They Live, Again


23 Responses to “They Live, Again”

  1. deckard68 says:

    Reads like someone who is high but has retained an ability to cite references. Yeah we get it — anything produced in a capitalistic system that criticizes capitalism is ironic. Now shut up and enjoy your joint.

  2. billso says:

    And I just watched this movie on Netflix the other night… WIN. I’ll get the book when it comes out next month.

  3. License Farm says:

    Big fan of THEY LIVE, so thanks for bringing this to our attention, Doug. I thought I was the only one who noticed the glasses are called “Hoffman lenses,” and only once in passing. Does Lethem postulate that’s a reference to Abby, Albert or another Hoffman?

    • elfspice says:

      haha, i never thought of hoffmann as in abbie, i was thinking albert, the link between dark sunglasses (and ultraviolet light) and lsd and all that. but hey, abbie hoffman also links back into lsd with his famous idea of dmso mixed with lsd, immortalised in the dead kennedy’s song… there’s no doubt in my mind that all of the above played a role as source material that created that genius movie.

      and that fight scene, it’s the most absurd piece of fight choreography ever seen in a movie. probably qualifies as the most awesome b grade scifi horror thriller movie ever made. oh yeah, the bank scene is brilliant too, i recall someone posting the speech he makes at the beginning before blowing away the aliens recently in a comment thread somewhere here on boingboing:

      ‘i am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and i’m all out of bubblegum’

  4. swellzombie says:

    Fairey has become one of the aliens. That’s why I had to parody him like this.

  5. princeminski says:

    To Anon # 9 as well: “Pretentious” is just the hip rock and roll version of what the Tea Party/National Review crowd means by “elitist.” The ideocracy is descending upon us from all directions.

  6. KidDork says:

    These books remind me of the old TREK paperback collections of Star Trek fan analysis, or Mad Norwegian’s ABOUT TIME series about Doctor Who. Same idea, less celebrity status.

  7. Margot Dent says:

    awesome, like the 33 1/3 series but for films instead of albums!

  8. Anonymous says:

    it’s a reference / omage to ALBERT hofmann.

  9. JMillerBoston says:

    If I remember correctly, THEY LIVE held the record for longest fight scene (between Rowdy Roddy Piper & Keith David) in a movie for over a decade. I was every bit the target audience at the time, and let me tellya, that movie freaked me the F out in the best possible way!

  10. Bill Beaty says:

    This Obama poster really really should have said “OBEY” That’s from marcpalm’s blogspot blog

  11. Anonymous says:

    To be fair, I picked a particularly dense passage. Most of the book is much more plainspoken.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The writer of the short story the film is based on, Ray Faraday Nelson, was a longtime friend of Philp K. Dick. He was allegedly PKDs LSD supplier and collaborated with him on the the novel “The Ganymede Takeover”. He has also done a number of interesting sci-fi novels including “Blake’s Progress” and “Then Beggers Could Ride”. Oddly enough, Nelson was also the inventor of the famous propeller beany.

  13. LeSinge says:

    Wow, this guy sounds SUPER pretentious. Great movie though. I wanted to make a fake website for the church in the movie and then have it subvert into a resistance front.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Why does the subtext of every academic analysis seem to be, “Here’s why I, the reviewer, am superior to what I’m discussing.”

  15. Anonymous says:

    I believe the “Hoffman Glasses” are references to the E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose stories concerned human dopplegangers & automota. “Spin, dolly, spin!” Very creepy stuff.

  16. romulusnr says:

    That cover looks straight out of the “I Can Read Movies” cover art series by Spacesick (Previously on BB IIRC):

  17. jeligula says:

    My favorite part is where Roddy Piper and Keith David kick the living crap out of each other for fifteen minutes. Each blow delivered would be enough to kill a man, yet they keep trading them back and forth for what amounts to an eternity in a street fight. 2×4 against the head, swung with skull crushing force? No problem. The same with a lead pipe? Again, no problem. Wonderful.

  18. voidmstr says:

    Hah! I thought I was the only one who note the Fairey ‘They Live’ homage.

    Subtsitute Republicans for the Rolex-wearing aliens and you have a good metaphor for post-modren Amerika.

    • malex says:

      “Subtsitute Republicans for the Rolex-wearing aliens and you have a good metaphor for post-modren Amerika.”


  19. urpBurp says:

    What a funny coincidence,… I was just thinking of this movie recently after seeing the picture of Hillary through the viewfinder.

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