November 6, 2003

They Live

Chuck, a consummate watcher of bad movies (I said consummate!) knew the source of yesterday's quote:

The movie is "They Live". I think the most notable acting talent in the movie was the lovely Meg Foster. A fun movie overall which doesn't take itself too seriously.
The IMDB entry for "They Live" contains some of the memorable quotes. While Chuck refers to it as a fun movie, I have to warn you that it's not one of John Carpenter's best efforts. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper stars in it, and delivers the previously mentioned line. But it's slow. The pacing is more like a 70's movie than something made in 1988. It's likely that was intentional.

If you want a fun John Carpenter movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, in my not so humble opinion you ought to take a look at "Escape From New York", or "Big Trouble in Little China". When he takes a film a little more seriously, you get Halloween or The Thing. But, "They Live" isn't such a bad way to throw away 93 minutes of your life, as long as you don't watch it alone.

Anyone have a favorite John Carpenter flick? Fess up in the comments. (and kudos to Brandon for at least guessing a different John Carpenter film. So close!)

Posted by James at November 6, 2003 9:12 AM
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Come to think of it, I don't think I've liked ANY JC movie that I've seen! (Not that I've seen much of a variety of his stuff.)

Posted by: julie at November 6, 2003 10:52 AM

I'm rather partial to "The Thing".

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 6, 2003 11:51 AM

I think "The Thing" may be my favorite JC movie. Although the far-reaching effect of "Halloween" makes it a classic, "The Thing" has more great quotes, is scary as heck and some groundbreaking SPFX.

And, it's based on a short story I read as a teen.

Posted by: James at November 6, 2003 1:00 PM

I don't think I've even seen a John Carpenter movie. Nor will I be running out to rent one from what Ive heard.

Posted by: Bob at November 6, 2003 4:46 PM

Your loss! :)

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 7, 2003 9:08 AM

Does this mean we're going to have to kidnap Bob and drag him to a John Carpenter retrospective?


Posted by: James at November 7, 2003 10:37 AM

I think so... time for another Videofest!!!

NAULS: "Hey Blair! You down there? We got something for you!"

BLAIR: "It ain't Fuchs. Now there's nothing wrong with me, and if there was I'm all better now. I'd like to come back inside."

PALMER: "Shit Doc, I'll give you the lift, no problem."
COPPER: "Forget it, Palmer."
PALMER: "Hey, thanks for thinking about it though."

PALMER: "I ain't goin' with Windows. I ain't goin' with him. I'll go with Childs."
WINDOWS: "Hey fuck you Palmer!"
PALMER: "I ain't goin' with you!"
CHILDS: "What makes you think I want you coming with me?"

MACREADY: "You sure that's all of 'em Doc?"
COPPER: "We cleaned out the lab, the storeroom, there is nothing left."
GARRY: "Where's Blair?"

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 7, 2003 2:07 PM

Weird and pissed off? Sounds like Bill O'Reilly.

Posted by: James at November 7, 2003 3:13 PM

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