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).