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
Another year has dragged by, the German occupation since the failed 1943 Jewish Ghetto uprising in Warsaw was still as strong as ever. The Polish resistance...... more
Another year has dragged by, the German occupation since the failed 1943 Jewish Ghetto uprising in Warsaw was still as strong as ever. The Polish resistance alongside the Polish Home Army commanded by Bor Komorowski decided to launch a surprise attack on the German occupiers.
Advantages: Historical city, lots to see and do, decent prices, fascinating history Disadvantages: See history
..., the more English speaking it gets, and the further east you go, the more French speaking it becomes.
The Plateau is a very popular neighbourhood leaning towards Francophone Montreal. Originally a working class neighbourhood, it's now full of restaurants, clubs and boutiques. The main streets in the area are rue Sherbrooke, rue St-Denis, ave du Mont Royal, rue St-Joseph boul St-Laurent, rue Prince...
Advantages: Superb smoked meat, genuine Montreal experience Disadvantages: Not for vegetarians!
This review has been a long time coming. Montreal is one of my favourite North American cities, and on this, my fourth visit there, I finally have the pleasure of reviewing the legendary Schwartz's Deli. Lying to the east of the centre of the city, this place is something of a Montreal institution, and is mentioned in every guidebook I have ever read as THE place to go...
Advantages: Lots to see, great tower Disadvantages: Some parts very shabby, tour not long enough
...The olympic stadium was high on our list of priorities when we went to Montreal as it seems to be my boyfriend's ambition to visit every olympic stadium ever built - much to my dismay! But it turned out to be well worth a look.
Montreal was awarded the the olympics by the IOC in 1970. Representatives travelled to Munich in 1972 to see how they managed the games. The construction...