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  • Wild Bill

    Wild Bill 1995

    ★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    I like most of Walter Hill's films quite a bit, but this is just a creative debacle. 

    This is obvious from the start courtesy of the aesthetics, which are wildly out of place in such a film. A litany of extreme close-ups do disservice to the Western genre, known for its captivating landscapes, although perhaps some of that was to hide the jarringly stagey quality of the sets. And then there's Hill's experiment with handheld black-and-white photography for the flashback…

  • Behind the Candelabra

    Behind the Candelabra 2013

    ★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2016

    Michael Douglas faces his greatest test as an actor: Playing a man who doesn't care about pussy. 

    He succeeds.

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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.