(Richard Donner, US 1987, 110 min., 35mm)
Holidays. Reluctant partners Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) are the archetypal buddy cops: the former an aging homicide detective, the latter a loose-cannon narcotics agent. Upon the investigation of a brutal suicide, the two uncover a heroin smuggling ring run by a squad of former Vietnam War special operatives commanded by Mr. Joshua (a menacing Gary Busey). As the two dig deeper into the case, they leave a large trail of property damage behind them. Arguably the most iconic of buddy cop capers, Lethal Weapon is high-concept filmmaking at its finest, with its fair share of witty banter and non-stop action.