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Falling Down (1993)
Every man has his breaking point
Brilliant, rivetting, chilling. Three words synonymous with the magnificence that is Joel Schumacher's Falling Down. Schumacher's captivating cinematography is once again displayed at its finest in what is, arguably, one of the most shocking films of the modern era. Michael Douglas heads an the cast as an unemployed single father rushing to get "home" for his daughters birthday. In the midst of a large traffic hold up on one of the hottest days in history, he steps out of his car and crosses the road walking towards the other side of town. Thus beginning the countdown to his inevitable self destruction. Caught between everyday people and situations, he fails to control the pressures placed on him with the absence of his personal and professional life. His painful existence soon gets the better of him as modern day society feels the wrath of one man pushed too far. Not too far behind Douglas is Robert DuVall, a veteran cop on his last day on the job, trying to track him down and put an end to the torment. The script has been beautifully cast and the acting is simply stunning as Douglas and DuVall clash head to head, one not knowing he is being pursued and the latter not knowing who he is after. Schumacher's direction is superb capturing all the emotion and fear with unsurpassed realism. Watching Falling Down once is simply not enough. Mind you those with sensitive ears will want to keep the volume to a minimum as profanity rocks the screen throughout, however it does, it most cases add to the tense atmosphere that is generated continuously throughout the film. Overall Falling Down is a disturbing look at 20th Century society and the life of an ordinary man driven beyond the limits of sanity. It is a chilling portrayal of a single life painstakingly pushed towards self-destruction, which conveys only one message - "every man has his breaking point."
The Crow (1994)
A masterpiece of cinematic wizardry
Alex Proyas milks the plot for all its worth and places The Crow beyond an average thriller and into the realm of motion picture brilliance. A heart warming tale backed up with enough gore and action to keep hard core violence fanatics interested. This stands The Crow as a masterpiece of cinematic wizardry, that is sure to impress even the most critical of viewers.