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  • The Getaway

    The Getaway 1972

    ★★ Rewatched 27 Jun, 2016

    I've tried to like this thing, but I just can't. It's ugly, an unpleasant time with nasty people who possess no redeeming qualities. McQueen is cool, but MacGraw is flat and charmless. The side plot with the gunman and the married couple seems set up for a thematic payoff that never comes, and he cruelty of it is beyond off-putting. The main attraction here is the final shootout, a brilliantly staged battle that displays Peckinpah at full bloodletting strength. Too bad the same couldn't be said of his storytelling.

  • Last Days in Vietnam

    Last Days in Vietnam 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 26 Jun, 2016

    A riveting war microsom; bureaucratic blunders put people in the position to become heroes, and the fact that nothing they do seems heroic is what makes it so. Amidst the volcanic ash of tragedy, the human capacity for righteousness endures. What a marvelous doc.

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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.