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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Mick Wright

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Posted November 26 2001 - 11:11 AM

I own (and love) the following Carpenter movies:

Assault on Precinct 13
Halloween
Escape From New York
The Thing
Christine
Big Trouble in Little China
Prince of Darkness
They Live
In the Mouth of Madness
Escape from LA
Vampires

I plan to buy The Fog when it's released. I haven't seen Dark Star or Starman. I refuse to watch Memoirs of an Invisible Man or Village of the Damned.

Where does Ghosts of Mars fit in?
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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted November 26 2001 - 11:14 AM

I can't believe you do not have The Thing on your list, Carpenters best.

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#3 of 14 OFFLINE   Mick Wright

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Posted November 26 2001 - 11:23 AM

Oops. Never fear, The Thing is my favorite Carpenter flick (and dvd). I've edited my post.
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#4 of 14 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted November 26 2001 - 11:51 AM

All personal opinion, but it's at the bottom of the list for me, even when Escape from LA is on the list. Just unfocused and oddly paced. The performances weren't too bad however, and you may like the action set pieces.

#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 26 2001 - 11:56 AM

Yes, you will like Ghosts of Mars as it's very much along the lines of Assault on Precinct 13 & Escape From New York...that is, a sci-fi flavored Western.

Why won't you watch Memoirs & Village???
       

#6 of 14 OFFLINE   Mick Wright

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Posted November 26 2001 - 12:04 PM

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Why won't you watch Memoirs & Village???
Well, to see them in OAR, it will require money (rent or purchase), and even Carpenter has admitted thost films were a just a paycheck, so I doubt they're any good. Are they worth seeking out?
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#7 of 14 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 26 2001 - 12:41 PM

I thought that Village of the Damned was a lot of fun, though many don't seem to think so.

It's a pretty faithful update/remake of the 1960 classic and retains many of the enjoyable 'pulpy' sci-fi elements of the original.
It's nicely shot with lots of true widescreen compositions and it sounds great...some of the acting is a little weak, however.
       

#8 of 14 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted November 26 2001 - 01:12 PM

Village and Memoirs are indeed weak however they are miles ahead of Ghost Of Mars which is in my eyes his worst film.

BTW, Starman is one of his very best. Try and see it ASAP.
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#9 of 14 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 26 2001 - 03:40 PM

For a serious and fair essay on Ghosts of Mars, go here
       

#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Sam Davatchi

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Posted November 26 2001 - 08:24 PM

Starman is his best! It's with Starman that you see he is a real director and capable of directing actors.

#11 of 14 OFFLINE   Mick Wright

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Posted November 27 2001 - 10:04 AM

Hmm...maybe I should buy Starman instead.

Btw, has anyone seen Dark Star? Any Good?
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#12 of 14 OFFLINE   Tom-G

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Posted November 27 2001 - 10:20 AM

If you are a fan of sci-fi you will probably enjoy Dark Star. It's been a while since I've seen it, but I remember it being low-budget fare and campy but had humor.

It's the only John Carpenter film that was filmed with the spherical lens (1.85:1 aspect ratio).

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Posted November 29 2001 - 12:47 PM

I am greatly disappointed with John Carpenter. He helped write this movie and of course, directed it, but this movie is pure crap. And it's all his fault!

It's bad enough that the whole set actually looked like a little set, but the set itself was horrible. I mean, even the train running through the Martian landscape looked "model-ish." A quote comes to mind, "It's only a model."

And then there's the actors. Who picked them? They can't act, at least, not in this movie. Where is John Carpenter's direction? This being his latest work, it should be improved, but instead... horrible; pure trash.

But the worst part about this movie is the dialogue. [comic book guy's voice]Worst dialogue... ever![/comic book guy's voice]. And yes, I could write better dialogue for a movie. This movie should have been a television special, at best.

I just watched the DVD and can't really comment on it because I didn't watch any of the features. The only real comment I can make is that the DD 5.1 is lacking big time in low frequency.

I love Sci-Fi movies and I love Horror movies, but this was lame. My wife and I were making "Mystery Science Theater 3000" comments almost immediately. I didn't have high hopes, but at least hopes that it would be entertaining. I guess I take that back, it was entertaining in the sense that I could make fun of it and that was funny. But not entertaining in the way it was intended.

I will not look forward to seeing another John Carpenter movie. To me, In The Mouth Of Madness was his last great film.

Oh yes, John Carpenter did the music and it was neat "metal" music, but rather unfitting for a horror film on Mars. And was is with that anyway? I mean, why chose to make a film about ghosts possessing people on Mars?

I think John Carpenter may be able to pull off a Sci-Fi movie (heavy emphasis on maybe since this was his fault that Ghosts of Mars was soooo bad) or a Horror movie, but definately not a Sci-Fi/Horror movie akin to Aliens.

My final comment:

Thank god I can rent DVDs for free.

#14 of 14 OFFLINE   Brad_W

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Posted November 29 2001 - 10:31 PM

oops, sorry. I forgot there was this thread.