With Die Hard checked off Mike’s Cinematic Pile of Shame, we move on to the other seminal action film of the 1980s, the one that established Mel Gibson as a Hollywood superstar (at least until his inner Riggs took over) and introduced the world to the writing talents of a young Shane Black: 1987’s Lethal Weapon. It’s been thirty years since Riggs and Murtaugh first reinvigorated the buddy cop genre with their good cop/crazy cop combo, but does it hold up in the eyes of a millennial Portland hipster who was denied the joy of late 80s action films? Let’s find out if Lethal Weapon really is too old for this shit as we dive ever deeper into this action phase of Mike’s Cinematic Pile of Shame.
I’m your host, David Snider, and joining me as we try our best to get that sweet psycho pension is three-days-away-from-retirement Ryan Caldwell and loose cannon Michael Althouse.
Topics of discussion in this episode include the, at times, disturbing differences between the Theatrical and Director’s Cuts; Mike imagines an alternate universe where Riggs and Murtaugh become more than partners (queue saxophone sting); and finally, Ryan discovers that you should never hold a lighter to your skin, unless you’re Gary Busey.