John Carpenter, like the post–Blood Work Clint Eastwood, is a recognizable, no-bullshit American director who scores many of his own movies. Though his filmmaking productivity has waned — his last feature, 2010’s totally acceptable The Ward, garnered little notice — Carpenter’s second calling as a musician has resulted in the debut of his first solo album, Lost Themes. To commemorate the release, BAMcinématek has organized John Carpenter: Master of Fear, an awesome retrospective that encompasses not only all of Carpenter’s feature films but also a few tempting side selections (William Friedkin’s Tangerine Dream–scored Sorcerer among them). The series is yet another example of BAM’s Carpenter affinity: In 2008, the theater presented a four-film mini-retro from the director’s Eighties output. (At the time, the Voice’s Scott Foundas wrote fondly of Carpenter’s “brand of subversive B-movie mastery.”) Tonight’s selection, though not often cited as one of Carpenter’s crowning achievements, is a curious item nonetheless: the special-effects-heavy Memoirs of an Invisible Man, starring Chevy Chase.
Feb. 10-22, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m., 2015