managed 9 FULL views while stuck on the couch. I have watched this film almost every time I have fallen ill since then.

Is it any good? Yes actually. It’s not bad at all. You get a glimpse at all these cat’s talent. Is the story good? No. But it’s simple and fun. I wish my prom was as hectic as theirs!

So there you have it! My Top 5 Comfort Films! What are yours?