Saturday, July 30, 2005

Rayden Wins

Watched Big Trouble in Little China last night for the first time in ages.

Director John Carpenter is either a two-bit hack, or a brilliant filmmaker. The movie is so cheesy, filled with bad dialog and even worse acting. And to quote Maude Lebowski, "The plot is absolutely ludicrous." But somehow, Carpenter manages to polish a turd. It's sooo bad, it's good. At times, I honestly couldn't tell if I was laughing with it, or at it.

In a nutshell... Jack Burton, played by Kurt Russell, is a trucker whose chinese restraunt owning friend, Wang, has his green eyed chinese wife kidnapped by a chinese gang at the S.F. airport. While pursing them down a Chinatown alleyway, a chinese gang war breaks out. Then a few dudes from Mortal Kombat show up and start going all fatality on their asses. Jack's truck is stolen. Blah, blah, blah. Jack, Wang and friends must now infiltrate an Ancient Chinese Sorceror's palace to get back the girl and, more importantly, Jack's truck.

I give this film 4.5 lightning fatalities to the funny bone.


Blogger fabulon7 said...

One of my favourite movies. I think John Carpenter is a two-bit hack who has moments of clarity where he realizes if he just pushes the hacktitude up a notch, he will achieve greatness.

When he fails to do that, he's just boring and cheesy.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Darkstar said...

Finish him!!!

11:26 AM  
Blogger clu said...

"The Thing" is, by far, my favorite John Carpenter film. It's the one film where I think he got everything right. A+ in my books.

11:30 AM  
Blogger clu said...

You know, there is a film by Carpenter called Dark Star. Haven't seen it.

11:31 AM  
Blogger fabulon7 said...

The Thing is great. Escape From New York and They Live both have the same sort of Big Trouble over-the-top-cheese appeal. Pretty much everything else is crap.

12:43 PM  
Blogger FuzzyDave said...

After "monty python and the holy grail" and "help!", "Darkstar" by john carpenter and dan (alien) o'bannon was my favorite film of all-time in high school.

btw, i answered your favicon question over in fuzzytopia.

4:05 PM  

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