Son of Sam (& Steve)

I just now saw Tom Carson’s 1999 takedown of Saving Private Ryan, and there’s so much overlap between our reactions I thought I ought to clarify the point. (Man, I would love to see the original Comments thread for Carson’s article; it must’ve been his own private Omaha Beach.) And while I’m at it, I was planning to contrast some of the little vignettes that occur within Peckinpah’s and Spielberg’s gunfights, both in terms of their meaning and how they were executed, but the post was feeling long enough as it was. It’s definitely a subject I want to come back to someday.

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