I watched Escape From New York the other night. I promised myself I would clean up the table in my home office and needed a little extra distraction. I tried to keep the job small, so I could focus on it and get 'er done, and not be overwhelmed by the disaster that is my home office. And while you might think just cleaning off the table is too little a job, you would realize how wrong you could be if you saw the titanic wave of paper that had spilled on it!
So I scanned through the "Free HD Movies On Demand" and thought that Escape would make a good escape (nyuk nyuk), so I fired it up and set to work. And I was right - it was the perfect "stop for a minute or two and watch the bullets fly" kind of movie. There were even a couple of nice tense moments as the immortal Snake Pissken wriggled out of trouble on his way to rescue the President from New York, which has been turned into a maximum security prison (good use for New York, if you ask me!). In Kevin Wolf's wonderful ranking of the top 100 cinema Badasses, Snake ranks a solid 60, which tells you how tough the competition is! I particularly liked the running joke - everyone who saw him would recognize him, and say something along the lines of "I know you - you're Snake Plissken! I heard you were dead?" Right to the end of the movie - very funny!
The music was pretty good too, in a disco-ish, techno kinda late 70s/early 80s way. A perfect accompaniment to straightening out the office. And I even finished up by the time the movie was done - a spotless office table. Yee Haw!