Breakfast on Planet X: Director’s Series – John Carpenter and his films (+ interview with Ashley Mary Nunes) Breakfast on Planet X: Director’s Series – John Carpenter and his films (+ interview with Ashley Mary Nunes)
This is Part 2 of our “Director’s series”, for which we will pay tribute to a different director each episode. Also check out Part1,... Breakfast on Planet X: Director’s Series – John Carpenter and his films (+ interview with Ashley Mary Nunes)

This is Part 2 of our “Director’s series”, for which we will pay tribute to a different director each episode. Also check out Part1, a tribute to the Coen brothers!

Today a trio of horror fans came together to talk about the movies of Horror Maestro John Carpenter:  BOPX regulars Detective Dee and I-am-Better, as well as our guest Scott Colbert, horror novel writer (Barbed Wire Kisses) and thesupernaughts’ own Boogeyman.

The topics:

Our favourite Carpenter movies, the most typical stylistic trademarks of the master, our guilty pleasures among his body of work, his underrated works and much more!

NEW! “Geek Amazons from Planet X”!

BOPX has a new series: In the upcoming weeks, we will present you interviews with women from the Geek Galaxy! The interviews will be attached to our regular episodes.

Cosplayers, actresses, female comic book fans and artists, geek models and more! We give you a glimpse into the female side of geekdom!

Our first guest: Scream Queen and Wonder Woman fan Ashley Mary Nunes!

Facts about Ashley:

  • She performed as her favourite superheroine Wonder Woman on conventions and as street performer on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame”
  • She is a former beauty pageant, was a field and track athlete and has a BA in psychology
  • She is a self proclaimed “Jamie Lee Curtis wannabe” and an up and coming Scream Queen in horror movies

Her links:

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Her upcoming, Christmas-themed horror movie All Through the House, directed by her brother Todd Nunes: imdb

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2014 San Diego, CA Comic-Con

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2014 San Diego, CA Comic-Con

 

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Ashley with #WonderGirl2015, Giselle Contreras, a 3 year old battling childhood leukemia.

 

The interview starts at around 50:11 !

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DetectiveDee

Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • I am the boogey man! Boogedy Boogedy Boogedy!!!

  • I_am_better

    Heyyyy. I forgot to ask one question in my nervousness. I’m gonna ask that here, so my co-hosts and everyone else can discuss on it.
    Carpenter has stated that “The Thing”, “Prince of Darkness” & “In The Mouth Of Madness” make up the so-called “Apocalypse Trilogy”, with the unifying themes of the End of mankind, The End of All Things. Do you agree? Does the trilogy hold up?

  • I_am_better
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  • I_am_better

    The First three Halloween’s were ones that Carpenter was actively involved on. That explains the quality

  • I_am_better
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  • They must’ve hid the quality real good on Halloween 2. :p

    I haven’t seen H3, so I can’t comment on that. I did enjoy 4 and up, not including H20 in that. But then, it’s like being a Fan of Jason, it’s not about the quality but the body count.

  • I_am_better

    “Halloween 3 – Season of the Witch” got our official “hidden gem”-label in our Horror podcast-trilogy

  • Dee

    Halloween 2 no likey?

  • With regard to The Thing, I always thought it would have been neat if he had expanded on Blair’s calculations about how long it would have taken the entity to infect the world population with either a sequel or TV series about it entering into the general population.

  • Yes it did. While not a big fan of Prince of Darkness, I think it fits in well with the others.

  • I_am_better

    Prince of Darkness tends to divide people a LOT. Some(like me) think it’s a great metaphysical horror film, other’s snub it off as “that movie where satan was a jar of green slime in a church basement”

  • It’s obvious he didn’t direct it. Michael is just an average killer in that one jumping out from behind doors and otherwise completely losing his stalker style from the first.

  • I_am_better

    He directed parts of it, after Rick Rosenthal’s first cut had no scares in it

  • Dee

    It’s more conventional for sure. But it’s entertaining. I like the idea that it immediately starts after the first one ended.

