Welcome back to the Kurt Russell Blog-a-Thon. If you missed Day 1, you can go check it out HERE. We have been having some incredible entries so far. And there is much more to come today! All this Kurt Russell goodness makes me want to go and rewatch all his movies now!
It is not to late if you would like to make a submission yourself. You can check out the information and rules HERE. And if you would like to see a list of who’s doing what, you can check out that list HERE.
Now, let’s go check out some Kurt Russell movies. We’ll start with my submission about a movie I had not seen before – The Mean Season (1985)
It’s the best of both worlds in the blog-a-thon as Paul S of Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies, adds a post on a movie that also stars the eponymous Michelle Pfeiffer in her film with Kurt Russell in Tequila Sunrise (1988).
Kurt Russell week has arrived! This blog-a-thon, hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews and myself, has had some totally awesome submissions. And we are thrilled to share them with you. And if you would still like to submit something to us, it is not too late. You can check out the information and rules HERE. And if you would like to see a list of who’s doing what, you can check out that list HERE.
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Gabriel Cash: You wanna cut my throat, go ahead. You wanna cut my fuckin’ head off and use it for a fuckin’ basketball? You can *bowl* with the motherfucker for all I care! Just don’t let HIM do it! I don’t wanna get killed by this limey, immigrant JERKOFF! I wanna get killed by an AMERICAN jerkoff!
Requin: [English accent] You fucking wanker!
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Here is my contribution to this week’s Kurt Russell Blog-a-thon, hosted by RealWeegieMidget and me. I decided to cover a movie I had never heard of before, let alone see. This movie is The Mean Season, which was released on February 15, 1985.
Run Time 1 hour 43 minutes
Summary/Review Kurt Russell plays Malcolm Anderson, a burnt out reporter of the Miami Journal. Having just returned from a vacation in Colorado, he felt like it was time to move somewhere more quiet, instead of covering grisly murders that take place in Miami. In the meantime, he covers the murder of a teenage girl. You can understand how he is burned out by seeing him go to the crime scene, along with photographer Andy Porter, played by Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies, The Fugitive), and going to the murder victim’s house to interview the mother. Malcolm goes back to the newsroom to write his story, with his boss, Bill Nolan (played by character actor Richard Masur, who you would recognize from many movies and television shows), hanging over his shoulder. An interesting fact about this newsroom, is that it was filmed in the actual newsroom of the Miami Herald, and not a sound stage. Actual reporters were consultants on the film, and even played some of the extras.
Malcolm’s girlfriend, Christine (Mariel Hemingway) is a school teacher. He visits her at work and promises to quit the paper, so they can move to Colorado. Of course, if he actually was able to quit right away, this would have been a very short movie.
While at the newsroom, Malcolm receives a phone call from a strange dude who said he killed the girl from the story that Malcolm had just written about. The killer says that he will kill again, and wants Malcolm to cover the story. He gave a clue about the murder to prove that he was telling the truth. So Malcolm went to see his friend Ray (Andy Garcia), who is a cop, and Ray’s partner, Phil (Richard Bradford), who Malcolm butts heads with throughout the whole movie. Ray confirmed that the killer’s clue was true, so they knew that this was indeed the real killer who was contacting Malcolm.
And sure enough, there is another grisly murder. Malcolm is torn. He doesn’t want to cover the murders because it could encourage the killer. On the other hand, he could try to help figure out who the killer is, and put a stop to it. Then it turns out that Malcolm doesn’t have a choice but to write about the killings because he was starting to get calls at home from the psycho.
It turns out that the killer was reproducing murders that he had done in another state. He was angry that he didn’t get credit for the murders. So, he was hoping to get attention in Miami. However, instead of the killer getting the attention, Malcolm began getting the attention for covering the murders. So, the line was blurred between Malcolm covering the story, and being part of the story. And as you can imagine, this does not go over too well with the killer. The movie then turns into your classic suspense film.
