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PEE Poll: Because his films are the essence of badass - John Carpenter
Dark Star   -0 (0%)
Assault on Precinct 13   -0 (0%)
Halloween   -2 (18.2%)
The Fog   -0 (0%)
Excape from New York   -0 (0%)
The Thing   -5 (45.5%)
Christine   -0 (0%)
Big Trouble in Little China   -2 (18.2%)
They Live   -1 (9.1%)
Escape from L.A.   -1 (9.1%)
Total Voters: 11


Starship Captain
« on: 01-16-2007 03:53 »

Why not have a "best films of John Carpenter" poll? Sure his films lack psychological complexity or moral amibuity, but that's their charm. Carpenter was a B filmmaker who knew he was B, and perfectly happy that way. Not only that, but his film define eighties cinema for me: techno music, grittiness, apocalyptic scenarios, evil punks, and badass heroes.

That being said, my personal favorite (having not seen everything on the list) is The Thing, probably his single most suspenseful film, it's a great remake of the Agathie Christie mystery genre (much like his second greatest film Assault on Precinct 13 was a western remake) and it is, in my humble opinion, a better film than the overrated piece of shit Alien, which only got by on the merits of the artist who designed the sets and the creature.

Urban Legend
« Reply #1 on: 01-16-2007 04:12 »
« Last Edit on: 01-16-2007 04:12 »

I'll have to chuck a vote for The Thing as well. Pretty damn cool. And, as anyone who's heard the commentary knows, it's all about the hat.

Big Trouble was pretty good, and had some pretty damn awesome moments, but I don't think it quite suceeded as the action/adventure/chopsocky/buddy-comedy/shameless parody thing that it was going for. Jack being constantly cluesless was a highlight, though. It just could have been cleverer...

I'm probably going to get mobbed for saying this, but I preferred L.A. to N.Y. The surfing bit was cataclysmically stupud, true, but over all, I enjoyed it a fair bit more than the first. Bangkok rules! Bruce Campell! Lots of pro-smoking!

Assault was okay, if a bit... well, pointless. See, I don't mind pointless films at all, if there's something else to distract the eye, or ear. This one didn't have either, really.

Dark Star was amusing, in a stoner/student film sort of way...

Ghosts of Mars, while not on the list, got a couple of points from me for being the film most likely centred entirely on ROCKING OUT. Besides Wild Zero, of course.

That's all the Carepenter films I HAVE seen. The only one I'm still interested in catching is They Live!

Urban Legend
« Reply #2 on: 01-16-2007 05:38 »

Dark Star! Fuck yes!

The Fog was pretty sweet, too. Otherwise, Carpenter sucks...

DOOP Secretary
« Reply #3 on: 01-16-2007 06:47 »

Big Trouble gets my vote.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #4 on: 01-19-2007 01:42 »

It was between Big Trouble in Little China and the thing for me i decided to go with Big Trouble

Urban Legend
« Reply #5 on: 01-19-2007 11:48 »

Escape from LA. It has Steve Buscemi.

Space Pope
« Reply #6 on: 01-19-2007 14:43 »


That's an outrage! Seriously.  tongue

Anyway, he has made a number of great films so far, and even his no so great ones are fun to watch.
Mostly because these are still better than what most of the Hollywood directors call a good movie.

Also, I voted for The Thing. I have to admit it's a tiny bit better than Vampires.  wink

Urban Legend
« Reply #7 on: 01-19-2007 15:18 »

I chose They Live for one and only one reason: "Cripple Fight"

« Reply #8 on: 01-19-2007 20:38 »

I've had "The Thing" on DVD for a couple of years.  Love it.

Starship Captain
« Reply #9 on: 01-20-2007 03:57 »

Originally posted by Wooter:
Escape from LA. It has Steve Buscemi.

So does Armageddon.


Urban Legend
« Reply #10 on: 01-20-2007 12:09 »

That's not the point! Steve Buscemi make anything better, as does Bruce Campbell. It's a proven fact.
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