The Raid, Filmmaker John Carpenter, Last Jedi BTS, And More -- The LRM Weekend

– by David Kozlowski
  By David Kozlowski   |   21 July 2017

Welcome to Issue #5 of The LRM WEEKEND, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome LRM community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!


What's happening everybody? It's Comic-Con week here at LRM, so while everyone else is geeking-out down in San Diego, we decided to get a little bit weird. We're digging into some classic John Carpenter films, we've got a couple truly amazing fight scenes, a war film that can go toe-to-toe with Dunkirk, and an awesome new behind-the-scenes video about this holiday's Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Have a great Weekend guys!!!


Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic brawl from the recent or distant past -- we want to hear from you, so share your favorite fights with us!

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

BONUS: Interview with Director Gareth Evans


The original International movie poster from 2011!

What Is It?

The Raid: Redemption (2011) is an Indonesian. Pencak Silat .

Why Should We Care?

Maybe it's just me, but martial arts films have gotten a little stale. Granted, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tony Jaa, and Jackie Chan have done some amazing stuff over the decades... but it's almost as if the genre was stuck on repeat. Until a total unknown filmmaker, Gareth Evans, stepped-up with an adrenaline-fueled, no-holds-barred, completely bananas film that jolted martial arts fans around the world. The Raid: Redemption (aka Serbuan Muat -- the original Indonesian title) is a pretty recent film by LRM Weekend standards, but it is undeniably the most intense and dynamic martial arts or action films we've seen. Ever. Full Stop.

The premise is dead simple: the cops want to take out a crime lord who's holed-up in a residential tower full of junkies, murders, and violent felons. Just cops at the bottom and work their way up... only it's not that simple (it never is). Led by the amazing Iko Uwais, the cops are repeatedly ambushed, and betrayed. More important, this film contains some of the most extraordinary fight sequences we've ever seen on film -- and we've seen a lot of them!

SOURCE: Rin Asogi

SOURCE:Flicks And The City

Who Should We Choose For Our Next Fight Of The Week?

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Each week we'll highlight interesting, and offbeat, videos regarding some of our favorite LRM topics currently trending on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, and other popular video sites around the Internet.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- Behind the Scenes!

What Is It?

Watch some amazing (and honestly, kind of haunting) behind the scenes footage, interviews, and surprises from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).  This short video provides many new and beautiful images from the film that we haven't seen before here at LRM Weekend.

Why Should We Care?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi represents a major departure from the previous seven Star Wars films, as the original cast of Luke, Leia, Chewie, Han, and the droids are passing the torch to Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo. For the first time since the original Star Wars (1977), I think it's safe to say that fans have no clear idea where the franchise goes from here. So, it's with a mix of excitement and sadness that we take in these moments while anticipation grows for the December 15 release.

There's just something cool in the combination of practical and computer-generated effects in this video. As someone who's old enough to have seen the original Star Wars in a theater during its initial release (so long ago), it's also really hard to see an older Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the final appearance of Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and the absence of Han Solo (Harrison Ford). I expect this film to be emotional and powerful that's reminiscent of the much darker The Empire Strikes Back (1980) once evoked.

SOURCE: Star Wars

What Do You Want To See In Next Week's Trending Video?

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Debuting in LRM Weekend: The Creators, a series of profiles, interviews, and documentaries with the legends and innovators of our favorite comics, movies, shows, and characters that span the last 100 years of pop culture.

Master of Horror and Action: John Carpenter

BONUS: Charlie Rose Interview with John Carpenter (1996)

BONUS: John Carpenter Appearance on David Letterman (1982)

Halloween (1978) is the film that put Carpenter on the map

Escape from New York (1981) is arguably Carpenter's most iconic film (starring Kurt Russell)

The Thing (1982) is also Arguably Carpenter's most iconic film (also stars Kurt Russell)

What Is It?

John Howard Carpenter (1948-present) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror, action, and science fiction films from the 1970s and 1980s.

Why Should We Care?

Perhaps no other single American filmmaker is more closely associated with genre films of the 70s and 80s as the legendary John Carpenter. After a series of essentially homemade short films, Carpenter wrote and directed the cult classic, Dark Star (1974), a surreal and campy sci-fi/comedy, shot on a shoe-string budget, three years before Star Wars (1977). He followed-up with the independent action-thriller, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), a film that's essentially a zombie Western masquerading as a cops-and-robbers drama, but the big break for Carpenter came two years later with Halloween (1978), a horror film that redefined the genre and the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis.

Carpenter's career as a maverick filmmaker is probably best defined by his ability to secure financing on low-budget, high-concept projects starring up-and-coming actors. Carpenter wrote, directed, produced, and musically scored most of his projects, including many of the most iconic films of the 1980s, including: The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Starman (1984, and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). What makes these films so suspenseful and shocking is the use of electronic music to punctuate big moments, which Carpenter often composed and performed himself.