I really enjoyed this movie. I can safely say that I still haven’t seen a Kurt Russell movie that I didn’t like. Kurt Russell was as likable as you would expect Kurt Russell to be. He really stood out among a great cast. Mariel Hemingway was OK. She really didn’t have much to work with. Her character was a typical 80s female romantic partner/nag/woman in peril. She did as well as anybody could do with that role. The killer was creepy, which was cool. He kind of reminded me of a Dirty Harry villain.
I did really enjoy how the movie made a solid social commentary statement, and at the same time, was a sold suspense story. The movie title refers to the late summer months in Florida, where they get nasty storms every day at the same time.
Does the movie stand the test of time?
Story-wise I feel it does stand the test of time, between the theme and the suspense. However, there is a lot of outdated material, such as the newspaper itself. The phones are very old school as well. As much as I despise remakes, I think this is one instance where an updated version wouldn’t be too bad of an idea. It seems that a lot more people are looking for attention these days. Malcolm could be an online reporter or a blogger.
Worth the Return?
I would definitely recommend this movie. Especially, if you are a Kurt Russell fan. The cast and story are great.
I can’t remember how the subject came up, but my good friend Gill, from the awesome blog – RealWeegieMidget Reviews, were discussing the great Kurt Russell. I had mentioned how I have never seen Kurt Russell in a bad movie. So, Gill suggested that we host a Kurt Russell blog-a-thon. What a brilliant idea!
Kurt Russell has an immense body of work in both television and film – from being a child star in the early ’60s through last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to this past December’s Candlelight Procession at Disney’s Epcot:
Yes, I saw him in person, and yes, he was looking right at me.
So I am now formally inviting you to join us in the “Kurt Russell Blogathon” on May 21 – May 23, 2018.
In the blog-a-thon we’d love reviews of his acting career as a film and TV actor in any of his roles large or small. We are accepting no more than 3 duplicates relating to all entries. I’ll be adding a Who’s doing What page.. with a link here. I should also note that this is not limited to his work in the ’80s. Anything from his childhood roles up to his most recent roles, will be accepted and encouraged.
And here’s the rules…
We’d like you to:
Write a post or send us a link to your podcast.
The link to the review/post must be sent to me at Return to the ’80s or Gill at RealWeegieMidget Reviews. Please send these to us on any day and we both will publish the entries as we get them.
We will allow no more than 3 duplicates and 3 entries per person.
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Please include your Twitter handle and Facebook page if you have one, the name of your site along with your review choice. Just so as I can promote your post here, there and everywhere!
We allow guest posts – if you want to add a post and don’t have a blog we’ll publish it on one of our sites.
All posts will be published on the Blogathon dates between May 21 – May 23, 2018 and a recap will be added after this.
Have fun and be creative!
And to get things rolling here’s our choices:
Gill from RealWeegieMidget Reviews – Escape from New York (1981)
Paul from Return to the ’80s – The Mean Season (1985)
For inspiration, you can check out his roles on imdb.
And also a big thanks to Gill for creating these awesome banners…
Looking forward to hearing from you and celebrating the life and times of this kick-ass actor.
Runtime 99 minutes
Released July 2, 1986
Synopsis: Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco’s Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord has kidnapped a beautiful green-eyed woman, who is the fiancee to Jack’s best friend. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.
Last time I had seen this? Never
What I knew about this movie before watching it Not much. I knew Kurt Russell was in it. I had forgotten that this was a John Carpenter movie. I also knew it was an action/adventure movie.
Review/Summary: Truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) brings his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) to the San Francisco airport to pick up Wang’s fiancee Miao Yin (Suzee Pai), who is arriving from China. While waiting at the airport, Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall) catches the eye of Jack. She is there to pick up another Chinese girl. As the passengers arrive from their flight, a gang tries to kidnap Gracie’s friend. Jack interferes, but they end up taking Miao Yin instead. Jack and Wang get in the truck and try to hunt down the kidnappers. They end up in an alley, where they stumble upon a funeral procession that quickly erupts into a street fight between two gangs. Then three supernatural ninjas appear, and begin to slaughter the good gang. Jack and Wang get out of dodge by driving off. Then a sorcerer looking guy appears in front of Jack’s truck. Jack plowed him over. Jack gets freaked out and gets out of the truck, only to find the sorcerer behind the truck unscathed, and annoyed. Wang grabs Jack and they take off on foot before they get themselves killed.