  • I’ve just never seen it. Not a dislike of it or boycott, it’s just that Halloween without Michael is like Friday the 13th without Jason. Of course I say that and I liked the Friday the 13th TV series, so I’m a hypocrite. 😉

  • I_am_better

    I liked that series too. Was showed here under the title “Friday’s Curse”

  • Still had no scares in it. It does have a cool opening though. Oh, and a cool hot tub scene. 😉

  • I_am_better

    I believe there was some Dark Horse Comic series that continued the story

  • That’s a better title for it as it fits the premise.

  • They all are Lovecraftian-Mouth of Madness obviously, though Prince of Darkness isn’t as obvious. My only real issue with it, was I didn’t find it scary or interesting.

  • I_am_better

    Well, now we can say that Dee has spoken to someone with a degree in psychology.

    I keed

  • I_am_better

    Well, it has the unique killing method of skewering someone with half of a bicycle

  • RJD

    Better late.than never

  • RJD

    Yes!

  • RJD

    HOme work

    Halloween 3.season.of the witch

  • RJD

    Carpenter originally wanted the Halloween films to all have different stories. He just got forced into doing the sequel after hslloweens huge success

  • RJD

    I liked it allot

  • I_am_better
  • I_am_better

    “You’re Next” really turned that “final girl”-trope completely on it’s head

  • I_am_better
  • Kylo Ronin

    La li lu le lo………………..

  • I wish the Thing prequel was made 15 years ago with only Norwegians, and just practical effects…..

  • I love listening to Carpenter and Russell do commentary on their films.

  • Fucking Netflix should have bankrolled 4 John Carpenter movies instead of the Adam Sandler BS

  • I_am_better

    Yup. Instead, they decided to add some americans, and piss on all of Amalgamated Dynamics’ practical effects work. Hollywood – the land of “brilliant” decisions…

  • I_am_better

    They are a hoot. They’re just smoking, drinking and having fun

  • I_am_better

    “you gotta be fucking kidding….” is the best one-liner in the film. This is second best, I think

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    About that Wonder Woman costume….

  • I_am_better

    I wonder if Zack Snyder has filters in the lights at his home?

  • Stalkeye

    She is sooo wrong for this part.

  • Stalkeye

    Carpy fell off a bit, but I would have preferred him for a Netflix project, 100x over Sandler!

  • Stalkeye

    Russell’s commentary during EFNY was pretty much “out there”,

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Okay, as much as I want Dee to play Dr. Strangelove and RJD play Major Kong, I think I NEED IAB to play Hal from 2001.

  • RJD

    There’s an idea there you should talk to me about

  • RJD

    Genius

  • I_am_better

    Play? I AM HAL

  • RJD

    Really sorry I missed this one. Mars prison sucks. Better than Turkish prison though

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    I thought you are better? Now you are Hal? Jeez, make up your mind.

  • I_am_better

    Well, that was my first attempt at hosting and I only forgot ONE question…even Artificial Mind is not perfect.

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Oh, you did a great job. I just enjoy people’s voices. Mine is so plain. And I imagine people doing classic movie roles and you were Hal.

  • I_am_better

    I give kudos to a 16 year old headset for some of that, lol

  • Stalkeye

    I shall give this a listen. I shouldv’e done a JC retrospective during my CC/TB Days but I’m sure this ‘cast will give the Man a good Shout-out.
    Carp has been one of my all time favorite Directors since EFNY.

  • Stalkeye

    Ugh, the most disappointing MGS sequel/game, evah!

  • Kylo Ronin

    Nope

  • Kylo Ronin

    It’s one of the most ambitious sequels ever made and it had a lot to say about life. Not many games do that.

  • Stalkeye

    Let’s see; Solid Snake making a brief appearance, Raiden taking up most of the gameplay, Unimpressive Villains, Esoteric storyline and Raiden running around nekkid does not make for the followup of the great and first MGS game.

