Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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…
It runs at a perfect pace, is full of excellent set pieces, and tensions remain high throughout, all of which outweigh the "lol cmon now" moments and plot points. And that diversity tho!
***Blind Spot Project: Film #37***
The good press always goes to the rule breakers out there; the Picassos, the Beethovens, the Hemingways (I assume, I don't read much). But what about the people who don't challenge our perception of the medium? What about the people whose craft is perfectly in-tune with the project? Why is Brahms perceived to be the lesser of the three B's? Where's the Michael Curtiz commemorations?
In the annals of unsung cinematic geniuses, I would crown John Carpenter king. Big enough to have name recognition, but not appreciated for nearly what he's worth. A number 1 son treated like number 2. He can look into the soul of genre and see precisely what it is, he…
An absolutely fucking fantastic movie. A super tense thriller with great action and an amazing synth score. The whole "Cut-Off-Place-Under-Siege" plot has been done a hundred times, but this movie is WAAAAYY up near the top of the list of ones that have done it right.
Hard to find any fault in this at all. Carpenter tried to do something similar in Prince of Darkness, but that's such an unfocussed mess compared to this intimate, understated, suspenseful film.
anybody got a smoke?
The start of my Carpenterthon, and probably a good place to start keeping up this film diary.
Saw this for the first time today and man what an experience this is. From how haunting the score is to how the story unfolds it a really great thriller with how everything moves and how intense it really gets. A great classic this film is.
Tears for ice-cream girl.
Small scale yet solidly palpable action thriller. Within context of his amazing career, this shows the early signs of Carpenter's masterful use of tension, right from the inciting incident. These characters, while not totally fleshed out, have a sense of connection mainly shown through tight editing and dynamic close ups. Despite its limited budget, the film takes on this actin heavy plot and contains it in one location that Carpenter can destroy brutally as its characters fight in this barbaric parable for injustice in America without ever going too heavy handed. It's still mainly about these character, who may not be played by the best actors yet still are fun enough to follow for the proceedings.