Judge Dreed Remembered

Robert Saucedo writes a piece about “forgotten” super-hero movies for The Eagle.com. His first choice was “Judge Dredd” and here’s what he has to say:

Judge Dredd (1995)

Who wears the spandex: Sylvester Stallone.

What it’s about: Based on the British comic-book character who first appeared in the anthology 2000 A.D., Judge Dredd takes place in a dystopian future in which law and order is kept by militaristic judges who act as police, jury and executioner. Of them, the most feared and respected is Judge Dredd (Stallone).

Comic book geek alert: “In the comic book series, part of the mystique surrounding Dredd is that he is never seen without his helmet, and if he does take it off, only his back or the lower part of his face is shown, BUT NEVER HIS ENTIRE FACE!!!!!!!!! … Stallone should have known better. That’s like Spider-Man doing his thing without the mask … in public!!!!!!!” (ranting from a poster on imdb.com’s movie forum).

Should you watch it? This is a fun popcorn flick that makes for an entertaining Saturday afternoon viewing. Just remember to check your brain at the door.

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It’s nice that Saucedo “gets it.” You can see what other forgotten heroes he remembers by clicking here. – Craig

Shoutout from Judge Griffin

SZoner Alex aka LotofSly sent in the following:

Hi Craig,

As you know, my favourite hobby is to meet celebs. On the 28th of March, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Jürgen Prochnow who was Judge Griffin in Sly’s movie “Judge Dredd”. Jürgen was friendly enough to sign an autograph dedicated to you and all our friends from the SZone. I hope SZoners will appreciate it :)

All my best Alexandre
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To see a larger version of the autograph, click HERE. Thanks to Alex for being so cool! You’re the man, Alex! – Craig


Digital Spy Scores

The Digital Spy has posted up two items of interest to Stallone fans.

In the first, Sly defends the level of violence in “Rambo” saying, “As horrific and bloody as you think the film is, I don’t, because that’s what war is.” He goes on to add, “Gratuitous violence is a guy dressed up in a fright wig with a meat cleaver chasing ten teenagers around the woods for ten hours. That’s gratuitous, this [Rambo] is war. And civil war is by far the most vicious of all wars.” Click HERE to read the full post.

In the second Sly discusses the film that bothered him the most: “I think the biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd. I thought that could have been a fantastic, nihilistic, interesting vision of the future – judge, jury and executioner. That [film] really bothered me a great deal.” Sly goes on to talk about characters that he’d like to re-visit: “I think Cobra could have been kind of interesting on a certain level only because I always saw him as Bruce Springsteen with a badge! That character would’ve been nice to go back to.” Sly also “added that he wouldn’t mind going to see if Sheriff Freddy Heflin, the character he played in James Mangold’s Cop Land, ‘lived happily ever after’.” For the full piece click HERE.

Sly opens the door for some very interesting possibilities. Especially if Mangold joined him. – Craig

Sly Movies Part of Encore Special

Sly Movies Part of Encore Special

If you receive the Encore movie channel you may want to tune in to “Shooting the Police: Cops on Film,” premiering July 1st at 8:00 p.m. The original half-hour special takes a look at the cop film phenomena and how the heroes have changed over the years. The special was produced as part of Encore’s “Summer Heat: 31 Days of Cop Movies,” a month-long festival of cop films every night at 8:00 p.m., all month in July.

Clips from “Nighthawks”, “Die Hard”, “Heat”, and many other movies will appear as filmmakers such as Larry Cohen (“Phonebooth”), Carl Franklin (“Out of Time”), Steven de Sousa (“Die Hard”) and others discuss the popularity and changes the genre has experienced.

Sly films represented during the month arre “Nighthawks” [July 3rd and July 19], “Judge Dredd” [July 20], and “Demolition Man” [July 29th].

For more details click HERE.


– Craig Zablo

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