Escape from New York ★★★★

this movie falls dangerously close to the "idea was better than the execution" side of of carpenter's ouvere but it's fantastic due to the sum of its parts. it's carpenter at his most cynical and nihilistic, and his "no good guys but our protagonist" view of the world isn't played up in a way I think it's intended to hit. it feels like the movie takes an hour to grind into your skill that no one on any side should be trusted, finally gets moving with some good action and a pretty fantastic ending.

this is undeniably my favorite kurt russell role and film, and the fact that that charisma and persona was so powerful that he would inspire maybe one of the greatest video game characters of all time makes this a piece of art.