Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week

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Escape from New York John Carpenter Kurt Russell
Escape From New York (1981)
Directed by John Carpenter
Taking Death Wish to its logical extreme, this movie gives us Manhattan as unpleasant penal colony (prescient!), populated solely by the thugs Charles Bronson gleefully blew away. Escape works best as an exercise in inventing green, orange and yellow lens flares to illuminate the beautifully textured blacks and greys of near-perpetual nighttime New York. As Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell deliberately apes Clint Eastwood's rasp, but the transplanted Western dynamics—an ambiguously good man on uncivilized terrain, with 24 hours to accomplish his mission—play lethargically. Come for the colors and Carpenter's typically immaculate framing, stay for not much else. Vadim Rizov (Opens July 19 at IFC)

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