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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.
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…
"Hey baby, what's wrong?"
Carpenter's deliberate, surgical eye for conflict and its escalation reaches a peak in They Live, a true 80s middle-finger thriller. The back and forth strolls to the church, the constant police sightings, and the nervous glances aimed towards the bright blue sky in fear of helicopters is a byproduct of Carpenter's masterful talent of building up an unknown force; a presence that feeds on the terror and vulnerability of those awake in the face of mass control. Each scene is methodically executed, and while other directors may have gone for a more ambitious approach, Carpenter happily builds a small but detailed world and peppers plot progression within it. Take, for instance, Roddy Piper's first experience…
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…
why are the skull aliens still buying magazines and groceries and shit
April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015
What a horribly sad day this turned out to be. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper isn't just a former wrestler, he was a huge part of the golden age of wrestling in the 80s when professional wrestling was one of the most important things in kid DuLac's life (like many kids of the 80s). It really is the passing of a childhood hero who was just as much fun to watch when he was a villain.
Now Canadian wrestling fans have a tendency to be incredibly loyal to their countrymen. It's like a pride thing I guess... for a fake sport. Now Piper was billed from Glasgow, Scotland, but us Canucks knew…
This is one of Carpenter's few comedies. This isn't a horror or action film, it is purely a satirical comedy that just happens to have science fiction elements.
I think that when you take this film seriously you'll end up hating it. It has so much tongue in cheek and cheese in it (tongue in cheese??), that it is hard to really take seriously. Not that it matters, because it is so much fun. The premise works, the corny one liners are hilarious and it just ambles along at a pleasant pace, never outstaying its welcome.
And the fist fight scene is just one of the best things ever put on film.
Unevenly paced and just plain awkward. I guess this ones a cult classic for a reason.
Still cheesy and ridiculous, still great.
Though I will say the alley fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David felt an awful lot like the FAMILY GUY fight scene between Peter and the Chicken that never ends.
John Carpenter is angry at all the consumerism in the country, and he screams it loudly in this film. The movie looks amazing too.
Ultimate corn, fun action, and a decent amount of sociopolitical subtext. Looking forward to more Carpenter.
John Carpenter is one of the most interesting and creative filmmakers we’ve ever had. He finds a way to put hidden messages and themes into what can be considered shallow and just made for entertainment films. While writing and directing some of the greatest in horror and sci-fi he comes up with a notion that there are aliens walking among us, and subliminal messages that are blatant for these aliens. It’s an interesting and unique concept that Carpenter uses to create the film They Live.
The film follows Nada (played by the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper) as he looks for a job and comes into contact with a group of people that claim that the world has been taken over…
If you don't like "They Live" you're probably one of those aliens, and you're probably real fucking ugly.
"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum."
They Live #72
-Number representative of said film's ranking on my IMDb list-
esperaba videodrome y más bien mis recuerdos locos de con la muerte en los talones (?
This is a challenging movie to watch. It's morally simplistic for a movie with so much gun violence. It's a rioter's L.A. four years before Rodney King. And its political stuff is as difficult to parse as a general disaffected narrative.
I still think They Live makes a strong case on its own for being insightful, entertaining, and horrifying. The discomfort is centered around the greatest horror. A culmination of several of Carpenter's discomforts explored everywhere from Precinct 13 to New York, Prison State, to Chinatown, to suburbia, and to the Arctic and beyond.
Movies that are slightly off.
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