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Old 05-05-2011, 12:33 AM   #196
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For some reason, it seems like Carpenter forgot how to use the widescreen format. I've only seen clips from Vampires and Ghosts of Mars but the compositions seemed arbitrary for someone who really was a master of the form.

His craft was still in evidence with In The Mouth Of Madness, so I guess he just got lazy.
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:35 AM   #197
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Entirely likely. Lazy would be a good word to describe the aesthetics of the later films at the very least, though at least Vampires is a fun enough ride to make up for things.
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:59 AM   #198
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I still need to see Ghosts of Mars and Vampires, and I haven't seen Christine in so long I barely remember it.

Also, despite YLB's low ranking, you should check out Memoirs of an Invisible Man, just to see the man working in a slightly different tone (same thing with Chevy Chase). It doesn't completely work, but I liked it a lot nonetheless.

I really don't think the man has a bad film, but that's partially why I'm afraid to watch those two mentioned above.
I would qualify Memoirs as a noble failure, at best. It's a fine film, but doesn't play at all to Carpenter's strengths. At least with Starman, it's a commercial project along those lines but the unconventional nature of both Bridges' performance and the Bridges/Allen relationship strikes up a unique enough tone to where you're able to identify Carpenter's POV.

The 10 Performances question is extremely tough. Here's what's grabbing me at the moment:

James Stewart - Vertigo
James Mason - Bigger Than Life
Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs of New York
Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
Gena Rowlands - A Woman Under the Influence
Robert Mitchum - The Night of the Hunter
Jack Nicholson - Five Easy Pieces
Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove...
Anton Walbrook - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Katharine Hepburn - Bringing Up Baby

 
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Hey, Walbrook is Austrian, at least.
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #200
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In the Mouth of Madness was fucking terrifying. The social satire at play is about as playful and awesome as what's in Escape from NY or They Live.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:00 PM   #201
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Strange to see Sam Neill going off the rails considering how "normal" most of his roles are.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:10 PM   #202
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His Australian accent popped up in a few scenes, too.
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He goes pretty out there in Possession and Event Horizon as well.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:15 PM   #204
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That reminds me, I need to finish watching Possession, only got to see the first 20 min or so.
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:40 PM   #205
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So what's your De Palma rankings looking like right now, Lance?

1. Blow Out
2. Phantom of the Paradise
3. Femme Fatale
4. Carlito's Way
5. The Fury
6. Sisters
7. Raising Cain
8. Body Double
9. Carrie
10. Scarface
11. Dressed to Kill
12. Mission: Impossible
13. The Untouchables
14. Obsession
15. Snake Eyes
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Uh, let's see:

1. Carlito's Way
2. Sisters
3. The Fury
4. Mission to Mars
5. Femme Fatale
6. Dressed to Kill
7. Mission: Impossible
8. The Untouchables
9. Snake Eyes
10. Carrie
11. Scarface
12. The Black Dahlia

Obviously I still have a handful of essential ones to get to, which I'm really excited about.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:12 PM   #207
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Mission to Mars that high?

I've heard nothing but bad reviews for that one.

Also, I think Mission: Impossible is superbly-crafted entertainment, even if it's not a personal work.
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I saw Mission to Mars when it first came out. I was sort of young, but I recall having found it a bit boring, but the ending pretty awesome.
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One of the most intelligent (if at times more than a bit hokey) and cinematically vibrant sci-fi films of the new century. Obviously not without its (many) problems, but they're easy to overlook. Friend of mine wrote a nice piece on the film once. Will ask for a link.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:23 PM   #210
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I'll have to check it out at some point.

Neither of you guys subjected yourselves to Bonfire of the Vanities or Redacted?
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