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Point Break
inkhuldra
2011-07-13 04:26


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Mr. Peel's Sardine Liqueur

on

Point Break:

"Getting The Spiritual Side Of It"

http://mrpeelsardineliqueur.blogspot.com/2009/07/getting-spiritual-side-of-it.html

ARYA
2011-07-13 05:36


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PB released in the US July 12, 1991. Twenty years ago, today.
I am also a bit tweaked that the price for 3 sandwiches and 2 lemonades was unrealistically cheap. But that's about the only thing in that flick on my nerves.
LucaM
2011-07-14 03:55


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Gary Busey on 'Point Break''s 20th Anniversary, Sky-Diving with Patrick Swayze & Meatball Sandwiches

http://kea.nu/4i4

ARYA
2011-07-14 08:55


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"Point Break" turns 20 today!
Entertainment Weekly (USA) -- July 12, 2011

It may be hard to believe, but the greatest movie about bank-robbing surfers hit theaters 20 years ago today. That’s right on July 12, 1991, a up-and-comer named Keanu Reeves made action film history with one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars and romantic leads, Patrick Swayze. There is just so much about Point Break to love: the Ex-Presidents, Swayze at his Swayziest, a skydiving fight scene, Gary Busey talking about meatball subs. Even though Point Break is often remembered for its campier elements — one of its chase scenes played heavily into Edgar Wright’s action spoof, Hot Fuzz — the film arguably holds up better than movies released just a few years ago.

The story is a simple and timeless one (and one that bares a striking resemblance to The Fast and the Furious). A young, hot-shot former college football star, Johnny Utah, joins the FBI after a career-ending injury. His first partner, Angelo Pappas (a role played primarily by Gary Busey’s teeth), has a theory about the identities of the Ex-Presidents, a masked gang of bank robbers on a spree in LA. “The Ex-Presidents are surfers,” Pappas tells Utah. The rest plays out wonderfully from there. Johnny learns to surf and infiltrates the gang, eventually meeting up with the spiritual leader of the Ex-President, Bodhi (Swayze), who makes a damn fine Ronald Reagan.

The legacy of Point Break has many components playing into it. It is remorselessly over-the-top, with more than enough camp to make it a “watch with your friends and drink” kind of film. But the quality of the filmmaking is so high and the acting so colorful and fun, Point Break has established itself over the years a truly unique classic in the action film genre. And much of the success of Point Break lies with its leads. By no means is either actor stretching to fit his role — Reeves is an aloof but worthy adversary, and Swayze is the hardened zen master — but their serious performances still ground an otherwise ridiculous premise. By the end of the film, it’s obvious why Swayze was one of the leading men of the ’80s, and why Reeves went on to super-stardom.

Point Break also marked the first major box office success of its director, the future Academy Award-winning director of the Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow. Anyone who has seen work from the Best Picture-winner can attest to just how well Bigelow can shoot action, but her skills don’t end there. Point Break is punctuated with moments that are strikingly beautiful. In particular, the two sky-diving sequences and the haunting, rain-soaked finale.

If any of this is new to you, do yourself a favor and seek out Point Break. Laugh at it. Get wrapped up in it. Do both. However you choose to enjoy it, rest assured that you’ll bask in a fun, well-made action film.

If you’ve already seen Point Break, you probably haven’t made it this far in the post and are already watching it.

Happy birthday, Point Break, and vaya con dios, everybody!

ARYA
2011-08-19 09:44


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http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-point-break?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-point-break?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter

The Household Cat
2011-09-05 14:08


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I was positively surprised when I actually watched the film. I expected it to be more "camp" than it actually is. The action is one thing, but here - similar to Inception - there is something much deeper than the action can ever be.

Point Break is like a tale of friendship. It's about the difficulty of combining different lifestyles that completely contradict each other. It reminds me of what we talked about in one of my philosophy classes. It's the problem of alienation. Johnny cannot really relate to his existence as an FBI agent towards the end because it effectively destroyed more in his life than he wanted.

