My summer movie autopsy is up on the Village Voice site today. Please enjoy at your leisure, now that Labor Day is past and you don’t have to look out overhead for the computer-generated debris from collapsing skyscrapers.
Directed by Richard Donner, 1987. Black submittd a script for 1989’s “Lethal Weapon 2” — one that killed off Mel Gibson’s character, Martin Riggs — but Warner Bros. rejected it as too grim.
Directed by Tony Scott, 1991. I wish I didn’t have stuff like the knowledge that the logo for this movie uses the same combination of fonts used on the poster for the 1988 action comedy “Midnight Run” taking up valuable real estate in my brain.
Directed by John McTiernan, 1993.
Directed by Renny Harlin, 1996
Directed, at last, by Shane Black, 2005
Naturally you’ll be rushing out to see Iron Man 3 this weekend. I’m afraid that film won’t make a lick of goddamn sense to you if you do not read my brief recap of the career of its co-screenwriter & director, Shane Black, for The Village Voice.