Predator, directed by John McTiernan the year before he made Die Hard, has been a favorite film of mine ever since I biked home with the rented VHS cassette (I couldn’t persuade my dad to take me, aged 10, to see it in the theater) and watched it three or four times in a weekend. It was the 12th highest-grossing film of 1987, a year when the box office top five was Three Men and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Beverly Hills Cop II, Good Morning, Vietnam, and Moonstruck. One sequel and four original, not-based-on-preexisting material screenplays. Just in case you need a sense of just how long ago that was.
Anyway, I love Shane Black, so I wanted The Predator to be better than it is. My NPR review is here.
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.
Being a 1991 Bruce Willis action vehicle, written by Shane Black, produced by Joel Silver and directed by Tony Scott. I’ll be re-watching this soon for the first time in about 20 years for a little thing I’ma write, but the trailer is pretty much EXACTLY WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT IT.