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  • The Great Silence

    The Great Silence 1968

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    Enjoyable spaghetti Western more memorable for its pitch-black ending and snowy-white setting than anything else.

  • Rage

    Rage 2014

    ★★½ Watched 12 Jun, 2015

    It's easy to tell that at some point, this script was a thoughtful crime drama with a bleak, mournful sensibility. By the time it was Nic Caged into a handful of theaters and a ton of video shelves, its original intent had been somewhat perverted into standard action fare. Still, the script has a number of strong moments, including a brilliant revelation and a moral that's tough to shake.

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Live Free or Die Hard 2007

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jun, 2007 2

    Myopic fanboys largely just complained that this didn't have enough profanity, but as an exciting look at another bad day for Willis' John McClane, this does the trick. Wiseman's competent handling of action scenes is bolstered by Willis' enthusiastic performance, while the pacing makes it feel leaner than it actually is. Serious foul with the fighter jet/semi-truck battle, though, a scene so stupid and unnecessary that it nearly wrecks the climax.

  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York 1981

    ★★★★ Added

    Kurt Russell always sat on the periphery of the A-list, a charming lead, convincing macho man, and fine actor, a household name yet never the sort of star who put asses in the seats by his name alone. This movie features perhaps his defining performance as Snake Plissken, a gunfighter whose ruthlessness is weighted by a conscience, a dry joker who cares for the decent people who cross his path and yet is content to watch the whole world come crashing down. People are worth saving, humanity isn't, every good anti-hero knows. Expect this role at the top of Russell's obituary, and with good reason.