She posted a two-part letter on Twitter in support to Justice League's Ray Fisher: https://twitter.com/AllCharisma/status/1359537746843365381
"The city of Toronto is officially taking legal action against carpenter Khaleel Seivwright, who's been building tiny shelters for encampment residents. The city's news release re: the injunction application mentions the Feb. 17 fire in a wooden shelter that killed one encampment resident. The city filed the app the previous week. The city also says that before any shelters or tents are removed from parks, residents are "engaged" and provided with other housing options. But from conversations I've had with @ESN_TO, occupied tents are still being cleared with residents' belongings inside."
City of Toronto serves notice on illegal structures in parks: https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-serves-notice-on-illegal-structures-in-parks/
Previously: Man dead after encampment fire in Toronto https://globalnews.ca/news/7645085/toronto-encampment-fire-adelaide-power-streets/
I’ve always found this movie to be completely relentless. It’s such a great precursor to the magic that Carpenter would create later on. He does so much with such a small budget and manages to keep his audience on edge from the opening frame.
I think a lot of the tension has to do with his score. Carpenter created some amazing scores early on his career. The Halloween theme is obviously his most popular, Escape from New York and The Fog are quintessential Carpenter, but the score in this film does a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere of unease from the very beginning.
Carpenter also creates a setting of “anything goes” with the murder of the cute kid in the first 30 minutes (not to mention, that kid was Kim Richards of Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain fame). He basically gives his audience the ultimate middle finger with that death. Anything goes, and Carpenter is calling the shots.
What I love most about this movie is when the precinct is actually being “assaulted.” Carpenter keeps most of the baddies in the shadows giving them an uncompromisingly sinister look. They just keep coming no matter what. They’re in every corner and the odds are always against our protagonists. There really isn’t any moments where we feel like the good guys have a standing chance which just increases the tension to an infinite degree.
I caught this movie late in my movie buff life. I’ve always been a fan of Carpenter but this one had always managed to fly under my radar. A few years ago I finally sat down and watched it and.... wow, I was blown away. Carpenter did so much with so little (as he would often do with most of his movies). If you haven’t checked this one out, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a fan of Carpenter, this is a fantastic and unrelenting thriller.
Side note: I love Nancy Kyes even though she didn’t do much outside of Carpenter movies. I’ve learned that the actress had a problem with anxiety which is why she didn’t do much in front of the camera but Carpenter found a way to utilize her talents so well. She does a great job in this one as well as anything else she did that was Carpenter related.
If you're a fan of the works of John Carpenter, its safe to say the period of time from 1978 to roughly 1994 represented a "golden era" of his works. Among the films he made during that time are:
The Fog (1980)
Escape From New York (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
They Live (1988)
In The Mouth of Madness (1994)
Pretty impressive stuff, though there are a few somewhat forgotten TV movies and at least one feature film, Memoirs of the Invisible Man (1992) which few would say are among his highlights.
People may also know of his first feature film, the Dan O'Bannon (Alien) co-written Dark Star (1974).
While the film certainly got Mr. Carpenter and O'Bannon noticed, it was arguably Carpenter's 1976 film Assault on Precinct 13 which was his first "big" success. It seemed to be overshadowed, though, by the even greater success of Halloween, released only two years later, to the point where it feels like Assault on Precinct 13 is something of a forgotten Carpenter classic.
Assault on Precinct 13 was the first John Carpenter directed/written film I saw and, to this date, I feel that while he came up with some more interesting concepts later on, it remains my favorite John Carpenter film.
The plot is essentially a western siege film set in then modern times mashed up with elements of Night of the Living Dead: A soon to be closed down Police Station is open for one final day/night and the man in command of the station arrives for one last shift with the personnel inside. A van with some prisoners arrive. All seems calm.
But nearby, a chance encounter between an ice cream truck driver, a father and his young daughter, and several vicious gang bangers leads to a siege of the station.
While the movie is very low budget and some of the acting -alas!- isn't all that great, the suspense is genuine and the threat tangible.
Years later and in 2001 John Carpenter would essentially remake this film as Ghosts of Mars while in 2005 a remake of Assault on Precinct 13 starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishbourne was released. The remake was incredibly disappointing, IMHO, and not worth checking out. Ghost of Mars, again IMHO, has its moments but it too pales when compared to Carpenter's original Assault on Precinct 13.
If you're a John Carpenter fan and haven't yet seen this film, you owe it to yourself to give it... keep reading on reddit ➡
Flannery and the rest of the Carpenter family were banned from FS for some reason, but they are a favorite over here. I’ve noticed that some people have questions so here’s a quick guide to this Apostolic Pentecostal family.
That’s all I got for you because it’s Friday night, but let me know if I need to add anything for ya’ll. Goodnight.
EDIT: Typo, their wedding was in June of 2020 (not 2019). It was huge and in the middle of a fucking pandemic. Not a mask in site.
Namely, that so many of the cast and writers who worked with Whedon have rallied around her and corroborated what she said. And while at first it was mostly female cast members (with a few notable exceptions), at this point the response among cast and crew is pretty evenly distributed across racial and gender lines.
Also its telling that as far as I've seen, basically nobody is defending Whedon or attacking Carpenter or Trachtenberg, outside of a few random people on the internet (and not many that even of them, compared to what you might expect). Some have stayed silent, and others have offered more vague or ambiguous responses, but nobody of any significance has come out to say that it couldn't have happened, or that it wasn't a big deal, or that Charisma Carpenter and Michelle Trachtenberg must be lying or wrong, or that they somehow brought it on themselves. And lest anyone suggest that that's because they're too afraid of the "woke mob"- plenty of other powerful men who were involved in scandal in recent years (deservedly or not) have mustered a stronger defense than Whedon. Johnny Depp had vocal defenders. When Disney fired James Gunn, a number of his colleagues stood with him. But nobody's running to Whedon's defense. Hell, even Whedon isn't defending Whedon- his response has basically been silence, which tells me that he knows he's guilty, and is either ashamed of that fact or, far more likely given his history, knows that there are a LOT of witnesses and that trying to defend himself by attacking his accusers would end very, very badly for him.
I'll also say that while I recognize that this is something not everyone will agree with, I'm personally glad that there is not a rush in the fandom (at least that I've seen) to disavow or boycott the series. Because its more than Whedon, a lot of people worked on it, and they shouldn't be punished just because Whedon is scum.
This is how this sort of story should be handled- people look at the weight of evidence, and stand with the abused and not the abuser, while also recognizing that condemning someone's acts does not mean you have to disavow everything associated with them to the point that it ends up hurting people who are innocent of wrongdoing.
Maybe it says something about our society that such basic things stand out, but its honestly refreshing. I hope this is the beginning of a new norm for how situations like this are handled.
Charisma Carpenter has released a statement detailing Joss Whedon's abusive behavior while she worked on his shows. She mentions retaliatory behavior due to getting a tattoo and getting pregnant. She praises the Me Too movement and Ray Fisher. She also says she was part of Warner Media's investigation of Whedon.
UPDATE: Amber Benson has tweeted her support for Carpenter and called the Buffy set a "toxic environment". Thanks /u/Available_Jackfruit.
UPDATE: Michelle Trachtenberg mentions Whedon's "not appropriate behavior."
UPDATE: Anthony Head gives an interview