The films of John Carpenter are a diverse and interesting bunch - from the frigid terror felt in The Thing, to the bizarre sense of campy paranoia in They Live, there is seemingly something for everyone. Although he has worked with many various genres, Carpenter is most well known for his horror and science fiction films.
His first real hit was the horror classic Halloween, which gave birth to the slasher genre and showed a then unknown Jamie Lee Curtis fighting for her life against a masked maniac. Though their plots and genres are varied, Carpenter’s movies are distinct for several different reasons. Whether it be his continued use of actor Kurt Russell, the minimal lighting, or the scores he composed himself, Carpenter has some unique techniques.
Not a fan of Valentine's Day? If the traditional romance films aren't your cup of tea this time of year, consider the line written by Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night's Dream, "The course of true love never did run smooth." While these films feature the pain of heartbreak and fall out from bad break-ups, they still manage to celebrate friendship and the (eventually) fruitful pursuit of true love.
The films Gentlemen Broncos and The Extra Man are frolicsome comedies that portray unique young men who are writers and maintain an unconventional relationship with a mentor. If you like eccentric comedies that can venture into the absurd, I recommend these two films.
Audition (Japanese) This film is based on a male widower whom is still sadden by the death of his wife. His friend tries to help out by setting his house into a studio to hold auditions for a fake film in order to find a new wife. The widower then becomes increasing attracted to a young inspiring, yet shy, ballet trainer.
Only 3 episodes have aired of the new show The Cape, but I am already hooked. If you've missed it, don't despair, you can watch full episodes online for free. Wrongly accused and presumed dead, Vince Farraday finds refuge within a circus of thieves who teach him an odd assortment of skills. He earns The Cape - a hooded cloak with stunning properties.
Very much rooted in the superhero genre, it has the flair of the early seasons of Heroes, the action of the BBC show Robin Hood and is blended with the humor of Firefly.