John Howard Carpenter is an American film director, producer, musician and composer. Although Carpenter has worked in film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror, action. Most films in Carpenters career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the exceptions of Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York. However, many of Carpenters films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be viewed as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. Cult classics that Carpenter directed include, Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live and In the Mouth of Madness. He released his first studio album Lost Themes in 2015, Carpenter was born January 16,1948 in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Jean and Howard Ralph Carpenter, a music professor. He and his moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1953. In a beginning film course at USC Cinema in 1969, Carpenter wrote and directed an 8-minute short film, the film was rediscovered in the USC archives in 2011 and proved interesting because it revealed elements that would appear in his film, Halloween.
The short film was blown-up to 35mm, sixty prints were made, and his first major film as director, Dark Star, was a science fiction black comedy that he cowrote with Dan OBannon. Carpenters efforts did not go unnoticed as much of Hollywood marveled at his abilities within the confines of a shoestring budget. Carpenters next film was Assault on Precinct 13, a low-budget thriller influenced by the films of Howard Hawks, as with Dark Star, Carpenter was responsible for many aspects of the films creation. He not only wrote and scored it, but edited the film under the pseudonym John T. Chance. Carpenter has said that he considers Assault on Precinct 13 to have been his first real film because it was the first movie that he shot on a schedule. The film marked the first time Carpenter worked with Debra Hill, Carpenter assembled a main cast that consisted of experienced but relatively obscure actors. The film received a reassessment in the United States, where it is now generally regarded as one of the best exploitation films of the 1970s.
Carpenter both wrote and directed the Lauren Hutton thriller Someones Watching Me and this TV movie is the tale of a single, working woman who, shortly after arriving in L. A. discovers that she is being stalked. Halloween was a hit and helped give birth to the slasher film genre. Carpenter said of the concept, Halloween night
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976 film)
Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American independent action thriller film written, directed and edited by John Carpenter. It stars Austin Stoker as an officer who defends a defunct precinct against an attack by a relentless criminal gang, along with Darwin Joston as a convicted murderer who helps him. Laurie Zimmer and Tony Burton co-star as other defenders of the precinct, writer/director Carpenter was approached by J. Stein Kaplan to make a low-budget exploitation film for under $100,000 but with total creative control. Carpenter wrote The Anderson Alamo, inspired by the Howard Hawks Western film Rio Bravo, despite controversy with the MPAA over the explicitly violent and infamous ice cream gunshot scene, the film received an R rating and opened in the United States on November 3,1976. Assault was initially met with mixed reviews and unimpressive box-office returns in the United States and it gained a considerable cult following, reappraisal from critics, and was re-evaluated in America as one of the best action films of its era and of Carpenters career.
A remake appeared in 2005, directed by Jean-François Richet and starring Ethan Hawke, the story takes place on a Saturday in Anderson, a crime-infested ghetto in South Central Los Angeles. Members of a gang known as Street Thunder have recently stolen a large number of assault rifles. The film begins at 3 a. m. that morning, as a team of heavily-armed LAPD officers ambush, the gangs four warlords swear a blood oath of revenge, known as a Cholo, against the police and the citizens of Los Angeles. The station is manned by a staff composed of Sergeant Chaney. Across town, two of the Street Thunder warlords, along two other gang members, drive around the neighborhood looking for people to kill. One of the shoots and kills a little girl and the driver of an ice-cream truck. The girls father, Lawson and kills the warlord, in shock, Lawson is unable to communicate to Bishop or Chaney what has happened to him. Just before this, a prison bus commanded by Starker stops at the station to find help for one of three prisoners being transported to the state prison.
