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Beyond the Big Screen

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They Live: Body Slamming Science Fiction, Social Commentary and Aliens

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Today, we will be discussing the 1988 movie They Live, directed by John Carpenter. They Live is a science fiction, action, and horror film that tells the story of a drifter who discovers a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see the world as it really is: a dystopia controlled by aliens hiding among us. The protagonist, played by Roddy Piper, must then fight against the aliens and their control over humanity. The movie explores themes of consumerism, conformity, and class struggle, as the aliens control the world through their manipulation of media and consumer goods. The film also touches on themes of individuality and the power of dissent, as the protagonist fights against the aliens and their control. They Live received mixed reviews upon its release, but has since become a cult classic. It has been praised for its commentary on consumerism and its memorable fight scene, which has been parodied in various forms of media. They Live is a thought-provoking film that still resonates today, with its commentary on consumerism, conformity, and class struggle. If you haven't seen it, we highly recommend checking it out. Thanks for listening, and join us next time for more movie discussions! Use the hashtags to join the conversation on social media. #TheyLive #JohnCarpenter #Consumerism #Conformity #ClassStruggle #Individuality #Dissent Original Publication Date: 2/9/2023 You can learn more about Beyond the Big Screen and subscribe at all these great places: Click here to support Beyond the Big Screen! Click to Subscribe: email: Parthenon Podcast Network Home: On Social Media: Music Provided by: Music from "5/8 Socket" by Rico's Gruv Used by permission. © 2021 All Rights Reserved. "Crossing the Chasm" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Begin Transcript:
February 09, 2023
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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