5 Questions: F/X
What do you get when you mix Bryan Brown with a healthy dose of Brian Dennehy? You get the 1986 film, F/X.
What did I get when I watched F/X? Five questions…
1. Why would a man, knowing that another man was coming over, greet the man from his window wearing nothing but a pair of tighty whities?
I’m not sure how they do things over in Australia, but I found this behavior a bit bizarre. Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) apparently has no shame, but at that point in the movie what did Martin Lipton (Cliff de Young) do to deserve seeing Tyler pretending to be a Fruit of the Loom model?
2. Why did I feel like I was watching a Smucker’s commercial?
I blame Mason Adams, who plays Col. Mason (how’d they come up with that name?) Adams did the voice over work in Smucker’s ads for years, because with a name like Smucker’s it has to be good.
3. Was Rollie trying to impress Jerry Orbach’s character by using his movie nerd special effects insider jargon?
While using his movie magic to help stage an assassination of Nicholas DeFranco (Jerry Orbach) Rollie throws out the term “spirit gum”… DeFranco then asks him if that’s glue… which it is… so why not just say GLUE??
4. How in the world did Martha Gehman ever become an actress?
Martha Gehman plays Andy, Rollie’s assistant in the movie business and friend. But no amount of special effects could make her appear to be an actress. Listening to this woman speak was painful and at one point I literally got up and left the room just so I wouldn’t have to hear her anymore. If anyone has the sordid details of the casting couch incident (or incidents) that led her to becoming an actress, please send them along as it is the only logical explanation for how she was paid to be in movies.
5. Finally, would the Australian born Rollie have been so quick to turn off the radio if it was playing fellow Aussies, Men at Work, instead of Huey Lewis & The News?
Rollie’s girlfriend Ellen (Diane Venora) is cooking up a storm as Huey Lewis belts out “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and in comes Rollie to not just turn the music down, but he turns it completely off. This guy really has no manners… greeting people in his undies, pointing guns at them (as you can see in some of the pictures above) and now turning off music that other people are enjoying. My guess is he’d be totally cool with his lady rocking out to “Land Down Under”, especially if she was preparing him a vegemite sandwich.
Now I will let all the Bulletproof Action fans decide what they want to listen to more, Huey Lewis & The News? Men at Work? Both? Neither?