THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE
1990, 20th Century Fox, 104 min, USA, Dir: Renny Harlin

Andrew Dice Clay found a movie character perfect for his larger-than-life persona in Ford Fairlane, a “rock ‘n’ roll detective” catering to the music industry from behind the wheel of a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. With an arsenal of off-color one-liners, Ford confronts a motley crew of musicians, shock-jocks, groupies and label executives to solve the on-stage murder of a heavy metal singer; among the many cameos in this cult favorite are memorable turns by Vince Neil, Gilbert Gottfried, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET baddie Robert Englund.


ACTION JACKSON
1988, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: Craig R. Baxley

As Detroit police sergeant Jericho “Action” Jackson, Carl Weathers delivers a knockout punch to crime that’s worthy of Apollo Creed. When labor leaders fall victim to mysterious assassins, Jackson follows the trail to a powerful businessman (a very menacing Craig T. Nelson), whose influence had previously gotten the detective demoted. Sharon Stone and singer Vanity costar.


V FOR VENDETTA
2005, Warner Bros., 132 min, USA, Dir: James McTeigue

Adapted by the Wachowskis from Alan Moore’s graphic novel, this sci-fi thriller stars Hugo Weaving (“Agent Smith” in the MATRIX trilogy) as a masked freedom fighter trying to incite revolution in a Britain governed by totalitarian rule. Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) joins the fight after V rescues her from the secret police, and together they work to topple the brutal Norsefire regime. The film’s distinctive Guy Fawkes mask has been adopted as a symbol by anti-government protesters around the world.


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