Friday, March 11, 2011

Come Out and Play 

We just watched The Warriors (after bookmarking it in Netflix ages ago) and coincidentally it showed up as A.O. Scott's Critic's Pick on the New York Times online.



I wasn't aware of the film being based on the Greek epic Anabasis by Xenophon but that explains why it endures, why it resembled Centurion, a version of Roman soldiers trapped deep in enemy territory or why it seemed to have attributes of tales of yore (like when separated members of the gang are lured to a party by a gang of women called the Lizzies). It's funny that Scott enjoys the fight sequences saying they are like elaborate dance sequences whereas we thought the fights were campy, like elaborate dance sequences and that they really do have more in common with the television series Fame than with other gang movies.

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