Criterion Year Week 16: The Rock

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Week 16:

The Rock

Spine Number: 108

Director: Michael Bay

Genre: It's a Michael Bay movie.

Before the giant space rock and giant space robots made Michael Bay all the money in the world he was somehow able to get recent Academy Award winner Nic Cage and Sean GODDAMNED Connery to appear in one of the most gloriously decadent action movies of all time.

Actually, that's selling it short. This is a pretty decent movie. The plot is somewhat logical and coherent, the bad guy, if you want to call him that, has a point of view and a fairly noble goal, and there is more amazing action in the first 30 minutes than most movies can fit in their entire run time.

Welcome to The Rock!


What can you say about this thing. It's balls out action done the way it should be. Balls out from beginning to end. Not a breath is spared through this thing. It's amazing.

So, shut up and watch it, then listen to us go off about it and whatever else we feel like. It's good to be back.


Next week:

Spine Number 115: Rififi

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