Saturday, June 26, 2010


Over at Big Hollywood, a writer named Leo Grin has an excellent series of pieces of John Woo's 1992 masterpiece "Hard Boiled." I first saw the action maestro's finest and final Hong Kong cops and robbers shooter in 1997, where my 8th grade mind was thoroughly blown to bits. To this day it remains the definitive gunfight movie, with staging that marks Woo's direction as a singular success that's the most impressive direction I've seen in any film, ever. It's a piece worth reading to the extent that I'd point it out here.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Here is a video of the movie's most famous shot, easily one of, if not the most stunning track shots in cinema history (though 2006's "Children of Men" might get the honor of most impressive).

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