Today's film, #1, 1984's "The Terminator," because they're showing T2 at the movie theatre this week and it probably works better if I've seen T1 recently.

Do I have James Cameron on the brain for some reason? Is this just Avatar 2 anxiety?

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

Did gangs of punks actually ever look like that? Hanging out near observatories for no discernible reasons?

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

Gangs of punks, a real thing? No way to know.

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

I'm too polite, I'd never rip a page out of a phone book meant for general use. Inevitably this is what would get me killed in one of these stories.

"Here lies Alex, wrote down the phone numbers but couldn't read their own handwriting."

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

I feel like if an Alex Lou Daily and an Alex Joey Daily had been killed in my town in the same day, I would just extremely get outta town.

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

me, an intellectual: i would simply not get murderkilled by the killer robot

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

this film's present day is already aesthetically pretty dark future-y, like if I teleported into Tech-Noir I'd assume everyone there had some kind of brain implant

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

though obviously it's LA, which has looked like everywhere and everywhen

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

Something very John Titor about Kyle Reese.

Or something very Kyle Reese about John Titor, I guess.

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

"I'll be back."

he said the thing

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

I feel like "kill Sarah Connor to prevent the birth of her resistance leader son" should be a, like, pretty precise cut into the timeline and not the absolute butchering the killer robot makes of it here.

All those cops he kills -- good, etc -- who knows whose dads they all are!

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

god, that terminator skeleton puppet is still so good

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

"You're terminated, fucker."


Today's film, #2, "Promare." No idea what this one's about but the animation looks cool.

"Promare," or "Local Himbo and His Enby Boyfriend Punch Global Warming,"

Tonight's film, #3! 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"! In the movie theatre, so: I'll be back?

Way funnier than the first one, ergo, way better than the first one.

Saddest thumbs up in cinematic history.

A slight issue I can see with the Terminator franchise is that T2 serves as a pretty solid ending? And yet I am aware of at least four additional films.

Tonight's film, #4! A friend on the other website is making me watch "Christine," which I understand to be "what if Duel but it's demons or some shit."

This kind of thing works better for me on the TV, so see y'all in two hours.

Oh my god, find some other word to call everyone you hate that's not "shitter"!! Oh my god!! Any other word!!

They can't all be "shitters!" You can't wish death on all the "shitters!"

Any other woooooord!!!!

A year from now I'm gonna remember this one as "the car one where he calls everyone a shitter."

🚗 "Christine" (1983) 

The movie can't quite decide if the car is just inherently evil -- born that way in the factory -- or if it's, like, posessed by the original owner in some way, because the way Arnie turns into a greaser sorta kinda contradicts the premise established by the opening scene?

Today's film! #5, 1932 Best Picture nominee "Smilin' Through."

I've deffo looked at the Wikipedia page, but no idea what this one's about.

The first few years of these I had a hard time finding good copies of a lot of them, but now I'm mostly watching good Blu-Ray rips.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

This fellow's wife has died before the start of the film, and he's not too happy about it, which makes a change from romcoms about awful men being saddled with wifes they don't much like.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Uh-oh. The widower's friend and his five-year old daughter invited themselves to come live with him to help him deal with his loss and we've immediately cut to the daughter at, shall we say, marryin' age.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

I was up for "sad old widower learns to love again, precocious child involved in some way" but I do not wish for who he learns to love to be the precocious child he has been raising like a daughter for fifteen years.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Oh, right, the War.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

"That's my father."

Oh, I see, she's falling for Son of Widower, and, I assume, they'll be who Widower learns to Love Again through.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Hold on, it's not Son of Widower, it's Son of... Widower's Long-Dead Mortal Enemy.

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

@Alexis A very similar line to one from a parody I once heard about.

🤖 "The Terminator" (1984) 

@Alexis As a serious answer: Like, yeah. There wasn't the internet. Kids who lived with their parents just hung out wherever they could. Abandoned lots or corporate areas that were less crowded were more ideal for hanging out.

@Alexis I hope you know to stop there! (I've heard Dark Fate might be worthwhile, but otherwise, uhhh)

@naga I already saw Genisys with friends in London, so yeah, uhhh, I know what you mean.

But nothing wrong with a dumb popcorn movie!

@naga I'd only seen the first one beforehand, and lemme tell ya, I bet it makes exactly as much sense *with* all the context.

@Alexis Dark Fate apparently pulls the Highlander trick and ignores the intervening ones (each Highlander sequel, and even the TV series, spun off directly from the first movie)

@Alexis as someone who hasn't seen a single Terminator film, my understanding is: time travel?

@The_T I've *seen* the fourth one, and don't remember a thing about besides Matt Smith playing Skynet, so: I guess?? Probably??

@Alexis sigh should I just go ahead and watch these as well

@Alexis there's a TV series also isn't there. is it Joss Whedon??

@The_T I don't think it's one of his, and I also don't think I need a mid-2000s Fox version of this franchise in my life, honestly.

@Alexis The post-T2 movies are the very definition of "wibbly-wobbily timey-wimey"

@Alexis All Terminator movies are just remakes of the first one.

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