Assault on Precinct 13 ★★★★½

Favorite Carpenter film not named The Thing. I think both films benefit from being chamber-pieces and having simple plots. Dramatic elements are clear, stakes are high, and each action has weight to it, since for the most part we stick with our main characters, who are almost always together.

If we're comparing it to Green Room, I think Jeremy Saulnier improves on what Carpenter did with this film. It's more polished and modern - both which could make for a worse film, but actually do just the opposite. Green Room is at least more thrilling as Saulnier just turns up all the dials Carpenter had already set. However, they're not necessarily about the same thing - Assault on Precinct 13 deals more with race relations albeit in subtle ways.