It's the problem of being true to yourself when it's not possible to be just that. Dishonesty. Lying. Hurting people you care about.

It's the institution vs real life.

It made me ask myself essential questions about legality. Because sometimes what is legal and what is not simply doesn't matter.

inkhuldra
2011-09-05 14:53


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I seem to remember someone writing in a fairly recent PB review that it was the "original bromance". I dunno about it being the first, but it certainly has the right elements of brotherhood and bonding over daredevilry.

And Garey Busey's character, Pappas, was just fantastic. "Utah! Gimme two!"

The Household Cat
2011-09-05 21:16


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"Original bromance"? I don't know... Kind of. But I loved their relationship regardless of whether or not it is bromance in any sort of way.
inkhuldra
2011-09-14 06:54


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Article:

Gary Busey on 'Point Break''s 20th Anniversary, Sky-Diving with Patrick Swayze & Meatball Sandwiches

http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/07/12/gary-busey-interview-point-break-20th-anniversary/



Edit: Agh! Dang! I just noticed that LucaM already posted this.

Oh well. I'm a copypastacat!

inkhuldra
2011-09-14 08:26


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The very idea of a Point Break remake is utter sacrilege! It. Must. Not. Happen!

http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/13/everybodys-doing-it-alcon-entertainment-to-remake-point-break/

ShadowSpark
2011-09-14 17:01


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Like I said in my comment:

To borrow a useful quote from Kevin Flynn: "You're really messing with my Zen thing, man."

In other words, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!!! It's fine the way it is. Not a great movie, but they don't have to mess with it.

LucaM
2011-09-15 07:29


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http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2011/09/14/why-point-break-is-this-eras-invasion-of-the-body-snatchers/

... I like this article. it puts the finger on... several issues ;)

Giladora
2011-09-16 04:09


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I seem to remember someone writing in a fairly recent PB review that it was the "original bromance"

What Does it mean ? an "ORIGINAL" Bromance ??

well it is definitely a Bromance to me . but I'm confused about the word "Original " .. what that could mean ?! I have no idea !



LucaM
2011-09-16 05:08


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"original" as in 'the first', maybe?
although dunno about that ; according to wiki, it goes as far back as Gilgamesh and Enkidu ;)
inkhuldra
2011-09-16 20:40


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LucaM, I think you accidentally a "far". ;-)
LucaM
2011-09-16 22:38


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thanks. inserted. ;)
Giladora
2011-09-17 10:19


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Thanks LucaM !! i was wondering , if it means "the first" as well, but i thought its talking about "the first Bromance " on screen/movies , which is not .

inkhuldra
2011-10-24 23:58


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Haha! TIL that Lory Petty had never been in the ocean *ever* before she started learning surfing for Point Break. And the movie went through two previous titles, "Johnny Utah" and "Riders of the Storm", and didn't get the name "Point Break" until they were halfway through filming.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Break

inkhuldra
2011-11-03 16:11


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Didn't know where to put this, so it goes into the Point Break subforum:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/robbed-by-ronald-reagan-765291

Patric Swayze's ghost, is that you???

(Funny how they didn't mention Point Break.)

LucaM
2011-12-09 02:44


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http://brightwalldarkroom.tumblr.com/post/13927660211/keanu-reeves-week-point-break-1991

We want Johnny to defend the law, to defend this world, even as we know that doing so makes as much sense as chasing the world’s greatest surf for one last ride. The world changes, just as the oceans changes (or perhaps never changes); all the systems will crack or fail outright. The world was ending, at least for Johnny and Bodhi, and a new one was about to emerge. As Johnny tells Bodhi in the end, “You gotta go down” (take a moment to snicker, then finish your drink), but even he realizes they both are on their way toward oblivion.

And that, I believe, merits a mumbled “Whoa” by each and every one of us. We might, after all, be right there with them.

ahem.
*snickers*
*finishes her drink*

*fixes another*
here's to Johnny. 20 years later, we still watch him catching his first tube ;) not to mention Point Break Live!, a phenomenon of its own. so much for oblivion ;) :)

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