Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★★

Very fun to revisit this for the first time in decades; it's even more lovingly crafted than I remembered. Hard to beat this combination of lo-fi but atmospheric special effects (some of my favorite matte paintings and models ever), Kurt Russell exuding pure macho badass, and a propulsive sense of pacing that rarely lets up. Not to mention John Carpenter's own driving synth score and DP Dean Cundey's gorgeous visual palette. (It still seems a shame that Cundey resigned himself to smaller projects after "Apollo 13").

This has to be in the top ten most influential films of the last 40 years, not just for the countless Italian knock-offs it inspired but all of the iconic video games that draw from it as well (Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2).

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