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John Carpenter United States, 1984

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Starman

Carpenter's outlier, warm and cuddly with no pure evil in sight. What makes it his is its fondness for the American working class, otherwise used as political subtext for action/horror but here a vision of wall-to-wall warmth, where his comic book fantasies of post-Nixon America yield not a nightmare, but the pleasantest daydream. A film that sincerely, fervently believes in people. Nice use of the Everly Brothers.