Mac MacIntyre: Where’s the door here?
Gordon Urquhart: There is no door. Just knock on the window.
Mac MacIntyre: How do you do business with a man who has no door?
Victor: The ethics are just the same.

Mmmm, ethics.

It was one of those Netflix deliveries that sat next to the DVD player for several weeks, but oh, did I regret waiting so long to watch Local Hero. Oddly enough, I watched the trailer after I saw the movie, and I’m glad that was the order of things. The trailer predicts more of a “The Secret of Roan Inish” sort of surreal movie. “Local Hero” is far better, and far weirder, with far better dialogue. Above all, I’m glad it was made in 1983, as I fear it would have ended (or even started) far differently if made today. “Big oil” carried a different weight then, than it does, now. And the appeal of big-city lights was newer then, as well.

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