Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Cliffhanger – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
1993 was a great year for Stallone. After two disastrous attempts at comedy in Oscar and Stop or my mom will shoot he returned to the action genre. First starring in Cliffhanger and then followed by Demolition Man. Two monster hits in one year. Stallone being absolutely terrified of heights took on the role but took a large fee. Renny Harlin, after the huge success of directing Die Hard 2, took on the role of director and provided some thrilling action scenes. This being one of the last major blockbusters to use front projection before everything went digital.
Cliffhanger could possibly be one Stallone’s best action flicks, let’s have a look back and see why it’s regarded as one of his best.