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FACE/OFF (1997)

One of the Clan’s great little Guilty Pleasures by Debra Murphy Okay, it’s not Shakespeare. In fact, the “high concept” premise—an FBI agent (John Travolta) changes faces with a comatose terrorist-for-hire (Nicholas Cage) in order to find the location of a dirty bomb that will destroy “Hell-A”—is, on the, er, face of it, ridiculous. But hell. FACE/OFF, the gun ballet actioner that made John Woo a household word among the American movie-going public, is just way too much fun not to watch every couple of years or so. And we in Clan Murphy do. And do again. And yet again.
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Are you ready for the Big Ride, baby…?

What do you think of when you think of a “Big Ride“? Many would probably think of a rollercoaster, or one of those monster rides that make you puke your guts out at county fairs. In the movie FACE/OFF, one of the Clan’s great little Guilty Pleasures, the “Big Ride” is a metaphor for Death, the Big Ride to the Next World. Here’s one of several scenes using a song-ish snippet, probably composed by the movie’s soundtrack composer, John Powell” Clan Murphy, of course, not quite so cognizant on a daily basis of Huge Cosmic Realities, turned that snippet of
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