Berkreviews Movie Club – Jan 2021 – McTermBo

September 2021 has lead Jonathan (@berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) to look outside the majority of the Hollywood system. This month, all of the movies are featuring more diverse casts, stories, or directors. Following the normal guidelines for the selection of the movies, the two looked for films they hadn’t seen but for some reason piqued their interest.

As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they’ve seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.

Week 1 – Red Dawn (1984)

Plot Synopsis: The dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Directed by John Milius

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Patrick Swayze … Jed
  • C. Thomas Howell … Robert
  • Lea Thompson … Erica
  • Charlie Sheen … Matt
  • Darren Dalton … Daryl
  • Jennifer Grey … Toni
  • Brad Savage … Danny
  • Doug Toby … Aardvark
  • Ben Johnson … Mr. Mason
  • Harry Dean Stanton … Mr. Eckert

Week 2 – 48 Hrs. (1982)

Plot Synopsis: A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Directed by Walter Hill

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Nick Nolte … Jack Cates
  • Eddie Murphy … Reggie Hammond
  • Annette O’Toole … Elaine
  • Frank McRae … Haden
  • James Remar … Ganz
  • David Patrick Kelly … Luther
  • Sonny Landham … Billy Bear
  • Brion James … Kehoe

Week 3 – Top Gun (1986)

Plot Synopsis: As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Directed by Tony Scott

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Tom Cruise … Maverick
  • Kelly McGillis … Charlie
  • Val Kilmer … Iceman
  • Anthony Edwards … Goose
  • Tom Skerritt … Viper
  • Michael Ironside … Jester
  • John Stockwell … Cougar

Week 4 – Platoon (1986)

Plot Synopsis: A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Directed by Oliver Stone

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Keith David … King
  • Forest Whitaker … Big Harold
  • Francesco Quinn … Rhah
  • Kevin Dillon … Bunny
  • John C. McGinley … Sgt. O’Neill
  • Reggie Johnson … Junior
  • Mark Moses … Lt. Wolfe
  • Corey Glover … Francis

Week 5 – They Live (1988)

Plot Synopsis: They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live.

Directed by John Carpenter

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Roddy Piper … Nada
  • Keith David … Frank
  • Meg Foster … Holly
  • George ‘Buck’ Flower … Drifter
  • Peter Jason … Gilbert

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