Let me preface this by saying that the film is cheesy, it's maudlin and it hasn't aged as well as I would have hoped. However,The Ring will forever hold a special shrine in the recesses of my movie memories, in this case as the wide-eyed 14-year-old walking blindly into a theater. Never heard of the Japanese film and sure as hell was too stubborn to research some lowly horror film about a haunted videotape or whatever. Going to the movies…
To the jaded party poopers who've examined every corner of bizarro cinema and are numbed to genuine reactions anymore... Have you seen Its Alive III: Island of the Alive? Have you seen Michael Moriarty console his mutant killer baby? Have you seen Karen Black vomit in a car as a "fuck you" to the driver? The genius of Larry Cohen knows no bottom.
A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single…
"Time just gets away from us."
Only the Coens. The most authentic western in modern memory, only the Coens could accomplish what they do here and they warrant rewatchability to spare. For one, the Coens are masters of language. Always have been, always will be. The way they go about capturing the Old West linguistics and dialects and transplant them into unique and unusual accents of characters is an absolute treat to experience and in the process, transplants the viewer…