    Thank gawd for Snakeater which is arguably the best of the series second to the first MGS.

  • Kylo Ronin

    That’s the thing though, Snake wasn’t suppose to be lionized. The first game was supposed to show why it SUCKS to be him. Naturally, everyone fucking missed that.

  • Kylo Ronin

    An esoteric storyline does not equal bad storyline.

  • Kylo Ronin

    The villains are carbon copies of the villains of the first game. They part of the whole thing.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Raiden does not run around naked for very long and even then it’s not suppose to gratify people. It suppose to make the player feel just as vulnerable as Raiden is.

  • Kylo Ronin

    MGS3 being the best? Maybe.

  • Stalkeye

    Snake was so bad ass, that most of us wanted and expected him to appear throughout the game. I was a HUGE Metal Gear Fan and it was the NES game that got me into videogames in the first place, so yeah I was disappointed.

  • Stalkeye

    We’ll have to agree to disagree, Friend.
    But i respect your opinion nonetheless.

  • Stalkeye

    True, however many were lost in translation and expected a plot/storyline on the same level as the first MGS.
    MGS3 remedied that while being very ambitious and entertaining.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Hey, I was disappointed too. For like maybe an hour or so. I might have been more mad if I didn’t know that he was going to be a decoy protagonist.

  • Stalkeye

    Just nowhere as good as Vulcan Raven, Sniper Wolf, Psycho mantis and of course, Revolver Ocelot who resembles John Carpenter. JC is a fan of westerns, so who knows if Hideo (Kojima-san) was inspired by the infamous Director for this character.

  • Stalkeye

    Shit, I even liked Revengeance. It’s much better than what I first thought it would be. I call it; Raiden’s Redemption. Now he’s a bad Muthafucker!

  • Stalkeye

    That scene was too funny for words. C’mon, you know it was!!

  • Kylo Ronin

    Kojima didn’t like the translation of Metal Gear Solid since it differed greatly from his script. The guy who wrote it took a lot of info he learned from reading Richard Marcinko’s books, Rogue Warrior and Red Cell, and applied most of the terminology to it.

  • Kylo Ronin

    But I’d be lying if it wasn’t the first game to really make me take a long look at myself.

  • Stalkeye

    Fair enuff.

  • Indeed. The two are a joy to listen to together, and you an tell they are real good friends.

  • The Fog remake is an abomination.

  • I think their most tripped out commentary is in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, as befitting the comedic nature of the film.

    In my country, that movie is called JACK BURTON NAS GARRAS DO MANDARIM, which translated to english would read JACK BURTON IN THE TALLONS GRASP OF THE MANDARIN. A truly B-movie title!

  • I think it’s the other way around. This one never fails to crack me up, it always works no matter how many times i watch it.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve played it. At this point, it might be a YMMV (Your Mileage Might Vary) moment if I were to replay it.

  • The Thing is Carpenter’s best movie and it’s also my favorite movie of his.

  • Kylo Ronin

    I really need to get on that. Been hearing too many good things about it.

  • I_am_better

    Yup. We three sure agreed on that

  • Stalkeye

    Not only was it a somewhat love letter to the 60’s Bond Films and The Great escape, but the big twist with the Boss’ defection was excellent storytelling!
    The Villains (Cobras) were impressive and original from the previous MGS minbosses.

    Very Worthy of being in my Xbox and PSVita collection.

    Bring on Phantom Pain!!!

  • Kylo Ronin

    The themes are similar. Government corruption, military veterans getting screwed by said government corruption.

  • On the better, not favorite. For me The Thing is both the best and my favorite.
    I read the original story, and the movie is a fantastic adaptation.

  • Stalkeye

    Escape from New York is his most ambitious IMO.

  • Stalkeye

    “JACK BURTON IN THE TALLONS GRASP OF THE MANDARIN”

    Ewwwwww….!

