Movies that are slightly off.
Assault on Precinct 13
L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops.
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
John Carpenter is the best director of all time.
An interracial gang wages an all-out assault on a police station. In their way is a street smart cop, a hottie with a nice rack, and a con who really wants a smoke. A blood-oath. An ice cream truck. A Real Housewife of Beverly Hills's last scoop of vanilla. A father's swift justice with a twist. Being marked for death by Che and the gang. A dispatcher's last call. A save-ass plan. A game of hot potato seals Snow White's fate. Backseat peek-a-boo. Having to wing it. Not arguing with a confident man. The ultimate last stand. Wilson finally gets that smoke. Carpenter's Mona Lisa.
A dynamic blend of kinetic direction, relentless action & energetic performances, Assault on Precinct 13 is a severely underrated action thriller that grabs the viewers' attention from its opening moments & never lets go until the very end. Written, directed, edited & scored by John Carpenter, it is one of the finest works of his career & arguably the most transparent reflection of this director's filmmaking style.
Set in a crime-infested ghetto in South Central Los Angeles, Assault on Precinct 13 covers a series of events taking place within the same day & begins with covering three plot lines which later merge into one. On a superficial level, it tells the story of a police officer who, with the help of convicted prisoners, defends a…
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Look at that, two cops wishing me luck. I'm doomed.
It's obvious from looking at this film that even at this point in his career Carpenter had some sort of obsession with the mechanics of the old westerns. A strange mix of Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead, this low-budget exploitation flick is a shining example of Carpenter's style. A group of heroes against an overwhelming force set to an empty and enigmatic background is an outline that can fit into a hell of a lot of his films, and yet, none of them are exactly alike. Comparing Assault on Precinct 13 to Ghosts of Mars (which was made 25 years…
Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun.
I always seem to forget just how catchy that theme tune is. In fact, I think out of all the John Carpenter themes (and soundtracks, for that matter) the one for Assault On Precinct 13 is my favourite. It's also a soundtrack that does for the atmosphere of this film at its key moments the kind of job that ALL soundtracks are supposed to do.
In fact, as I was commenting to my wife last night, when I first saw Assault On Precinct 13 as a 13 year old as part of a Moviedrome series I actually recognised the theme tune even though I had definitely never seen the film before. Not sure where…
This films follows the story of a police station which is about to be disabled and is the target of an assault by an unstoppable gang. Assault on Precinct 13 has the perfect amount of blood and cheese, there's nothing like a good John Carpenter film to keep you entertained. For its budget, I think that this film has survived very well due to its badass simplicity. John Carpenter balanced his second film very well, a simple story capable of sticking everyone to the screen, which was very well conducted due to the perfect amount of cool and strangely interesting characters. It's very important to underline the superb eletronic and minimalist score composed by Carpenter himself. The montage, editing, framework…
Much better that I remember it being. This is John Carpenter's "Western."
Music by John Carpenter
What you got?
The best indie film I've ever seen.
Any upcoming life-or-death situation will be determined by a round of one potato, two potato from here on out.
SAW: at work
A neat and tense little thriller from John Carpenter in the director's early days, Assault on Precinct 13 manages to be a constant thrill ride once it turns into a claustrophobic thriller. Both an exhibiton of Carpenter's action chops, so to speak, and his ability to weave suspense, Assault on Precinct 13 has seemingly found itself as a classic of 70s cinema and its easy to see why.
On a budget of only $100,000, John Carpenter manages to use low profile actors and a confined space to create a technically inspiring piece of work. Though the first half suffers slightly in that it sets up the story, the second half manages to deliver the promises in all its glory. The…
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The decision to keep this movie pretty simple definitely helps. There's virtually no exposition, few unnecessary conversations between characters. It does take a little while to get going and at times it borders on black comedy, but it never tries to be a complex movie. Thankfully it just lets you experience the tension of its characters stuck in Precinct 13. Er, 9? Wherever.
Low budget action from John Carpenter with some great action sequences and cinematography all in a film that often defies expectations in unexpected ways. Often leaving things ambiguous, it focusses on the characters and what they do all with some clever dialogue to lighten things up a bit. A filmmaker getting the most out of a premise and the resources that they have.
John Carpenter wanted to make a Western, but couldn't get the funding for a period piece. So instead of setting a film in the Wild West - where civilization was only just arriving - he set it in a decaying LA neighborhood - where civilization was on its way out. The result is a taught, efficient thriller about a siege on the local sherrif and his posse.
Carpenter's work on this film isn't flashy. It's shot simply, with a simple conflict. Carpenter just finds the most efficient path from A to B and takes it. The result is wonderful sequences like Bishop's arrival at Precinct 13 where he looks around - as his instincts would tell him to do -…
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…