Movie Recommendation of the Week #6

assault on precinct 13 poster

assault on precinct 13 poster

Assault on Precinct 13

For some reason a lot of people seem to think that Halloween was John Carpenter’s first movie. It was actually his 3rd feature length film and it wasn’t even his first great film.

Assault on Precinct 13 was John Carpenter’s 2nd feature film and it came out in 1976, two years before Halloween in 1978.

The movie’s title is actually a big misconception. The assault doesn’t take place on Precinct 13, nor is there a Precinct 13 anywhere in the movie. The precinct in the movie is actually Precinct 9, District 13. John Carpenter’s original title was “The Anderson Alamo”, he later changed it to “The Siege”, but the movie distributors changed the title when they released it to “Assault on Precinct 13”, because they thought it sounded cool, and they were just not bothered to check their details.

Reasons to watch:

John Carpenter is in great form – Even though this isn’t a horror movie, it has Carpenter’s signature dark and foreboding style. It’s an action thriller (idealized as a western) that has a horror like atmosphere that works surprisingly well.

Great action – While there may not be a ton of action, what is there is great. The effects are fantastic. This is back in the 70’s so we have all the glorious assaultsquibs that sadly aren’t as prevalent in more modern films. The action is well shot, well performed, and is very intense.

Good characters – The acting is very good and the characters are very well rounded. The character development is done surprisingly well.

It seems like the kind of movie where you wouldn’t care about the characters, but John Carpenter did a great job as writer/director making the characters napoleon wilsonlikable and relate-able. They are believable in the situation and the good guys are fun to root for.

One character in particular is just so damn cool. Partially because of the excellent writing and partially because of the fantastic performance given by Darwin Joston. That character is Napoleon Wilson. This character is so Goddamn cool, he has to be on a list of coolest movie characters, but I feel he often goes overlooked.

It’s an overlooked classic – Assault on Precinct 13 is one of John Carpenter’s best films and it really is a classic.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas Sam’s movie recommendation for me was…

the year without santa claus

Sam’s movie recommendation for the sixth day of Christmas is “The year Without A Santa Claus”.

Description from Amazon.com

the year without santa clausAt the North Pole, the Christmas rush is on. Everyone from elves to reindeer are merrily preparing for Santa Claus’s yearly sleigh ride. Everyone except Santa!

Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Eager to help, Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves set out to see to where all the season’s cheer has disappeared. Aided by a magical snowfall, they reawaken the spirit of Christmas in children’s hearts and put Santa back in action.

2014 will be the 40th anniversary of this Christmas classic.

One of the most memorable songs in the movie is the Snow Miser and Heat Miser song. It’s definitely not your typical Christmas carol, but it’s one of those songs that just stays with you. Below is the video and lyrics so you can sing along.

(Snow Miser)
I’m Mister White Christmas
I’m Mister Snow
I’m Mister Icicle
I’m Mister Ten Below
Friends call me Snow Miser,
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch
I’m too much!

(Chorus)
He’s Mister White Christmas
He’s Mister Snow
He’s Mister Icicle
He’s Mister Ten Below
Friends call me Snow Miser,
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch
He’s too much!

(Snow Miser)
I never want to know a day
That’s over forty degrees
I’d rather have it thirty,
Twenty, then Five, then let it freeze!
(brrrrrrrrrrr!)

(Chorus)
He’s Mister White Christmas
He’s Mister Snow
He’s Mister Icicle
He’s Mister Ten Below

(Snow Miser)
Friends call me Snow Miser,
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch,
Too much.
Too Much!

(Heat Miser)
I’m Mister Green Christmas
I’m Mister Sun
I’m Mister Heat Blister
I’m Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!

(Chorus)
He’s Mister Green Christmas
He’s Mister Sun
He’s Mister Heat Blister
He’s Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
He’s too much!

(Heat Miser)
Thank you!
I never want to know a day
That’s under sixty degrees
I’d rather have it eighty,
Ninety, one hundred’s a breeze!
(spoken)
Oh, some like it hot, but I like it
REALLY hot! Hee hee!
He’s Mister Green Christmas
He’s Mister Sun
Sing it!

(Chorus)
He’s Mister Heat Blister
He’s Mister Hundred and One

(Heat Miser)
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!
Too Much!

On the First day of Christmas Sam’s Movie Recommendation for me was…

black adder's Christmas Carol

black adder's Christmas CarolAlmost everyone knows the story “A Christmas Carol” and has seen at least one film adaptation, but here is one that is often overlooked. Rowan Atkinson takes his great Black Adder character and puts him in the role of Scrooge in “Black Adder’s Christmas Carol“.

Now if on the off chance you’re not familiar with the story, the bit you need to know is that it stars Scrooge as a grumpy, nasty old man who hates Christmas and pretty much everyone else, and after being visited by 3 ghosts, changes his ways and becomes nice. Rowan Atkinson basically flips that around and gives you the reverse.

In his incarnation Black Adder starts out as the nicest man in England who gives away everything for the sake of others. After being visited by the ghosts he realizes the “Error of his ways” and becomes the nasty old Black Adder the show is known for.

It’s a delightful spin on the story and it is very funny, and clocking in at only 43 minutes, it is definitely worth the time.