  • I think the cinematography of The Thing is just perfect. One of the best shot films i ever seen. I have an ambivalent opinion about Dean Cundey. On his work for Carpenter he was very good and was brilliant in overcoming the limitations of the low budgets of Carpenter’s earlier movies. In The Thing, where he had much more money to play, the improvement on his work is notable and the cinematography s just fantastic. One can’t tell the difference between the shots filmed outside and in studio, it’s seamless.
    After Cundey stopped working with Carpenter and started working with others like Spielberg, his cinematography became mundane and banal looking, too over-lit.

  • I_am_better

    That film is another one that shows no sign of aging. That’s something that wasn’t addressed, I think; Carpenters films hold against the test of time.

  • I disagree, and just looking at both the making off and what they were attempting to do and also on a thematic dimension, The Thing is by far more sophisticated and ambitious.

  • I think his earlier movies do look dated (except THE THING), but, and this is a big BUT, they have not lost their charm, if anything, it has improved their charm.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Yeah, I played Subsistence for the first time and I’m glad I did. Also a bit of Rambo is thrown in there.

  • My guilty pleasure of Carpenter are all of his movies that have not gotten the most love. Meaning, all his “lower” movies. The guys mentioned 3 of them. I also liked his last movie.

  • In portuguese it actually sounds very cool and catchy.

  • I_am_better

    We should’ve probably talked about all of them. I feel bummed that I forgot the question about the “apocalypse”-trilogy, because “prince of darkness” and “in the mouth of madness” should’ve been talked about. I blame my nervousness as a host…

  • I have this opinion that Carpenter actually composed most of the score of THE THING, namely the main theme, and Ennio Morricone’s intervention was mostly as an orquestrator and to disguise the fact that the director was also composing for a major motion picture, which would make the studio executives nervous.
    Morricone might have composed one or two themes of his own, but i do think that it’s Carpenter’s compositions for the movie, then turned into orquestral work and worked on for a more elaborate sound by Morricone.

  • Maybe you guys should had spent more time with Carpenter. It’s an interesting subject and i doubt the listeners would be bored with a longer podcast abut him.

  • The best thing about Memories Of An Invisible Man is that it made for the first collaboration between Carpenter and Sam Neill, which they worked for a more successful collaboration in IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, where he was just aces

  • Carpenter’s problem in the latter part of his career is that he’s a bit too proud of being american. To explain, Carpenter is held as a god in France. If Carpenter had decide to go to France and go for french financing, he would get all the money he wanted for whatever film he wanted to make and there would be no producers second-guessing him or telling him what to do and not do, no control, he would get complete artistic freedom.
    But he has said he is an american filmmaker and he wants to make american movies made with american money. And no american financier is interested in financing his movies. So he just gave up.

  • CIGARETTE BURNS was co-written by Drew McWeeney, also known as former AICN contributor Moriarty. The episode is pretty OK, better directed then the story is written. The story has a very cool concept, but the story doesn’t manage to work the premise to it’s best possible result.

    The best episode of MASTERS OF HORROR, however, has to go to IMPRINT, directed by Takashi Miike. That thing is truly horrific to watch, and not on just a safe scary horror type, but it’s actually disturbing like hell. so much so it was even deemed too horrific to be aired and was only included on the first season when it was released in homevideo. And the episode is as disturbing and horrific as it’s famed for.

  • I_am_better

    Yeah. De Palma got “Passion” funded by european financers as well

  • I often think that Cameron has the career that Carpenter might have had if The Thing and many of his subsequent movies had not flopped. Cameron’s action movies, i believe, owe quite a debt to the style of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Carpenter could had been the big action director of Hollywood if for the flopping of THE THING.

  • I_am_better

    Cameron was also a visual Effects man on EFNY

  • And Femme Fatalle. And what both movies have in common? No Hollywood studio would had financed them.
    Also, Passion is a remake of a 90s french movie.

  • Indeed. Carpenter mentions that in the audio commentary.

  • I_am_better

    I liked “Passion” a lot. I felt that it was a good return to roots from De Palma.