Carpenter is notoriously grouchy when it comes to remakes, or sequels to his existing works, but he's also been incredibly accessible to the film community, respectful of his influences and predecessors (John Ford, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock), and willing to tell stories of his long and amazing career. John Carpenter might not have the same name recognition as Scorsese, Spielberg, or Coppola, but there's little question of the incredible imprint his films have had on American cinema.


SOURCE: Manufacturing Intellect

SOURCE: Wichita Big Screen

Tells Us About Your Favorite Comics, Film, or TV Creator!

Drop us a Tweet: @LRM_Weekend with a link to your favorite comic, film, or TV creator video, and we'll post it in an upcoming edition of the LRM WEEKEND along with your Tweet!

Each of us grew up watching a wide range of movies and TV shows from the 60s-90s that turned us into the fanboys and fangirls that we are today! Whether it's Ultraman, Jackie Chan, Voltron, Akira Kurosawa, or Knight Rider (you know who you are!), we want you to hear about your favorite movie and TV trailers.

John Carpenter's They Live (1988)

BONUS: The Making of They Live

BONUS: The Best Fight Scene You've Ever Seen (Seriously!)

Original theatrical poster!

What Is It?

Film: They Live (1988)

Starring: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster

Genre: Science Fiction-Horror (and slyly Satirical)

Synopsis: Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.

Why Should We Care?

They Live (1988) is a 1988 science fiction-horror film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows an unnamed drifter (referred to as "John Nada" in the film's credits) who discovers that the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media. They Live is based on the 1963 short story, "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson.

So, of all the great John Carpenter movies from the 80s, why the hell did we choose this one? Pretty simple, They Live is John Carpenter at his most bizarre, over-the-top, and why-the-hell-not bad-ass. This might be among the dumbest and poorly-acted of Carpenter's movies (with all due respect to the cult-classic Dark Star (1974)), but yet there's an undeniable energy and fun in this movie (and some of the best fight scenes of all-time).

Look, I know what you're saying: a movie about a possibly insane WWF wrestler finding a pair of sunglasses that reveals an alien invasion plot, is... possibly the coolest idea for a movie we've ever heard! This film is packed with John Carpenter trademarks like iconic music, shocking violence, great catchphrases, and bizarre twists and turns. It's basically a love letter to schlocky B-movies that's not afraid to laugh at itself. I dare you to watch this movie and not place it at the top of your all-time favorites list.

SOURCE: TheValCinema

SOURCE: FilmMasterCarpenter


Give Us Your Ideas For The Next Throwback Trailer!

Drop us a Tweet: @LRM_Weekend to share your favorite movie trailer from the 60s-90s, and we'll post it in an upcoming edition of the LRM WEEKEND along with your Tweet!

It's the weekend, which means it's finally time to catch-up on all the stuff we've bookmarked on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, Twitch... you get the idea. The LRM community has millions of hours of stuff on our collective DVRs. We want to hear from you; tell us the shows, movies, etc. you've recently finished, or have queued-up!

Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986)

BONUS: Technical Advisor Dale Dye on Making Platoon Authentic

What Is It?

LRM fanboy, David Kozlowski, recommends watching Oliver Stone's Platoon Vietnam War film from 1986, starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Keith David, Forest Whitaker.

Why Should We Care?

I joined the Army way back in 1986 (I know, right?) and during basic training in the late fall of 1986 Oliver Stone's semi-biographical Vietnam War film Platoon hit theaters. I had grown up watching classic war films like The Dirty Dozen (1968), The Great Escape (1963), and The Sand Pebbles, which were all solid movies, but not particularly realistic (these were all really just action films, at heart). Platoon changed everything for the War genre. Stone expressed the despair, terror, violence, and confusion of combat like no other film had ever conveyed before... and it shook me up a lot when I saw it.

Stone, who served a 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968, brought a level of authenticity and first-person honesty to not only the film's combat scenes, but also to the men in its fictional 25th Infantry Division front-line platoon (this is a real Army division, but the characters portrayed in the film are just composites of real people). Stone hired Dale Dye, a retired Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran, as a technical expert who trained the actors as though they were heading into actual combat (see video above).

This is a great, great war film that would pair well with Chrisopher Nolan's highly-regarded Dunkirk (2017), which is hitting theaters almost 30 years after Platoon, if you're into that kind of trivia.

SOURCE:  Classix T

SOURCE:  William Forsche


El Rey's The Director's Chair

What Is It?

LRM fanboy Joseph Jammer Medina has been neck-deep in watching The Director’s Chair, an original series from Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network. 

Why Should We Care?

The Director’s Chair is pretty much every film fan’s wet dream. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez sits down with high profile directors, which include Robert Zemeckis, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter, and more. Over the course of 45 minutes he asks them about their history, their process, as well as what went on in their heads when making their classic films. Rodriguez is a fantastic interviewer, and it certainly helps that you have one director asking another director questions, because you get answers for questions that would have otherwise never been asked.

SOURCE: El Rey Network

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