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John Carpenter) Yesterday was John Carpenter's birthday, so you can celebrate by watching his newest most underrated movie (this is something I've wondered in the last few years, now that audiences have caught up to both In the Mouth of Madness and Prince of Darkness; Escape from L.A. was always the answer I came up with). For several years, I thought I was one of this movie's few fans. Then Scream Factory announced a Blu-ray and everyone was talking like they've always loved it. Here's what I wrote about the movie when covering Carpenter's career a few years back: Escape from L.A. is like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 in that it presents all of the familiar characters and elements but changes the tone to one of absurdist comedy -- a fact that people are still only starting to figure out. That it's as bleak as the original might be confusing, too, as the dark worldview seems to be at odds with the movie's exaggerated humor. Escape from L.A. might be Carpenter's most successful dark comedy since Dark Star, and it's great to see him subverting some of the tropes that he himself established 15 years earlier. (Watch free with ads on Tubi)
Brian De Palma) The best movie from one of my favorite filmmakers is leaving the Criterion Channel at the end of the month. That should be reason enough for you to watch it, whether you've never seen it or seen in 20 times. John Travolta has never been better (Moose aside, obvi). Nancy Allen has never been better. De Palma's style perfectly complements the paranoid material. This movie is such a masterpiece. (Watch on Criterion)