  • The irony of the subject of remakes about Carpenter is that while the remake of his movies have all pretty either inferior to his originals (even though i have enjoyed Rob Zombie’s remakes of Halloween) or they have been just crap (The Fog, etc), Carpenter’s best movie itself is a remake, The Thing. How ironic.

  • Is it me or Dee was really nervous interviewing Ashley Mary Nunes?

    By the way, Nunes is a Portuguese name. I wonder if she has some Portuguese ancestry on her?

  • During the 80s slasher movies were often considered misogynists (sometimes for good reasons) but today there are female fans of those movies, and what they enjoy it the most is the fact the protagonists are often females, the final girls, which sometimes were actually good character despite the bad writing that often went to those movies. It’s a nice subversion to the expectations or even intentions of the filmmakers.

  • It’s strange that the English native speaker had more trouble understanding Dee saying cathartic then me, who is another foreigner which English is also a second language. Funny how this things sometimes works. I have see English often complaining not understanding some Scottish due to their accent when i have not much trouble understanding those same Scottish. How peculiar!

  • Stalkeye

    Damn good Carpenter retrospective, Guys!

    Props to IAB for his extensive research and trivia as well.

    (Had no idea that Ghost of Mars originated from a 3rd proposed Escape film, but then again, the character “Desolation Williams” was seen as a Generic Plissken in my eyes.)

    The only good thing from that film was the soundtrack and of cours my Gal Pam Grier.

    I was glad to hear the mention of EFNY and its awesome soundtrack and even his lesser known Films and contributions. Although HW won’t finance his Films anymore, He’s still gettin paid via Remakes. Ergo, the old Man is laughing his way to the Bank.

    Vampires is also my JC Guilty pleasure and I’m sure you are aware of how I feel about EFLA.

    “In France, I’m an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain; a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.” -John Carpenter

  • Stalkeye

    I watched it on my Amazon Prime streaming service and I agree, it holds up very well. It’s as much a classic as his 1982 Thing remake.
    Funny, I actually have F.E.A.R. 3 and Carpenter, no doubt is very influential even when it comes to videogames. Dead Space and Resident Evil; Code Veronica and RE4 are just a few primary examples.

    Which Halloween is the one with Busta Rhymes Karate Kicking Micheal Myers?? That was some Bullshit right there!!!

  • Stalkeye

    I wonder if John plays Call of Duty.

  • I_am_better

    Halloween: Resurrection.

  • Stalkeye

    It was on sale on XBL’s site for $7.00 the other week.
    Well worth the purchase even at full price.

  • “Desolation Williams” looks more like a repetition/call back of the character of Napoleon Wilson from “Assault On Precinct 13”.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Seminal classic Ghost of Mars, lol.

  • Dee

    Cigarette Burns is more or less a sophisticated Ring- Rip Off. Carpenter sure did a better job than McWeeney.

  • Dee

    Maybe.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Carpenteresque. Minimalism. Cynicism. Tension. Synth. That’s a couple of words that come to mind when I think of Carpenter.

  • Dee

    That’s too bad.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Dammit, I really need to see Dark Star.

  • Dee

    I intended to say that, but forgot about it.

  • Dee

    My first interview ever… I am not a natural, sadly.

  • Kylo Ronin

    2019: After the Fall of New York is one such movie that imitated EFNY.

  • Kylo Ronin

    The characterizations in the book of Christine is just eerie. THAT’S how you do YA.

  • Dee

    King always had a great talent to write about kids and teens.

  • Kylo Ronin

    The opening of Christine, mang.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Halloween 3: Season of the Witch rubbed me the wrong way the very first time I watched it because I wanted Myers.

  • Dee

    one of many

  • Kylo Ronin

    Carpenter is all-American horror. Damn right, Scott.

  • Kylo Ronin

    But I love it so much now. Maybe if they had changed the title, the reception would have been better.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Halloween. For a famous slasher movie, it doesn’t have much blood and gore.

