Our premier edition – get ripped with Rob and Lenny Nero
Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a special look at STRANGE DAYS, directed by Catherine Bigelowand written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks.
PLOT: (from IMDb)
In 1999, Los Angeles is racial war zone with the army and LSPD and SWAT officers fighting Afro-American people. The former cop Lenny Nero is a dealer of illegal recording in CDs that gives the memories and sensations of the recorder to the user. He buys the recordings from the supplier Tick; he misses his former mistress Faith, who was a hooker and now is a singer; his best friend is the private eye Max Peltier and the limousine driver Lornette ‘Mace’ Mason, who has unrequited love for him.
Two days before the turn of the century, the black rapper Jeriko One is murdered. The hooker Iris seeks Lenny out but there is an incident and they do not talk to each other. However she drops a recording into Lenny’s car while he unsuccessfully tries to meet Faith at a night-club. However her boyfriend Philo Gant does not let them talk.
When Lenny learns that Iris was sadistically raped and killed, he gets involved in a sick scheme and discovers dirty hidden secrets.
While STRANGE DAYS was a commercial failure (and almost derailed Bigelow’s career), some reviewers praised its gritty atmosphere and the performances of Ray Fiennes and Angela Basset. The film eventually won Saturn Awards for Bassett (Best Actress) and Bigelow (Best Director).
Watch the video with RMB as he shares stories of his career in the film industry and why STRANGE DAYS holds a special place in his heart.
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About Robert Meyer Burnett
Best known for FREE ENTERPRISE, starring Emmy winners William Shatner and Eric McCormack, Rob Burnett offers his own unique perspective on the entertainment industry in his daily “Robservations” video blogs.
(Originally aired: January 16, 2019 – 2:00:52)