Monday, May 2, 2011

Blow Out (1981)

While out recording sound effects for a cheap horror film, Jack Terri (John Travolta) ends up recording something else - a political assassination.

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Blow Out consists of so many disparate elements that it ends up being something completely original and unique. It makes sense that this is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films. It's a political thriller, with a serial killer subplot, about filmmaking, with a premise taken from a famous art film (Blow-Up) and shot in a high Hitchcockian style. There is something for everyone. It's scary, it's funny, it's tense, it's subversive and in the end it's insanely chilling, poignant and resonant. 

Just this past week the fine folks at The Criterion Collection released a fabulous DVD/Blu-Ray of this film. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

BONUS FOR DEXTER FANS: John Lithgow being creepy as all fuck!

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