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They Live | John Carpenter

December 5, 2013

It’s an acknowledged perceptual truth that we tend to ignore things about ourselves and the world around us that are uncomfortable to deal with. John Carpenter’s They Live takes this idea to a logical extreme: In denial of the all-consuming conformity of their culture, the characters in the film’s world are literally blinded to imperfections, to anything that will throw off the comfortable balance of their existence. Adding another layer to this conceit, Carpenter makes it such…

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Escape from New York | John Carpenter

John Carpenter one-upped Michael Winner’s fear-mongering, un-ironically fascist 1974 hit Death Wish with 1976’s Assault on Precinct. But if that film implied critique of a police force sowing its own doom through tyrannical tactics, 1981’s Escape from New York paints a portrait of America’s repressed “others” seeking revenge against not only the police,…

July 19, 2013
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