Escape from New York

Escape from NY

Don’t let the title of this post fool you, it’s not about defying the lock-down in the Empire State. Nope, it’s about the 1981 dystopian thriller starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter.

So anyway, I was surfing Youtube the other day when I ran across this video. It’s a deleted scene from the beginning of Escape that showed the heist that got Snake Plissken arrested and sent to the maximum security prison on Manhattan Island. I’m sure this clip  has been floating around for years, but I wasn’t aware of it until recently.

This scene is pretty cool, but I really think the movie was better without it. Introducing Snake to the audience as he’s being lead into the prison in handcuffs really worked. Everything we need to know about his back story we learn from his conversation with Hauk (Lee Van Cleef).

I guess sometimes less is more. Still, it was fun seeing the heist.

friday movie quote

Peter Finch Howard Beale Network

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad… worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being, God damn it! My life has value!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell, ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’”

-Howard Beale (Peter Finch), Network (1976)

Go, Go Godzilla

I saw this on Youtube the other day. Blue Oyster Cult did a remote live performance of their hit “Godzilla.”

I saw this song performed live – and in person, when such a thing was the norm – back in 1982 in Potsdam, NY. I saw .38 Special the following week, and Van Halen the week after that. Needless to say, my ears were ringing for a few weeks afterward. But great shows all.

Programming note: I hope to have my Friday movie quote up by early afternoon tomorrow. I need to get back into the habit of regular posting here. I’ve been falling down on the job for too long.