Escape from New York

saw this in 4K at the Oriental in Milwaukee tonight. the restoration was gorgeous, but without a doubt this is my least favorite Carpenter (still need to see Dark Star, Elvis, and Memoirs). has so many killer elements: the score, Kurt Russel, and the photography simply ooze style, but goddamn this is so inert and clunky. one long exposition dump, endless shots of movement building up to almost nothing. the first third could be jettisoned entirely. however, I love the video game elements, not just the computer renderings, but the POV camera work that moves Halloween into FPS arcade mode. Carpenter uses montage and exposition to play a badass game of the floor is lava, by which I mean so much of the stakes are just told to us and the characters react accordingly, but nothing is shown.