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Yeah, I'm with that 100%. I think that when a lot of people think of the early 60s, they think of a time that was stylish and culturally interesting, but that also was still holding onto a lot of the moral fortitude that a lot of people associate with the 1950s. This was the "Right Stuff" era that laid the groundwork for getting us to the moon and strikes many people as a version of America that is to be lauded and looked back on with pride. The late 60s and basically the entire 70s, on the other hand, seems like a bad dream -- dirty, crime-ridden, economically-depressed and morally on a downward slide. No problem. I still think this is the most interesting film of Chris McQuarrie's career. It's a shame it's not more well-known. If you can get a hold of the disc then watch it with his commentary. That's where I got that bit of trivia. I am American, yes. I didn't see Shadow available in any theaters but just looked it up on Box Office Mojo. I remember when Crouching Tiger came out there was some people who, upon realizing the whole thing was subtitled, asked for their money back. I think at one point theaters started including a disclaimer at the ticket window. That's a shame. Obviously it did find a lot of love, though. It was a huge success, certainly, in comparison to the average foreign film. Regarding Battle Royale, it definitely found a cult following among teens and twenty-somethings. I was right around 23 or 24 when a roommate showed it to me. I have watched it a few times since. I'm not sure I'd say that the stigma around foreign films has returned, but I do think that there's a general disinterest among average English-speaking moviegoers. I'm a little surprised to hear that foreign films are not more popular in the UK, just because you guys are so close to the European continent. I would expect more of a penetration of films from France, Italy, Scandinavia, etc. Lesser Ritchie in comparison to Snatch? Sure. But a big step up and return to form after King Arthur and Aladdin. I enjoyed it quite a bit and thought it felt fresh and original. Interesting enough story and a great cast. My only real complaint is that there are a few too many twists at the end. 7.5/10 "A really weird, action-filled flick" is exactly what it is. It's got a lot of the same weird vibes as The Fifth Element but isn't nearly as good. It's still worth a watch though. Just a heads up: There a long sequence near the beginning--the Big Market sequence--which you may find super-goofy and off-putting. If you find yourself not getting into it, don't bail. The movie improves. I've got an idea. . . How about just don't bother responding if you're not going to say something thoughtful? You said he was "too short." I'm saying that if Tom isn't too short to make it in the world of action movies, then Dane isn't either. That's just the logical conclusion. My first exposure to DeHaan was through the concert film Metallica Through the Never. If you've never seen it, it mixes concert footage with scripted narrative footage, and Dane was the guy they brought in as their actor. I remember thinking he was probably going to blow up and become a star but he never really did. I like him though and think that he should get cast more often. Back to The Rock, he's always fun. I've been a fan since The Scorpion King (an underrated film, in my opinion). One of his best performances comes in what I think is probably one of his lesser seen roles, in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. I used to have several TV series going at a time, but for some reason I have largely lost interest in long-running stories like that. Suddenly it seems like so much work to keep up with. I'd rather just get a complete story in two hours and then move on to the next thing. It really was, but it's par for the course for the genre. I can't count how many times I've seen my screen heroes escape unscathed from six guys unloading automatic weapons in their direction. Or today, just look at something like the John Wick franchise, with him kicking the shit literally out of a hundred guys. There's nothing at all realistic or believable about any of that. So in an action world where absurdity reigns supreme, I'm not sure it makes much sense to call out women beating up men. View all replies >