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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…
The fact that Carpenter's most anti-consumerist movie turned out to have the most marketable imagery is the kind of juxtaposition that amuses me to no end.
"Momma don't like tattletales."
A qwerky, odd ball plot from John Carpenter starring a Roddy Piper/Keith David match up. Turned out pretty well.
The plot is a little weird, aliens hiding in plain sight and hippy meth heads start making magic sunglasses to see them. It's basically some guy at the beach's conspiracy theory made into a movie and it's pretty great. To top that off, Roddy Piper gets into one of the most satisfying fist fights I've ever seen with Keith David.
A tiny critique I have is Piper's hobo ettiquete. You absolutely do not (A) play the Harmonica in a Hooverville at night after they just invited you in and gave you food and (B) go around stealing shit from people who,…
Long overdue revisit, and Carpenter's 1988 low budget stab at Reaganism with a sunglass-wearing-bubblegum-chewing wrestler holds up incredibly well – and is sadly even more relevant today than when it was made. Probably the smartest silly film ever made.
So I don't think I ever realized how similar to Plato' Cave and The Matrix this film is. Roddy Piper has his perfect role and JC wrote a pretty good script that handles still relevant subject matter.
Hoop Tober 3.0 #4
I personally wanted to watch this movie is because of the poster.
They Live starts with a drifter named John, who is looking for a job. He gets a job in construction and finds a friend in Frank who leads him to local kitchen where many people are living.
Soon John starts to notice something weird is going around him and the church. Helicopters are passing, preacher is voicing is concern to Wake up, there is a strange message playing on TV. So he goes inside the church and finds some equipment's and boxes and in one of the boxes he finds sunglasses, many. He hides the box in a garbage can when the police attack…
Momma don't like tattletales.
Pretty damn entertaining.
It was probably a lot more thematically profound during year of it's release but in 2016 the whole anti-consumerism ect is like Banksy drawing a bright red phallus on the wall of a bank; we get it. Tyler Durden changed your life and materialism is the enemy.
But taking into account the time it was made, I enjoy it profusely. In fact, it's probably the most over the top piece Carpenter ever made and judging by a line of dialogue in the movie, I think that was the point.
Boy, ol' Rowdy Piper can not act. Keith David seemed like a master craftsman in comparison. And truthfully, there aren't any other main characters…
I've come here to do two things...
Saw They Live again at a John Carpenter-themed night at the drive-in. I love this film and it was super fun to see it with a group!
Best fistfight of all time?
80 favorite movies from the 80s. I've attempted to put them in order. There's a lot of movies I need…
Movies that embrace an 80's-ish tone with synth or Vaporwave soundtracks or a neon aesthetic.
Suggestions are welcome of course.