26.8.11

Ghosts of Mars.

Having read mixed reviews for John Carpenter’s ‘Ghosts of Mars’, I tried to send the two in with low expectations, telling them not to think of Carpenter’s earlier work, but merely to go in blind.  I realize that this shouldn't really count as a zombie film, but that hasn't stopped me before.  It has ELEMENTS of zombie films.  I guess.  Anyways, the incredibly used DVD didn’t cost much, so, it should at least be worth the price.  Let’s go.

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[The hammy acting and odd musical choices make for a surreal atmosphere as they introduce the story, and Ice Cube’s character.]

Starkwell: Desolation Williams?  They may as well have just named him Ice Cube, since that’s pretty much what he’s playing.

Lovelock: Wait that is Ice Cube.

Starkwell: Uh… yeah.

Lovelock: Life ain’t nothin’ but bitches and money.

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For the next, what felt like forever, the two discussed in detail whether or not Carpenter meant for the movie to be this cheesy.  It’s hard to argue it’s an accident when you see that hot air balloon crash.  While it was difficult to see it any other way (I respect Carpenter too much to think that he accidentally made it cheesy), it didn’t always feel like the actors were in on the joke.  Neither Allen nor Lionel could believe Pam Grier died so early in the movie.

[...]

[It is shown that the ‘zombies’ in the movie involve more of the demonic alien possession style people than the more traditional walking corpse.]

Lovelock: Those aren’t zombies.

Starkwell: Let’s bail.

[...]

They took off, but I sat through the rest.  I sort of wish I hadn’t.  I’m sort of glad I did.

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous14:29

    HAHAHA GameDoc loves this one.

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  2. @GameDoc: I assume you mean what Starkwell and Lovelock had to say, and not the actual movie.

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  3. I actually like it... no more cheesy than anything Arnie et al have ever done. Okay not a zombie flic, but I don't think it was ever meant to be.

    'They Live!' is even worse, but worth watching for its single classic line.

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  4. I liked it too... to be honest, I LOVED 'They Live'.

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  5. Anonymous11:19

    GameDoc: Yeah, their reaction is priceless.

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  6. Clavelly Reductionist17:58

    Ghosts of Mars is a superb film, a cult-classic par-excellence just like nearly all of Carpenters movies.

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  7. I like it, but I don't think it's a good movie.

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  8. the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjay16:35

    John Carpenter is the most ludicrously UNDER-rated film-maker of all-time, where-as Quentin Tarantino is the most ludicrously OVER-rated film-maker of all-time.

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  9. I don't know that Quentin is OVER rated... maybe a little. But when he is good, he is PHENOMENAL.

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  10. the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjay19:11

    Name a good film that Tarantino has made, because i cant think of one. Tarantino is like Scorsese, he has too much respect and reverence for the past, the best film-makers have nothing but contempt for the past, they only look to the future.

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  11. Both "Kill Bill" movies.

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  12. the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjay17:06

    Sorry my old mate but i didn`t think much of those either.

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