Sure, some movies are brilliantly subversive and ahead of their time. But how many Orwellian fantasies about a world subjugated by alien advertising feature the longest bum fight ever committed to film? They Live is a movie that oozes John Carpenter in every frame. You've got a nutty homeless dude ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper) who comes across secret sunglasses that allow him to see that behind each billboard is a sign that says "Obey," and behind each smiling face is the twisted visage of an alien invader. You've got the throbbing synth. Machine guns. Comedy. Ass-kicking. Bubblegum. And just when you think it can't get any more amazing…cue the bum fight. They Live, released in 1988, wasn't just ahead of its time. It's ahead of any time.

  • Showing at: Hollywood.
  • Best paired with: Miller High Life.
  • Also showing: Terminator 2 (Laurelhurst).