Friday, June 25, 2004

Hard Times

Hard Times may be Walter Hill's greatest film. IMDb voter's pick The Warriors, which isn't a bad choice.

For me, though, Hard Times is just such a beautiful, spare look at men and their friendships. It's a hard subject to tackle, because male friendships are complicated with the silences and unspoken bits in the middle.

Charles Bronson does an amazing job playing a very quiet tough guy, showing all the while that there's something more complicated underneath. He was truly one of the most underrated actors of the last century. There's always something going on in his eyes that makes his performances in even the worst crap have a soul behind his performance.

Here, as a street fighter, is one of the most perfect uses of that underlying character to create almost its own story underneath the surface of this seemingly simple story.

And even if you don't care about that, it's still got really freakin' cool bare-knuckle boxing action, good music, and a tense storyline.

Just good stuff all around. Check it out.

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