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    1. Movie recommendation: Falling Down (1993)

      Falling Down Runtime: 1h 53m Budget: $25m Tomatometer: 75% 6.8/10 (Audience 88% 4/5) IMDB Rating: 7.6 / 10 - 188k ratings (Top 1000 7.5/10) Language: English Streaming: Vudu , Amazon Michael...

      Falling Down

      Runtime: 1h 53m

      Budget: $25m

      Tomatometer: 75% 6.8/10 (Audience 88% 4/5)

      IMDB Rating: 7.6 / 10 - 188k ratings (Top 1000 7.5/10)

      Language: English

      Streaming: Vudu , Amazon

      Michael Douglas plays Foster, a man with 1950's era mentality who is having a really bad day. He just wants to make it across LA in time for his daughters birthday. The increasing setbacks he faces from modern 1990's society see him increasingly break down into a string of violence episodes. But his violence is guided by his 1950's era set of morals. And in spite of Fosters nerdy 50's appearance, he is surprisingly good at the modern violence thing. Does the movie glorify the violent anti-hero? Not so fast.

      Robert Duvell plays Prendergast. A retiring cop on desk duty who is the only who connects the violent dots together. But because he is a retiring desk jockey who is clearly too afraid to take on a real cops job, almost no one listens to him. Almost no one. There is one person on the force who knows Prendergast has a lot more going on than people realize.

      This story is an interesting analysis of the male psyche under pressure. Foster reacts with anger and aggression. Predergast bends to the point of being a doormat, and he just lies there and takes it.

      What the movie uncovers at the end, is there is a middle ground, that handling life's setbacks sometimes requires patience and grace, and sometimes requires assertiveness and boldness, and that wisdom is knowing what you can and should try to change and what you can and should try to accept.

      This movie has always been a favorite of mine, because I love a little bit of the old ultra violence, and I love an unusual ending that makes you rethink about the entire movie with a new perspective.

      But what is really interesting, is this movie touches on the 1950's era males ideals and expectations men are still raised with today, and the outrage that arises when that sense of entitlement goes unfulfilled.

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