April 29, 1988: Critters 2 and Sunset

“Get Ready For Seconds…They’re Back!”

Critters_2-1988Critters 2: The Main Course (also known simply as Critters 2) is an American science fiction comedy horror film starring Terrence Mann, Don Keith Opper and Scott Grimes. It was directed by Mick Garris in his directorial debut and written by David Twohy and Garris. It is the second film in the Critters series and the sequel to the film Critters (1986). [Wikipedia]

Eggs of the small, furry alien carnivores are left behind on Earth and, after hatching, set their appetites on the town of Grover’s Bend. [IMDB]

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Watch the trailer on the moreofthesamepodcast YouTube Channel.

“They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it’s all true. Give or take a lie or two.”

Sunset-1988Sunset is an American mystery action film written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bruce Willis as legendary Western actor Tom Mix, who teams up with legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, portrayed for the second time in a theatrical film by James Garner. Based on an unpublished novel by Rod Amateau, the plot has Mix and Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood in 1929.

Although Sunset had some comedic elements, it veered much more to the period mystery genre of old Hollywood. Reviewers, such as Roger Ebert, struggled trying to define the film. Ebert noted, “The strangest thing about ‘Sunset’ is that it’s not a comedy, not exactly. It has some laughs, but it’s a sort of low-key, elegiac mood film …”

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While Willis received top billing in Sunset, Garner actually has much more screen time in the film. This was the second film in which Garner played Wyatt Earp, the first being John Sturges’s Hour of the Gun, released in 1967. This was director Edwards’ second collaboration with Willis, whom he directed in Blind Date (1987), which had been Willis’ first film; Sunset was Willis’ second.

The film also starred Malcolm McDowell, Mariel Hemingway, Kathleen Quinlan, Patricia Hodge (The Life and Loves Of A She-Devil; Jemima Shore Investigates), Richard Bradford (McGill, Man In A Suitcase), M. Emmet WalshAndreas Katsulas (G’Kar, Babylon 5), Dann Florek (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the TheTrailerGal YouTube Channel.

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