Carpenter, John Carpenter, Chris Ryan discussed on The Big Picture

The Big Picture


This is the big picture a conversation show about the thing. Last month marked the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's sci-fi horror masterpiece, a film that has endured and grown over the past four decades. Into one of the signature cult classics in American movies, it has been reconsidered reanalyzed and ultimately hailed as a chilling and unexpired vision of terror. It's a gory, disquieting, expertly constructed piece of work, and one of my favorite movies ever, so it was quite a thrill to talk to Carpenter on the show today. He is a genuine hero of mine and a real no bullshit customer. Our conversation holds true to that form. But before we welcome Carpenter, I want to set the table for this movie by talking to someone who might love the thing even more than me. It's Chris Ryan, see our hello. Hello, Sean. Thank you again for having me open up for one of the great directors of all time. I feel like this is one of my favorite bits that you do. Where it's like, Claire Denis, but first CR on horror from this year. Well, I think you're a solid opening act. You are the Jerry Lee Lewis to Carpenter's Elvis Presley today. And obviously I had to speak with you. As a movie we talked about a lot over the years, but we've never potted about. No. And we've never earned our keep by discussing this movie on Mike. What do you think of when you think of the thing? I think of a perfect movie. And I think of a movie that gets more and more perfect if that's possible. I guess perfection is the arrival of somewhere, but it grows in my estimation as the years go on for a number of reasons partially because of maybe the quality of movies like this now. And some of the mistakes that they make that thing kind of I wish they would have learned certain lessons from the thing, which we can talk about. And I think also because of the sort of four quadrant depth of the movie, the way it sounds the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it was written, you know, like everything about it, you can kind of let your eye look like wander when you're watching the thing. You can get into different aspects of it. You can just listen to the more cone soundtrack you can just notice all the funny little character ticks that aren't belabored, but are really, really awesome. It's a great ensemble movie, obviously. And sometimes you can just kick back and watch Kirk Kirk Russell with a sombrero in sunglasses, be a badass, which is one of my favorite things to do with these movies. Yeah, let's hit the table for it a little bit by just describing what this movie is. If you're listening to this episode and you haven't seen the thing. I would say just check it out, you know? Just fire up iTunes, you know? It's currently available via AMC on Amazon Prime. If you have an AMC subscription or anything like that, yeah. This is John Carpenter's 8th movie. It's not his 8th feature film. He did make a couple of TV movies, but this is you can see him fully realizing his powers and it's his first movie that is neither a TV movie nor an independent production. It's a studio movie made with Universal Pictures. And you can tell, you can tell that he's having some fun.

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