I’ll OBEY your directive to watch They Live, Jennifer, which I haven’t seen but which I understand was an inspiration for Shepard Fairey’s stickers. Oddly, I was just thinking about John Carpenter yesterday in a completely different context. You know the ending of To Kill a Mockingbird, where Boo Radley kills Bob Ewell in order to save Scout and Jem from Ewell’s pedophiliac predations? Earlier we find out that Boo did something terrible as a child with a pair of scissors, that he’s been locked away ever since, that he’s widely regarded as a crazy man. At the end of the story he comes out and kills Bob Ewell, on Halloween night, with a kitchen carving knife. Now what John Carpenter character does that remind you of? On 31 October I think I’ll put up a post called Boo! with a screengrab of Robert Duvall as Boo Radley juxtaposed with a shot of Michael Myers. Oh and before I forget, Banksy’s movie is mostly a riot.
Ah yes, you should definitely see the movie! I thought I replied to your comment last night but it must have not gone through. I don’t exactly remember the end of To Kill a Mockingbird, and I will have to re-read it soon I think!
Even with my lack of specific memory, I think your screen grab juxtaposition shot sounds wonderful because I am sure that lots of people will get it! :)
Thanks for bringing Banksy’s film to my attention. First I heard of it. Sounds great from the Amazon reviews.
Amazon reviews? What a great leap forward for mankind, and a case study of the benefits of limited capitalism. Limited, of course, because of the massive public money that went into developing the internet in the first place. And because to an extent – the reviews – it is built on volunteer labour.
So far, they really do make an effort to track and eliminate campaign voting – I’ve experience of this on some reviews I posted which all suddenly got 17 negative reviews on the same day, and all the other reviewers who ‘took my side’ got the same. It took Amazon a while but they got there. How long though? With the ‘revolution from above’, the class war waged by the elites, hotting up into an all out war on everything humanising and decent…
Downside is they treat their workers like shit. No unions – acknowledging the obvious question of whether unions ever do anything useful now anyway.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the film of To Kill a Mockingbird. If I did, I didn’t really take it in. Another must to watch – I love Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall. That’s Duvall’s first screen role? He seems to have become type-cast for cowboy roles in his later years, which isn’t so bad since he’s made some fine movies in the vein, and of course the sublime Lonesome Dove.
I recall watching both versions of They Live a couple of years ago, but I must watch them again. All I can remember now is those spectacles and the alien faces, and the subliminal ‘obeys!’.
Comment by lafayettesennacherib — 16 September 2012 @ 3:18 am
Robert Duvall doesn’t have a speaking role in Mockingbird, but for that matter neither does Michael Myers in Halloween. In the end Boo Radley is presented as a good guy, an avenging angel of vigilante justice, but all the components are there for Carpenter to give him a twist.
I read somewhere that positive Amazon reviews get more positive responses from readers than do negative reviews. So if you’re trying to make a name for yourself as a hot Amazon reviewer, then the pragmatic move is to like practically everything.