VIDEO: Falling Down (1993)

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Michael Douglas is a gun-toting anti-hero who navigates the gritty Los Angeles landscape in Joel Schumacher’s 1993 psychological thriller Falling Down. Along with a review of the film and its Blu-ray, this video also contains brief reviews of six other movies that share similar themes, including Taxi Driver and Hobo with a Shotgun!

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  • Gallen_Dugall

    Outstanding review. Really appreciate how much the little things in your presentation have improved, particularly your voice work. I don’t mean that to bash your previous reviews, and I’m not sure how else I could phrase it without it in some way coming off as kind of harsh, I intend it as a compliment.

    It seems to me that films like Falling Down get bashed for failing to paint their characters as stereotypes versions of members of whatever broad demographic they fall into. I think it’s because when the proposed answers to complex problems are simple there’s a natural pressure to paint the problems themselves as simple as well so that the answers don’t seem quite so stupid. Just my opinion.

    As for those hated Batman films they are better viewed through the lens of the ’60s television show. An attempt to update a concept that had gone out of fashion decades earlier. That doesn’t make them good, but those old TV shows weren’t that good either.

  • MichaelANovelli

    Nice. I wish someone would make one of these movies about someone from my generation. It could be about how guys like me are sick of conservative older people telling us how great things used to be, and how Wal-Mart killed Main Street, USA, and how White American cheese is better than Yellow American, and things of that nature. I’d probably have to make it myself, though.

  • Alexa

    The one movie that I don’t think I’ll have the patience to sit through is God Bless America, just based on how it seems like one big whine-a-thon on Goldthwaite’s part. Sure its fine to point out the obnoxiousness and stupidity of America, but he could have done it with a bit more finesse and less smugness, like what he’s saying is gospel, even though these observations have been made many times before. Which in turn kind of makes the movie feel redundant.

    But in general the rest of the films are and look interesting, just that some of them do feel one sided.

  • Cristiona

    Fantastic review as always, David.

    I especially liked the post-ad section where you reviewed Falling Down’s spiritual cousins. I had never even heard of Joe, so I appretiate you mentioning it.

  • Quazar

    Great review. I love Falling Down. My intentions were to watch a bit of this review before going to sleep, but I found myself watching the entire review. This is the first review of yours I’ve watched, David Rose, but it definitely won’t be the last.

  • Muthsarah

    Another class act, Mr. Rose, well worth the wait. I’m loving these mega-reviews, especially the inclusion of the thematically-related recommended films. Make it seem like your reviews aren’t only fun to watch, they’re also doing a service for film-watching in general.

  • $36060516

    I enjoyed this review a lot. Minor quibble: Archie Bunker isn’t likely based on Joe, given that “All in the Family” was a remake of a British series called “Till Death Us Do Part” featuring a similar conservative crank character, and that show began five years before “Joe” was released.

    • Adam Bomb 1701

      And, the pilot for “All In The Family” (which was first named “And Justice for All”) was taped for ABC in 1968. ABC, reeling from the February 1969 debacle that was “Turn-On”, passed on anything even remotely controversial.