FC Podcast Episode 3: The Furious Films of Walter Hill
The new Furious Cinema Podcast is a show hosted by Pete and Seb. Join us for discussions on our favorite movies as well as other topics of interest.
In this episode we turn our attention to one of our favorite filmmakers. Pete & Seb discuss the many films of one of their favorite genre specialists, Walter Hill. It’s a journey from Hard Times to Last Man Standing & beyond. Join the furious film geeks as they look back on an amazing career from one of cinema’s most respected filmmakers.
The following show notes cover some aspects we talk about:
- One of the early FC articles about Walter Hill
- Hard Times 1975 – the film that started it all is just so wonderful, Pete and Seb rave about its atmosphere, characters and storytelling.
- The Driver 1978 – we also touched on Drive, but both Seb and Pete prefer this stylistic classic that needs few words and fits well in the Bullit or Thief universe
- The Warriors 1979 – a cult classic and a highly influential film
- The Long Riders 1980 – One of Pete’s absolute favorites
- Southern Comfort 1981 – the most inaccessible and yet quintessential Hill film.
- 48 Hrs 1982 (and Another 48 Hrs 1990)
- Streets of Fire 1984 – Seb digs this streetpunk musical/opera quite a bit despite its 80s flaws
- Brewster’s Millions 1985 – interesting contract work and a fun flick but a minor entry
- Aliens 1986 (as a co-writer) – of course we also love other of his writing gigs like on The Getaway or Hickey and Boggs
- Crossroads 1986 – for lovers of Blues music, and probably the most Cooder-Hill collaboration among Cooder-Hill collaborations
- Extreme Prejudice 1987 – very reminiscent of The Wild Bunch, but tries to cover a lot of genre ground and ultimately is a bit unbalanced
- Red Heat 1988 – in a way, this is a remake of 48Hrs
- Johnny Handsome 1989 – Seb recognizes the cute qualities of this little underdog story
- Trespass 1992 – Pete has great things to say about this one
- Geronimo 1993 – Seb recently rewatched this take on the popular story and was surprised how different it was from how he remembered – and how glum.
- Wild Bill 1995
- Last Man Standing 1996 – peak Hill, a very interesting remake of A Fistful of Dollars and one of Seb and Pete’s favorites.
- Supernova 2000 – Seb described the colorful production history of this Sci-Fi oddity which is a relatively bad B movie because of it, but has a stellar cast and remains a title to look up if only for the names attached.
- Undisputed 2002
- Deadwood 2004-2006 – quite the cult series, a bit of a bummer that Hill’s name doesn’t get enough credit for his involvement…
- Broken Trail 2006 – neither Pete nor Seb have seen it.
- Madso’s War 2010 – reportedly a stinker, neither Seb nor Pete have seen it
- Bullet to the Head 2012 – harking back to the old days doesn’t work out so well for this, but it’s okay for a Friday evening watch
- The Assignment 2016 – neither Pete nor Seb have seen this, but might be worth looking up.