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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
(Part 7 of "Arielrocks5’s List of films to do for Todd Gaines’ Challenge! (George Lucas Special Edition Gen X Director’s Cut)"
Challenge: "A movie directed by John Carpenter.")
"They Live" paints a world where everything we strive to in order to stay alive is contRollEd by An upper hanD, not of the government, but of beings from another world.
One that is forcefully feeding us messages without us even knowing it, telling us how to Live, what to buy, what to belIeve in, and who to trust.
It's the type of premise typically found in B-Movies from the 40s and 50s, just given a modern updated that still holds true to this very day. If anything, it honestly worKs even…
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…
Смелый, изобретательный, на все деньги. Самый любимый Карпентер.
They Live is peak John Carpenter, and while The Thing may be a more tightly structured film, I find They Live to be a much more fun and thought-provoking watch. It's got a great setup and an unusually human cast of characters. That the plot hinges so often on sunglasses is an example of the unconventional storytelling here, and the whole film uses otherwise mundane settings to reveal a funny and very eerie universe. Also, the acidic social commentary is so potent that I have to assume it's responsible for at least 30% of all conspiracy theorists.
There is certainly an added layer of poignancy watching this film in the Trump era. Carpenter notes in his bonus interview that in some ways we never left the greed and selfishness of Reagan's trickle down policies. True, but now we find ourselves plunged headfirst into an explicit and very deliberate rejuvenation of those ideas. So, They Live plays a bit like a narrative version of Adam Curtis' HyperNormalisation. Carpenter's messages can seem broad and dopey but at heart, they are right on.
In Buddhism, the concept of mara is the closest parallel to the Judeo-Christian idea of the devil. Only instead of a devil or an abstract notion of evil, mara is more like 'delusion' - whether it comes…
Such a great genre pic - it's got all the elements: a slow build, hilarious one-liners, a solid supporting cast, some clever effects, and of course a smarter premise than is necessary with tons of pitch-perfect satire. He even fits some boobs in at the last minute! What more could you want?
theres more truth in this movie than there is on the news tbh
Talk about a film ahead of it's time. Jesus Christ.
John Carpenter sort of takes a twist between both science fiction and the horror genre with They Live. Among those films you don't know what to think when it comes to those around you.
Staring Roddy Piper as George who is just a traveler in Los Angeles looking for work. Finding it at a construction site and then finding a place to crash at a local soup kitchen stumbles upon local messages in the media. When he comes across a pair of sunglasses putting them on everything is not what it seems then seeing things that no one else can see and also trying to figure out what it is and convince those around him including co-worker and friend Frank…
I'd be amazed if this isn't remade in the next four years.
Morirse haciendo un middle finger al infinito como aspiración vital desde ya.
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