Part of my kid's education involves watching great cinema. Thanks to Netflix and TNT I've been able to expose them to forgotten films like "Strange Brew" and "Exorcist III". In this vein this weekend we started a film festival devoted to a great, underrated film superstar Kurt Vogel Russell.
Logically we started with his early Disney movies in which he and a group of frat buddies torment poor Dean Higgins. He experimented with various recreational drugs in these films that enabled him to win weightlifting competitions and/or become invisible.
Next up we moved into Kurt's John Carpenter period. After "The Thing" we watched "Escape from New York". His portrayal of Snake Plissken (pictured above) holds up against any action hero before or since. Quick question: why are Carpenter's movies titled "John Carpenter's The Thing" instead of just "The Thing". Ego?
Then we watched a few comedies including the very underrated "The Best of Times" with Robin Williams and his classic "Captain Ron" in which he again dons an eye patch over his left eye.
Unfortunately the weekend is drawing to a close and we haven't even been able to watch such great films as "Miracle", "Big Trouble in Little China" and "Stargate". I had also meant to include Kurt's appearance as a jungle boy on Gilligan's Island, but didn't get to it.
All in all I think my point has been made. Kurt Russell is an American cinema icon.