The prisoners are Napoleon Wilson, a killer on his way to Death Row and Caudell. In seconds, they kill Chaney, the bus driver, Starker, Bishop unchains Wilson from Starkers body and puts Wilson and Wells back into the cells. Meanwhile, the members remove all evidence of the skirmish in order to avoid attracting outside attention. Bishop hopes that someone has heard the un-silenced police weapons firing, Wells is chosen to sneak out of the precinct through the sewer line and hot-wire a car, but is killed by a gang member hiding in the backseat. However, two police officers responding to reports of gunfire find the body of a telephone repairman hanging from a pole near the police station
California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western coast of the U. S, California is bordered by the other U. S. states of Oregon and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. Los Angeles is Californias most populous city, and the second largest after New York City. The Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nations second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, California has the nations most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The Central Valley, an agricultural area, dominates the states center. What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its war for independence.
The western portion of Alta California was organized as the State of California, the California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom. If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world, fifty-eight percent of the states economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5 percent of the states economy, the story of Calafia is recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián, written as a sequel to Amadis de Gaula by Spanish adventure writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The kingdom of Queen Calafia, according to Montalvo, was said to be a land inhabited by griffins and other strange beasts. This conventional wisdom that California was an island, with maps drawn to reflect this belief, shortened forms of the states name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA.
Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000. The Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their organization with bands, villages. Trade and military alliances fostered many social and economic relationships among the diverse groups, the first European effort to explore the coast as far north as the Russian River was a Spanish sailing expedition, led by Portuguese captain Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, in 1542. Some 37 years English explorer Francis Drake explored and claimed a portion of the California coast in 1579. Spanish traders made unintended visits with the Manila galleons on their trips from the Philippines beginning in 1565
Adventures in Babysitting
Fifteen-year-old Brad Anderson is originally supposed to go to his friend Daryl Coopersmiths house to spend the night, but he changes his mind when he finds that Chris is the sitter. Chris and the hide in the adulterers Cadillac, which is car-jacked by a thief named Joe Gipp. They are detained in an office but manage to escape over the rafters and through a window, whereas Joe spots them. They enter a club where the band on stage wont let them leave until they sing the blues. Chris, Brad and Daryl recount their events so far that night to the cheers of the audience and are allowed to leave, successfully losing Graydon and his leader Bleak. Brad tells Chris about his feelings toward her, but find they are not reciprocated because Brad is two years younger than she is, after separating Daryl from a streetwalker who is a runaway, Chris is reminded of Brenda. They take Brad to the hospital, where he receives a single stitch to his toe, while the rest are led to believe he had died. They run into Pruitt, who is now on the lam for his attacks, he tells the kids he replaced the windshield.
The kids come across a fraternity party and Chris meets and becomes attracted to Dan Lynch. He takes them to Dawsons Garage and drops them off, when they find Dawson, his blond hair and sledge hammer leads Sara to believe he is her hero Thor. He coldly denies them their car because of the $5 shortage, Joe Gipp told Bleak about their troubles and the three are waiting to follow them. The kids find the restaurant where Mike was supposed to take Chris, Sara slips away on her own to look at a toy store while Chris yells at Mike. Brad stands up for his friend while Daryl kicks Mike into a food cart, after Sara climbs out one of the open windows and slides down the building, Chris spots her and they run upstairs to help. The kids hurriedly pick up Brenda from the bus station and rush home, once back home, the kids go upstairs while Chris dismisses Brenda and cleans up the mess left earlier, settling into place just as the Andersons return. After Chris leaves, Dan arrives with one of Saras missing skates and he says he needs a babysitter and is disappointed when Chris said shes retired, he confesses that the babysitter was for him.
