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Backdraft

by Cap'n Carrot on November 4, 2013 · 0 comments

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Released in 1991, Backdraft may be director Ron Howard‘s most underrated film. Starring William Baldwin and Kurt Russell as estranged brothers and firefighters, the script by Gregory Widen (mostly known for his ties to the Highlander and Prophecy franchises) deals with several themes including family dysfunction, a mystery concerning a rash of unexplained arson, and the younger McCaffrey brother’s (Baldwin) quest to prove himself in the line of work that killed his father and consumes his older brother to the point it cost him his marriage.

Despite featuring Howard’s weakest leading man, Backdraft has held up well over two decades and the scenes of characters both fighting fire and discussing it remain its biggest strengths. Russell and Baldwin sell the contentious older/younger brother dynamic and the backstory of Brian’s historic lack of direction also explains his older brother’s attitude towards his new career.

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The Dilemma

by mr sparkle on January 14, 2011 · 0 comments

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With its premise, The Dilemma has a solid hook in its audience – how do you tell your best friend that their wife is being unfaithful? Do you tell them at all? For all of the relationship movies out there, here’s one situation that feels underexplored but worth discussing. Unfortunately, The Dilemma is rarely as interested in taking a look at its own dilemma, and more interested in unnatural hijinks.
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