Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★

John Carpenter turns this film from an average B-movie into a wildly cool, funny, and bizarre cult classic, backed by great camerawork and an amazing synth-heavy score. Kurt Russell is a goddamn hunk here and Lee Van Cleef is a fucking badass with his one earring, going toe to toe with the iconic anti-hero Snake Plissken. And what an amazing cast! Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Isaac Hayes, and Donald Pleasence? Jesus, HALLOWEEN really gave Carpenter free reign to do whatever the fuck with whomever the fuck and I'm thankful for that because, as a first time watch, in an actual movie theatre, it blew me away. Sure, it's fairly modest budget really shows at times, the acting could be stilted and the dialogue could be corny but all of that fades into the background, as long as Kurt Russell is on-screen and carrying this film.

Watched at Harkins Theatres SanTan Village 16 (Tuesday Night Classic)