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.


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.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

It's a good thing this is a Blu-Ray rip and not some 480p shit I had to grab from a Russian site or I might get confused about these dual roles.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

They make a whole thing of how much Daughter of Widower's Friend looks exactly like Dead Wife, but, I mean, well, yes, they're both played by Norma Shearer! It's not even identical cousins, they're not even related!

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

The Widower's Mortal Enemy is the Widower's mortal enemy because he's the fellow who shot Dead Wife -- on their wedding day.

To be fair, you can see why she doesn't want Friend's Daughter to have anything to do with Mortal Enemy's Son.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Obviously, 1933, but "oh no the boy has to go to the war" is just not something I find very relatable.

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

after a short shot of snow outside a window, during which the War happens, Son of Mortal Enemy does not appear to have come back from the War

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

oh, there he is, on the late train, paralysed below the hip

🎥 "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

The Widower dies in the middle of a chess game basically immediately after letting go of the hate he still felt, or something like that, as the punchline to a running gag where he keeps falling asleep in the middle of chess games.

Movie #6! I watched spoopy zoom call horror movie "Host."

I don't watch a lotta these by pretty much any definition of "these," but, I dunno, at 56 minutes, pretty efficient use of all parts of the cliché buffalo.

Tonight's film, movie #7! Ripped from the headlines, it's 1932 Best Picture nominee "I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang."

...Finally, one I feel like I can safely assume is exactly what it says on the tin.

⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

Not got a word to say about it, but this is pretty good.

(I think this is the earliest I've seen the pan-across-a-map for a travel montage, though I think that originates in serials, not here.)

⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

this whole chain gang business seems absolutely wretched and inhumane, so good thing the US stopped doing it in the fifties-- reintroduced in some states in 1995? a thing today? what the fuck?

⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

Nearly halfway through, and only now is the wrongfully convicted-for-robbery WW1 vet with PTSD actually making his escape from the chain gang.

⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 


tv isn't a thing yet so the "emergency broadcast, watch out for this escaped convict" thing is delivered by a cop who happens to sit down in the same barber shop as him

⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

I feel like in 1922 an escaped prisoner could probably just change their haircut and move to a new town and nobody would ever find them.

⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

"They promised me a pardon if I came back for 90 days."


@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.

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) welcome to the united states where we have absolutely totally abolished slave labor yep that's a thing we did look it's right there in the history books

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

@InspectorCaracal "Yes, I got rid of my gun," says man planning to make trip to gun store to buy gun this very afternoon.

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

@InspectorCaracal siiiiiigh

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) more like "yes i've gotten rid of all my guns, where guns means rifles and i've still got a room full of revolvers"

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