Walter Hill's updated (1984), highly stylised take on biker movies still looks like a determinedly eccentric project that happens to work at times, but not at...... more
Walter Hill's updated (1984), highly stylised take on biker movies still looks like a determinedly eccentric project that happens to work at times, but not at others. Michael Paré plays a biker who agrees to rescue his ex-girlfriend (a rocker played by Diane Lane) from kidnappers (led by Willem Dafoe). The ensuing battle against a nocturnal background of industrial blight, chrome, and loud music is like some fever dream of a Springsteen fan who listened to the song "Born to Run" far too often. The audacity of the film carries it a long way even after it becomes clear that Hill's experiment is crumbling under its own weight. Dafoe, who looked even spookier back then than he does now, is memorable, as are Amy Madigan and Rick Moranis. Music is by Ry Cooder, with an appearance by the Blasters. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, optional French soundtrack, optional Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh
Advantages: Reasonably priced food and drink in central Manchester Disadvantages: Horrible toilets
...I work just down the street from The Crown and have been a frequent visitor for over 12 years. Since my first visit it has transformed from a grotty side street pub that to its current guise of more up-market lounge bar.
On entering the front doors of the Crown you immediately see the long bar, covering the whole of the back wall, which is directly opposite...
Advantages: Extremely good food, great service Disadvantages: Did feel like I'd been served left overs!
...For some reason I've find it really difficult to find a decent Italian restaurant in Manchester. I want the small local-ish friendly ones where they are glad to see you instead of looking at you like you've disturbed them.
Every Italian restaurant in the centre of Manchester wants to take the crown of San Carlo as 'THE' Italian restaurant to go to, why? Because that's where the footballers go...
Advantages: Inexpensive drinks promos and entry, good music, central location, friendly staff, seating provided Disadvantages: Decor isn't as 'plush' as some other clubs, if you're bothered about that sort of thing!
...42nd Street, or '42s' as it is often called by regulars, is an indie nightclub located in on Bootle Street in Manchester city centre, only a few minutes' walk away from the city's Deansgate train station.
The club is open Monday to Saturday, with a different theme each night:
MONDAY - 'Relax' - '80s
TUESDAY - 'The Best Indie Night Ever...' - the name says it all!
WEDNESDAY - 'Retro' - '60...