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…
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…
They Live is a tight, darkly satirical, well crafted, highly entertaining action flick with a charismatic turn from Rowdy Roddy Piper (R.I.P.).
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.
Half of this film? It's alright.
The other half? Real fuckin' ugly.
'I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum '.
Roddy Piper is utterly fantastic, he really could've been the next great action star. The visual effects are great as well. RIP, Roddy.
Not as strong as I had remembered. I thought Roddy Piper's character accepted the alien take over way too fast and is so confident he goes right into a shooting spree. Meg Foster's character really had no purpose in the story other than to be the girl. The ending is so rushed and abrupt as if they could not come up with a decent finale. But, this is still Carpenter so there is fun to be had.
Sigh. R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy Piper. This movie... is so creepy and awesome. Is it sad that I can totally see something like this happening in real life? They're probably already here. They've probably been here for a long time.
Brilliant, funny satire of yuppie pond scum who we all did suspect of being evil world conquering aliens. It starts slow but once it gets going it never stops. The fact that it is so short is actually one of its advantages. It has great humor action and suspense. The use of black and white photography is such a smart touch by Carpenter. First, it lets you know when someone is wearing the glasses. Also, it was a very low budget film, the black and white hides some of the makeup flaws you would have picked up on right away. Notice how Carpenter is aware Piper is a bad actor; he has him with just laconic dialogue. As long as…
duuh, duh, duh, duuuuuuuh, duh.
"The world needs a wake-up call... we're gonna phone it in."
Fun when it gets up and going but it takes a while to get there
Also I'm 78% sure that this is what is actually going on in the world
And a worldy of a fist fight as well
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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