Mad Max: Fury Road – 2015 George Miller

There is no other auteur in cinema history to rewrite his story at the age 70 like George Miller has with Mad Max: Fury Road. For years—really decades, Miller’s best work stood as The Road Warrior (or Mad Max 2) from 1981. There was not much of note from Miller since (a few archiveable films, none of them landing in their respective years top 10). It certainly felt like he was done as a cinematic artist of consequence. Mad Max : Fury Road destroys that notion—or rather, sets it on fire. There are varying stats on the average shot

Mad Max: Fury Road – 2015 George Miller2021-09-29T14:59:47+00:00

Hacksaw Ridge – 2016 Gibson

Continues Mel’s meditation on violence (and beautiful photography- this film handsome to look at)- Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.  Andrew Garfield's character is religious, and the scenes in the second half on Hacksaw can be seen as hell on earth and have a biblical/religious connotation as well Continues Mel’s meditation on violence (and beautiful photography- this film handsome to look at)- Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.  I wasn’t as high on Garfield (who I think is a very good actor) as many critics and didn’t see him as a top five

Hacksaw Ridge – 2016 Gibson2020-11-12T13:55:30+00:00

Aliens – 1986 Cameron

Both this and it’s predecessor from Ridley Scott are sci-fi films (and I’m not big into genre definitions and discussions) but it’s also easier to think of alien (1979) as more of a horror film and aliens (1986) here from Cameron as an action or even a war film It’s extremely funny- mainly due to Bill Paxton who as I said before is superb here. Although Cameron regular Michael Biehn is good as “Hicks”, Paxton is the second most important actor to this film after Weaver Certainly I see some similarities with Rambo and some of the other action

Aliens – 1986 Cameron2017-03-16T17:31:01+00:00

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton. Paxton is going to be remembered for his comedic performances in James Cameron films (even near dark (bigelow) was produced by Cameron). He’s absolutely essential in these blockbusters. Paxton also directed frailty and gave a great performance there. He gets a chance to shine as lead in a simple man and I absolutely love his small comedic role in true lies. best film: aliens Best lead film : a simple plan most overrated:  he’s never been nominated for an Oscar, and I haven’t seen his tv work so it’s hard for me to say he’s overrated in anything. I

Bill Paxton2020-07-03T10:31:44+00:00

The Getaway – 1972 Peckinpah

Peckinpah trademark here with the opening credits sequence does not disappoint. Here we have a stunning freeze frame opening Lucien ballard photography is top notch as is Quincy Jones Score (in the heat of the night). Cross-referenced IMDB and sure enough the harmonica that sounds so familiar is from Toots Thielemans who also does midnight cowboy (1969)- love it The first 10 minutes from free frame credits to montage of McQueen in jail is a stunning opening 10 minutes- it’s a brilliant wordless montage…the film never lives up to that but that alone is nearly worth a top 10

The Getaway – 1972 Peckinpah2017-02-27T18:57:35+00:00
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