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Robbie Parry
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Posted: November 04 2018 at 2:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Released thirty years ago today:





By modern standards, THEY LIVE seems a tad slow to begin with, but I enjoy the film whenever I see it. I like the themes and tropes in it. Roddy Piper's character, John Nada, is a blast to watch. And what about that fight scene?

It's not a perfect film, but it's a lot of fun in many respects. And I can't help but think that a remake/reimagining/reboot/whatever the "R" word is could really reflect Trump's regime well.

"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum."
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Doug Centers
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Posted: November 04 2018 at 3:36pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Man I feel old!

It was great fun watching it on the big screen, even with Piper's aspiring acting abilities.

You got the best quote Robbie, that just leaves me with this;

"Life's a bitch, and she's back in heat!"
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I only saw the film for the first time about two years ago, but I immediately liked it. This was basically John Carpenter's condemnation of the Reagan administration, but it also plays very well on its surface level.

And, yeah, that fight!
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Posted: November 04 2018 at 4:23pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Fun movie.
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Jim Muir
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Love John Carpenter movies. Watched this on vhs from the video shop
when it first came out. Flawed film but massively thought provoking!
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Richard White
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Posted: November 05 2018 at 1:39am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I just picked up the newly  restored Blu-ray, film looks lovely and comes with a whole disc of extras and all kinds of bells and whistles.

I've loved the film since renting it on VHS back when it was originally released.

And that fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David!
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Posted: November 05 2018 at 6:55am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

When John Carpenter is good he is very good. This movie was very good. Even some of his lesser efforts are 90% better than most.
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Robbie Parry
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I just didn't like THE FOG. I've tried watching it twice, but it didn't float my boat (and I like horror). Seems almost universally liked, though.
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...that fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David...

I suggested JRjr check that out, as reference for a particularly brutal fight in IRON MAN.

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Posted: November 05 2018 at 10:18am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Another fan right here.  I happened upon it on cable decades ago not even knowing Carpenter was involved and was immediately taken right in.  Rowdy Roddy's no Brando but as a physical presence I felt he did just fine and the movie delivers nicely on its audacious premise. 
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I just didn't like THE FOG. I've tried watching it twice, but it didn't float my boat (and I like horror). Seems almost universally liked, though.

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I'm in the universally likes category. I watch it at least one a year.
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I like the idea and attitude of the film more than its execution.

For me, Carpenter was on a roll up to and including Big Trouble In Little China. I don't really like anything he made after that, barring They Live, which as I say, I don't wholeheartedly like.

Halloween, The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China fully achieve what they are trying to be within their spheres; I think they are basically flawlessly executed in the context of when they were made.
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