A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Who are they? And what do they want?
Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.
Highly underrated film by John Carpenter just oozing with politically subversive biting satire that is even more relevant today then it was back in the 80's!
Roddy Piper's fight with Keith David's was quite a delicious little spectacle!
The film and score were so hip it had a swagger!
Last Word: I'm giving you a choice.. either put on "They Live" or start eatin' that trash can! ;-)
Recommended by Mick Culleton via my list "Movie Request Hotline"
Great Flick Mick! Thank You very much for recommending it!
What strikes me most about Carpenter is his coolness, the calm deliberation with which he lets his plots unfurl. This premise, in the hands of any other filmmaker, would be a lightning quick action comedy, Men in Black or Big Trouble in Little China style. But instead it's almost an hour into a 90 minute film before the hero convinces someone else to try on the glasses. And the film's signature showpiece, the big action number, is a good old-fashioned slugging match between two friends, all over the one's stubborn refusal to do something as simple as try on a pair of glasses (hilariously allegorical, of course). Even the film's most famous line, one I've known for years (as I…
I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.
John Carpenter's commercial appeal peaked in 1984 when he made Starman, a film that earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar nomination. A mere two years later Carpenter's brilliant Big Trouble in Little China would bomb at the box office and his career would never really recover. It only took one box office disappointment and suddenly the director could no longer find financing for his films. The quality of his next films are arguable, but there is no question that his best work was now behind him although he did have one last success in him.
They Live is Carpenter's last box office success, even…
Junesploitation: Day 5 – 80's Action!
A working man’s portrait of class conflict.
A quick survey of reviews for They Live suggests that most folks have trouble with the question of whether or not to take the movie’s “satire” seriously. Fortunately I have no sense of humor, so this question is lost on me. I have no problem with Carpenter’s b-movie sensibilities and the fact that Roddy Piper and Keith David fight for six minutes about putting on a pair of sunglasses, because for me this is all part of the movie’s message. The DTV quality of the film (the silly high concept premise, the fact that it stars a wrestler) plays into the working class perspective of the film,…
This is one of very few Carpenter movies I've avoided for so long that it almost feels silly watching it today, when I'm thirty and should've developed some nostalgic love for this movie ages ago. I did just that with Big Trouble in Little China, and even though the theme in They Live should fit an adult (as my self, even though I refuse to really grow up), I found myself not getting as entertained as I should've been. I also had some problems with it not being Kurt Russel that played our beefy hero in a mullet.
They Live has more than one great thing going for it though. It has a does-this-fight-never-end? moment that I loved. It gets…
Overall as a complete package, this isn't Carpenter's best film. However the great moments are better than most filmmakers will get close to in their career.
Roddy Piper, having had his eyes opened, tries to wake his friend Keith David from his slumber but he's stubborn. So he literally has to beat him into submission in a bout that seems like it will never end. David is unwilling to accept that the world he lives in is more totalitarian (right word?) than he could imagine. Not until he has to.
I do this to friends who watch X-Factor.
This is a really enjoyable concept and it is mostly quite well-realised (at least, within the first 1/3). All the way through I thought, "Wow, more people in Hong Kong should watch this!" The build-up is perhaps a little slow, and the fight in the middle is about 50% too long, but with an idea this good and this funny, who cares?!
Haven't seen this until now, and i'm starting to think i was really missing out.
"John Carpenter on point as usual."
Endlich konnte ich meine Wissenslücke zu "They Live"/"Sie leben" schließen und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Das ist genau die richtige Mischung aus Action und Trash. Kein Wunder, dass der Film Kult ist.
Der einzige wirklich störende Faktor, war der Kampf um das aufsetzen der Brille. Der Ging mir irgendwie deutlich zu lange...
Mostly up my alley- socially subversive blackly comic sci-fi. The satire had me laughing like hell and squeeing like a little girl and the action made me squee like a little boy.
Downsides? Bit too much explaining, pacing's off, the satire's dropped in the middle, bit repetitive, Carpenter's better at satire and weird stuff than character and structure.
Still really close to being one of my favorite movies of all time.
Man that fight scene had me laughing. The whole film is cheesy fun, with an interesting enough satirical story.
My man Carpenter.
"Life's a bitch, and she's back in heat."
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…