Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★½

"This is hell/this is fate/but now this is your home, and it's great!"

If nothing else, this film is an absolute masterclass in how subtext can transform a narrative - each buried piece of history, from Snake's fear of needles to "I thought you were dead", unearths something new, taking the world onscreen and expanding it in our minds. Happy birthday, John Carpenter, you mad goddamn genius.

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