Chris decides that retirement can wait and gladly agrees to babysit Dan, with Saras encouragement and Dan laugh and kiss as Brad closes the blinds. In a scene after the credits, Graydon is seen still stuck on the building ledge. It was released as A Night on the Town in the United Kingdom, valerie Bertinelli was one of the actresses who auditioned for the role of Chris Parker
Dragstrip Girl (1994 film)
Dragstrip Girl is a 1994 American drama film directed by Mary Lambert. Dragstrip Girl originally aired on the television network Showtime on September 2,1994. As with other films in the series, its name is taken from a 1950s B-movie, johnny is a bad guy, trying to go straight. He becomes smitten with Laura, a good girl rebelling against her parents by pretending to go steady with him. Set against the backdrop of 1950s Los Angeles
World Trade Center (film)
World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Dorff, the film was shot between October 19,2005, and February 10,2006, and released on August 9,2006. As all of the Police return to the station, they see on TV that the North Tower of the World Trade Center has been hit by the plane. Sergeant McLoughlin assigns many of the officers to assist in a precautionary evacuation attempt of the North Tower, on the bus, they hear reports that the South Tower is hit by another plane. When they arrive at the World Trade Center, they realize the extent of the disaster, the men proceed to get safety equipment from Building 5 and enter the concourse between the towers. The group consists of McLoughlin, Dominick Pezzulo and Antonio Rodrigues, as the men prepare to enter the North Tower, the buildings begin to rumble. McLoughlin realizes that the South Tower is collapsing onto them and that their chance of survival is to run into the service elevator shaft.
Amoroso trips and does not have time to get up, and Rodrigues is unable to get to the shaft in time, McLoughlin and Pezzulo manage to escape the huge amounts of dust and rubble flying down from the South Tower. However, as the rubble continues to crush the elevator shaft, Pezzulo tries but fails to shift the debris due to its weight, and is instructed by McLoughlin not to leave. As Pezzulo becomes optimistic that they live, the rumbling begins again as the North Tower starts to collapse. Although Jimeno and McLoughlin are not further harmed, Pezzulo is fatally injured when a concrete slab falls into the hole, after he fires a gun through a gap in the rubble to try to alert rescuers to their position, he dies. Jimeno and McLoughlin spend hours under the rubble, in pain, McLoughlin is particularly anxious to keep Jimeno from falling asleep and Jimeno realizes that by straining to grab a metal bar above his body, he can make a noise that rescuers might hear. Two United States Marines, Dave Karnes and Jason Thomas, who are searching for survivors, do hear it and find the men, Jimeno is rescued first, and hours McLoughlin is lifted out of the debris, barely alive and in critical condition.
They are reunited with their distraught families at the hospital. Two years after the attacks, McLoughlin and Jimeno attend a barbecue with their families, McLoughlins wife Donna, Jimenos wife Allison, daughter Bianca, the epilogue states that John and Will were two of the 20 people pulled out alive and are now retired from active duty. Dave Karnes re-enlisted in the Marines, McLoughlin and Jimeno wanted to have a movie made to honor their rescuers and comrades who died on September 11, not for personal gain. McLoughlins wife Donna has said, We got involved because we felt it needed to be done accurately and we wanted to do the right thing and I think the filmmakers wanted to do the right thing too. Both John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno appear at the end of the film during the barbecue scene, the real ESU police from New York who are depicted in the film—Scott Strauss and Paddy McGee—were on set as technical advisers
Crazy in Alabama
The movie was filmed primarily in and around Houma, Louisiana with locations in Schriever and New Orleans, Louisiana as well as Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Peter Joseph Peejoe Bullis lives in a town in Alabama in 1965. He becomes involved with a group of students protesting the towns racially segregated municipal swimming pool. A young black boy, Taylor Jackson, is killed by the town sheriff, the only witness, is pressured by the sheriff to keep it quiet. Lucille takes her husbands head everywhere she goes in a hat box. When the head is discovered by the hostess of a party, two policemen, thinking she is about to jump over herself, open the hat box and discover the head inside. She is arrested and escorted back to Alabama for her trial, after being convicted of first-degree murder, Lucille is sentenced to twenty years in prison. However, the sentence is suspended, and she is put on a five-year probation with the condition that she seek psychiatric help, her children, and all her friends joyfully exit the courtroom while the sheriff is put under arrest for Taylors murder.
