Tuesday, November 19 2013
John Carpenter's classic siege thriller isn't quite the old Hollywood throwback it's reputed to be, but it offers a striking reworking of genre mechanics and imagery to make up for its unsentimental atmosphere.
Thursday, January 20 2005
What still works is the edgy distrust-into-respect that develops between the killer and the cop.
Sunday, April 6 2003
Carpenter refuses to reduce the violence to a sideshow of blood squibs or special effects pyrotechnics.