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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…
I really love the main theme composed by Carpenter, the super long fight scene between Frank and Nada (when Nada is trying to get Frank to just put on the god damn sunglasses), and I even love that They Live is a diatribe against Reaganomics made when people were truly buying into the empty promises of our capitalist overlords (who are still reigning over us in 2016, put on your god damn sunglasses), but it's simply not one of my favorite Carpenter films, it fits comfortably in middle-tier Carpenter. When all is said and done, it's just a matter of taste and They Live is enjoyable, but it doesn't blow my mind, but the one thing I take away more than anything else is that more professional wrestlers should break out into action films because they make the fight scenes way more intense and believable!
Always enjoyed carpenter movies. The more I watch them the more I love them. They are quite ingenious in their own ways. There's nothing quite like them and they are just so much fun if you go along with them.
A comforting film for when you're feeling paranoid about the (((group))) trying to take over the world.
Fun premise but it was handled with too much camp, which blocks it from doing more than only scratching the surface of it's own idea. Or maybe I just wasn't a fan of Roddy Piper's acting. He had a good (if over the top) physical performance but everything else about him was so flat. And the character also infuriated me - he was so irrational at times that he was hard to root for. There were some cool bits though.
Stay Woke: The Motion Picture
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Despite the steady direction and good score by the great John Carpenter, this movie fell flat with me. An intriguing plot couldn't overcome bad acting, juvenile and completely unrealistic fight scenes, horrible effects, and a lame sort-of romance. It ended on a nice comedic note, and the rest of the movie would have been much better if it had that same tongue-in-cheek feel,
Probably my favorite Roddy Piper film. Top 3, anyway.
On second viewing I warmed up to Roddy Piper's very particular performance. I think this is a conceptually brilliant film that soars almost as frequently as it sags but flaws and all, it feels important in its sci-fi analogy on the dark side of capitalism and society's permanent submission to its evils.
Part 11 of my John Carpenter movie marathon.
Hahahahaha oh wow this movie is fucking insane and amazing. It's his third comedy, but this time it's mixed with some Big Trouble in Little China-levels of crazy action and bombastic one-liners. The whole "they're controlling us" thing is a little white-boy-teenager edgy, but only because of the way that annoying internet people have probably used the movie in the past 28 years since its release, and at least Carpenter, Piper, and David had a ton of fun with it.
My friend and I are starting to notice that all the Carpenter movies are starting to fit in with each other disturbingly well. This one takes place the same exact year that Escape from New York established that Manhattan was turned into a prison island, so it's starting to feel like it's intentional.
Movies that are slightly off.
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)