333 – The one about Escape From New York

Welcome to episode 333. Today, we watch “Escape From New York”!

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Join Scott, Randy, Dunaway, and Ibbott as they breath out really hard when they die.


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16 thoughts on “333 – The one about Escape From New York

  1. Pingback: 333 – The one about Escape From New York – BRIAN DUNAWAY

  2. When it comes to directors having a great run of movies one after another, you cannot top Hitchcock in the ’50s:

    1954 Dial M for Murder
    1954 Rear Window
    1955 The Trouble with Harry
    1955 To Catch a Thief
    1956 The Wrong Man
    1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much
    1958 Vertigo
    1959 North by Northwest
    1960 Psycho
    1962 The Birds

    • Woody Allen used to make a film every year for a while. I imagine there’s a strech somewhere in there with multiple great ones in a row. Now, I don’t know if you can call his movies genre films.
      If we aren’t only talking about genre films/directors, then Andersons Wes and Paul Thomas, respectively come to mind. I love all their films. To me there’s not one dud in either of their filmographies.

      I can think of more examples in music (Stevie Wonder’s early 70’s streak from Music of My Mind to Songs in The Key of Life, or Bob Dylan’s albums around his “going electric” period).

      I am so curious how you guys will handle your first Kubrick movie. I know all of you love the original novel and Brian Ibbott has an emotional attachment to this film going back all the way to his childhood, but I don’t recall you ever sacking anything with an artistic vision that’s on display in Kubrick’s version of The Shining (other than Barton Fink, maybe, which was a weird episode).

      Room 237 is an infuriatingly stupid documentary. It raises a few interesting questions, but overall it’s a parade of nutcases rambling on about idiotic crap. I’d compare it to Bill Mahr’s Religulous, in which he only talked to clearly insane and bigoted people about religion (and NOT about their faith) and ended up showing a frustratingly one-sided view of an otherwise fertile discussion topic. Hey Bill, we all know you think the Bible is stupid and so are the people that believe what’s written in it is all real.

      Rant over. Sorry. Looking forward to The Shining. I watched it for maybe the fourth time recetly, but it’s never not fresh in my memory. Boy, what a movie! Also thank you for the shout-out to “the one guy that left a comment under the Vanilla Sky episode”. Hearing someone in America mention me while walking my dog in a rural area of Hungary was surreal.

  3. This was a FANTASTIC episode! So much fun conversation, and I loved the chat about how Carpenter compares to other genre directors.

    Hey, Scott mentioned that “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is a “black eye” on Spielberg’s career, and that it “didn’t perform, ” and this just simply ain’t true. The movie made $787 million dollars on a $185 million budget, is “certified fresh” at RottenTomatoes, and has “generally favorable” reviews at MetaCritic.

    Us movie nerds didn’t like it, but for Spielberg it was an unmitigated success!

  4. Okay, I’ll bite: did Scott ever explain why the number of the episode he mentions in the podcast is greater than the actual number that’s in the episode title? I’m guessing that he’s counting Bonus Sacks along with everything else, but if there’s an episode where he explains the discrepancy I missed it.

    • He doesn’t care about episode enumeration. Some commentary episodes have numbers, some have episode numbers. He said on one of the ones ending in “00” that he doesn’t give a crap about those milestones. After 300+ episodes I tend to agree.

  5. Would you go see Big Trouble in Little China Staring the Rock as Jack Burton, Ken Jeoung as Wang Chi and Jackie Chan as Thunder?

    I actually read the book ( who the hell does THAT? Reads the book version of a comic?) version of Batman , No man land and it was basically Escape for New York. There was like an Earthquake in Gotham, and it was sealed off by the country and declared a
    ” No Man’s Land!!!” ( I think Arkham broke open and all the criminals escaped.) That would actually make a decent escape from New York reboot.

    Mentioning the Warriors, I can see the Warriors future , leading to this future. I never thought about it, but I hear the John Wayne now. Like Slater doing Nicholson.

    Snake Plisskin? I heard you were dead.

    I feel like you did Mortal Kombat annilation already, but ok.

  6. I re-watched Escape from New York a couple of months ago before I knew y’all were doing it for FS and I have got to agree that although I had fun watching it, it is not only dated now, but the “gotcha” ending with the maxell cassette containing the secret to world peace comes off as a half-assed crock of shit. Whatever that tape is supposed to contain couldn’t have been dubbed into copies for the VP, the Speaker, the Senate Pro Temp? Couldn’t the VP deliver this mind-blowing message in the stead of the British President of the US? It was a lazy means to an end so Kurt Russell could look cool doing something badass at the end and nothing to hang the crux of the plot upon (that is a weird sentence). But still, love the look of the set and the costumes and Kurt’s bitchin’ hair.

    On the subject of laziness, I hate to call Carpenter that but it comes off that way. Like it’s been said in this episode he’d rather have something look worse than another filmmaker’s work than to build on another filmmaker’s innovations. He’s like James Cameron without the careerist ambition. He really did not want to build his own fiefdom in Hollywood as Cameron or Spielberg had done – both of whom also truck in pulpy subjects like assassins from the future or a big dinosaur park where the attractions start to eat people up. In a way that’s what endears me to him. I also wonder why he was always making non-western westerns but never produce an actual western set in the Old West?

    Anyway, great episode. Keep on Sackin’. Keep doing Carpenter (hopefully someday do In The Mouth Of Madness). Looking forward to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. I have a hard time calling it “Stephen King’s” and so does King, he never cottoned to it. Never thought I’d hear Film Sack do a Kubrick. Of course Randy hasn’t seen it- like Jaws or E.T. I won’t assume what he’s going to say about it but let me just say I never agreed with the classic film critic Pauline Kael but I loved to read her criticisms. I feel that way about Randy’s take on these big tent pole films.

    • Heh, I kinda love the way Randy has fully embraced the Movie Troll persona. If there’s a classic, universally-beloved film on deck, he’s dead certain to hate it. It makes for great Sack, especially when Scott goes after him. 🙂

      • I wouldn’t call it being a troll, he is just unafraid to make simple declarations of his thoughts w/o regard to sentimental feelings about celebrated movies. I think it makes for good debates. So long as he can get as good as he gives. I think Randy does that too. 🙂

        • I don’t think it’ turning off sentimentality attached to certain films/items of pop culture. Things he just proclaims seemingly out of the blue (just two examples off the top of my head are Clint Eastwood being evil and everyone hating Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) sound more like trolling to me. Especially since he never expands on them any further.
          I’m already looking forward to his inevitable declaration next week that Kubrick was a hack.

          • The “Virginia Woolf” thing was explicit trolling. It was a smash hit, nominated for 14 Oscars, selected for the National Registry for preservation, and curreny sits at 95%/91% on RottenTomaotes.

            Another egregious example was the casual remark that “Citizen Kane” is a terrible movie. He’s definitely just trying to get a rose out of people.

            But as I say, I love it. I picture him twirling his mustache and quietly cackling with glee. It’s fun!

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