Midnight Movie – Lions and Lambs
Fri/Sat at 12:15am | Sat/Sund at 12:15am
Few things in life go together better than Kurt Russell and a John Carpenter movie. Big Trouble Little China? Divinely sharp. The Thing? Chilling smart. Escape from New York? Bad ass.
Escape from New York is all dark and synth. It’s apocalyptic-like with a dual dystopian/utopian narrative that questions a military structured new world where literal barriers have been erected between the “good” and the “bad”. It’s about economies and agency and power. While set in the near future of 1997 (now the distant past), the film itself has become a vehicle for nostalgic revelry for a time when Manhattan was gritty, dirty, and alive. A time when punks, derelicts, prostitutes, johns, and hustlers were the visual landscape of the city. Thus the notion of a “prison” is represented allegorically though literally in the film and metaphorically via reference to the makeup of NYC in the 1970-80s. In consideration of the present, Escape from New York can even be related to a growing dissent of the United State’s problematic capitalist and political system. Plus, Plissken wear an eye-patch which is unequivocally and universally awesome.
Below is an interview with Director John Carpenter talking about the making of Escape from New York from logistics to its relation to time’s political environment: