There was a time when the mere mention of John Woo's name could send action-heads and film geeks into convulsive states of nerdy bliss. Mind you, we're talking sometime around 1992, 'round when Hard Boiled and The Killer temporarily cemented Woo's place in the pantheon of all-time great action directors. Then came Hard Target, the first of several U.S. productions to bring those assessments down to a terrestrial level.
Which is not to say that Hard Target, Broken Arrow and, especially, Face/Off are without their pleasures...their sheer audacity, hammy acting and (more than healthy) commitment to scenarios that refute logic make the pictures worthy of embrace by those who don't mind a lil' cheese with their cinema. And, remember, one person's trash is another person's treasure...
All of which leads us to point out the B-Movie Bingo screening of Hard Target (featuring magnificent© supporting performances to JCVD's mullet by both Wilford Brimley AND Lance Henriksen!!!) this week at the Hollywood Theatre. For those unsure of what B-Movie Bingo is, the Hollywood's listing offers up this explanation:
B-MOVIE BINGO is a game that is exactly like it sounds — OR MORE. It’s simple–we play bingo to the most awesome movie cliches ever committed to celluloid, like: “LONG BORING SCENE OR MALE PONY TALE”, “TEAMED UP WITH ROOKIE OR ANIMAL”, and “WHITE SUIT OR TROPICAL ENDING”. For maybe the first time in a theater, see the relatives and employees of A-list actors you know and love like Sylvester Stallone, whose brother bears a remarkable resemblance to him. Compete for prizes! Yell at your fellow movie nerds over the elusive and mysterious “BLANK SQUARE”! Relax: it’s B-MOVIE BINGO.
So, yeah, it's bingo + a dubious but fun movie. Sounds like a time. Check out the trailer:
The B-Movie Bingo presentation of Hard Target goes down on Tuesday, April 3rd at the Hollywood Theatre. More info available here.