Screen Junkies » Red Heat http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 It’s May Day, So Here Are Our Favorite Movie Communists http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/its-may-day-so-here-are-our-favorite-movie-communists/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/its-may-day-so-here-are-our-favorite-movie-communists/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 16:49:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248365 I'm picking up where that patriot Joe McCarthy left off.

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Today is International Workers’ Day, otherwise known as May Day. It’s a celebration of left-wing labor movements, in case you couldn’t tell by the name “International Workers’ Day.”

It’s like the United States’ Labor Day, and although the US doesn’t observe it Stateside, it’s a national holiday in over 80 countries, which just goes to show us how backwards the world is and how they should be more like us at every opportunity. These countries “celebrate” with demonstrations and marches.Nope. Uh-uh. It’s not a holiday if it doesn’t involve one of the following: costumes, getting drunk, grilling, or gifts.

In honor of the United States steadfast resilience in not celebrating this commie pseudo-holiday. Here are some of the worst communists in film history.

Eat it, Cuba.

General Bratchenko – Red Dawn

If I had my way, this whole list would be Red Dawn characters, but, like communists, I live under the oppressive totalitarian regime of my editor who says people don’t want to read 1,000 words on why Red Dawn is awesome. He’s wrong, so I’m just going to list the one character anyway.

Bratchenko appears to be the highest ranking member of the Soviet military occupying whatever town Red Dawn takes place in. He uses notorious communist tactics like re-education camps, decimation, and martial law to instill fear in the subjects. That’s the political angle.

As a military strategist, he’s roughly as effective as a sack full of door knobs. His efforts are largely thwarted by eight kids armed by their neighborhood sporting goods store. He’s even lost the faith of his underling and tactician, Cuban Colonel Ernesto Bella, who’s not such a bad guy when you get to know him.

Ivan Drago – Rocky IV

Duh. He represents all the horrible things the communists did during the 80’s, most notably killing Carl Weathers in cold blood. That and the steroid use is what really gets me. This guy is a posterboy for the USSR, and his fall from grace could not have been more satisfying.

What’s perhaps most disconcerting is that he had an Amazon-woman girlfriend that looked just like him, leading us to believe that the Soviet Union was genetically engineering a whole race of tall, attractive people that wanted to destroy the US. Then we saw Boris Yeltsin and laughed about how wrong we were about the tall and attractive parts.

Nice try, pinkos.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: The 7 Craziest Cinematic Police Pairings http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/good-cop-bad-cop-the-7-craziest-cinematic-police-pairings/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/good-cop-bad-cop-the-7-craziest-cinematic-police-pairings/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:00:58 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247195 They're crazy, but they always get their man.

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The crazy cop duo is a staple of modern cinema. For some reason, audiences flock to movies about two mismatched police officers almost as enthusiastically as to movies about real and/or animated penguins. If you’re a crazy cop pairing fan, you’ll love these seven. Enjoy – and one more screw-up like this and you’re off the case!

Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond, 48 Hrs.

It all began here. And by “it” I mean “the buddy cop genre,” not “Nick Nolte‘s gradual slide into insanity.” The basic premise here is that grizzled police detective Cates (Nick Nolte) has to team up with wisecracking small-time criminal Hammond (Eddie Murphy) to catch The Bad Guy. The crazy part of this duo comes from the fact that not only is Nick Nolte a really obvious racist, but he seems to hate most white people too. The perpetually apoplectic Nolte and the laid-back wise-ass Murphy are a match made in crazy cop heaven, if such a place exists.

Joe Friday and Pep Streebek, Dragnet

Dan Aykroyd is the fast-talking by-the-books police officer Joe Friday. Tom Hanks is the hilariously-named Pep Streebek, one of these new kind of cops who doesn’t keep his car clean. Together they fight over things like hair, wardrobe, and chilli dogs. But eventually they end up forming a friendship, and taking down the evil Christopher Plummer in the process. Hooray for crazy cop duos who eventually learn to respect each other and save the day!

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