Friday, August 2, 2013

Let's Watch "Running Scared" This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

It's a new month (wait, when did that happen?), so there's new stuff to stream on Netflix. This might not be interesting to you, as you could have a life and/or interests that involve leaving the house, but for someone of my social status, something new to watch is a biggish deal. There are some actual films of some cultural significance joining the streaming lineup (Do the Right Thing, a bunch of James Bond movies, The Breakfast Club), but what I'll be watching tonight and as many times as I can get away with? The Gregory Hines/Billy Crystal vehicle Running Scared from 1986.

The story of two wacky cops with unorthodox methods running afoul of their hard-nosed old school boss and trying to close one last case before retiring together, it's truly a cinema classic. Plus, the soundtrack featured songs by Klymaxx, New Edition, Ready for the World and the Michael McDonald jam "Sweet Freedom" (seen above). 

Oh, the adventure and hilarity! They'll drive that stuck-up captain crazy! Will they ever get to open that bar in Key West? So many questions and so much enjoyment. Feel free to use the comment section as a forum for discussing the depth of this film's meaning and nuance.

Oh, and the most recent episodes of Breaking Bad are on there now, ahead of this month's final-season premiere. That too.

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