Friday, April 1, 2016

The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane are published by Rare Bird Books
Available now at bookstores or from Rare Bird (click here to order)

Before the movie about a rock n’ roll detective there were Rex Weiner’s noirish stories, capturing the punk rock 1970s in New York and Los Angeles in all their gritty glory. First published in the New York Rocker and the LA Weekly in 1979-1980, the stories became the basis for the 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Andrew Dice Clay. From CBGBs, the Mudd Club and Tier 3 in NYC to the Starwood, Zero Zero and Cuckoo’s Nest in LA, Ford Fairlane takes you back to a sexy, violent and explosively creative time and place that live on in rock n’ roll legend, brought authethically to life in these hardboiled stories. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

(L to R) Dan Waters, The Diceman, and me at the Dec 4, 2014 American Cinemathque screening in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater

Sunday, November 16, 2014


The Adventures of Ford Fairlane screened Dec 4, 2014 at the legendary Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The star himself, Andrew Dice Clay,  was on hand to talk about the movie and his new book, The Filthy Truth.

Monday, July 26, 2010

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING 21 YEARS LATER: "Renny Harlin's best film..."

5 Days of War Coming Soon

Let’s blow some stuff up!

I’m not a fan of Renny Harlin. He may be an “acclaimed director” in some people’s eyes, but to me he’ll always be the guy who gave us The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.


Hands down Renny Harlin's best film is The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). No argument. Otherwise known for his sequels, he has a knack of bringing out the worst in otherwise decent actors (Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson), while coaxing fun performances out of unexpected places (Andrew Dice Clay, LL Cool J). Despite what some would say has been a disappointing career, the Finnish-born director is persistent in working to bring his ideas to the big screen. One of the best (to drink to) is Deep Blue Sea, a story based on using DNA from “enhanced” sharks to cure Alzheimer’s Disease, a completely plausible storyline given credence by Caucasian-sounding Jackson’s command performance. Too bad the Diceman was unavailable to be the sharks’ straight man.

Friday, July 23, 2010

POP DOSE "A pompadoured turd of an action/comedy..."

Box Office Flashback: July 20-26, 1990 | Popdose

9. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
In 1988, Andrew Dice Clay was one of the hottest comedians around; by 1990, he was Gallagher with a cigarette poking out of his mouth. Let us consider ourselves fortunate, then, that it took so long to deliver The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, a pompadoured turd of an action/comedy that surely would have been a hit if Hollywood had been a little quicker on the draw. Twenty years later, there are only two interesting things about this stupid movie — the fact that director Renny Harlin was in such high demand at the time that it shared the Top 10 with another of his films, Die Hard 2, and this video:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


TV critic's picks: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Gene Simmons, Piper Perabo and "Ford Fairlane."

By Neal Justin, Minneapolis Star Tribune July 19, 2010

Tossing the Dice

Forgive me, father, for I have sinned. It has been 20 years since I chuckled a couple of times during "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" (9 p.m., FMC) and helped make Andrew Dice Clay a temporary star. I'm not the only sinner. Please add to the list director Renny Harlin and co-stars Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley, Lauren Holly and Morris Day. They knew not what they were doing.