  • Kylo Ronin

    The Fog. Man, that is his more conventional horror movie. The kind kids would watch late at night.

  • Kylo Ronin

    First time I watched The Thing was on a scratchy VHS tape that I rented. And the tension was just unbearable. And that ending. Carpenter hated the alternate ending they used for TV because he felt it turned a bittersweet ending to a downer ending.

  • Dee

    agree on that

  • Kylo Ronin

    Even if it is a dark and cynical movie, the silver lining is that the men are willing to risk their lives to prevent the Thing from escaping and they partially succeed.

  • Kylo Ronin

    My problem with EFLA was that I thought it was too light. I wanted that grim and brutal tone back. But then I warmed up to it and I say it’s a solid follow-up.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Starman I think I might have seen when I was a kid. I think I liked it.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Big Trouble in Little China is underrated. Cause urban fantasy is pretty popular nowadays.

  • Dee

    I thought the light tone fit the new surrounding.

  • Kylo Ronin

    It does. The light tone makes it work really well. I didn’t expect it to be silly the first time I watched it but I like it because of the silliness.

  • Kylo Ronin

    I like Peter Jackson. That’s all I have to say.

  • Kylo Ronin

    But the way he’s getting treated is terrible. Then again, the movies he made in the 90’s and early 00’s were not good. Village of the Damned is very unnecessary and Ghost of Mars almost put me off the guy. I haven’t seen The Ward yet.

  • Kylo Ronin

    John Carpenter liked The Thing video game. Yeah……………………………………..that game is buggy and broken. But what the hey, who cares.

  • Dee

    I nearly forgot about Village of the Damned! See, that’s actually a bad remake directed by him.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Unlike The Thing, it was a misfire. Mark Hamill, as you mentioned, is good but the movie is just meh.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Allegedly, Hideo Kojima wrote a letter to Carpenter, to ask him for permission to use Snake Plissken likeness as inspiration for Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid and Carpenter gave him his blessing. Had a huge argument with a friend of mine who said Kojima ripped off EFNY, which I said that’s not the case since the guy went out of his way to ask permission from the master.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Oh hey, first interview!

  • Kylo Ronin

    Really, it’s just two different mediums. Once you’re aware of that, you give each medium the love and attention that it needs. But there are different rules for each medium. They’re vastly different. They are bound together by the fact that you’re watching something on a screen, but other than that, they’re very different. The form, the language, the approach… Movies are much different than games. Games are much different than movies. But each is an art form when it’s done right.

    -John Carpenter

  • Kylo Ronin

    Hey, this chick actually shares my frickin’ opinion on Wonder Woman’s costume.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Her childhood sounds like it was a lot of fun. Man, I really wish I could have filmed some homemade movies.

  • I_am_better

    You did well, mang

  • Kylo Ronin

    Aw Dee, I can totally tell you’re blushing.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Nonsense.

  • I_am_better

    Thanks. I’m proud of that joke

  • Kylo Ronin

    Moral guardians overreact to everything, from comic books to video games to movies.

  • I_am_better

    Well, I probably couldn’t have spoken at all. Dee is a better man than me

  • Kylo Ronin

    I would have just creep her out.

  • Dee

    Solid Snake is kind of a different character.

  • I_am_better

    “Bangkok rules…?” That scene always cracks me up

  • Dee
  • Kylo Ronin

    I think I might have seen her on this show on SyFy. Fighting robots or something. Anyway, I’ll be on the lookout for the trailer of her movie.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Very.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Solid Snake cares a bit more. And he’s more pacifistic.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Best Carpenter movie would be Halloween, which hits every beat. Favorite Carpenter movie is Big Trouble in Little China. I’ve always heard the term live-action cartoon applied to most movies, but I say live-action anime applies to Big Trouble in Little China. I love that movie to bits.

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  • Kylo Ronin

    That part always cracks me up.

  • Dark Star (and many other older sci-fi films) influenced this classic of Canadian indie rock, Spaceship Zero.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaceship_Zero

  • The Thing is EASILY his best film. EASILY. And he has a shitload of great ones.

