1,001 Movies – Week 57

“Enter the Dragon” and “E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial”

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Enter the Dragon (1973) – If you only see one Bruce Lee film, make it this one. The action/fight sequences are some of the greatest ever committed to film. This film also showcased the iconic actors’ immense charisma and acting chops. Shot on location in Hong Kong, Lee’s final film set the standard for all martial arts films to follow. (GS)

Equilibrium (2002) – Somehow this nifty little post-WWIII movie got lost in the shuffle; probably because it was released about the same time as The Matrix and it was unfairly compared. There are some similarities but they are very different movies. The fight sequences – using guns, swords and fists – are some of the most intricate I’ve seen in an action film. Then there’s that shot of Christian Bale pumping two shot-guns (one in each hand) at the same time…truly a wow moment. Word of mouth is what has made this film garner such a devoted audience. See it for yourself and you’ll find you’re telling your friends about it too. (GS)

Eraserhead (1977) – David Lynch’s first film is full of surreal and gory images with a difficult to describe plot; it needs to be seen instead. (GS)

Escape from New York (1981) – The whole concept of New York City being a maximum security prison really resonated with me, as I was living there when this film was released. It easily became one of my favorites with its the quasi post-apocalyptic-future theme. Kurt Russell, belying his years as a Disney shill, was quite believable as the ‘bad guy’ Snake Plissken, sent on a suicide mission to rescue the president whose plane had crashed inside city limits. While fighting against a time limit, and all the denizens running the city, he is quite literally fighting for his life. Along the way, Snake encounters some of the good folks who help him to complete his task including Harry Dean Stanton and Ernest Borgnine as the last taxi driver (a Checker, no less!) plying his trade on the streets. (SB)

E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – Moving film about a young boy who finds and befriends an adorable alien. Perfect for the whole family. (GS)





Originally published in Raspberry World – Volume 2, Issue 1 (June/July 2007)

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