Shane Black Movies
This week's Forgotten Cinema Flashback is from our Season 4 episode where we covered, I'm sure you've guessed it by the picture above, The Nice Guys. This movie from 2016 starred Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Angourie Rice, Keith David and Margaret Qualley. Directed by Shane Black.
This movie received the coveted "You're watching this again?" question from my wife as, when I catch it as I'm channel surfing, I seem to always stop on this movie. Even when it's in the wrong aspect ratio!!! Sorry, that's another issue.
Anyway, in honor of the movie, I wanted to offer some other films by Shane Black that maybe we should all revisit. Let's go!
Before Robert Downey Jr. was Iron Man and everyone forgot about his filmography prior to 2008, he was in a movie that is frequently talked about being great, but never celebrated like it should be. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a fantastic pulp novel come to life and The Nice Guys is a platonic prequel to this film. Alongside Tony Stark is Val Kilmer, Michele Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. If you liked The Nice Guys and never saw Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I envy you. You won't be disappointed.
If you listen to the Forgotten Cinema Podcast episode about The Nice Guys then you've already heard me talk about the back story behind the script for this film about Samantha Caine, who was discovered in a river with amnesia and pregnant. Flash forward 8 years later and she begins to remember that she's someone you shouldn't mess with. This movie is often overlooked because the hype behind the massive script sale became too big for the move to overcome. And that's unfortunate because it has some really great moments.
Written by Shane Black. Directed by Renny Harlin. Starring Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox, and David Morse.
I wasn't not going to mention this film. Yes, it was box office flop with a budget of $12m and it only took in about $3m. It's pretty much the realization of every young fan of the Universal horror movies. What if all the monsters got together and attacked? Remove Abbot and Costello from the picture, add a rag-tag group of 80s kids and you have The Monster Squad. Of course, they couldn't do exact copies of Universal's iconic monsters, so they had to do knock-offs. Which, given Hollywood's fascination with world building and IP-merging, should make it easier to remake this film! So...let's go! And, of course, Wolfman's got nards.
Written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker. Directed by Fred Dekker. Starring André Gower, Robby Giger, Steven Macht, Duncan Regehr, Stan Shaw and Tom Noonan.
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