  • Stalkeye

    Plissken is more of an misanthrope ergo, Anti hero.
    However, what’s fascinating about him is that he demonstrates some code of honor. (i.e. after the success of the president’s rescue, He mentions how many have lost their lives in the process.well, after the Prez’s ungrateful response, you know what happens next.)

    Snake is just that, a Snake. . (Reptilian as in Reptiles lack emotion.)

    Solid portrays a more Humanistic protagonist and needless to say, he’s more than one dimensional.

    Snake Eyes, well…Oh, I won’t comment or compare him to the aforementioned “Snakes” since you once said that G.I.Joe sucks. 😛

  • Stalkeye

    “My problem with EFLA was that I thought it was too light. I wanted that grim and brutal tone back.

    Yup, that’s exactly how i felt besides a few other gripes with the sequel.

  • Stalkeye

    Same goes for bronx Warriors and Corman’s New Crime City. *BARF*

  • Where’s this Colonhell interview with Carpenter?

  • Stalkeye

    And I disagree back. It was his most ambitious considering that the concept was original, practical effects done on a modest budget and even the aesthetes from Plissken’s Garb (Russell personally went to a few trendy shops to put together the iconic attire.) Firearms which are now mimicked in a few Videogames, and of course, his unbeatable soundtrack.

    He had more carte blanche to gamble on the Thing, whereas EFNY was a huge risk that paid off very well. (It expanded Russell’s career and cemented Carpenter’s cred as a force to be reckoned with.)

  • Stalkeye

  • Nervousness aside, you did pretty well. I suspect Nunes was pretty enthralled with your accent and that a foreigner took an interest in her. I do really like to know if she has portuguese ancestry, given her last name, which is a very portuguese name. And she does have a bit of a portuguese look to her.

  • Stalkeye

    Funny, I like more Carpenter Films than Cameron’s.
    That was easy. (0;’

  • She totally wants you with that accent.

  • Nevermind, found it. I never realized that’s who he was, lol. Dumped SUK for WSJ, what a jerk. =P

  • Stalkeye
  • Stalkeye

    Hold it!! Carpenter liked WWZ and said the film knocked it out the park?!? Then there’s his mentioning of Charlton Heston as a totally nice Man? Uh, OK…….Gawd bless Him!! LOL

    I know that he’s schedule to appear at The Brooklyn Academy of Music this February, but it’s during a work week, so that leaves me out. )0:’

    http://www.bam.org/film/2015/john-carpenter-master-of-fear

  • I_am_better

    Damn. Nice retrospective there. I’d go see ALL of those.

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  • Dee

    haha

  • Stalkeye

    I’m so tempted K, trust me.

  • Dee

    Because I have the same body type!

  • Dee

    Any good?

  • One of my favourite albums. Very Lovecraftian as well.

  • Stalkeye

    Heh,heh!
    From what I heard from the interview, She sounds like she really likes you. (That accent of yours may get you far,)

    Play on, playa!

  • Kylo Ronin

    Seems a lot of characters with serpentine names are usually anti-heroic badasses. I’ll probably give the second G.I. Joe flick a chance.

  • I’m talking about more ambitious ambition elements, like thematic elements and and relentlessness mood and stuff like that.

    You know what we are doing? Something i really hate, pitting two good movies against one another. Two rights do not make a wrong.

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    Trust me, I hated G.I.Joe rise of Cobra but I love the overall concept of the Intellectual Property which spawned damn good toylines, comics and a semi innovative animated series. Joe was ahead of its time especially in regard to Anti Terrorism and that’s a major topic in these times.

    As for Retaliation, It’s an improvement over the first film which aint saying much, but I see it as a guilty pleasure and a decent effort at best.
    Unlike Bay’s Transfuckups, the sequel was entertaining at least.

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  • WE don’t even know if they survived or ended the threat, one of them could be the thing talking to the surviving human, and for me that’s the beauty of it.