A fairly decent metaphor for the vietnam war and something of an exploration of a rather toxic form of masculinity. Great soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Am I reading something into the Cajun's being French speakers, in terms of the French involvement in Vietnam?
Perfectly articulates a sense of hopelesness and waste and leaves us without a conclusion to the sense of social ennui. In particular the way that Mark and Colin's family bristle with their mother's middle class sister is very well done, a masterclass in expressing class tensions. Elements of self-sabotage could in some ways be read as a criticism of the protagonists, but in the context of Mike Leigh's work I think we can be confident that wasn't what he was aiming for. Bleak.
Superior to the original in many ways IMO, though it doesn't have such great no-budget visuals. The narrative is MUCH easier to follow in Tsukamoto's second go at the cyberpunk story. It's also a little more clear that he's having a dig at a bunch of techno-fascists he sees as present in Japanese society.
Certainly one of the best Westerns I've seen, it's a cut above all of the rest in terms of dialogue. The leading men, in Brunner and McQueen have an incredible swagger and style. The only real criticism I have it that it's very much a "white saviour" plot, but I guess this is probably still a hell of a lot better in terms of politics compared to other westerns of the time.