Diary entries are only for films seen for the first time, or first time viewings in 4K UHD.
I just bought Universal's new 4K set of this, and felt it appropriate to update the old reviews with some new thoughts. I've moved back to my old hometown, where I watched these movies I don't know how many times as a kid so it makes seeing it in it's highest clarity yet more meaningful right now.
Original review date: August 12, 2015
"I can't really remember the first time I watched Back to the Future, but it's one of…
More gratuitous than the violence are the constant reminders of how much this was a movie of it's time. When "breaking news" wasn't just a buzzword and used only for something as serious as a terrorist take-over, limousines had tape decks, and the price of gas was less then a dollar. This extends to some of the production details too, namely using real locations in Los Angeles, painted backings and relying almost entirely on practical physical effects.
These things conversely…
Interspersed with the fascinating history of what eventually became more known as “Channel 36” in our household, is a cacophonous audio/visual melange of things that I barely remembered as an adult but that were at the periphery of my life from as early as I could remember it until I preferred watching movies and listening to Pink Floyd instead. Anybody who doesn’t tell you a tv can be the third parent is lying.
One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.
Tom Cruise (in arguably…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…