This movies is pretty terrific, maybe even the Hyams finest. Takes the idea of hard-hats in space from ALIEN and really expands on it, giving us a great big conspiracy/mystery/western with Sean Connery running around with a fucking shotgun in space. His monologue about why he's being so dogged about pursuing those responsible is genre fiction ecstasy. The chase through the sleeping cages fucking owns. Yeah, Peter Hyams needs armies of champions, guy might be a better heir to the Howard Hawks throne than Siegel or Carpenter, honestly- he killed it in so many genres!
Between this and PIG I am having a mildly frustrating summer, finding myself enjoying but not loving the big ticket weirdo theatrical releases of the season. Here's hoping ANNETTE steals my heart completely.
Will definitely give this another spin at home, see if a rewatch thaws my coolness on it. Appreciated what I *think* it is trying to do which is capture the singular strangeness of the old legends (I took a course on medieval literature in college and recall…
Friedkin took on the already great The Wages of Fear and made something that somehow reached Treasure of the Sierra Madre heights. He is in God mode here, with his insane command of visual storytelling and dramatic tension on truly full display here. All the opening backstory scenes are great mini-movies, the set up for their journey and coming together has no heavy-lifting on display, and the journey itself is just pure terror. Every set-piece rules, from getting the wheel…
What is my rewatch schedule with this one now? Once a year? Twice a year? I hope I don't wear it out for myself like I did favorites as a kid. Though I think Refn's movies are hard to wear out because I think of them (here we go, I'm actually going to write this down in a public place for some reason) more as albums you put on more than movies. That is not to say that I don't…