HAMMY’S TOP 10…ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER FILMS

Twenty years ago today, Judgment Day happened…Skynet became self-aware and tried to wipe out humanity. Or, Skynet would have done had the T-800, Sarah Connor and John Connor not prevented it. Today, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is being re-released in 3D to “celebrate” the twentieth anniversary of the avoided Judgment Day. Personally, I would have had Terminator 2 re-released last year for the 25th anniversary of it’s release. But what do I know? I’m not James Cameron. But it will be glorious to see Arnie and co on the big screen (I never had the opportunity to see T2 on the big screen!). It got me to thinking…what are my favourite Arnie films? He’s been in some of the all-time greats, and some of the most terrible films committed to celluloid. He’s done it all, from becoming a mega movie star to being Governor of California. I’m sure more than a few people would prefer him to be President over Mr. Trump. But, alas, that’s not possible. So all I can offer is my list of Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Films! Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…FILMS I WATCHED BEFORE I GREW UP (BUT PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE!)

I’m a little late to the party, but a few weeks ago the charity Into Film released a list of Must See Films Before You Grow Up (click here for the full list!). Before you’re eleven, you should have watched all fifty films. Are you grown up after eleven? I thought you were grown up after eighteen…but that’s up for debate! Regardless, it’s a great list, including classics such as The Lego Movie (too early to call that a classic?), Beauty and the Beast (the original!), The Wizard of Oz and E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, among others. It got me to thinking about the films I watched before I was eleven. More specifically, the less child-friendly films.

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Review: Terminator: Genisys (2015) (Franchise: Terminated?!?!)

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“Whatever happens, it’s gotta be better than this!”

Another reboot/sequel/prequel hits the screens from franchise born a long time ago has hit our screens. Already this year, we have had upgraded versions of Mad Max and Jurassic Park. Now it’s the turn for Terminator, a franchise that should have died after Terminator 2. I’m not saying Terminator 3 is without its merits, but it wasn’t necessary at all. At least Terminator: Salvation did something different. Terminator: Genisys attempts the rebooted Star Trek trick of establishing a different timeline for the franchise. However, it avoids the streamlined nature of the rebooted Star Trek and comes up with an incredibly convoluted storyline that is at once over-explained by the cast and impossible to follow! It also raises the most number of questions in a time travel film since X-Men: Days of Future Past…Get ready for the second worst entry in the Terminator franchise! Continue reading

Review: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) (Come With Me If You Want A Great Film!)

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“Easy Money”

It’s one of those debates that will rage on until Skynet becomes self-aware and obliterates mankind: which film is better, The Terminator or Terminator 2: Judgment Day? In my humble opinion, it’s The Terminator. The Terminator is a film that literally cuts to the chase; a rough and ready films that starts the action/thrills from the beginning and rarely lets up. It also has the more horrifying villain in the shape of the T-800. However, that is not a knock on T2. They are films of a similar quality, and that quality is sky high. T2 is the film James Cameron wanted to make when he made The Terminator. T2 follows a similar storyline to The Terminator, but with more detours, spaces for breath, one-liners, awesome action scenes and emotional character development. A little bloated, but still a vital and brilliant film. Continue reading