Summer Blockbuster | Episode 121: Streets of Fire
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Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 121: Streets of Fire

May 17, 2021

Episode Description: This week, we take on 1984’s Streets of Fire, directed by Walter Hill, a film that opens by helpfully describing itself as a “A Rock & Roll Fable.” Without the guidance, it would be hard to know the most appropriate way to label this thing, a genre mash-up that includes everything from dystopic wastelands to ’50s greasers to western showdowns to ’80s rock opera to hard-boiled film noir. The ride is a bumpy one, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its pleasures, including a kick-ass soundtrack and an impressive visual aesthetic. Unfortunately, it also has lead Michael Paré, an actor so terrible that naturally co-host Luke can’t help but defend him. Tonight is what it means to be dumb.

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