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Big Trouble in Little China
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Director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
Rating:7.9/10 (50 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on January 19th, 2005
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This is a fun track. Don't expect too many screen-specific comments as it is basically an excuse for John Carpenter and Kurt Russell to catch up with each other and reminisce about old times. Die hard fans of this film will really enjoy the track, however. Good stuff.
Reviewed by hairmetalman on June 26th, 2006
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This commentary is a typical Russell-Carpenter chat -- some interesting tidbits sprinkled over a 1.5/2 hour glad-to-see-you again chit chat.
Though it must be said the two seem like a tremendous pair and are enjoyable in their discussions.
Reviewed by FamousMortimer on July 23rd, 2008
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Not all that good, I thought, they both seem subdued and uninterested in talking about the film itself.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on October 8th, 2012
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I don't have much to add, only that this is one of my favorite tracks. I've listened to it, probably 4 or 5 times. Carpenter and Russell are a terrific duo. From what I can gather, the track is recorded in late 2000/early 2001. (based on references to "Gladiator" and "Cast Away." I'm curious as to which "recent" film experience Kurt speaks of, when Carpenter asks him about "bad" experiences with directors. Russell mentions "working on one feature, to get to do another film, for about half the paycheck." (I'm paraphrasing of course) Based on his timeline of work, it would appear he's referring to "3000 Miles to Graceland" as the "poor" experience. Given that this discussion follows a Goldman quote about directors lacking "vision." And that, perhaps, the 2nd project ("quality" picture) was "Vanilla Sky." Kurt is such a class act, that there is hardly any record of his feelings regarding certain film experiences. The guy took over "Tombstone" himself and never takes credit for it. Any other fans of Kurt know which films he might be alluding to? BTW, 10 out of 10 track.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 19th, 2013
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Yeah, they don't talk about the movie itself. They even apologized at the end. Maybe if they recorded another commentary where they actually talk about the movie, it would be good.
This track is the equivalent of going to a friend or relative's house and the TV is on but you never watch it. You just talk all the way through the movie or program about what's happening in your lives.
Is the track enjoyable? Yes it is. There's barely any silence in this track. They talk about other movies they worked on and their careers.
Good commentary but it would've been nice if they actually talked about the movie.
Reviewed by Mr Bungle on May 28th, 2015
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Great stuff! Better than the movie!
Reviewed by musíl65 on November 28th, 2017
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Nothing much to add. This track is funny. It has more information about the movie than I expected. There is long conversation about filmmaking in general. The mood between Carpenter and Russell is great. I had a good time listening to both guys. 10 out of 10.
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