I was thinking of Carpenter because I should be getting my copy of Big Trouble In Little China today - one of my favorite Carpenter films where he throws everything he can think of in a film and it miraculously works. When looking at Carpenter's career, there are some major high points besides "China" - Halloween, Escape From New York, The Thing, The Fog to name a few. But, man, he has directed some real dogs as well - Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Escape From L.A., Village of the Damned are the more obvious ones. While individual films can be debated as to their merits, I feel he has been so wildly inconsistent that I have begun to wonder whether he was just a talented hack who merely blundered his ways into a good film every now and then. (Vampires didn't exactly stoke the comeback fires.) While I come out pro-Carpenter in my overall opinion of him - even in his worst films, there are a decent number of watchable sequences - I was wondering what the informed citizens of HTF thought. A-list director? Talented hack? Strictly grade-B all the way?