They regroup at a restaurant that Wang owns, where they meet up with Gracie, Wang’s friend Eddie Lee (Donald Li), and magician Egg Shen (Victor Wong). Then they explain to Jack (and us) the story of Lo Pan (James Hong), the sorcerer that Jack ran over. Lo Pan and his men run a brothel, in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where they sell women as sex slaves – which is why they went to the airport to capture Gracie’s friend.
Jack and Wang go to rescue Miao Yin from Lo Pan. Instead, they get captured. They are brought to Lo Pan, who is now in the form of an ancient looking old man. Lo Pan needs a special green-eyed girl to break an ancient curse, and he intends to sacrifice Miao Yin. Centuries ago, Lo Pan, a great warrior and powerful wizard, was defeated by an emperor. The Emperor placed a curse on Lo Pan where his flesh disappears. Lo Pan can temporarily recover his body a little. But, in order for him to permanently break the curse and regain his human form, he must marry a woman with green eyes (which Miao Yin happens to have). And to satisfy the Emperor, he must sacrifice her.
Jack and Wang manage to escape, and free the sex slaves. Gracie and Eddie had gotten there in time to help. As they escaped the building Gracie gets captured. And as it turns out, she has green eyes too. Lo Pan decides to sacrifice Gracie, and make Miao Yin his wife. Wang and Jack go to see Egg Shen, and with the help of the good gang from earlier – Chang Sing – they enter an underground cavern to return to Lo Pan’s headquarters. Egg gives everybody a potion that makes them feel invincible. They arrive at the ceremony where Lo Pan is trying to break his curse, and a huge final battle ensues.
I was expecting an action movie, but nothing like this! This was a combination of standard action as well as supernatural action. And of course, action that is reminiscent of Kung Fu Theater. The movie was also funny, and had some great quotes. Kurt Russell was incredible. I still have yet to see a Kurt Russell movie that I did not like. Technically, this movie was a flop, grossing just $11.1 million with a $25 million budget. But, it has developed a cult following – justifiable so. Another great thing about the movie was the soundtrack. The music was written by John Carpenter, and nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Music. It was his trademark synthesizer/rock music style.
Some scenes were over-the-top crazy, especially with the death of one of the villains towards the end of the movie. But, this movie was so much fun! I can’t believe I had gone this long without seeing it. If you like Action/Adventure Comedies mixed with Kung Fu, I would highly recommend this movie.
Does the movie stand the test of time? Yes. I feel that the action is pretty timeless. Some effects did look a little cheesy, but that was what made it fun. This movie stands the test of time on its own. If it was ever remade, the remake would pale in comparison. So leave this movie alone, Hollywood!!!!
Worth the Return? Yes!!! This was a fun movie, and I would go back and watch it when I get a chance.
Rating 4 sets of green eyes
Have any of you seen this movie? What do you think? Do you have any favorite quotes? I love this exchange:
Lo Pan: Ching Dai will be appeased, my curse will be lifted!
Jack Burton: And you can go on to rule the universe from beyond the grave.
Lo Pan: Indeed!
Jack Burton: Or check into a psycho ward, whichever comes first, right?
Wang Chi: Jack, will you…?
Jack Burton: “Jack” what? I’m supposed to buy this shit? 2000 years, he can’t find one broad to fit the bill? Come on, Dave, you must be doing something seriously wrong!
Dean Proffitt: You know what your problem is? You are so goddamn bored, you have to invent things to bitch about! You don’t have a single thing to do on this earth except for your hair! The closet was fine, you just needed something to fill up your useless, nail-polishing, toe-polishing, rich bitch, sun-tanning days!
Annie: Tell me something about my life, Dean, something not horrible.
Dean Proffitt: Well uh… yeah, there was that time you were working at Burger Boy, and this kid started choking on a French fry, and everybody in the place panicked, including me, except you, you knew exactly what to do. You ran over to the kid and you gave him that Heimlech, you know,
Dean Proffitt: and puh! The kid puked up the fry and they named you Burger Boy employee of the month. They put your picture above the cash register and everything.