Melanie Griffith earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress for her performance in the film, her performance in this film and Another Day in Paradise earned her the Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress. Lucas Black was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor, Crazy in Alabama at the Internet Movie Database Crazy in Alabama at AllMovie Crazy in Alabama at Rotten Tomatoes Crazy in Alabama at Box Office Mojo
Jailbreakers is a 1994 television film directed by William Friedkin. Filming took place in Southern California and it was released on September 9,1994, the film originally aired on Showtime as part of their Rebel Highway series that took the titles of 1950s-era B-movies and applied them to original films. The film was released on VHS. The film takes place in the 1950s, Angel is a 15-year-old cheerleader who has her life all ahead of her. She falls in love with Tony Falcon, a drug dealing high school drop-out, a nighttime outing leads to trouble and Angel and Tony are caught. Although Tony is the one who is sent to jail. She is estranged from her parents and her friends ever to talk to her. The family think its for the best for them to move to new surroundings and her family move to a nice and quiet suburbia. She starts a new life and even falls in love with a new boy. However, she is soon in trouble when Tony escapes from jail and he takes her away from her family and together they try to escape to Mexico.
A chase follows, with the police and Angels father trying to catch Tony, shannen Doherty - Angel Norton Antonio Sabàto, Jr. - Tony Falcon Vince Edwards - Mr. Norton Adrienne Barbeau - Mrs
Joe Alves is an American film production designer, perhaps best known for his work on three of the Jaws films. Alves has designed three features for Steven Spielberg, firstly for The Sugarland Express and he designed the three mechanical sharks for the movie Jaws with mechanical effects man Bob Mattey supervising their physical construction in Sun Valley CA. After the sharks were completed, they were trucked to the shooting location and he was nominated for the Academy Award and won the BAFTA for Best Art Direction for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Alves worked on Jaws 2 in the capacity of production designer and as second unit director. After John D. Hancock, the director of Jaws 2, was sacked. Jeannot Szwarc was hired, however, to complete the film, the model of New York he created for John Carpenters Escape from New York has been described as memorably derelict, and he was visual consultant on Carpenters Starman. He directed Jaws 3-D, which took advantage of the revival in popularity of 3-D at the time, the film received generally weak critical reception, with Variety criticising Alves for failing to linger long enough on the Great White.
He was nominated as worst director in the 1983 Golden Raspberry Awards, Jaws 3-D was his only film as director. Joe Alves at the Internet Movie Database
Cool and the Crazy
Cool and the Crazy is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi and starring Jared Leto and Alicia Silverstone. The story revolves around a married couple in the late 1950s who both lead separate affairs. Cool and the Crazy first aired on the television network Showtime in 1994 as part of the series Rebel Highway. High School sweethearts Michael and Rosy happily marry during the 1950s, things go along smoothly until Roslyn gets pregnant, at age 19. The bills pile up and the two apart from each other. Roslyn spends most of the taking care of their child and hanging out with her best friend, Joannie. Joannies been cheating on her husband with a man named Frankie, Roslyn is introduced to Frankies friend, Joey, a bad boy whos married. Immediately, Roslyn begins an affair with Joey, at first Michael doesnt suspect anything, but when the two girl friends go out at night and come back and later, it dawns on him that they are both having affairs. Michael works at a company with Lorraine, whos into the The Beat.
One night, he out to have an affair with her. The next morning, his uptight attitudes causes him to out of the affair when he learns that hes not her only lover. Eventually Lorraine leaves to go to New York City, at the same time, Roslyns trying to break off her affair with Joey, but he wont give up that easily. Varied events soon escalate in violence, Joey kidnaps Roslyn, and Michael goes after them, and takes his wife back from him. Michael and Roslyn go their ways, and Michael hits the road. Michael, Roslyns husband and the father of Michael Jr and he lives unhappily in his marriage as he feels that Roslyn is pushing him away. Roslyn, Michaels wife and the mother of Michael Jr and she feels alone at home taking care of the house and the baby, big when Joey comes along, he shows her the world of being free and shows her more fun types of sex. Joannie, Roslyns best friend who has an affair before Roslyn does, Roslyns secret boyfriend and sex buddy. Lorraine, Michaels co worker who he too has an affair with, Crazy Ralph Bakshi began developing Cool and the Crazy in the late 1960s under the title If I Catch Her, Ill Kill Her