1980s

The Terminator (1984)

Ok, let’s get this straight.

I have two older brothers – I grew up on a diet of action movies, mainly starring Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger (essentially what is now the grizzly cast of The Expendables movies).

Ah nostalgia.

Ah nostalgia.

So I have actually seen The Terminator. Just not in a veeeery long time.

In fact, I realised most of what I remembered was actually from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which I watched waaay more times.

Firstly DAMN Arnie makes an excellent villain.

Seriously, I know the role didn’t require him to have many (any) facial expressions, but it was chilling stuff, even before he lost chunks of his face and became the creepy, red-eyed, death-stare skeleton.

Pretty impressive make-up/prosthetics for the time

Pretty impressive make-up/prosthetics for the time

And with all this talk of Ghostbusters getting a female reboot and the thumbs up for more oestrogen-driven action flicks, why don’t we take a moment to cheer director/co-writer James Cameron and the original Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton for creating a movie heroine  some three decades ago.

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No wonder Ripley got a shot of badass in Aliens with Cameron on board to direct.

In fact, I found Connor very reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley – particularly her transformation from a scared survivor in the first film, to a warrior in the sequel.

What also struck me – aside from a super young Bill Paxton looking hilarious as a punk

Nice hair Bill Paxton

Nice hair Bill Paxton

– is just how much I hadn’t realised Terminator’s influence on modern day films.

Most recently, in the grim future of X-Men: Days of Future Past, where in the piles of skulls and even the Sentinels themselves, I could have been watching the 2029 of The Terminator.

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Terminator-esque Sentinels

Terminator-esque Sentinels

What can I say? The Terminator is a classic for a reason. Not as scary as it would have been back in 1984, but still a gripping ride.

This year marks it’s 30th anniversary – next month (October) to be exact

and there’s been lots of news of late about the fifth Terminator film – Terminator: Genisys, which will see Arnie back in the franchise.
I told you I would be back...

I told you I would be back…

Couple of things to keep in mind:
– Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke will play Sarah Connor
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Practising her Sarah Connor death-stare in season one of Game of Thrones

Coincidentally, her Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey has also played the part in TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
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Lena Headey looking very un-Cersei as Sarah Connor

And director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) has directed Game of Thrones eps. Ok, this is feeling a little incestuous now, isn’t it?
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No comment.

– It also stars Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, who has no link to Game of Thrones.
But he IS an Aussie, so we will claim that. He also won’t be intimidated by Arnie – he acted opposite Bruce Willis in the terrible A Good Day to Die Hard (aka Die Hard 5 – he likes his fourth sequels, doesn’t he?)
Courtney and Willis having a father-son moment in A Good Day to Die Hard

Courtney and Willis having a father-son moment in A Good Day to Die Hard

– The trailer will reportedly play before Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar according to Theterminatorfans.com
– Although fans might be waiting on the Terminator rights to revert back to Cameron in 2019, he said at the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival that he “told the story I wanted to tell.” 
– And lastly, just cause….

Oh Bill. You also didn’t manage to find the Heart of the Ocean.

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

I was lucky enough to meet Robin Williams twice – once on the red carpet for Happy Feet 2, and then the following day in a 1:1 interview. He was a hero of mine since childhood (Aladdin was the first movie I ever saw at the cinema) and I was charging into ‘needs-sedation’ levels of excitement. excited-gif10Interviewing comedians is two things: fun and scary. Fun, because they often improvise at 100-mile-an-hour (400 if you’re Williams) and come up with the most unexpected things. I remember one Aussie journo was handcuffed during a chat with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum for 21 Jump Street (we had fake shootouts in mine). But that off-the-cuff stuff is also what makes it freaking terrifying. You really have to be on your toes. Williams was everything you expect he would be. Intensely clever, kind and off-the-walls funny. Within minutes he was impersonating a drunken Aussie flying fox, or as he said, a “flying cat” . Much like the rest of the world, I was absolutely gutted to hear of his death. Writing about it all day did not help either. It was as if a chunk of my childhood had been ripped away, wrapped up in Hook, Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji and Aladdin. So when I found out one of Sydney’s oldest cinemas, The Orpheum, was holding two Robin Williams double-bills (which $2 from every ticket going to Beyond Blue), I was there.

Good Morning, Vietnam, which I’d never seen before, played to a packed theatre before a screening of Dead Poets Society, with most of us leaving the cinema red-eyed and wowed at the late, great Robin Williams.

IMG_3623But onto the movie. GOOOOOOOD MORNING VIETNAM! This really surprised me. Honestly, in the first 20 minutes, I was thinking “where on earth can this story go?”. It just felt like there wasn’t a lot to this movie about rebellious, but popular Army DJ Adrian Cronauer, but I was also way off. Robin-Williams-Good-Morning-Vietnam-Gif Of course Williams’ on-air rants are hilarious, but driven by his immense talent and charm, Good Morning, Vietnam also goes to some unexpected, and frankly, quite dark places, as Adrian comes up against the propaganda and bureaucracy of the US Army. Amid all the banter, there are some real blubber-worthy moments – when he chats to the troops heading out of the city, finds himself speechless at the beginning of a tough news day, and is confronted with a twist I sure as hell didn’t see coming. It was wonderful to see Good Morning, Vietnam on the big screen and kudos to The Orpheum for putting the double-bills on. It’s not my favourite Robin Williams flick out there, but I have to admit, I was impressed with how hooked (no Peter Pan pun intended) I was.

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