For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the filmography of John Carpenter, a filmmaker of extraordinary range and skill who spent a few decades churning out one masterpiece after another. And then, as luck would have it, Carpenter (who has all but retired) started entering the news again. First, Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to him with a brilliant string of tweets. Then, Blumhouse acquired the rights to make a new Halloween movie and brought Carpenter on board as an executive producer. My personal project was suddenly relevant!
Then again, John Carpenter is always relevant as long as you want to talk about one of the most fascinating and entertaining filmmakers of the past forty years. Because I needed an excuse to write about his movies (and because this is the internet), I ranked all 18 of Carpenter’s theatrically released films, which was actually a tricky progress. Even his weaker movies tend to be interesting and his best movies are so good that they defy comparison.
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Another year, another glow in the dark art show at New York City’s Bottleneck Gallery. Last year’s event drew massive crowds, there to admire pop culture art made with glow in the dark inks, and this year should be more of the same.
When The Lights Go Out 2 opens Saturday March 22 and remains on display through April 9. As is the case with most group shows, a huge number of artists tackled a huge variety of properties. What makes this one different is every few minutes, the Bottleneck team turns off the regular lights and turns on a barrage of blacklights to show the treasures hidden in every single piece.
Below, we’ve got a bunch of work from the show including posters for Preacher, Akira, Spirited Away, Big Trouble in Little China, Despicable Me and They Live. Plus, we’re proud to exclusively debut popular artist Mark Englert‘s piece for the video game Bioshock. It’s a stunning work that must be seen to be believed (that’s just a taste above). Check it all out below. Read More »
Is your pop culture art collection cluttered with too many huge movie posters? Do you have a full stack of 27 x 40 inch paper laying around and not enough wall space to display? Are you looking for something smaller, more tasteful but still as awesome and exciting? Mike Mitchell is here to help.
Mitchell is one of the most popular artists out there today. He first gained national attention with his “I’m With Coco” poster for Conan O’Brien and has continued to do beautiful work putting a unique spin on popular culture. Last year, his Just Like Us exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles started a collectors craze and now he’s back for his second show. This one takes popular, and some not-so-popular, movie characters and provides them each with a detailed, classy portrait.
The exhibit opens Friday April 26 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and, after the jump, you can see about half the images in the show. Read More »
Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels. One of the many reasons is the return of the Hero Complex Film Festival, which takes place from May 10-12 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. In previous years, stars such as Malcolm McDowell, Warren Beatty, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott have been part of the festival. The 2013 lineup has just been announced, and it includes the following:
- John Carpenter screens and discusses They Live and Halloween.
- Frank Darabont presents The Mist.
- Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone with Guillermo del Toro.
- Roland Emmerich screens Independence Day.
- Chris Carter presents an X-Files marathon.
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The fact that John Carpenter’s They Live is a commentary on consumption, subliminal messages and propaganda isn’t some kind of radical statement. In fact, it’s the opposite of that. But when you put Nintendo’s Super Mario in the mix, things get a little bit more interesting. That’s what artist Fernando Reza has done with a set of previously sold out posters and, after the jump, you can check them out along with a poster for They Live and another one with Mario that sort of ties the idea together. Read More »
This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I’ve called the super bowl of pop culture art. The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site. We posted part one here.
After the jump you will find part two of our preview, which includes /Film favorite Tom Whalen‘s tribute to The Shining, Bruce White‘s Ghostbusters-inspired black velvet painting, Eric Braddock‘s awesome One-Eyed Willie Goonies illustration, and more. So what are you waiting for?
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If you know anything about artist Shepard Fairey or John Carpenter‘s film They Live, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a better marriage of artist and material. For the first time ever, the Alamo Drafthouse and their art boutique Mondo were able to get Fairey to create a poster and, of course, they chose They Live, which is screening Thursday night in Austin. Fairey predictably knocked it out of the park with an image that encompasses both his dogma and the movie’s.
After the jump check out the full image, find out when you can buy it and read about Fairey’s connection with the film.
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Twice this week we’ve offered up VOTDs sourced from the Alamo Drafthouse, but how can we not highlight some great movie-related clips? The ‘Angry Caller’ anti-texting PSA we showed you on Monday really exploded over the internet in the past few days, to the point where Anderson Cooper featured it on his show, calling Drafthouse founder Tim League a great American hero, and nominating him for the Nobel Peace Price. Brilliant stuff.
This one is a little more down to Earth, but still very cool. It is John Carpenter‘s video introduction to They Live, which is playing tonight at a special screening at the Drafthouse. The show is sold out, in part because the movie will be introduced by artist Shepherd Fairey, who will also debut a new They Live poster at the screening. Those who can’t attend, however, can enjoy Mr. Carpenter’s introduction to the film. That, along with a tease of the new poster for They Live, is after the break. Read More »
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Last we heard from director Matt Reeves, he promised that a Cloverfield sequel was coming. That might still be the case, but it won’t be the next film for the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In. Reeves will next write and direct a film based on the Ray Nelson short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning which was also the basis for the cult classic John Carpenter film They Live. In the short story, the main character wakes up one morning and realizes aliens exist and are all around us, we just can’t see them. In Carpenter’s film, characters saw the aliens through the use of glasses but that won’t be the case here and Reeves’ film is not considered a remake. Read more about the film, including quotes from Reeves on how he’ll approach the material differently from Carpenter, after the jump. Read More »
Much to the chagrin of some fans, the films of John Carpenter are proving to be fertile ground for remakes and offshoots. Halloween, The Thing and Escape From New York are just a sampling. Along with the developing plans for Escape From New York, there may at some point be a new version of They Live, which originally cast ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper as a man who learns that aliens have infiltrated America’s ruling classes and are flooding commerce with subliminal messages.
At the New York Comic Con, The Thing producer Eric Newman talked about the possible remake, offering up the name of the current writer and noting that the special sunglasses that were key to the original film might be phased out of the remake. Read More »